Rest assured, there are ways to block those unwanted calls on Android devices. But finding the path to block calls can take some digging. Some manufacturers bury blacklist features deep in your phone settings. Even worse, some older devices may not provide native blocking features at all.
Thankfully, there are several ways to block calls on your Android device. Here’s our guide to blocking phone calls (and text messages) on your Android phone. We’ll take a look at how to do it with your phone’s native features, and then we’ll suggest a couple of call blocking Android apps that are worth considering. Finally, we’ll provide information on how to block callers by contacting your phone carrier.
Updated on 1-14-2016 by Kyle Wiggers and Simon Hill: Reformatted, updated instructions, removed old methods that no longer work, and added new screenshots.
Block calls on your Android smartphone with native features
The methods for doing this will vary slightly according to your specific device and the version of Android that you are using. Many tutorials exist for your specific device. Try searching on YouTube or the XDA developers forum.
There is no universal path for blocking contacts on Android smartphones, and it’s a feature the vanilla versions of Android Lollipop and Marshmallow oddly omit. But some devices allow users to enable a per-number blocking mode through the phone’s settings.
On a stock Android phone
From the call log
From the call log, you can disable incoming calls from specific numbers. Select the number you want to block, then hit the 3-dot menu icon in the upper right corner and choose Add to reject list. This will disable incoming calls from specific numbers.
From your contacts list
If there’s a particularly persistent relative, friend, or ex whose number you’ve saved, blocking them’s a cinch. Just pull up your contacts, select the person you’d like to block, and hit the little button in the right-hand corner that looks like a pencil. Then, tap the 3-dot menu icon in the upper right corner and checkmark the box next to All Calls to Voicemail. That contact’s calls will now be directed to your carrier’s voice inbox.
From the settings menu
One of the most common routes is to pull up your contact list by selecting the phone icon from your home screen. Then tap the three dot menu and choose Settings > Call > Call Rejection > Auto Reject List > Create. At this point, Android phones will have a search box that’ll appear. Insert the phone number or name of the person you want to block, and presto, that name will be added to the Auto Reject List.
On a Samsung phone
Select the Phone icon on the home screen, tap More at the top right, and then tap Settings. You’ll find Call blocking or Call rejection listed here and you can manage the numbers on your Block list or Auto reject list. You can also set up automatic Call-reject messages if you want to.
You can also block numbers from your call log. Open up Phone > Log and tap on a number or contact, then tap More > Block settings and you’ll get the option to turn on Call block and Message block.
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On an HTC phone
HTC, much like Samsung, has integrated call blocking. To use it, open the Phone app on your home screen and navigate to Call history. Long press on the number you’d like to block and tap the option to Block Contact or Block caller. You can review blocked contacts in the Phone app by tapping the menu icon at the top right (three vertical dots).
On an LG phone
LG’s made it relatively simple to build an auto-reject list on its handsets. To start, open the Phone app. Tap the 3-dot menu in the top right corner, and from the dropdown menu that appears select Call Settings > Call reject > Reject calls from. Select the Plus icon, and then add the number you’d like to block from the call log or your contacts. You can also find it by going to Settings > Wireless and networks > Call > Call reject > Reject calls from.
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