[HOW TO] Block a number on Android

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Having a cell phone means you will inevitably get called by a wrong number, a telemarketer or some other person you speak to once and never wish to talk to again. Exes, too, tend to make an unwelcome re-appearance on your Incoming Call screen at some point in your life.

It’s an aspect of modern living that we just have to get used to, but fortunately as enabling as technology is for the pests, it’s just as good at providing solutions.

For instance, did you know that you can create your very own list of blocked numbers on an Android phone? Any time a number on the list calls, you won’t even hear your phone ring. Voila, instant peace of mind.

The trick is knowing how to do it, so here’s a quick How To using LG’s G Pro Lite. The process will vary slightly on other phones, so use this as a general guide.

Open your Phone application.

Android Blocking - Dialler Settings

Press the Options button and choose Settings.

Android Blocking - Call Reject

Press Call Reject and choose Reject Calls From

Android Blocking - Reject Calls From Cropped

Press the plus in the top right corner; here, you can block all private numbers and add numbers of your own to block.

Android Blocking - Where you can find numbers to block

 

You can choose from your contacts, your call log or enter numbers manually. Some phones will even let you set messages that blocked callers will see when they attempt to get hold of you.

As your list of blocked numbers grows, you can expect to be annoyed by unwanted phone calls less and less.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.

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