How to Block Spam Calls on Android
Spam calls are not only annoying, they're also very intrusive. Spam calls usually come from callers you don't recognize. More often, these calls are made to transmit unsolicited ads from companies you barely know.
Nowadays, the number of spam calls have drastically increased. Not only that, international spam callers have found a way to make their calls appear like your local number. What's even worse is that technology has made it easier for these spam callers to disguise their numbers, making their calls appear like it's from someone you actually know.
Usually, the best way to avoid getting these calls is to manually block the caller. This can be done by enabling the call blocking feature on your Android device. However, that no longer appears to be the best solution. If you are already fed up with getting too many spam calls, perhaps it is best to consider a solution that could block these annoying and dangerous spam calls once and for all.
Block any caller that doesn't show up on your contacts list
By blocking any caller that is not on your contacts list, you can drastically filter out those calls from unknown and unwanted callers. Usually, your phone's call blocking feature is enough to get the job done but you can also use a call blocking app if you want. There are free and paid call blocking apps that you can download on Play Store. However, it is important to note that by doing so, you also won't be able to receive important calls from anyone who's not on your contacts list.
Add your number to the National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do Not Call Registry is a registry managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). By registering your phone number at its website, donotcall.gov, you are given the choice to opt out of telemarketing calls. By being on the registry, companies must honor your choice of not receiving any unsolicited sales calls. You may also use their website to report unwanted calls and illegal sales calls to FTC.
Replace your native phone dialer with a more reliable Caller ID and spam call blocking application
If you are getting spam calls from multiple callers, it would be best to replace your native phone dialer. There is a wide selection of reliable Caller ID and spam call blocking apps that you can download from Play Store, both free and paid. By using a Caller ID and spam call blocking app, you can customize your phone's call blocking settings. You will also be able to identify which caller is most likely reported as spam. With this, you can automatically block any incoming calls and messages from top spammers.
Right now, there is still no guaranteed way to completely block spam calls on your Android device. Even so, doing any of the suggested methods above can drastically reduce the number of spam calls that you receive. If ever you receive another spam call, the best thing to do is to hang up and block it.
Do you have additional tips on how to block those annoying spam calls? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
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