How to block unwanted calls and texts


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If you’re getting nuisance calls and/or texts and can’t get the caller or sender to stop, here’s some ways to block a number from ringing your phone or interrupting your day with a text.

Blocking Texts

Either Republic Anywhere or Android Messages can be used to block text senders. If you're not using one of those, you'll want to install either of them and make that your default texting app. Here's how to block a sender with these apps:
  1. Open the conversation with that sender.
  2. Tap the 3-dot-button.png button at the upper right.
  3. Tap People & options
  4. Tap Block (sender name/number) and confirm it.

Blocking a Caller

You can send calls from specific numbers to voicemail without using any add-on app. Follow the instructions below that match your phone model and operating system.

Moto, Nexus, and Pixel models with Android 7.x/Nougat

  • Method 1
  1. Open the phone dialer and view your call history
  2. Tap a number for which you want the call sent to voicemail
  3. Tap Call details
  4. Tap Block number
  • Method 2
  1. Open the phone dialer
  2. Tap the 3-dot-button.png button at the upper right, then tap Block number
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Tap Call blocking
  5. Tap Add a number
  6. Enter a number in the box, then tap Block.

Samsung models with Android 7.x/Nougat

  1. Open the phone dialer
  2. Tap the 3-dot-button.png button at the upper right, then tap Settings
  3. Tap Block numbers
  4. Enter a number in the box, then tap the green + at the right.

Alcatel A30

  • Method 1
  1. Open the phone dialer and view your call history
  2. Tap a number for which you want the call sent to voicemail
  3. Tap Block the number
  • Method 2
  1. Open the phone dialer
  2. Tap the 3-dot-button.png button at the upper right, then tap Block number
  3. Tap Add a number
  4. Enter a number in the box, then tap Block.

Huawei Ascend 5W

  • Method 1
  1. Open the phone dialer and view your call history
  2. Long press (tap and hold) a number for which you want the call sent to voicemail
  3. Tap Add to blacklist
  • Method 2
  1. Open the phone dialer
  2. Tap :menu: to the lower right
  3. Tap Harassment filter
  4. Tap images to the upper right
  5. Tap Numbers blacklist
  6. Tap download to the lower middle
  7. Select the appropriate item from the presented pop-up menu.

Huawei’s Harassment filter is more robust than most Android phones call and text messaging blocking capabilities. It’s easily used for the basics, however, you may wish to explore those more robust features to customize your blocking strategy.

Moto, Nexus, and Pixel models with Android 6.x/Marshmallow

  1. Using the Contacts app, create a new contact entry for unwanted calls.
  2. Add the phone numbers you want sent directly to voicemail to that contact.
  3. When all numbers are added, tap the check-mark icon on the bar at the top to save.
  4. Tap the Pencil icon at the upper right to change the contact.
  5. Tap the 3-dot-button.png button at the upper right and tap the checkbox for All calls to voicemail.
  6. Tap the checkmark on the bar at the top to save changes.

Moto models with Android 5.x/Lollipop

  1. Using the Contacts app, create a new contact entry for unwanted calls.
  2. Add the phone numbers you want sent directly to voicemail to that contact.
  3. When all numbers are added, tap the Back button.
  4. Tap the Pencil icon at the upper right to change the contact.
  5. Tap the 3-dot-button.png button at the upper right and tap the checkbox for All calls to voicemail.

Moto models with Android 4.4 / KitKat

  1. Using the People app, create a new contact entry for unwanted calls.
  2. Add the phone numbers you want sent directly to voicemail to that contact, and tap Done to save the contact.
  3. Tap the 3-dot-button.png button at the upper right and tap the checkbox for All calls to voicemail.

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#2

“Call Blocker Voicemail Blocker”'s free version is limited to five blocked numbers and may require one to uninstall or disable other call-blockers. While the paid version removes the five number limit, reconfiguring one’s phone to accommodate the program may not fall within everyone’s skill set.