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How to Block Robocalls and Spam Calls


 How to Block Robocalls and Spam Calls

Are you sick and tired of the robocalls and spam calls you get on your landline or mobile phone? Lawmakers have passed legislation to address the problem, but there are a few actions you can take on your own.


iPhones and Android phones come with built-in features for blocking specific phone numbers, while mobile carriers offer their own blocking tools. Several third-party apps—Nomorobo, Hiya: Spam Phone Call Blocker, RoboKiller, Truecaller, and YouMail Voicemail & Spam Block—also strive to block telemarketing calls.


You can also register your mobile and landline phone numbers with the FTC's Do Not Call Registry, though that won't stop scammers and disreputable telemarketers from calling you. Let's check out each option.


Block Specific Numbers on an iPhone

Block Specific Numbers on an iPhone

Robocallers cycle through thousands of phone numbers, and many include the same telephone prefixes as your own phone number. To block them as they come in on your iPhone, open the Phone app and tap Recents. Tap the Info icon next to the number you want to block. Tap Block this Caller > Block Contact. That number is now blocked.


Silence Unknown Callers in iOS 13 and Up

Silence Unknown Callers in iOS 13 and Up

With iOS 13 or higher installed on your iPhone, you can take a more effective but drastic measure to clamp down on spam calls. The Silence Unknown Callers feature automatically silences all calls from unknown numbers. Each call is sent to voicemail and appears on your Recents lists so you can see and return the call if it's legitimate. To enable this, go to Settings > Phone. Turn on the switch for Silence Unknown Callers.

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