It’s always easy to tell when a telemarketer is calling. That awkward pause before you hear them speak. Their inability to pronounce your name correctly. The reason why you are receiving a call from Los Angeles, CA and you live in Cedar Rapids, IA. All tips that you don’t know the person on the other end of the line.
If I don’t know the phone number, I don’t answer.
Instead, I google the number and read other peoples horrible experiences. Most of the time it’s my cable internet provider wanting to know if I want to bundle television and phone to save a little money. Or DIRECTV wants to tell me for the one hundredth time that I can save $100 on my bill by referring one person.
Sure, you could sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry. Personally, I wouldn’t waste your time. It simply doesn’t work.
Telemarketers will continue to find ways to put a little bug in your ear, so here’s how to stop, or at least, reduce the number of calls you receive from them using your Android phone.
Locate your phones recent call list. This is usually found in the app you use to place calls. I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android 5.0, Lollipop in the images above and below.
Find the unwanted phone number in the list below. Touch and hold your finger over the phone number to select it. A little checkmark will appear next to the number signaling it has been selected.
Once you have selected the phone number you want to block. Click the icon in the top right corner that looks like 3 vertically stacked white dots. The menu above will appear with a few options. Touch “Add to Auto reject list” to block any further calls from this number.
Keep adding new unwanted numbers as you receive calls and you’ll be on your way to saving precious minutes out of your day that were previously used dealing with telemarketers.
Blocking calls manually is easy for anyone who is well versed with Android phones. If you are not one of those people, I would recommend the following apps: Mr. Number, Call Blocker, or Call Control.
Chances are you won’t have the exact same phone and Android version that I have. However, this ability to block unwanted numbers has been a part of Android phones for a while now. If you run into any issues, drop me a comment below and I will try my best to help.