How to block a number or contact on any Android device

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The method to block a number on an Android phone varies by make and model.

  • To block a number on Android, tap the three vertical dots in the top-right of the Phone app and select “Block numbers.”
  • You can also block a number on Android from your recent calls by locating the number in your call log and pressing down on it until a window appears with the “Block” option. 
  • If the number you want to block is already on your contact list, you can select the person’s name from your contact list, tap the three-dotted icon, and choose Block numbers.
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You don’t need to put up with the annoyance of regularly receiving unwanted phone calls. 


If you frequently get a call from the same telemarketer or another unwanted caller, you can block that call.

Once you do, any blocked number that calls you on your Android phone will be sent directly to voicemail. 

While the steps to block a call can vary depending on the device brand and version of Android, in most cases you can block calls through your either phone app’s settings, recent calls, or contact lists. 

Here’s how to do it. 

How to block a number using your cellular carrier

Your service carrier may offer tools to help you block calls. The advantage of using your carrier is that a blocked number will remain blocked even if you change smartphones.

The downside is that in some cases, this is an optional subscription service that may cost additional money. 

If you want to investigate blocking callers at the carrier, here are links to the major carriers’ call blocking plans:

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