Smartphones are a great invention. They are so universal that it is actually easier to write what they are not used for than what they are useful for every day. These are basically small, versatile, pocket computers that give us the ability to use global connectivity almost in real time, access to millions of songs at any time of the day or night, allow us to take quite good photos and record video, search for necessary information, check the schedule drive, buy products, play games, watch movies, authenticate with various services, order food or rides, view and create documents, easily navigate the world using GPS and much more. However, it must be admitted that one of their most important functions is communication.
Author: Tomasz Duda
Telephone we almost always have it with us or within reach. If necessary, we can mute it temporarily, but it is very rare that we turn it off completely because, let’s face it, we are dependent on it to some extent, sometimes even against our will. The problem, however, is that since the smartphone is constantly active, we are forced to deal with, for example, unwanted phone calls and messages. Sometimes a pushy seller of photovoltaics, insurance or banking services will call, other times someone will simply want to cheat us, and on another occasion there will be strange calls from unspecified people, even from other countries. Sure, we can block some of these calls using good anti-spam applications, but from experience I know that only more aware users use them, and most other people either use blocking numbers directly in Android (e.g. in the system Phone or Messages application), or he doesn’t know how to deal with it at all. Therefore, this short guide is intended mainly for beginners or those who have not used the number blocking function before.
If you are one of those people who from time to time struggle with intrusive, unwanted phone calls or spam SMS messages and want to block selected phone numbers or even automatically block calls from unknown numbers, then this guide is for you.
How to block a phone number on Android?
Basically, the process of blocking phone numbers and viewing the list of blocked numbers is very quick and easy. You can literally do it in just a few steps. I would like to point out, however, that I performed the following tips on a Google Pixel 6a smartphone, running a pure Android 14 system (without an overlay). This method may vary on phones that have overlays and use other phone, SMS, or contacts applications. Fortunately, if necessary, you can install the identical applications that I used, i.e. Google Phone, Google Messages and Contacts (also from Google). However, before we move on to where you can find a list of blocked telephone numbers, it is worth writing down how to block a selected number. To do this, open the application Google phone and hold your finger for about 2 seconds on the selected telephone number. A context menu will appear, tap Block/Report Spam and then confirm using the Block button in the small window. Optionally, you can also check or uncheck the Report call as spam option. If Google receives such information from enough people, there is a chance that it will add this number to the anti-spam filter, which also works in Android.
How to automatically block unknown phone numbers in Android?
What if you don’t want to receive calls from unknown numbers that you don’t have in your contacts list and that you’ve never called? As it turns out, blocking them is also very easy and can be done completely automatically. There is a function available in Android. To use it, open the application Google phone, touch the icon with three dots in the upper right corner of the display, and then enter Settings. A menu will appear, tap Blocked Numbers. Here, at the very top, you will see an option called Unknown. Once you activate it, you will not receive phone calls or SMS/MMS messages from unknown numbers. Of course, it is worth thinking about it in advance, because sometimes it may happen that a stranger will have something important to tell you, and in such a case he or she may not get through to you.
Where to find blocked numbers on Android phone?
After using your phone for a long time, the list of blocked phone numbers may become very long. Fortunately, after switching from one Android smartphone to another, you do not have to block all numbers again. Here you can appreciate one of the most important functions of the Android system, i.e. data synchronization with your Google account. If you log in to the same profile on a new device, the list of blocked numbers will be automatically downloaded (provided, of course, that you do not disable this option). To see the list of blocked numbers, open the app Google phone, touch the menu button (three dots in the upper right corner of the display), enter Settings, and finally Blocked numbers. The entire list is displayed here. If you have accidentally blocked a number and want to unblock it, simply tap the X button to the right of that number.
How to check blocked numbers in SMS/MMS messages?
The problem of constant contact attempts from unknown, untrustworthy or intrusive numbers does not only apply to telephone calls. Unwanted SMS messages appear just as often, or maybe even more often. Various sales offers, questionable promotions, simple tricks or scams, messages from people we do not want to talk to. All these numbers can be blocked by successively creating a blacklist, which will later be synchronized within an individual Google account. To do this, open the application Google News, then touch your profile picture in the upper right corner of the display, and finally go to Spam and blocked. Here you will find blocked messages. You can also use the three-dot button (upper right corner) here to access blocked numbers and potentially unblock them if necessary.
How to find blocked numbers in contacts on your phone?
To finish the topic, I would like to add that if someone wants, they can alternatively check blocked telephone numbers, also using the application Contacts (Google). Here, too, the procedure is extremely simple, because two steps are actually necessary. After opening the Contacts app, tap the Fix & Manage tab on the bottom bar. The appropriate options page will appear, where in the Other Tools section you will find the Blocked Numbers item. It leads to exactly the same blacklist that was available in the Google Phone and Google Messages apps. As you can see, blocking unwanted and intrusive phone numbers on Android is very easy, as is unblocking them. As for other applications to block phone calls (including spam), you can mention the following: Answer the phone, Hiya, Call blocking Whether Call filter.