Fate is calling. The whole world stops. You pick up your smartphone just to find an automatic phone on the other line. Is there any way to block these annoying fake phone numbers?
Spam calls can be dangerous and annoying. If you find that your day is constantly interrupted by unconfirmed numbers and mysterious strangers asking about the warranty of your car, we have good news for you. A better life is possible.
But spam is not limited to calls. You may also be bombarded with spam texts. If you’re tired of these annoyances, here are ways to block them on your Android phone.
1. Block and report numbers
Why deny a classic solution? You report spam and block a phone number in violation via Google Messages. This is how:
- Open on your Android phone or tablet Messages ap.
- Touch and hold conversation you want to report.
- Tap Blocking > Report spam > All right.
This is probably the easiest way to avoid unwanted spam on your smartphone, but it is not completely reliable. New spammers will sneak in if they have another number to use. What can you do then?
2. Use third-party applications and services
There are many third party solutions for spam calls and messages. RoboKiller is one example and you can read more about our experience with it here. This app automatically blocks more than a million known telemarketers and automated call numbers.
While many reputable apps like RoboKiller do come with a monthly premium, the investment can be worth it. Other applications such as Hiya also run from an extensive international database of known and identified infringers.
Apps like Nomorobo, on the other hand, redirect every call you receive, ending anything suspicious or duplicitous. Choose your adventure and stick to everything that works.
You can download the RoboKiller app for Android free. However, there is a fee of $ 3.99 per month if you choose to keep it.
3. Ask your operator for help
Can your service provider help you avoid spam? They can in countless ways. Some offer an advanced caller ID that alerts you when an unverified spam call or message arrives. Most of the heavy ones will include at least one spam management application in the phone software.
AT&T Call Protect, Verizon Call Filter, T-Mobile Scam Shield and several others will have subscribers to these services protected against annoying spam, often automatically.
Since T-Mobile and Sprint are now one company, you are taking advantage of two massive databases of known fraudsters. You’ll also love T-Mobile’s anti-robot campaign Scam Shieldwhich helps all T-Mobile and Sprint subscribers. This offers the following advantages:
- All incoming calls are automatically filtered at the network level to ensure they are real.
- Improved caller ID will display a “Probable Scam” label on phone calls that accidentally pass through the filter.
- A proxy phone number will be given to subscribers for use instead of their own for online registrations and subscriptions.
- Be ID Aware, which notifies you when your personal information is compromised and displayed for sale on the Dark Web.
Do you want to activate these features? T-Mobile customers can dial # 662 # on their smartphones and press the call button. You will need to download the Scam Shield app from the iOS App Store or Google Play for proxy numbers.
To find what you need if you are with another operator, we recommend that you visit your operator’s website for more information.
When in doubt, there is always a “Do not call” register.
Sometimes seeking help from a higher order can be worth it. Federal Trade Commission National register for do not call allows you to register your number completely free of charge. Once you do, you will be removed from all registered telemarketing lists, stopping the problem right at the gate.
If something slips through the cracks, you will also be able to report these unconfirmed numbers. It is worth noting that your service may not start until 31 days after you officially register. While it won’t stop charity or political callers, it’s a quick and easy way to help keep abusers and fraudsters at bay.