How to block calls from unknown callers on Android and iPhone?


 

Smartphone fraud caused a total loss of about $19.7 billion in 2020 alone. According to the latest findings from the analytics company The Harris Poll, this number is expected to double. Phone calls from unknown callers have become a prominent threat, as they can trick them into stealing their financial and personal information.


However, smartphones are becoming more and more able to help stop and limit such malicious spam calls. Although there are multiple ways to prevent unknown callers from harassing you, including third-party apps in the App Store and Google Play.


However, smartphones actually have a way of protecting your privacy by blocking potentially harmful phone scam calls.


First: How to block unknown caller calls on iPhone


If you are using an iPhone running iOS 13 or later, there is a built-in feature that you can enable. This feature called Silence Unknown Callers blocks phone numbers that have called you before and that you have not saved in your contact list.


To activate this feature, follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

  • Click on the Phone option.

  • Scroll down and toggle the button next to Silence Unknown Callers to On.

  • Read also: Apple and Google are changing the way we treat passwords

Now, these calls from unknown numbers will be blocked and sent to voicemail directly, and they will appear in the recent calls list. However, Apple states that a person who shared their phone number with a user in an email will be able to contact them.


Second: How to block spam calls on an Android phone


Android phones are different from each other, and from that, the way to block an unknown caller is not much different.


To do this, follow these steps

  • Open the Phone app on your Android phone.

  • Click on the three dots at the top right.

  • In the menu that appears to you, click on the "Settings" option.

  • Hence, there should be a number of options to block unknown incoming calls.

While these options on both Android and iPhone are not new. However, the recent increase in bot and spam calls over the past year shows that smartphone users should strive for better protection.

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