How to block a number

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Guide

If you’re looking to block certain numbers from calling you on your iPhone SE, then here’s a detailed guide on how to add numbers to your iPhone block list.

There’s 2 different features that can block calls on the iPhone SE: 

  1. The Do Not Disturb function. This redirects all calls to voicemail and mutes all notifications (SMS, Facebook, etc.)
  2. The other function is “Blocked” where you can block calls, texts and facetime from a specific contact. 

To block calls from a specific number:

  • Make sure you have that number added in your contact list first, then go to Settings > Phone > Blocked
  • Tap on Add New to add a number to your block list

To block all calls from all numbers:

  • Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb
  • Turn on “Manual”. You can also turn on “Scheduled” if you want to block all calls at specific times automatically.

    Note: Make sure you turn off Manual when you want to receive calls again.

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Blocking a number in Settings

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Depending on what smartphone you have, you can block specific numbers via the Settings menu. Most phones don’t support internal blocking, however, if you own any recent Samsung smartphone (like the Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge+), you can head into Settings > Call > Call Rejection > Auto Reject List > Create to block specific numbers.

Alternatively, you can go into Settings > My Device > Blocking Mode > Disable Incoming Calls to block all incoming calls. Or there’s the easier method of simply turning Airplane Mode on.

Apps for Blocking

Many smartphones, oddly, do not support call blocking by way of the Settings menu. That said, there’s still hope for those of you needing to block a specific number by using a third-party application. It’d be nice if all manufacturers included support by way of an official method, but that’s not the case.

Relying on third-party apps isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. The one great thing about it is that it’ll work with just about any device with Android 2.2 Froyo and up.

Mr. Number

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Mr. Number is the perfect free option for all things call blocking. You can block both calls and texts from a single number, an area code, and even block all incoming calls entirely. It also has automatic caller lookup, looking through your phone’s history helping you decide who to block. Unfortunately, for those of you running Android 4.4 on your device, text blocking does not seem to work.

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Calls Blacklist

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Calls Blacklist works similar to Mr. Number. It allows you to manage a blacklist of numbers that you do not want to receive calls or texts from. You can add numbers from your contacts, recent calls, and you can add numbers to the list manually. On the other side of the spectrum, there’s a whitelist you can add numbers to, which are numbers that will never be blocked.

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Carrier Options

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Most major carriers will (for a fee) help block unwanted numbers from contacting you. Verizon and Sprint offer the service for free but put limitations on it in that you can only block up to five numbers. Additionally, you’ll have to re-add the numbers to that list every ninety days, a potentially serious annoyance.

Alternatively, AT&T will let you block up to thirty numbers for $5 per month, and it doesn’t seem like you ever have to re-add those numbers to the list. On the other hand, if you need to block thirty numbers, it might be time to just get a new number.

T-Mobile doesn’t seem to offer any service for blocking numbers, sadly. However, it might be worth getting on the phone with customer service and seeing if they handle it similar to Verizon or AT&T.

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