How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Some of your contacts or unknown callers may disturb you with unnecessary calls during your busy hours. If you are done taking calls from those contacts or unknown identities, you can easily block them on your Android phone.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Maybe your mobile number was breached and now you constantly receive calls from marketing companies and unknown banks offering loans. Follow these steps to block contacts and unknown callers on Android.

Block Contacts on Android

First, we’ll demonstrate how to block contacts saved on your list. We’ll provide steps for Pixel and Samsung phones running One UI.

Pixel Phones

Google has integrated the Block function into the Contacts app on Android. Users of the default Contacts app can utilize this feature to block contacts on Android.

Step 1: Open the Contacts app on your Pixel phone.

Step 2: Find the contact you want to block.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Step 3: Tap the three-dot menu and select Block numbers.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on AndroidHow to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Step 4: Contacts will ask for confirmation. Select Block from the pop-up menu and silence calls from the specific contact.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Repeat the steps for every contact you want to block on Android.

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Samsung Galaxy Phones

Samsung uses One UI on Galaxy phones. It has an answer to every Google app on Android.

Here are the steps to block contacts on Samsung Galaxy phones running One UI:

1. Open Samsung’s Contacts app.

2. Search for the contact you want to block.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Step 3: Open the contact info menu.

Step 4: Tap on the More menu at the bottom.

Step 5: Select Block contact and confirm your decision.

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The blocked contact won’t bother you anymore.

Block Unknown Callers on Android

There are two ways to block unknown callers on Android. You can save them as a contact, but that’s time-consuming and unnecessary. Another option is to manually add unknown numbers to the Blocked callers’ list. Here’s how.

Pixel Phones

To add unknown callers to the Block list on Pixel phones, follow these steps:

1. Open the Phone app on your Pixel phone.

2. Tap the three-dot menu at the top and go to Settings.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Step 3: Go to the General menu and choose Blocked numbers.

Step 4: Add a number by typing it manually and select Block.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on AndroidHow to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

From the menu, enable the ‘Unknown’ toggle at the top to block calls from unidentified callers. Add as many unknown callers as possible to reduce spam in the future.

Samsung Galaxy Phones

To block unknown callers on Samsung Galaxy phones, follow these steps:

1. Open the Phone app and the Keypad menu will appear.

2. Tap the More menu at the top and choose Settings.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Step 3: Select Block numbers.

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Unlike other Android phones, you don’t need to manually add contacts. Tap on Recents and add unknown callers directly from the Recents calls menu. This is a thoughtful touch from Samsung.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on AndroidHow to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Step 4: You can manually add phone numbers to the list.

Enable Caller ID and Spam Protection

Android has a default caller ID and spam protection feature that can identify and prevent spam calls. Here’s how you can enable and use it.

Pixel Phones

The Caller ID & spam protection is located in the Phone app. Follow these steps to access it:

1. Open the Phone app and select the more menu at the top.

2. Go to Settings and open the Caller ID & spam menu.

3. Enable the See Caller and spam ID toggle to identify business and spam numbers.

How to Block Contacts and Unknown Callers on Android

Step 4: Enable the Filter spam calls toggle to prevent suspected spam calls from reaching your phone.

Samsung Galaxy Phones

Samsung also offers this function. Open the Phone app and go to Call Settings. Open the Caller ID and spam protection menu and turn on the Block spam and scam calls.

What Happens When You Block Someone on Android

Now that you’ve blocked contacts and unknown callers on your Android phone, they can’t call or text you. However, they can still contact you through email, WhatsApp, or Telegram. To completely block the person, you need to also block them on social media. Read our dedicated post on blocking someone on WhatsApp for more information.

Remove Spam Calls on Android

If you change your mind, go to the Block numbers menu and unblock the selected numbers and contacts.

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