Are you looking for a way to block unwanted callers and/or Text Messages on your Android smartphone? There are many reasons why you may be looking for a call blocker: to stop telemarketers, spammers, debt collectors, harrassers, and other annoying people! Whatever the reason may be that you want to block someone from contacting you via phone calls or text messages (SMS)… In this lesson, I will show you how it can be done with two different methods.
Simple built-in call blocking feature on all Android devices.
1. Click your PHONE button to make a call
2. Click the MENU button
3. Select BLOCKED CALLERS
4. Press Menu to add callers to list
5. That’s it! Those numbers you added will now be blacklisted from calling you.
Below is an example of this built-in feature on the latest version of Android ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) being demonstrated on the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. You’ll notice that some of the steps have changed slightly so make sure to follow along.
Download app to manage the unwanted calls & text messages
App of choice: Blacklist (FREE)
I’ve found that the simplest way to block unwanted calls and text messages (SMS) is via an app called “Blacklist”. This app is an advanced call/sms filter with blocker tools. It helps you by creating a black list and helps get rid of unwanted messages. This is a simple app, but rich with powerful features to manage unwanted call/text message from anyone.
1. Go to the Google Play store (Android Market)
2. Search for the app named “Blacklist” [Market Link]
3. Download and install the app onto your Droid
4. Launch the Blacklist app
5. Check out the instructions below for details on configuring the app to your needs
Blacklist offers customizable parameters and different blocking scenarios for whatever needs you have. Most of Blacklist’s settings can be accessed from Setting popup window as seen below:
Black list settings:
A blacklist is a defined a list of untrusted numbers. To change blacklist settings, tap on the MENU button, then “Blacklist” to put numbers that you want to block into the blacklist.
There are three kind of number blocking options in blacklist settings
*Numbers not in my contacts: these numbers did not save into your phone book yet
*Private numbers: numbers that the caller does not send there number (or caller id). You may see withheld or private number instead of a specific number when a call is coming.
*Specific number: these number may be picked up from your call logs, SMS logs, or your phone book. Tap on the ”+” button to pick one.
For each number chosen, you can select various parameters in order to block:
1. Turn off ringer + Block SMS: Like you turn off the ringer and don’t pick up the call. The caller is not aware anything. SMS will be come to Blacklist box rather than normal message box.
2. End call + Block: The call will hang up as soon as it arrives. The caller perceives as you press the “cancel” button on your phone. With some carriers, the caller may be redirected to voice mail and they may leave a voice mail. To avoid leaving a voice mail, you can enable the pick up then hang up mode in the settings (read more). SMS will be come to Blacklist box rather than normal message box.
3. Turn off ringer: same as option 1) but you will still receive incoming SMS from the number.
4. End call only: same as option 2) but you will still receive incoming SMS from the number.
5. Block SMS only: you still receive incoming calls. SMS will be come to Blacklist box rather than normal message box.
6. Do not block: Blacklist does not intervene incoming calls and SMS from this number.
After modifying parameters, tap on “Save” button to save the setting. You can tap on a number to modify it or delete it from the Blacklist settings.
There are many more options available with this app! For more detailed info please visit the developer’s website here: http://anttek.com/blacklist-for-android-user-guide/
Download the BlackList app [Market Link]
Have any questions or other apps that you would like to recommend to block unwanted calls and text messages? Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think!
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