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When to Block a Number and How to Do It

Whether it be a scammer, marketer, harasser or ex, blocking phone numbers after a certain point is sometimes necessary.

It’s important to know when to block a number that may be harassing you or targeting you as part of a marketing scam. We’ve all experienced that person who simply won’t stop calling, whether it is spam callers or an ex who’s still hung up on you. 

But how do you know when to block someone? Here are some things to consider:

When to Draw the Line
When it comes to a personal caller such as an ex, even weekly calls can be painful so draw a firm line with them. For your sanity, block him or her if they continue contacting you and making things awkward.

Spam calls continue to increase year by year. If you’re getting bombarded by marketers, warn them to no longer call or you’ll report them. If they persist, report them or simply block them to gain some peace and a quiet phone.

The Do Not Call Registry
If you’re constantly being harassed by marketers, sign up with the National Do Not Call Registry. On DoNotCall.gov, you can register up to three numbers or check if your number is already there.

Doing so will give you an increased sense of privacy as continuous calls from marketers and scammers can be reported. You can also sign up by calling 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register.

How to Block Someone on Android
Blocking someone on an Android device is much tougher because you have to go through different procedures based on your phone. We recommend you Google the steps, or search on YouTube depending on the device you own.

There are some devices such as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL that run Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later that has clear instructions on blocking calls. When in the Phone app, go to the more options icon next to the icon. Then go to Settings, Call Blocking and tap the number you want to block. You can also ‘Report’ call as spam.

The bottomline is to remain safe from an aggressive caller so with these handy tips, hopefully, the confusion on who to block or when is much clearer for you to determine.