block a number

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 plan or scam. We’ve all experienced that person who simply won’t stop calling, whether it be in a business setting or an ex who’s still hung up on us. 

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

When to Draw the Line
If anyone is calling you on a daily basis without your approval, make sure to block this person instantly. When it comes to a personal acquaintance such as an ex, even weekly calls can be annoying so draw a fim line with them, and block them if they continue contacting you.

When it comes to marketers and random calls that may be from marketers, you can tell them to no longer call you again or you’ll report them. If they persist, go ahead and report them or simply block them to find your peace.

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 if you’re on the registry. 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 as you will go through different procedures based on your phone. We recommend you Google how to do it, or search on YouTube depending on the device you’re working with.

There are some devices such as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL that run Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later that have a clear path towards doing so. 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.

One way to block someone you’d rather not talk to is by using dfndr security’s Call Blocker feature. When using this feature, you can block someone by finding their number in recent calls or you can select them from contacts and shut them out. You can also block a manually-entered number as all of these methods will ensure you will never receive a phone call again from these numbers.

With these handy tips, hopefully, the confusion on who to block or not is much clearer for you to determine.