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How to block a number on Android

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Unwanted calls are bad. Whether it’s fraudulent calls from fake companies or even genuine sales calls from insurance companies or telephone operators. 

Thankfully, there is a way around it. You can block numbers on many Android phones today, and the process of doing so is very simple.

So whether it’s a number you do not recognize persistent calls or just a sales call that you can not be less interested in, follow the steps below.

With a few manufacturers using their own phone app, the process may be a little different depending on which phone you have,

but it’s pretty much the same. Regardless, we have listed some of the more popular brands below.

Most Android phones

If you have a Pixel, OnePlus, or another Android phone as an affordable Nokia or Motorola phone that largely uses Google’s own storage apps by default, your process is simple.

  1. Open the phone app
  2. Press the “Recent” tab
  3. Hold down / press and hold the number you want to block
  4. Select “Block / Report Spam”

Once you have blocked it, you can view your blocked numbers in the phone app by tapping the three dots in the upper corner, selecting “Settings” and then “Blocking settings”. 

On this next screen, you will see Blocked Numbers. If you added one by mistake and need to remove it from the list, just press X.

Samsung phones

If you have a Samsung, you may not use Google’s own phone app, you use the one that Samsung has designed and developed for its own version of Android.

  1. Open the phone app
  2. Select the “Recent” tab
  3. Touch the number you want to block
  4. Press me
  5. Select the “Block” icon in the lower bar

To view your list of blocked numbers, tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the phone app’s main screen. Select Settings and then Block numbers.

Huawei / Honor phones

Huawei and Honor phones use Huawei’s own EMUI software built on top of Android,

and the process is similar but only slightly different. Follow the steps below to block numbers on your EMUI 10 phone.

  1. Open the phone app
  2. Tap the icon next to the phone number you want to block
  3. Touch the More icon with three dots at the bottom of the screen
  4. Select “Block contact”

If for some reason you need to see a list of your blocked numbers, all you have to do is open the phone app and tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and select Blocked,

now tap the settings gear icon in the upper corner. The next screen contains Blocklist. Click on this and you will see a list of any blocked numbers.

Oppo / Realme phones

While newer Oppo phones (starting with Android 11) use Google’s phone app, older models do not.

They have their own built-in their own ColorOS skin, as well as Realme phones, and so the process is different again. In the older versions of ColorOS, the process is as follows:

  1. Open the phone app
  2. Tap the “i” icon next to the number you want to block
  3. Touch the menu icon with two dots at the top right
  4. Select Add to blacklist

To then see your blacklist or the list of blocked numbers, open the phone app and tap on the two-point menu in the upper corner.

Select “Block and filter” and now blocked calls or messages are displayed.

Touch the menu icon with two dots in the upper corner again, select Set rules, and then Blacklist.

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