How to Block Private Numbers on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

How to Block Private Numbers on Android

Receiving calls from private or unknown numbers can be quite frustrating, especially when they are persistent. Fortunately, there are ways to block these private numbers on your Android device. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to block private numbers and enjoy a more peaceful calling experience.

Method 1: Using the Phone App

If you want to block private numbers using the built-in Phone app on your Android device, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Phone App: Locate and open the Phone app on your Android device. This app is typically represented by an icon of a phone receiver.
  2. Access Settings: Look for the three-dot menu icon at the top-right corner of the screen and tap on it.

    From the dropdown menu, select “Settings”.

  3. Select Blocked Numbers: Within the Phone settings, scroll down until you find an option called “Blocked Numbers” or “Blocked Calls”. Tap on it.
  4. Add a Number: On the Blocked Numbers screen, tap on the “Add a Number” or similar option.
  5. Add Private Number: In the text field that appears, enter “Private Number” or any similar variation. Then tap on “Block” or a corresponding button to confirm.

Congratulations! You have successfully blocked private numbers using your Android’s built-in Phone app.

Method 2: Using Third-Party Apps

If your Android device does not have a built-in option to block private numbers or if you prefer more advanced features, you can use third-party apps from the Google Play Store. Here’s how:

  1. Open Play Store: Locate and open the Google Play Store app on your Android device. This app is typically represented by a multicolored triangle icon.
  2. Search for Call Blocking Apps: In the search bar at the top of the Play Store, type in “call blocking apps” and hit enter.
  3. Browse and Install: Browse through the various call blocking apps available and select one that suits your needs.

    Popular options include Truecaller, Hiya, and Call Control. Tap on “Install” or “Get” to download and install the chosen app.

  4. Configure and Enable: Once installed, open the call blocking app and follow any on-screen instructions to configure it according to your preferences. Make sure to enable the option to block private numbers.

You have now successfully blocked private numbers using a third-party call blocking app. Enjoy a hassle-free calling experience!


To enhance your overall call blocking experience, consider these additional tips:

  • Add Specific Contacts: Along with blocking private numbers, you can also block specific contacts from reaching you by adding their numbers to your blocked list.
  • Regularly Update Block List: Periodically review your blocked list to ensure it is up-to-date and remove any unnecessary entries.
  • Report Spam Calls: Many third-party call blocking apps allow you to report spam calls, contributing to a better calling experience for everyone.

Congratulations! You are now equipped with the knowledge to effectively block private numbers on your Android device. Say goodbye to unwanted calls and enjoy a more peaceful communication experience!

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