How to block restricted calls on Android phone

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Tired of being bothered by restricted calls on your Android phone? This guide shows you how to block unwanted calls from unknown numbers or specific callers.

Many people get unwanted phone calls from unknown numbers, which can be distressing.

A restricted call is a type of incoming call that doesn’t show the phone number of the person calling you.

Instead, it displays messages such as Unknown, Private, or Restricted on your phone screen, without revealing any form of identification.

Usually, when we see a “restricted call” notification, we assume it might be from a scammer or someone with bad intentions.

However, there are cases where people use this feature for legitimate reasons.

For example, certain organizations and companies may use a hidden number to prevent people from returning their calls.

People who use a hidden number may do so because they value their privacy and not because they are being dishonest.

In this article, we will explain the various ways to stop these restricted calls on your Android smartphone.

How to block restricted numbers on Android phone

The steps mentioned below might not be the same for all Android models when it comes to blocking restricted calls on your phone.

But don’t worry, the general process is quite similar, so you should be able to use similar steps to block restricted calls on your phone.

How to block restricted calls on Google Android phone

If you have a Google Android phone, you can easily block unwanted calls. You can also use the Google Phone app to do this.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the “Phone” app by tapping the phone icon on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the three dots at the top-right corner to open the phone settings.
  3. Select “Settings”.
  4. Select “Blocked Numbers”.
  5. Turn on the “Unknown” option to stop any restricted calls from appearing on your phone.

How to block restricted calls on Samsung

If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, especially one that has OneUI, you can block restricted calls using these steps:

  1. Open the “Phone” app.
  2. Click on the three dots to get more options.
  3. Select “Settings”.
  4. Click on “Block numbers”.
  5. Toggle on “Block unknown/private numbers”.
  6. That’s it! Your Samsung phone will now block any incoming calls from a restricted number.

How to block restricted calls on Xiaomi

To stop unknown calls from getting through to your Xiaomi phone, you can easily follow these steps:

  1. Open the “Phone” app by tapping on its icon.
  2. Look for the three dots at the end of the search bar and tap on them to open the app options.
  3. Select “Settings”.
  4. Choose “Blocked Numbers”.
  5. Flip on the toggle switch beside “Unknown” to block such numbers.

How to block restricted calls on Android using third-party apps

If you find it difficult to block unknown numbers using the method above or prefer third-party apps, you can do the following:

Check out the numerous apps available for this purpose, as there are too many to count.

However, for the purpose of this guide, I will recommend two apps.

1. True Caller

Truecaller is one of the most popular dialer and caller ID apps in the world.

It gives you a caller ID for incoming calls that you don’t have stored on your device.

If you don’t want to receive another restricted call ever again, Truecaller makes it easy to get that done.

  1. Launch “Truecaller”.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines at the top-left corner to show the menu.
  3. Select “Settings”.
  4. Now tap “Block”.
  5. Enable the toggle beside “Block hidden numbers”.

Just like that, as long as you have this feature enabled, you won’t receive restricted calls on Android anymore. Plus, Truecaller is great for caller ID purposes in general.

2. Verizon Smart Family app

If you’re a Verizon customer with a Verizon Smart Family plan, you can use the Verizon Smart Family app to block phone calls from unknown numbers. Before you start, make sure all devices linked to your account are turned off.

To get started, log in to your Verizon account and click on “Account”.

Then, select “Apps & add-ons” and click on “Family”.

Next, select the phone number you want to block calls from and click on “Limits & Controls” followed by “Contact”.

In the “Blocked Contacts” tab, turn on the “Block restricted, unavailable, and private numbers” option.

Once this is enabled, you won’t receive calls from unknown numbers.

However, note that this method only works if you have a Verizon smartphone and plan.

Conclusion

If you want to stop getting calls from restricted numbers on your Android phone, you have a few options.

Most Android phones have a setting called “Block Unknown Numbers” that you can use to prevent calls from unknown numbers. You can also use a third-party app for this purpose.

Even if your phone doesn’t have that option, you can still mute calls from numbers that aren’t saved on your phone. You can also choose to block calls from specific restricted numbers.

If this article helped you stop receiving calls from hidden numbers on your Android, be sure to check out our related articles for more useful information.