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Block unwanted calls on your Android phone with this app

In response to a reader's question, Jack Wallen recommends a free app he likes for blocking calls on his Android smartphone.

We all get those calls we wish we didn't, whether they are cold sales calls, SPAM, exes, or any other unwanted voice. It's easy to see the number and then manually deny the number, but it would be nice to have an application to handle that task automatically.

TechRepublic reader Rijus asked me to how to block a call programatically in Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Read my answer below, and then post in the comments how you block unwanted calls on Android devices.

I would quote the saying, but Apple might sue. The application I've used and had great success with is Call Blocker from NQ Mobile. This free application allows you to block with blacklists, allow with whitelists, block SPAM SMS, create private contacts, clear calling history, and much more. You can even block unknown calls or calls with withheld IDs.

Call Blocker will also run on phones with Eclair, Froyo, and Honeycomb. There is a premium version of the app.

Call Blocker, free version

If you're looking for an easy to use application to block pesky, unwanted calls, Call Blocker is the app to try.

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17 comments
keen89
keen89

Has anyone had the problem of while your on the phone and one of your blocked calls calls you it ends the call your on ?

Samaraknell
Samaraknell

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hongkonghitch
hongkonghitch

as far as I can tell, no one anywhere addresses what seems to be an obvious reason to have a call blocker...friends/acquaintances you don't want to talk. I mean, how hard is it to not answer a call? Noi very. I very rarely answer my phone for anybody except GF and family. What I want is something that will just give some innocuous unavailable message or simply give a busysignal or something so I don't have to deal with 4 voicemails during the course of the day from a friend that, it turns out, wants to talk about nothing. C'mon, where's the nerd power?!

Sebo1958
Sebo1958

It is a long waited application and do the job as it says. How ever, application logo in tools or where the all short cut logos to open application for this tool , stands there in my Samsung Galaxy . If any one clicks on that logo (other than myself) has a access to all those black listed chats and calls. I tried many times to delete that short cut but no success at all. (unless if I uninstall) So the main point is this. Our secret chat or calls are not secret at all, unless if they are fix the problem. Or maybe I am doing wrong? Cheers. Sebo

Shuree
Shuree

I put a number on my blacklist that I don't want on it. How can I take it out? Also, why are the numbers that are blocked not showing up in the blocked call list?

Mohamed Hamdouni
Mohamed Hamdouni

If your phone is an Android, then you have [b][u]FREE[/u][/b] apps that can do the job for you [b]"Mobile Call Blocker"[/b] (by [i][b]Avanquest Mobile Technologies[/i][/b]) for example will allow you to block unsolicited calls AND text messages and also manage blacklist and white-list profiles (easy to switch from a profile to another) Once the correspondent is blocked then he/she will be redirected to voice mail (or if it's a text message it will just be deleted until you remove this number from blacklist) Once again, that's free and you don't have to pay for it you can find above app at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avanquest.callblocker

doug.woodward
doug.woodward

I just add a caller I don't want to speak to as a contact and check the box "Send calls directly to voicemail".

Jordon
Jordon

Not just individual call blocking, but you can even create personalized voice mail greetings for individuals or groups. Business contacts get the professional greeting. Friends get the funny greeting. Solicitors get the nasty greeting.

nbarber
nbarber

Is anyone using this app and YouMail's "Who Are You?" app at the same time? Conflicts?

terry.floyd
terry.floyd

I used to have this problem quite a bit right after I got my Droid2, and I contacted Verizon for assistance. They offered me a call-blocking service that is free for up to 10 numbers, but if you want to block more than 10 numbers, they charge you an extra $5/month. I thought that was ridiculous, so I did a search through the Android Market (as it was called back then) and found a free app named Mr. Number, which also has blacklist and whitelist features as well as text message blocking. I've been using it since then and this hasn't been a bother. I have to add new numbers to the blacklist once or twice a month, and every now and then I have to block a number from a text message. Mr. Number also has a feature where you can report the spam messages to a database of spam/marketing services the publisher maintains and see other users' comments. Ironically, most of the spam text messages I get are from... Verizon (trying to sell me more "services").

Mainebser
Mainebser

Read your reviews and thought this would be excellent app. It probably is a great app, but after I downloaded it and agreed to all permissions, a "Terms of Use Agreement" taking up about 20 screens appeared - all of which made me uncomfortable to read - especially when, on the first screen, it said everything would be interpreted under the laws of the People's Republic of China! With all the censorship of its own people, and the incessant cyber attacks by its military on our infrastructure, I will not permit Chinese access to my communication devices - especially when I have to play by THEIR rules!

SvenVdS
SvenVdS

In my address book (Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray running stock Android ROM) I have a checkbox "Send calls directly to voicemail". I was under the impression this is default Android functionality... If so, then unwanted call blocking doesn't need yet another battery consuming app.

craigkra
craigkra

I have just downloaded and installed this program and blocked a number of sources that have been irritating me for months - thanks a lot!

Jaytmoon
Jaytmoon

I've been using Call Guard on my samsung infuse (ics) for about 4 months. works great, includes messaging and voice blocking, white list and black list as well as contact list only.

FAST!!!
FAST!!!

Looks like this app does a lot more than just sending contacts to VM but I agree with your statement "doesn't need yet another battery consuming app". My first generation Droid has the option you mention.

bhenders
bhenders

It is free, there is a premium paid version. Did you not even read the article?