I just got my first semi-smart phone and I'm trying to decide on a junk-call blocker. There are several on the Google store, but I'd like to get people's recommendations. The phone is a Samsung Galaxy J3, which of course is an Android. So, fellow Factorites, what's a good call blocker?
Norton Mobile Security is not just a call blocker. It is a security suite for the phone. The call blocker works very well and is easy to use.
The free version does not have a call blocker. I can't see the cost on the Play Store because it is already installed. If you are running Norton Security on your PC, the full version of Norton Mobile Security is free.
I think it was $25 and it has call blocker. The problem will always be that the people use spoofers to mask or change their real number so call blocking is not a cure all but it helps.
Extreme Call Blocker by GreyThinker on Google Play Store is an excellent app. It has a variety of call and message blocking modes, as well as many very useful features. Customer service is also very responsive. It is certainly worth checking out!
It costs 4.99 but you can email the developer for a free trial before purchasing. (Directions are in the notes for the app at the Play Store.) After purchase and activation, you can also request a free code for a second download of the app for a family member or a friend.
This capability is a built-in feature of Apple iOS.
My method is simpler, all my contacts are in the phone with their name, even the ones I never call or vice-versa; if a call comes in and caller ID can't show me the name I don't answer it, let them leave a message, junk callers never do.
Probably only working solution is to add junk numbers to list of automatically blocked numbers. It's slow but works. Those numbers change, I know. But if they shows as normal number call blocker will not react until told to block this number. And this can be done in Android without any additional software.
Other choice is, like flaco, answer only numbers from your phone book. Of course it works if there is nobody else that can call you.
Hiya (on the Google Play store) also tends to work well both as a Caller ID and to pre-emptively block known "spammy" numbers. (They do use known databases of telemarketers online like 800Notes, and there is the ability to report those few numbers that slip through. In my experience it's actually relatively uncommon anything slips through.)
For the few calls you might want to block that AREN'T telemarketers, Samsung's dialer actually does this natively or (again) Hiya does allow setup of a personal block-list.
That's probably the closest you'll find to a cell-phone version of Nomorobo (a very good telemarketer-blocker service for VoIP landline phones).
I just tell the phone to block the number. If I get a junk call I go into the recent calls and do a long press on the number then click "Add to Auto reject list". I have an older Galaxy, 3 years old now, so you should have the same option.
Easy toad numbers to block by just selecting recent calls in the app and then selecting the numbers to block.
I have been using it for some time and it works.
I use the built-in blocker on my Nexus 5. It works well. Also, the latest iteration of the phone app can let you know when a known spam number calls.
I had a couple calls that kept coming in, I used Avast and they have a call blocker but didn't work well, call still rang once before being blocked. Since it was only a couple numbers that kept calling, I just created a contact called Spam and tied those numbers to it, and have it sent direct to VM.
I'll look into the recommendations posted by others.
A lot of good information in this post. Thanks to all who contributed.
My fear in using one of these call blockers is it will reject an emergency call from a family member using a hospital, hotel, police station or borrowed cell phone.
The apps that allow you to build a list of known spam callers might be helpful but would require a lot of work to build and maintain. Due to the shrinking pool of available 10 digit phone numbers, they are being reassigned almost immediately. A list of spam numbers would quickly become obsolete.
has worked super for me.
For spam calls, Nomorobo works well for landlines. Their method of identifying a caller with spoofed caller ID works well and is kept secret. The spam list is kept on their server. Nomorobo is about to roll out for cell phones. You can sign up with an email address to get on the waiting list:
There was a thread on Nomorobo:
Apple iOS, call blocking comes built-in.
Android 6.0.1. Using the Contacts app, go to call log, select (long press) the call you want to block, using the menu (3 dots) select the Add to Auto reject list.
This is the same way my Samsung Note 4 on Lollipop does. I use it when needed and it works great.
I use true caller, call blocker and caller ID.
If so, just let them block the number for free. Just click on number and at bottom of contact click os Block This Contact. I have many many blocked. Every time one comes in, I block it. I'm even contemplating blocking my whinny neighbor.
I notice that your signature says that you have an iPhone. Does this method work on Android for the OP?
just toss your phone into a bucket o'water!
Turn off your ring tone and check your voicemail frequently. Spammers rarely leave messages.
Use Google Voice as your primary phone number. It does a wonderful job of filtering out the nonsense, and even if someone slips through or someone you don't want to talk to, you can mark their number as spam and they disappear.
and iOS handle this natively? My buddy inquired on a Porsche 911 for me (don't know why he took me seriously), and next thing you know, the Porsche dealer was calling his cell 2X per day and filling up his VM. After 4 straight days he blocked the number, and it showed up in a blocked call list. It did not stop for about 2 months. Moral of the story, never call a car dealership using your cell, or the sales dept rather.
This is exactly what I do.
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