Android smartphones have a very convenient feature. barring calls from hidden numbers. As far as I can see, few users know about its existence. Therefore, today we will talk about her. If you want to block calls from unfamiliar numbers, read another article.
What is a hidden number?
Hiding a number is one of the functions of GSM networks. As a rule, a paid number hiding service is available for any mobile operator. Different operators may call it differently: either “Anti-identifier”, or “Incognito”, but the essence is the same, because it is based on the ability of a GSM, 3G, 4G or 5G network to hide the caller ID of the caller.
If the subscriber paid for such a service, he can choose to hide or show his phone number during a call. When someone calls you from a hidden number, the following is displayed on the phone screen instead of the number or name: Number is hidden. On different phones, the hidden number may also be called Private Number, Withheld or Unknown.
When useful the function of barring incoming calls from hidden numbers
It is logical to assume that most often number hiding service used by subscribers who have reasons to hide it. It can be taxi services, which often call from GSM-gateways, because they do not want to be called back to the gateway number, and representatives of various other companies. Sometimes, even your friends can call you from a hidden number in order to intrigue or play you. However, often collectors, scammers and other unpleasant personalities also use such tricks.
From my experience, I can say this: most often people with whom few people want to communicate use the number hiding service. As a rule, such people are not answered by calls, and their phone numbers are blacklisted. Therefore, this is one of their methods to reach someone who doesn’t really want to talk to you.
A function of barring calls from unknown numbers actually adds an unknown number to the blacklist.
How to block unknown subscribers on Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10, Note 8, 9, 10
For example, Android 8.0.0 with the Samsung Experience 9.0 shell, but in Android 9 with OneUI, the steps are similar:
- Launch the dialer (application Telephone):
- Click on the three dots in the upper right and select Settings:
- Select item Number blocking:
- Activate function Blocking. unknown subscribers:
Done! Prohibited and undefined numbers will no longer reach you!
Budget Samsung Galaxy on the example of J3 2016
If you have a budget Samsung smartphone on Android 5, then in the dialer you need to look for the section Block List and in it. a toggle switch Block. anonymous calls. The name is a little different, but the essence is the same:
How to block calls from hidden numbers in bare Android (Google Pixel, Nexus)
Android 10 has finally added the function of blocking undetectable numbers in the Google Phone app. To activate it, follow these steps:
- Run the application Telephone.
- Press the menu (three dots in the upper right) and select Settings.
- Go to the section Blocked numbers:
- And turn on the function Unknown numbers (Block calls from undetectable numbers):
How to block a hidden number on a Huawei phone
To enable a similar option in Huawei, do the following:
- Run the application Telephone.
- At the bottom right, click on three dots.
- Select item Blocked:
- Tap on the icon below Blocking Rules:
- Go to setup Call Blocking Rules:
- Enable option Block unknown / hidden numbers:
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Block hidden numbers on Xiaomi
For example, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 running MIUI 10.0.4.0:
- Go to Settings > Section Applications > System applications > Call settings: (Second method: run the application Telephone, go to tab Challenges, open the dialer, click on the “sandwich” icon in the lower left corner to open the menu)
- Select item Antispam (this is the right word for Xiaomi):
- Activate option Enable antispam.
- Now go to the subsection Call blocking:
- Enable function here Block calls from hidden numbers:
You can also block SMS messages from all senders who are not listed in the contact list. To do this, select the item in the anti-spam settings Message blocking, and in paragraph SMS from strangers select Block:
How to add a hidden number to the black list. Android 4
Log in Settings:
Go to the section My device and select Challenges:
Select Call rejection:
Here, first go into the setting Auto reject mode:
and select mode Black list:
Then go into setup Black list In chapter Call rejection:
And set the daw near Unknown:
Now all calls from banned (hidden) numbers will be rejected automatically.
How to add a blacklist to a blacklist in Android 2
Log in Settings:
Go to setup Call rejection:
Select Auto reject mode:
Choose a mode Black list:
After that, you will return to the section Call rejection. Go to setup Black list:
and set the daw near Unknown:
Block calls from hidden numbers in Android 5
Go to setup Call rejection
and make sure mode is selected Black list:
Enter the number management from the auto reject list:
Check the box next to Unknown:
Do not forget! Often the subscribers you need can also use the hidden number. for example, the same taxi services.
Attention! The number hiding function does not guarantee that your number will remain unknown. In the best case, it simply will not appear on the screen of your interlocutor, however, the operator always has comprehensive information about all phone numbers. Switching equipment cannot establish a connection between two subscribers, without knowing the numbers of both.
There is also a feature that can be called “anti-determinant” on the fingers and this is not a joke. This service has long been used by people close to the government, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and some other structures.
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