Spam calls have become an irritating and persistent problem for smartphone users around the world. These unsolicited calls, often promoting scams or telemarketing schemes, can disrupt your day and compromise your privacy. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can employ to block spam callers and regain control of your phone. Here are some effective ways to thwart those nuisance calls.
Most smartphones come equipped with built-in call-blocking features that allow you to filter and block unwanted calls. You can access these features in your phone's settings menu.
Go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking & Identification
Add numbers or contacts to your block list
Open your Phone app
Tap the three-dot menu, go to Settings, and select Block numbers
Add the numbers you want to block
If your built-in call blocking features don't provide the level of control you desire, you can consider using third-party call blocking apps. Some popular options include Truecaller, Nomorobo, and Hiya. These apps typically offer more advanced features, such as community-based spam call reporting and blocking and personal block lists.
The National Do Not Call Registry allows you to opt out of receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls in the United States. You can register your phone number for free on their website. While this won't eliminate all spam calls, it can significantly reduce the number of unwanted marketing calls you receive.
By enabling the "Do Not Disturb" mode on your phone, you can silence all incoming calls and notifications from unknown or blocked numbers. This is a great way to ensure that spam callers don't disturb you, especially during your sleep hours or important meetings. You can customize settings to allow calls from your contacts to come through.
One of the simplest strategies to avoid unwanted callers is to avoid answering calls from numbers you don't recognize. If it's a legitimate call, the caller usually leaves a voicemail or text. By ignoring unknown numbers, you can minimize the chances of engaging with spammers, and they’ll eventually stop calling.
Help the community combat spam callers by reporting unwanted calls to your mobile carrier or the appropriate government agency. In the United States, you can report spam calls to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by visiting their website or using their "FTC Complaint Assistant."
Blocking spam callers is essential for maintaining your phone's functionality and your peace of mind. ICC can assist with mobile application installation on devices, educate staff on avoiding spammers, and advise on how to keep your communications systems safe and nuisance-free. Visit our website to look at our telecommunications services. To get started, call us at 970-419-0602.
December 12, 2023