How to Block Spam Phone Calls

Phone with spam caller

Spam phone calls are at an all-time high. These calls from unknown numbers range from irritating telemarketers trying to sell you something to fraudsters who want to scam you. Luckily there are ways to block these calls. Apps like Truecaller and RoboKiller identify spam calls before you answer. Below is a list of three top spam blocking apps and instructions on how to install them:

Truecaller
Price: Free
Available on: iPhone and Android
Key features:
  • Identifies spam callers
  • Identifies who is calling
  • Block numbers
  • Can identify and block spam texts
  • Enter phone numbers into the app to identify if they are spam
RoboKiller
Price: $3.99/month (free first month)
Available on: iPhone and Android
Key features:
  • Identifies spam callers
  • Identifies who is calling
  • Block numbers
  • Has a built-in robot which can answer spam calls and talk for you
  • Can identify and block spam texts
Hiya
Price: Free
Available on: iPhone and Android
Key features:
  • Identifies spam callers
  • Identifies who is calling
  • Block numbers
  • Can identify and block spam texts
  • Enter phone numbers into the app and it can identify if they are spam

How to get started

iPhone

  1. Download the desired spam blocking app from the Apple App Store
  2. Go to Settings > Phone.
  3. Tap Call Blocking & Identification.

    Settings App

  4. Under Allow These Apps To Block Calls And Provide Caller ID, turn the app on or off. You can also reorder the apps based on priority. Just tap Edit and then drag the apps in the order you want them.

    Settings App

Android

  1. Download the app from the Google Play Store
  2. Follow the instructions in the spam blocking app to properly install it

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Phone with spam caller

Spam phone calls are at an all-time high. These calls from unknown numbers range from irritating telemarketers trying to sell you something to fraudsters who want to scam you. Luckily there are ways to block these calls. Apps like Truecaller and RoboKiller identify spam calls before you answer. Below is a list of three top spam blocking apps and instructions on how to install them:

Truecaller
Price: Free
Available on: iPhone and Android
Key features:
  • Identifies spam callers
  • Identifies who is calling
  • Block numbers
  • Can identify and block spam texts
  • Enter phone numbers into the app to identify if they are spam
RoboKiller
Price: $3.99/month (free first month)
Available on: iPhone and Android
Key features:
  • Identifies spam callers
  • Identifies who is calling
  • Block numbers
  • Has a built-in robot which can answer spam calls and talk for you
  • Can identify and block spam texts
Hiya
Price: Free
Available on: iPhone and Android
Key features:
  • Identifies spam callers
  • Identifies who is calling
  • Block numbers
  • Can identify and block spam texts
  • Enter phone numbers into the app and it can identify if they are spam

How to get started

iPhone

  1. Download the desired spam blocking app from the Apple App Store
  2. Go to Settings > Phone.
  3. Tap Call Blocking & Identification.

    Settings App

  4. Under Allow These Apps To Block Calls And Provide Caller ID, turn the app on or off. You can also reorder the apps based on priority. Just tap Edit and then drag the apps in the order you want them.

    Settings App

Android

  1. Download the app from the Google Play Store
  2. Follow the instructions in the spam blocking app to properly install it
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