The Best Ways You Can Block Robocalls – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
How many of those annoying robocalls do you get per day? Believe it or not, they are reportedly going down, even though people still received nearly 46 billion robocalls over the past year. And you could say one is too many. The good news is that there are easy ways to block them. Consumer Reports explains how to do it.
In 2020, there were actually fewer robocalls than in the past two years, according to the blocking and tracking service YouMail. The decline is due to improved blocking technology, increased enforcement, and the coronavirus pandemic.
There’s an app called Nomorobo that claims to block robocalls for $ 2 a month. Other call blocking apps include Hiya, Mr. Number, and Robokiller.
According to Consumer Reports, the anti-robocall tools provided by your carrier may be an even better option.
For the most part, consumers don’t have to do anything to get these services up and running. Calls that are legitimate are allowed to ring. And calls that aren’t there are either blocked or shown with an alert.
Also, according to Consumer Reports, you can try a more drastic step by setting your phone to only allow calls from the people on your contact list. However, with this option, you will need to update your contact list frequently to avoid missing important calls.
For iPhones with iOS 13 or higher, go to “Settings”, “Phone”, scroll down, tap “Mute unknown callers” and activate the function.
For Android, tap the phone icon that is usually shown at the bottom of your home screen. Then tap the three dots Settings in the top right corner of the screen and then tap Blocked Numbers. Then turn on “Block calls from unidentified callers” by tapping the toggle switch on the right.
According to Consumer Reports, depending on your phone and wireless service provider, you may need to manually enable call barring services. The Consumer Reports website has step-by-step instructions for each carrier.