Avoiding telemarketers can be done as easily as not answering the phone but now there is an easier way. Recent models of Android smart phones come equipped with a feature to blacklist phone numbers. Older devices won’t be equipped with this features but most of the newer models will have a similar way of blocking phone numbers. Here are three ways to block phone numbers:
Block All Incoming Calls
These steps will vary based on which device you are using but in general you will want to go open the Phone application. Then tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, select Settings and choose Call. There will be the option Call Rejection, select it. There you will be able to reject all incoming calls by selecting Auto Reject Mode. This feature is useful if you want to stop all incoming calls but there are also ways to block specific numbers too.
Block Specific Numbers
A list of numbers that your phone blocks can be found under Auto Reject Mode by selecting the + sign in the top-right corner. An option is also available to block any unknown caller but that can stop you from getting some potentially important calls. This method is similar to a spam filter for your emails since it just helps you avoid it all together.
If you’ve blocked someone’s phone number you can have your device send them a text message with whatever text you want. So when you’re too busy to answer the phone you can easily say “Sorry, I’m busy but I’ll call you back soon!” To create these messages go to Rejection Messages under the Auto Reject List