There are many ways you can stop unwanted calls and control which calls make it through to your home. These techniques can help you fend off robocalls, telemarketers, and other people whose calls you do not want to get:
Consider a Third-Party Blocking App
You can use 3rd party apps to manage and stop calls. Only use the best services that you download from the official Google Play Store or iOS app store since the permissions you give to anti-robocalling applications make it an amazing cover for spyware or other malicious downloads.
Even among legit choices, think carefully before granting access to your contact list. Further, bear in mind that a call management application needs to, by definition, access detail about all of your calls.
If you want to keep this data to yourself, you are happier using one of the wireless carrier offerings, since they have entry to your call data anyway. But if you are feeling sad, you can give one of these choices a try.
Use the National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do not call registry is managed by the Federal Trade Commission and provides people a way to prevent unwanted calls from telemarketers and phone solicitors.
If you would love to block unwelcome calls to your cell phone or home, you can include your numbers on the do not call list. It is a free service, and once your number has been on the list for thirty days, telemarketers should prevent calling you.
The government identifies that some business calls are legal, so even if your call number is on the list, you may occasionally still get calls you do not want. For example, you may get texts and calls from political organizations, telephone surveyors, and charities.
You may also get calls from firms that you have purchased from within the last eighteen months, or from firms you have given written permission to contact you. Be alert to read the fine prints whenever you sign an agreement, as you may be granting that person permission to contact you.
Block Numbers Yourself
iOS and Android both provide call blocking choices, controlled directly via the operating system, that you can set up to reject common calls. It is a list you are curating yourself by manually including numbers, but it can be supportive if you notice that the same number spams you over and over again.
Google provides a machine learning-powered Report a Phone Call screening service for its Pixel handsets, in which the service itself picks up fake calls, communicates with the calls, and then sends you a transcript of what you went down so you can plan whether you want to call back. iOS and Android also both provide do not disturb modes that stop all alerts and calls, except ones you have specifically marked to come through.