Many owners of mobile phones receive Restricted Call (Unknown Calls), often to the point of abuse. There are options to keep them from contacting you in the future, whether you have an iPhone or an Android handset. In this post, we will explain what Restricted Calls (Anonymous Calls) are and how to block these calls using built in option and by using third party apps.
What is a Restricted Call
A Restricted Call is when a user is contacted by someone who doesn’t want to be tracked. On a mobile phone, these types of calls will always appear as “Restricted” as the call comes in. Usually, it’s hard to figure out the exact number of the Restricted Call, so the only option is to block the number.
Fig. 1 – Introduction to Restricted Call
When a Phone Number is Restricted, What does it Mean
It simply means, the person contacting you has requested their carrier not to reveal their caller ID. This is a feature that can be permanently activated or by dialing a code with most carriers, on a per call basis. That also suggests that the caller either has the number blocked from accessing private personal information or is still blocked whether it is a debt collection firm or an organization that needs to receive money from you or information from you.
As suggested above, you can restrict your own number by dialing a code *67 (Star 67) before your mobile number and your caller ID will be temporarily deactivated. It implies that, on the receiving end, your number will be displayed as “Unknown” or “Private Number”.
Fig. 2 – Restricted Incoming Call
Built -in Call Blocking for Restricted Call
Many smartphones have built-in Call Blocking functionality, but you can find easily that they don’t capture everything. Few providers, such as Verizon and AT&T, block numbers from applications that are open only to consumers of the firm. You may use third-party software to block unnecessary calls if your cell phone company doesn’t have such a feature. In this section let’s see:
- How to Block Restricted Calls on Android
- How to Block Restricted Calls on iPhone
How to Block Restricted Calls on Android
- Tap on the phone icon provided at the bottom of the home screen
- Click on the (>) symbol next to the restricted number
- Scroll down and select “Block Number” option provided
- Now the number is blocked.
How to Block Restricted Calls on iPhone
- Tap on the phone icon
- Click on the (?) symbol next to restricted number
- Select “Block this called” to block the restricted call.
Note: The steps mentioned might not work for all the models of the mobile phones as the options are different for different phones.
Fig. 3 – Restricted Call Blocking Option on Android
Restricted Call Blocking by Service Providers
Like many other carriers, Verizon has its own app (application) to block calls on its customers cell phone. The “Call Filter” app of Verizon has variety of features for call blocking. They have the option to manually block individual numbers, warnings to let you know when it is possible that a call is spam, and a way to flag numbers as troublesome.
AT&T, Verizon’s top competitor, has its own app that blocks calls on the mobile phones of its clients. Incoming calls from those most likely to be fraudsters are intercepted and blocked by AT&T “Call Protect”. When an incoming call can be spam, you also get a warning, along with the option to block inappropriate calls quickly.
National Do Not Call Registry
You can add your cell phone number to the National Do Not Call List, if you haven’t already. Go to https://www.donotcall.gov/ and enter your details. The service is complimentary. While calls on mobile phones will not be stopped by the registry but makes sure that, telemarketers can stop calling any numbers on the list.
Fig. 4 – Complimentary Service by US Gov
Third Party Apps for Restricted Call Block
Restricted calls can be disabled by a few third-party applications available for iOS and Android phones. They use a registry of known spammers in general to prevent calls from getting through. Here are a couple of the latest apps:
- Hiya Caller Id App
- RoboKiller App
- Call Blocker App
‘Hiya Caller Id’ App to block Restricted Call
This is one of today’s most popular iPhone and Android block caller ID applications. You will see who just called you, and block spam and Restricted Calls with this tool. It’s very easy to use.
‘RoboKiller’ App to block Restricted Call
What distinguishes this app is that, it not only removes spam calls, but also responds with a time-wasting message that helps you to have vengeance on Robocallers. In short, it gives spammers a taste of their own medicine. You pay a fee after a free trial to continue using the service. The price is dependent on the options you select.
Fig. 5 – RoboKiller App
Restricted Call Blocker App
Only Android users can use this software and it has similar features as that of Hiya. The Restricted Call number can be extracted from your call log and added to your list of Block Calls.
Blocking Restricted Call saves precious time which otherwise might go waste in answering unwanted calls. It also prevents a person not to change his/her phone numbers in fear of Spammers.