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Here is how to block robocalls on iPhone and Android

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Unwanted calls are often harmless, but some are after your credit card information, Ids or passwords. All are a distraction and a waste of your time.

Robocallers have gotten more cunning by masking their calls with telephone numbers that the use of the first three or first six digits of your phone number.

But the scams old. They pretend to be the big banks, big tech companies and government agencies such as the TAX authorities.

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What is the scam, here are several ways to stop unwanted calls on your smartphone – and a way to stop them cold.

Manually: if you have not much of junk calls you can block calls (one at a time). On the iPhone you can do this by selecting “Phone”, then tapping the information icon (the circled lowercase “i”) and select “Block this Caller.” On Android, it is similar, tap the name of the caller, then a long press on the number, and tap on “Block/report spam” (notice that this procedure may slightly vary from device to device on Android).

Block calls manually, however, is usually meaningless because scammers and spammers are constantly changing their numbers, usually on a daily basis.

Use an app: there are plenty of apps on telemarketers and suspicious calls, some are better in the blocking of calls, before they by than others. AT&T and Verizon, as with other carriers, offer apps that let you block calls by identifying probable fraudsters. For the purpose of identifying a suspicious call numbers will be executed against a huge list of robocallers that is updated daily.

For example, the basic setup of the Verizon Caller Name ID app ($2.99 per month per line) is the same as any call blocker app on the iPhone. After installing the app, under the iPhone Settings and tap on “Phone” and then on “Call Blocking & Identification,” then turn on the Verizon “Caller Name ID” app.

If you want to go a step further, the Verizon app will also try to block unwanted calls and send them to voicemail. This requires to go on the Verizon app, select it and click “Block” and then on “Spam filter on” setting a level of risk.

For Android devices, open the Verizon Caller Name ID app, tap on “Block management,” then tap “Spam filter”, enable the function and select the level of risk.

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AT&T has its Mobile Security & Call Protect Plus ($3.99 per month) service that provides Automatic Fraud Block, which can detect and allow you to block incoming suspicious calls.

Samsung has a “Smart Call” function on the phones you can tell when the call is suspect and you can block the call. Go to the “Caller ID and spam protection” in Call Settings, then turn on the “Caller ID and spam protection.” Note that is not made available by all providers.

And Google provides for caller ID and spam protection for Android. With this, you can stop spam calls from ringing on your phone. “You will not get a missed call or voicemail notifications, but you’ll still see filtered calls in your call history list and be able to take a voicemail you receive,” according to Google.

There are third-party apps that you can try for free such as Nomorobo, and RoboKiller. After the trial period, both asking for a small monthly fee, which usually starts at $0.99 and $1.99 per month. There is also an app called Hiya that is free.

The best advice is to try these services, and that works for you.

The killing of all suspicious calls: the most effective method to reduce calls to your contact list. On the iPhone, this will stop all the unwanted calls from ringing on your phone. The only discussions that people on your contact list. Other legitimate calls usually go to voicemail.

On the iPhone, go to Settings, then click on “do Not Disturb” and then select “allow Calls From” than “All Contacts.” This is deadly effective and can be a good option for people hounded by spam calls. For Android, you can do this with apps such as Calls blacklist.

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