5 ways to block or hide your number when making calls
1. Use *67 to hide your phone number
On a per-call basis, you can’t beat *67 at hiding your number. This trick works for smartphones and landlines. Open your phone’s keypad and dial * – 6 – 7, followed by the number you’re trying to call.
The free process hides your number, which will show up on the other end as “Private” or “Blocked” when reading on caller ID. You will have to dial *67 each time you want your number blocked.
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2. Block your number by default on iOS and Android
If you own an iPhone or Android device, automatically block your number by adjusting one simple setting. Your number will appear private for every call you make.
To block your number on iPhone:
1. Go to Settings, Tap Phone
2. Press Show My Caller ID
3. Use the toggle switch to show or hide your number
Note: Verizon Wireless does not allow this feature, but I’ll show you what you can do about that in the next step.
To block your number on Android:
1. Open the Phone app, and open the Menu
2. Select Settings, then Call settings
3. Click on Additional settings, then Caller ID
4. Choose “Hide number” and your number will be hidden
To reverse this feature on Android, choose “Show number” or “Network default”
You can also use *82 to unblock your number in case your call gets rejected temporarily. Some providers and users will automatically block private numbers, so using this code will help you bypass this filter.
Blocking your number can go a long way in stopping annoying robocalls. Did you notice less in the last month? Tap or click to see why robocalls are going to ramp back up very soon.
3. Ask your carrier to block your number
Not every device has the same process for blocking your phone number, and it’s a pain to block on a per-call basis. That’s where your wireless carrier can help.
If you’re using a different kind of phone (or want the lines on your account private), ask your carrier to block all outgoing calls.
Connect to your carrier by calling 611. Make sure to tell the recording you want to speak to “customer support” or “technical support.” Some carriers’ lines send you to the bill-pay department automatically.
Once your carrier sets you up with a private number, you can still use *82 if you run into call rejection. This step temporarily unblocks your number on a per-call basis.
While you’re on the phone, call your internet provider, too. I’ve got 7 steps to help you save on your monthly internet bill.
4. Skip dialing from your own number and use a burner app
A burner app might be what you need if you’re not keen on mucking around with your phone or carrier settings. These apps use your internet data to make calls, which effectively gives your phone a second number to use.
There are hundreds of burner apps you can download for iOS or Android, but these are my three favorites.