How to Block Unknown (Private) Numbers on Android

Here is our step-by-step guide on how to block annoying calls from unknown phone numbers on Android. Below you will find detailed guides on how to do this on various devices running different versions and ROMs including stock Android, OneUI, OxygenOS, EMUI, MIUI, etc.

The Problem of Spam Calls

As you might know, nearly a half of all incoming calls are spam nowadays. Telemarketers use various tricks to get to you: sometimes they change the phone number to a local one, another time they try to hide the number to make you curious about who is calling you from private number and answer. The only goal, as a rule, is to sell you some product or service.

In most cases it is reasonable to block anonymous callers, especially on your child’s mobile phone. In the latter case, you should do your best to protect children from the threats and evil jokes that often come from unidentified callers.

First of all, you should always remember one simple thing: if you get an incoming call and the number is hidden, the callers have certain reasons to stay anonymous.

Personally I never answer calls with “No caller ID” and try to block them if my current phone gives me such an option.

An incoming call from anonymous caller with private number on Android
A call from anonymous number on Android

Variety in Naming

On different phones and even models you can see different naming of hidden numbers: “unknown”, “private”, “hidden”, “restricted”, “withheld”, “no caller id”. But they mean the same thing: the caller is trying to stay anonymous by not disclosing their phone number.

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Unfortunately, not all phone models are capable of blocking the calls from restricted numbers out of the box. It’s quite a nonsense when you can add a certain number to your black list but can’t do that for private numbers.

So, in some cases you will have to install a third-party call manager to do that.

How to Block Calls from Unknown and Private Numbers on Stock Android 10

Finally Google added great options allowing to get rid of Private and Hidden phone numbers in Google Contacts. Here is how you can ban unwanted callers on pure Android. Screenshots taken on Google Pixel running Android 10.

  1. Swipe up to open the app drawer.
  2. Open Contacts (not Phone).
  3. Tap the menu sandwich icon on the upper left.
  4. Select Settings:
    Contacts settings Android 10
  5. Scroll down and find Blocked numbers at the very bottom:
    Blocked numbers Google Contacts app
  6. Here you can choose which type of callers to block:
    Numbers not in Contacts
    Private
    Pay phone
    Unknown
    block Private Unknown numbers in Google Contacts on Android 10
    Select categories of callers you wish to ban on your phone. From now on such incoming calls will be immediately rejected.

     As far as I remember, I did not have such options to ban hidden numbers on Android 9 on the same device (Google Pixel 2016) until I installed Android Q Beta despite the same Google Contacts app version. If you know more, tell us in the comments.

Block Unknown Callers on Samsung Galaxy Devices Running Android 10, 9, 8, 7

  1. Launch the Phone app: Phone app Samsung Galaxy S9
  2. Tap the dots icon on the upper right and select SettingsPhone app settings Samsung Galaxy S9
  3. Here select Block numbersPhone app Call settings Samsung Galaxy S9
  4. Activate the option Block unknown callersBlock Numbers Block Unknown Callers Samsung Galaxy S9

From now on all calls from “private” and “unknown” numbers will be automatically rejected.

Block Private / Unknown Numbers on Huawei

EMUI 10 & 9

In EMUI 10.1, 10, 9.1 and 9 the design of the phone is almost the same. So, you need to do the following to make your phone reject all anonymous callers:

  • Open the Phone app.
  • Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right and select Blocked:
  • Head to Call Block Rules.
  • And toggle on the Block Private/Withheld Numbers: Block Private - Withheld Numbers Huawei EMUI 10.1

EMUI 8

In EMUI 8 things are a bit different. Follow the steps:

  1. Open the Phone app as usual: 
    Phone app Huawei
  2. Open the dialer:
    Dialer phone app Huawei
  3. Here tap the dots icon on the right and select Blockedaccess Blocked numbers options from dialer Huawei
  4. Select Blocked rules at the bottom of the screen: Block rules settings Huawei
  5. Tap on Call block rulesedit Call block rules Huawei
  6. Activate the option Block unknown/hidden numbersBlock unknown hidden numbers Huawei

Block Anonymous Calls on OnePlus

Unfortunately, there is no option to block unidentified callers in the Phone / Contacts app on OnePlus phones.

That’s why we advise to install the Contacts app by Google to make your phone auto reject all anonymous incoming calls. Check our step-by-step guide for details.

block unidentified caller on OnePlus

Block Calls from Unknown and Hidden Numbers on Xiaomi (MIUI 10)

Here is how to do it in MIUI 10/11:

  1. Launch the Phone app: Phone App Xiaomi
  2. Go to Recents.
  3. Here open the dialer: Recent calls Xiaomi MIUI 10
  4. Open the menu: Xiaomi dialer menu
  5. Head to BlocklistCall settings Blocklist Xiaomi
  6. Here make sure the Blocklist option is activated:
  7. Then go to Blocked numbersBlocklist settings Xiaomi
  8. Here activate the option Block calls from hidden numbersBlock calls from hidden numbers Xiaomi

Done!

Block Unknown Numbers on Meizu

Blocking unknown calls on Meizu phones is pretty similar. However, Flyme OS has a lot of options when it comes to filtering incoming calls. Do the following:

  • First you need to open the phone app.
  • No matter whether you are currently on the “Dialer” or “Contacts” tab, tap the three-dot icon on the upper right and select Settings: Phone app Settings Meizu
  • Here select Blocklist: Meizu blocklist
  • Now tap the cog icon: Meizu blocklist settings
  • Dive into the Call filtering settings:  Meizu Call Filtering
  • And finally toggle on the Block unknown numbers option: Block unknown numbers Meizu Flyme 8

Blocking Private Numbers on a Vivo Phone

Here is how to block calls from private numbers on Vivo smartphones:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Dive into Security & Privacy: Security & Privacy Vivo Settings
  3. Go to Block unwanted: VIvo block unwanted calls
  4. Here enable the Block unknown/null incoming call numbers option: block unknown numbers on Vivo phone Done! From now on all restricted numbers will be rejected!

How to Block Calls from Private/Unknown/Restricted Numbers on Old Devices under Android 4 and 5

Samsung Galaxy with Android 4.4.2

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Go to Settings

Select My device and tap on Call category:

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Choose Call rejection:

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Check that the black list function is enabled. (The Auto reject numbers should be chosen in Auto reject mode setting).
Then enter the Auto reject list setting:

unknown to blacklist: auto reject list

Check the flag Unknown to add all unknown callers to black list:

add unknown withheld numbers to blacklist

Henceforth, all incoming calls from restricted numbers will be automatically rejected.

Article published on 13/10/2014 but is constantly updated.

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