Your phone rings and you pick it up only to find out that it was a telemarketing or a spam call. Ridiculous, right? You regret picking it up. Now imagine that happening while you are giving an important presentation during a meeting at your office. Worst scenario, imagine that happening while you are busy having a great time with your family during Christmas or Halloween. The influx of robocalls and spam calls never ceases to stop, but there is something you can do about them.
Why doesn’t the government do something about this, or the network carrier for that matter?
That’s a valid question if it was popping up in your mind right now. Truly speaking, they are doing their part to eliminate such calls. What they can’t do is eliminate the basic concept of calling, which is where these agencies get smart.
And we are talking about perpetrators who get beyond the DND trick.
According to YouMail, “Americans were hit with 58.5 billion robocalls in 2019, an increase of 22% from the 47.8 billion received in 2018. That’s over a 100 billion in over 2 years. That comes to an average of 15 spam calls for every person in the world.
In December 2019, former-President Trump signed the Traced Act, a law that gives government and federal agencies more power to target such perpetrators.
The problem will take some time to sort, but until then here’s what you can do on your end to stop this nuisance from letting happen.
Here are the top 3 ways to block robocalls and spam calls
There are 3 ways of doing this. Firstly, you can use your phone’s in-built features to filter out unwanted calls. Secondly, you can use third-party apps. Thirdly, you can also check with your provider for help. Let’s discuss them all.
Manage them on your Android or iPhone Settings
If you are using an Android:
Go to Settings >> Tap on Caller ID & Spam >> Enable everything
If you are using an iPhone:
Go to Settings >> Scroll down to Phone >> Toggle Silence Unknown Callers
While they look like a very easy and convenient option, the vetting process also fails to identify important calls. However, they can be of help to great extents.
Use a third-party app
App makers around the world keep coming up with different kinds of apps that can help them make some money. Needless to say, this domain looks promising. As a result, you can find a number of different apps to prevent spam calls. Here’s a small yet important list:
Hiya: Free app; Available for Android and iOS; Painless setup
Nomorobo: Paid app; Costs $2 per month
Firewall app: Paid app; Available for iPhone; does
Wideprotect: Paid app; Available for iPhone
RoboKiller: Paid app; Comes with a 7-days trial
Check with your network provider
You might have never tried this, but all cell phone carriers offer some kind of call blocking features. For instance, Verizon has a Call Filter app that is automatically enabled for Android users. AT&T offers a paid service.