How To Block Calls on the Samsung Galaxy S7
Everyone’s been there: you’re minding your own business, going on about your day. Maybe you’re running errands, or seeing a move and you forgot to silence your ringer. Your phone screen lights up, and your ringtone announces to the world that you’re receiving a call. To make matters worse, when you do finally answer that call, it isn’t your mother or a potential job offer. Nope, it’s a robocall, announcing plans to lower interest on the credit card account you don’t have, or to provide new information on that car warranty that either expired or doesn’t apply to you. Not only have you been embarrassed and interrupted; the call itself was worthless and a waste of your time.
Luckily, your Galaxy S7 does provide call-blocking, built right inside the phone app itself. While Samsung’s technology might not prevent against your first few sales calls, it can provide a sense of security, and work towards blocking future calls from the same number. Plus, it’s really easy to block calls on the Galaxy S7—you can block a recent caller in just a few seconds. So, without further ado, this guide will show you how to do exactly that: block those repeat callers and return your life back to the peace and quiet you deserve.
First, start by opening your phone app, either through a shortcut on your home screen or through the app drawer.
By default, the phone application opens on your list of recent calls. If you just received a call from an unknown number, it’s probably at the top of the list. If it’s been a couple days, you might have to scroll through your call log until you find the infringing caller. No worries—you can block a number at any time, regardless of when you were last contacted by the individual. Once you’ve identified the number, tap on their call listing to expand the options for their call history. You’ll see three icons: call, message, and details. Click “details.” This will open the caller’s phone number and call history on a larger display.
On this screen, you’ll be able to see the entire history of this number calling you. For some robocalls, there’s a chance they’ve only called once or twice. Some robocalls, though, will call repeatedly, and you can never quite predict which camp a new caller will fall in. It’s better to block all of these numbers, whether they’ve called once or ten times, just to make sure that you don’t have any problems down the line. To block the number, click the triple-dotted menu icon in the upper-right hand corner. For unsaved numbers, this will give you a singular option: “Block Number.”
Tapping “Block Number” will deliver a pop-up message, warning that you won’t be able to receive calls or messages from any number you block. As long as you’re sure this is a spammer and not some other source of information you may need at a later date, click “Block.” The pop-up will disappear, and return you to the call detail display.
If you want to confirm the caller has been blocked, tap the triple-dotted menu icon again. Though you’ll still only receive one option, it should now read “Unblock Number.”
You can unblock the number by selecting that option, if you realize you’ve blocked a number by mistake. You won’t receive a pop-up prompt to unblock a number.
There are a few other options you might be interested in to manage your blocked callers on Android; we here at TechJunkie have published an entire post about blocking calls. You should look into adding your phone number to the FTC’s Do Not Call registry, which will stop telemarketers from having access to your phone number. You can also report unwanted calls on their website. This list doesn’t cover all robocalls, however: you might still receive political calls, charitable calls, debt collection calls, informational calls, and surveys. Still, it’s worth adding your number to the list, if only for some added coverage from the onslaught of callers that could try to reach you.
There are also several Android apps made for blocking unwanted calls on your phone. These apps are great add-ons to the S7’s call-blocking functionality. Mr. Number, for example, is an app that crowd-sources anonymous data and reports from other users to determine whether or not a call trying to reach you is spam. If the call is determined as spam, it will automatically decline and block the call for you, acting like a sort of firewall for those trying to reach you while you’re watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the theater.
But, if you want to put in the least amount of effort possible, the Samsung-included call-blocking feature works well enough for most users. It’ll block both calls and texts, and though it may not block calls automatically like some third-party apps you can download from the Play Store, it will allow you to make sure that pesky spammer never calls you back again. Or, at least, never calls you back from that specific number.