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Galaxy S9/S9+ – How to Block Calls

Posted by Arch on July 2, 2018

Sometimes, blocking calls is an unfortunate necessity. How do you rid yourself of unwanted callers on your Galaxy S9 or S9+?

Blocking an Incoming Call

What if you’re receiving an unwanted call from someone you haven’t blocked yet? Ignoring them is one option. But you can also block the call when it’s happening.

Simply drag the red call icon to the left, blocking your unwanted caller.

Block a Specific Number

Here’s a step-by-step guide for blocking a specific number that you don’t want to receive calls from. The caller will get a busy signal when they try to call you.

  1. Select the Phone Icon on the Home Screen

This option is in the bottom left corner of your screen (if you haven’t moved it).

  1. Select Menu
  2. Select Settings

This takes you to Call Settings.

  1. Select Block Numbers

At this point, you can manually insert the number you want to block. You can also search for the number in your contacts. Additionally, you can search through Recent Calls to block people you haven’t saved as a contact. Make sure that the Block Numbers option is turned on.

There is another way to achieve the same result. Instead of going through Phone>Menu>Settings, you can find the number you want to block in your contacts or in your Recent Calls list.

When you tap on the number in question, you can see the caller details. But there is also a block button that you can select. This approach may be quicker, as long as you’re just blocking one number instead of several of them at once.

How Do You Block All Unknown Numbers?

Sometimes, you just don’t want to deal with unknown callers. This process is similar to the previous one.

  1. Select the Phone Icon on the Home Screen
  2. Select Menu
  3. Select Settings
  4. Select Block Numbers
  5. Turn on Block Unknown Callers

This is a toggle, switch it to on.

What Can You Do About Spam?

Unwanted calls can happen because of personal reasons. But you can also use phone blocking to avoid spammers and telemarketers. If this is important to you, you should consider using the Smart Call app.

This app lets you block and report spam calls. When you receive a call, this app will look at the caller ID. Then the app will tell you if the caller is suspected of spam or fraud.

How Do You Turn on Smart Call?

To turn on this Samsung app, go into Phone>Menu>Settings. Once again, you need Call Settings.

Then you select Caller ID and spam protection. Turn this function on.

How Do You Use It?

When you receive a call, Samsung Smart Call will assess the caller. If there’s a chance that you’re receiving a spam call, you’ll be notified immediately.

It’s up to you whether you want to block or report the call.

If a spam call slips through the cracks and you answer it, you can report it after the call has ended. Reporting is simple and it lets you select exactly what kind of call it was. For example, you can report political calls, surveys, scams, and even extortion attempts.

A Final Thought

Using your phone is considerably easier when you don’t have to deal with unwanted callers. With the Galaxy S9 and S9+, it’s easy to get rid of this extremely widespread problem. If something changes, you can unblock the number using the same process.

2 thoughts on “Galaxy S9/S9+ – How to Block Calls”

Susan says:
I can’t receive voice calls on my S9+ unless it’s in Safe Mode. I’ve done about 20 restarts and have gotten rid of apps that didn’t come with the phone. The phone rings fine for messages. Haven’t done the hard reset yet. Any thoughts would be appreciated
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Joanne F Melo says:
What does the sender hear when they call you and they are blocked? What about texting, will they see they are blocked or will it say message failed?
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