How to stop annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone

We’ve all had that moment where you pick up your phone and it goes straight to voicemail. Here’s what to do to stop annoying robocalls.

How to stop annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone

Robocalls can be annoying, but you know the worst part? Often the calls are just completely unnecessary.

Here are three easy steps to help you take back control of your phone and minimise that annoying phone call.

(1) Turn Down Background Blocking

Making calls in the background can be a nuisance. If you’ve switched on Background Blocking on your iPhone or Android phone there are two things you can do.

Step 1. When Background Blocking is enabled, any calls made when it is active will always go through to your voicemail.

However, if you are unhappy with the number of background calls you are receiving you can disable Background Blocking altogether. Go to Settings > Phone > Privacy > Background Blocking and toggle it off.

This means that all of your incoming calls will always go through to your voicemail.

This will help you turn down that annoying background noise and stop other people from calling you for however long you chose to leave your voicemail.

Once you turn Background Blocking off you can disable the functionality so that no one will ever be able to leave a voicemail while you’re on the phone.

Step 2. Always Turn Off Low Priority Dials

You can mute calls by turning them off. This will just stop your phone from ringing for longer. When you turn these calls off your phone will look like you are using your phone.

To turn it off when you’re not using it go to Settings > Phone > Low Priority Dialing. This feature can cause your phone to have a much higher priority, which can decrease the amount of calls you get and reduce your battery usage.

When you turn Low Priority Dialing off your phone will turn into a blue screen of death to stop ringing for longer.

If you’re unsure of whether a call is really important to you and wants you to decide whether to answer or not, consider asking Siri.

Step 3. Delete Caller ID Annoyances

If you’re frustrated with the number of silent calls or flashing numbers pop up on your screen during busy times, you can remove these annoying patterns from your device.

Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Find Calls. By default, the Find Calls tab only shows a photo or either a phone number or an email address in your contacts list.

However, if you have any caller ID patterns set that can’t be identified, you can delete them.

When you turn Find Calls off you will no longer have to use this feature.

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