How to Stop Unwanted Robocalls and Texts

( – According to YouMail news, Americans received over 50 billion robocalls in 2021. That included 42 percent scams, 26 percent alerts and reminders, 15 percent payment reminders, and 17 percent telemarketing. Robocalls are spam calls that are automated and prerecorded. The calls and text messages carry tricks to extort money from you. Everyone hates spam calls, but sometimes they won’t stop calling. These are three ways to stop unwanted robocalls and texts.

Ignore Unknown Numbers

According to an Insider survey, 46 percent of Americans receive calls from unknown numbers daily. Receiving calls from unknown numbers confirms that your number is in use and may result in more calls. If you mistakenly receive the call, hang up immediately. Phones are designed to stop any new number from calling you. On an iPhone, open the settings app and tap on the phone. Go to silence unknown callers and select on. The unknown numbers will be silenced and displayed on the recent list. From there, press the “i” icon and select “Block Contact” from the options.

On an Android, go to the phone and tap on the three dots. Go to settings and enable “Block unknown/private numbers.” All the numbers you have not saved on your phone will be automatically declined. Although this option may prevent people who might be genuinely interested in talking to you, it sieves out many others who have your number.

Join the US National Do Not Call registry

Since June 27, 2003, Americans have been able to avoid telemarketing calls by adding their numbers to the US National Do Not Call registry. In 2023, more than 221 million subscribers have added their numbers to the registry, which continues to grow. This helps the consumers be at peace while telemarketers screen out prospects who are not interested. However, only some foreign numbers or callers are screened out.

You can Register your number on the DNC by calling 1-866-290-4236 (TTY) or 1-888-382-1222 (voice). The DNC exempts political calls, non-profit organizations, legitimate “survey organizations, and debt collectors. Unwanted calls received after you have added your number was added to the registry can be reported to the FTC.

Download Third-Party Call Blocker Apps

Most people opt to install call-blocking apps to stop robocalls and texts. They collect data from other users to identify spammers. The apps need to access your contacts and call logs to function correctly. This is sensitive information, and you need to be more careful before allowing any application. These are some of the common call-blocker apps available for Android and iPhone:

YouMail: This has personal and professional plans for automatic spam blocking and cloud-based visual voicemail. However, the free version contains ads.

Hiya: This app has all the premium features of a call-blocking app at no cost. It also doesn’t has no ads.

Robo killer: This app gives hilarious answers to robocalls. It is the ultimate revenge on the annoying callers. After a 7-day free trial, you need to fund it to continue using it.

TextKiller: This app has a huge robotexts blocklist. It has a free 7-day trial, but it has yet to be available on Android.

Truecaller: This helps you to lookup for an unknown number. Although it is a little invasive, it is proven efficient and accurate. It also has annoying ads and needs to be more accurate on iOS devices.

TrapCall: This is like a guard to your phone. It prompts anonymous callers to show their identity.

Bottom Line

Robocalls and texts are annoying. Getting rid of them keeps you at peace and helps you enjoy dinner in peace. Avoiding them keeps you safe from scammers whose objection is to milk your pockets dry.

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