Learn How To Stop Unwanted Robocalls And Texts Easily

There’s something uniquely exasperating about the moment when your work, rest, or quality time gets interrupted by an unwanted robocall or spam text.

Believe me, I’ve been there too, and it feels like an unwanted trespasser invading our personal space. Today, I’d like to share with you some methods that helped me regain my peace.

1. Register on the National Do Not Call List

Firstly, head over to the National Do Not Call Registry. Click on ‘Register Your Phone’ at the bottom right of the page. Here, you’ll be asked to enter the phone number you wish to register and your email address for confirmation.

Once you’ve entered these details, click on ‘Submit.’ Next, open the confirmation email sent by the registry, and click on the verification link. And voila! Your number is now registered.

Register on the National Do Not Call List

2. Leverage Built-in Smartphone Features

For Android users, open the ‘Phone’ app. Tap on the three dots in the top-right corner and go to ‘Settings.’ Then, select ‘Blocked Numbers.’ Here, you can add the numbers you wish to block manually.

For iOS users, open the ‘Settings’ app and go to ‘Phone.’ Here, you will find ‘Call Blocking & Identification.’ You can add the numbers you wish to block manually. To silence unknown callers, stay in the ‘Phone’ settings, scroll down to ‘Silence Unknown Callers’ and toggle it on.

Leverage Built-in Smartphone Features


3. Take Advantage of Your Carrier’s Anti-spam Tools

The process varies by carrier. For instance, AT&T users can download the AT&T Call Protect app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Once installed, open the app and follow the prompts to enable call protection. T-Mobile users can enable Scam ID and Scam Block directly from their device by dialing #ONI# (#664#) and #ONB# (#662#) respectively.

Take Advantage of Your Carrier's Anti-spam Tools

4. Use Third-party Robocall Blocking Apps

Again, the process varies by the app. For example, after downloading the RoboKiller app, open it and follow the setup prompts.

The app will guide you to enable the necessary permissions in your phone settings to block calls. Some apps may offer a free trial period, after which a subscription may be required.

Use Third-party Robocall Blocking Apps

5. Report Unwanted Calls and Texts

To report to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), visit the FTC Complaint Assistant. Here, you can select ‘Unwanted Telemarketing, Text, or SPAM’ and follow the steps to report the unwanted call or text. For spam texts, simply copy the message and paste it into a new text message.

Send this to 7726. You’ll get an automated response asking for the sender’s phone number. Reply with the number, and your report is complete.

Report Unwanted Calls and Texts

6. Say ‘No’ to ‘Press X to remove from our list’

You might’ve noticed some robocalls give you an option to press a number to remove your number from their call list. Resist that temptation! In my experience, pressing the number only confirms that the number is active and could lead to more unwanted calls.

7. Be Vigilant

Last but not least, personal vigilance is crucial. Be cautious while sharing your phone number online or offline. When subscribing to a service or making a purchase, read the fine print to ensure you’re not inadvertently agreeing to receive promotional calls or texts.

Unwanted Robocalls And Texts Easily

There you have it! These are the strategies I employed to combat the barrage of unwanted robocalls and spam texts. While no method guarantees a 100% reduction, a combination of these steps will drastically reduce the frequency of such unwanted intrusions.

The battle against robocalls is ongoing, so keep yourself updated on the latest tools and techniques. Let’s claim our peace back, one call at a time!

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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