iPhone and Android phones can permanently stop spam calls — here’s how

Phone scams caused a total loss of around $19.7 billion in 2020 alone, according to recent findings by analytics company The Harris Poll (via Statista). This number is expected to increase, but iPhone and Android phones can help stop malicious spam calls.

As spotted by ExpressVPN, call protection app service YouMail estimates that 22 billion annoying robocalls were placed in the United States so far in 2021. This averages out to 67 calls per person, and seeing how unsuspecting victims can be fooled into forking over private and financial information, spam calls are becoming an even bigger threat. 

While there are multiple methods to prevent unknown callers from harassing you, including third-party apps on the App Store and Google Play Store, smartphones already have a way to protect your privacy by silencing any potentially malicious phone scams. 

How to block spam calls on an iPhone

By simply blocking calls from unknown callers, Apple iPhone users can prevent any spam call threats.

Available on iOS 13 and later (on the iPhone 6S and later), the Silence Unknown Callers feature blocks phone numbers that haven’t contacted a user before and aren’t saved in a contacts list. To turn it on, go to the Settings app and navigate to “Phone”, then scroll down, tap “Silence Unknown Callers” and switch on the feature. 

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These calls from unknown numbers will be silenced and sent to voicemail, and will appear in the recent calls list. However, Apple states a person who shared their phone number with a user in an email will be able to call. Watch out for phishing emails. 

How to block spam calls on an Android phone

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