TechViews News …..
Spam used to be just about email (and that nasty canned stuff). But now it is following us to our smartphones in the form of spam-texts and robo-calls. You could opt for not responding to those texts, or answering calls from unknown callers, but then you run the risk of missing an important message.
Most of the time, it’s about things that don’t interest you or information or products you’ll never use. Nonetheless, you still have to deal with them, just like regular emails & phone calls.
Getting rid of spam calls/SMS on your Android device is actually as easy as using one of the following apps. These Android apps will help make those annoying calls and texts not show up in your inbox.
- Call Control – Call Blocker
Call Control – Call Blocker claims to block unwanted spam calls as well as filter SMS as well. Spam SMS will still reach your phone, but it will be filtered out before you have a chance to look at it. You can choose from options such as text SMS filter, do not disturb mode, personal blacklist, block call log, community blacklist, etc.
When the app blocks a call, you won’t get a notification or any type of notice. If a number that has violated the FRC/FCC Do Not Call list tries to call you, they won’t get through. It’s also possible to sync online and back up locally any personal lists you have in the cloud for safekeeping.
- Mr. Number 4.0
Mr. Number is one of the most popular spam blockers for Android. When you first launch the app, you don’t have to set anything up to block those irritating spam calls. The app already has a list of reported spam numbers that other users have reported.
If you get a spam call from a number that hasn’t been reported, you can block that number by going to “Settings -> Call Blocking -> Check the suspected spam option.” To report the spam call, just tap on the “Report Spam” option on the bottom-right when you select the number.
If the spam call you get is on the app’s spam list, you will get a notice and can even see what other users have said about that number. There will also be options to block or report that number so you never have to deal with it again.
TrueCaller’s primary purpose is to serve as a Caller ID. It will identify those telemarketers and spam calls thanks to its large telemarketer directory. Just make sure that the feature is on when you first install the app, and TrueCaller will automatically block any call that it identifies as spam.
If there is a number that the app doesn’t identify as spam but you consider it as such, you can block it by going to “Settings -> Block -> View My Block List” and tapping on the blue circle on the bottom-right.
- Call Blocker Free Blacklist
Call Blocker Free has a strong feature that makes this app stand out from the rest — it has an option to block those one-ring phone scams. There is no need to activate this feature since it’s on by default.
You can also choose how you want to block calls by choosing hang up, hang up and send a text message, or mute without hanging up. There’s also an option to get notified of all blocked calls and text messages.
Hiya is a spam-blocking app that can identify about a million spam numbers. As soon as a call comes in, the app compares the number with its database to let you know if it’s spam or not.
It can also detect viruses and malware in your text messages. Do you have some missing info on certain contacts? Hiya can help you fill in the blanks thanks to the reverse phone lookup feature.
To add a certain number to your block list, go to “Settings -> Call Protection -> Numbers on my block list.” Tap the red button on the bottom-right corner.
Most of the time Android’s built-in number blocking feature is sufficient.
I use it all the time and it works. But if they way you use your phone invites spammers and scammers, then give one of these apps a try. Many of our subscribers swear by them. Spam calls don’t have the right to bother you when you never asked to receive those types of calls.
Editor’s note: This is not a paid advertisement from any of the above mentioned smartphone apps. TechViews News performed a simple survey through our main consulting page and these are the most used as listed by our readers. TechViews News does not accept sponsors nor referral fees from any products we mention.
Be Safe – Backup Your Data Regularly!
And don’t forget to take advantage of our FREE subscription to the TechViews.org Newsletter. A must-read if you are interested in Internet Security.