Unsolicited phone calls and text messages are perhaps the most annoying moments of your day. Activating ‘DND’ by contacting your cellular provider does not solve the problem entirely. Once your number enters these ‘marketing’ databases –either as purchased information or random coincidence – there is no escape from the unwanted junk calls and texts. But all hope is not lost yet – your Android Smartphone can support apps that can solve this specific problem. Here is our Top 10 call and SMS blocking apps for Android Smartphones:
Best Five Free Call and SMS Blocking Apps for Android Phones
1: aFirewall call and SMS blocker:
With an average rating of 4.5 on Google Play, aFirewall or Android Firewall is a free blocker app that is supported by Android 2.2 and up. You can configure multi rules like Periodic rule and one shot time rule to block different calls or messages at different times. The app also provides Black list for blocked numbers and protected list to hide private numbers that cannot be blocked. It also supports Outgoing call block.
2: SMS Blocker by Optinno :
The Award winning app has an average rating of 4.6 stars on Google Play and is popular among Android users. The app not only blocks unwanted text messages, MMS & calls, but also protects the device from harmful – malicious phishing text messages. The app automatically blocks most of the spam & phishing-Trojan-malicious SMS, once the blocking/allowing choices are provided. Features ‘One-Click-Block’ to block numbers with a single click from home Screen.
3: Advanced Call or Sms Blocker:
This is not a free app, but supports a variety of block options like Block all, Block not in contacts, Block unknown/restricted, Block numbers that start with… & Block individual. Other featured options include Import from contacts, Import from call log & Import from SMS/MMS log. Blocking can be done either by ‘Send to voicemail’ or ‘Pick up and hang up’. The app also supports custom text messages to the blocked numbers and each number can have separate messages.
4: Call Guard:
Downloadable for a small one – time fee, Call Guard supports Full Pick up/Hang up mode without leaving any traces of the call. Supports Android 2.0 and up and can be installed in Stealth mode. The app blocks calls, block hidden numbers, block calls from callers not in your contact list, create white and black lists and delete blocked calls from the log. Outgoing calls can also be blocked and the app can be protected by password.
5: NQ Call Blocker:
Apart from blocking unwanted calls and SMS, NQ Call Blocker also creates a back up for your contacts on a server and helps to transfer data between phones. It can also quickly erase the call history and delete SMS messages between your phone and individual contacts permanently to protect private data. It can also automatically move private contact’s messages and call logs to a private Space so that they don’t appear in the phone’s regular logs.