There are numerous reasons you would want to know how to block calls on your Safaricom, Orange, YU or Airtel mobile phone. You may be trying to avoid a creditor or are simply giving someone the cold shoulder. Whatever the case, there are a number of ways to do this.
Blocking someone using the Network Service
You can use the network service to block all calls. Just go to call settings on your phone and look for ‘Call Barring’. For most phones, the default barring password is usually eight zeros (00000000) or in some cases four zeros or 1234. You can find your barring password in the instructions booklet that came with the purchase of your phone. The disadvantage of this method is that you block all calls and you have no way of telling if someone tried to call you.
Alternatively, you could use the call divert/call forwarding feature to voicemail. Go to ‘Call settings’ on your phone and look for either ‘call forwarding’ or ‘call divert’. Select ‘always divert’ and divert your calls to your voicemail:
- On Safaricom, this number is 0722 122
- On Orange/Telkom it is 0770 000423
- On Airtel 0733 105555.
The advantage with call divert is that you can tell who has tried calling you by checking your voicemail.
Blocking using a Smartphone App
This is the best method but it only works with smartphones. Download a free call filter application from the Android Play Store, Apple App Store or OVI store if using Nokia. Install the app and follow the instructions to set-up. There are hundreds of free apps that allow you to filter out calls. You only receive the phone calls you want. When you place someone on your blacklist, they get a busy tone each time they call.
Tips & Warnings
- Beware that someone can always use a different line to call you if you have them on your blacklist. However, some call filter apps allow you to block numbers that are not in your contact list/phonebook