Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Block Unknown or Unwanted Calls Easily

Can not be denied if the Samsung Galaxy SIII is great smartphone that equipped with a set of powerful hardware and software. You can do many things through this phone, even things that you never thought of before. Especially since the phone is equipped with Motion-based software that lets you do things that previously norm to be something cool and sophisticated, such as Direct Call feature that allows you to make calls with just take your phone closer to your ears then this would cleverly make a call to the phone number is showing on the screen.

See also: How to Enable and Use Direct Call on Samsung Galaxy S3

In addition to Direct Call feature, you can also take advantage of other features related to make a call on this phone: block unknown or unwanted calls. Why do you need to use this feature? Yes, there are several reasons why you may do not want to receive calls from certain numbers. Maybe because she is your ex-girlfriend and you do not want to make a call again with her. Or maybe because he was the marketing of a company who is often offer goods or services to you, and you feel annoyed by his calls. Well, now with the Samsung Galaxy SIII you can block incoming calls from unknown or unwanted person. As with anything else you can do this with ease using this great smartphone, you can easily block some specific number so that they can no longer call you.


How to block unwanted calls?
To do so kindly follow the simple steps listed below:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Tap Phone.
  3. Tap the Menu key.
  4. On pop up menu select Call settings.
  5. Enable Auto reject mode by sliding the slider next to this option. When the slider is in the right side or shows green means this option is turned on.
  6. Tick the checkbox next to Unknown option to block the calls from unknown numbers.
  7. To block certain number, tap Create (+) button then write down the number to add the number to your reject list.
  8. You can also use the Match Criteria option to search for the number you want to block from the logs and add it to your reject list.
  9. Tap Save button.
  10. Done. Now you do not have to worry about getting calls from numbers or people who you do not want.

So simple to do, right? So, try and share with us by write them through the comments below :)


Note: Thanks to Diana Burroughs who has reminded me on her comment. All the mistakes in this article is purely my fault. I have edited the mistake and adjusting the steps to become simpler and easier to understand. Thanks again, Diana :)

32 comments:

  1. love this option

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    1. Hi There,
      I'm so happy reading your comment. Hope all these articles here will provide benefits and help to all of reader of this blog, including you.
      So, enjoy reading and have a nice day :)

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  2. It sounds great. Keep on searching such great ways and apps to block unwanted callers.
    http://donotcallguard.com/

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    1. Hi James,
      Thanks for coming and leave your comment here.
      Happy reading :)

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  3. Does this also block text messages or is there a way to do that?

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    1. Hi Ashley Schulze,
      Thanks for coming.
      No, it doesn't. You can blocking certain contact to make them unable to send you a message. Here are the steps:
      1. On Messaging app, tap the Menu key then select Settings.
      2. Enable Spam settings under Spam message settings section.
      3. Tap Register number as spam.
      4. Here you can add the contact number you want to block them sending message to you.
      5. Once you've finished, tap Save button to save the changes.

      Hope this helps :)

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  4. hi,
    If i would like to get a cross this barrier so I can call who blocks me, how can I do that is there any app i can use ??

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    1. Hi Mohamed Omar,
      Thanks for coming here.
      Unfortunately, till now I still can't find the app that will allow you to call the one who block your phone number. If you still want to do so, you may want to try to call him using another number. But, you must remember that if someone was blocking your number, he may have his own reason to done that. However, if the reason of blockage is the result of a charge of harrassment, then it will throw yourself into deeper trouble if you keep doing this.
      Hope this helps :)

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  5. Can you call someone you block from your phone?

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    1. Hi Carla Gutierrez,
      Thanks for coming and leave your comment here.
      Theoretically, you should be able to call the number you've blocked on your phone due to this option only affected to the incoming call not the outgoing. If you want to restrict an outgoing call, then you can customize it on your call barring option.
      Hope this helps :)

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  6. Hi,

    Does the caller go straight to voicemail, like your phone is turned off? You can unblock them as well, correct?

    Thank you

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    1. Hi Amber Martin,
      Thanks for coming.
      When you block certain contact number, then the phone will cut off the call. And of course you can block and unblock the required contact as you want. To read more about how to add and remove contact from reject list, please visit our url here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/05/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-add-or-remove.html
      Hope this helps :)

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  7. Hi there, I've try to use this feature ( call reject ) on my gs3 but it's not working, I add a number to the list but my phone is still ring when I receive calls from that number, any ideea ? Thx

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    1. Hi Sorin Dia,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to remove the number, add it again to the list then try to use the number to call your phone. It should block the call. It may be rings once then dead for five seconds or so, rings again then rejected. You can see it on your call logs, usually it has the icon a cyan circle with slash.
      FYI, I'm just post your comment only one due to other has similar meaning. I'm so sorry about that.
      Hope this helps :)

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  8. When you block unknown numbers from calling you does it just block private numbers or anyone that is not saved in your contacts?

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    1. Hi Smj720,
      Thanks for coming.
      Theoretically, it should be blocking the private number and unknown number.
      Hope this helps :)

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  9. Ok, I'm phone challenged i know but to block unknowns. I go to settings but see no "call" option to continue. What am I doing wrong? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Diana Burroughs,
      Thanks for coming.
      Yes, you're right. There is no "call" option under settings. This is totally my fault. I've edited the mistake on this article.
      Thanks again to reminded me.
      Have a nice day and may God always bless you :)

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  10. My current issue with this entire situation is this...I have a few numbers added to my block/reject list, however I still get thw automated voice messages they like to leave (telemarkets).

    So I'm curious, do you know of a way to prevent them from being able to leave you a voicemail?

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    1. Hi Timothy Morris,
      Thanks for coming.
      Given your situations, try to use YouMail apps. You can get it free through Play Store. This application will allow you to set it to not accept voice mail.
      Hope this helps :)

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  11. Thank you very much for this article! Very helpful and I have a ton of respect and appreciation for you. Continue helping people, and thanks again!

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    1. Hi Manny,
      Thanks for coming and your kind words.
      Glad to know that you find something useful here :)

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  12. Will the person who has been blocked hear ringing when they call? Or will they be diverted directly to the voicemail?

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    1. Hi Cassie Conway,
      Thanks for coming.
      Depends whether you activated the voice mail on your phone or not. If so, the calls will go to the voice mail. If not, the calls will be rejected.

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  13. This was very helpful but my issue is the rejected caller is still able to leave a voice message. I don't want this to happen.

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    1. Hi Tasha Stewart,
      Thanks for coming.
      This issue is one of the most frequent complaints reported by users. If you feel so annoyed with a lot of voice mails from the rejected contact, then you might be have to consider to use another third-party app called YouMail app. This app has the ability to set the phone not to accept the voice mail from the rejected contact.
      Hope this helps :)

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  14. Can I block blocked numbers also

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    1. Hi Natasha S,
      Thanks for coming.
      CMIIW, did you mean to unblock certain blocked number? If so, you can easily do so by removing the desired number from the reject list. If you don't know how to do so, feel free to visit our post about it here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/05/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-add-or-remove.html
      Hope this helps :)

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  15. What about sip calls.....
    this option doesn't work with VOIP ??

    Do u have a solution to block calls from Anonymous@anonymous.invalid

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    1. Hi Fotogaaf-Roy Mohan,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so sorry to say that I have no idea about it. I have never received SIP/VoIP calls. However, I'm so wondering, did enable the "Unknown" option is unable to block that calls? Theoretically, this option will block all incoming calls from the number that are not listed in the Contacts app. But, have you ever tried to call your provider to ask their help to block SIP/VoIP calls? From what I've read, some providers even has been blocking SIP/VoIP calls in their network. That's why I believe that they should be able to help you to block SIP/VoIP calls.

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  16. How do I see a number from a message that pops up "Anonymous" sender?

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    1. Hi Mae Ragland,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so sorry to say that I don't know how to see a number in an anonymous message(try to ask help from your network provider, they may have a message log that will help you to know who was sent you an anonymous message). A message with anonymous sender usually sent from internet or Android phone(using an app to send anonymous message). However, did this message contain texts or just blank? If it's blank message, it may caused by voice mail. To fix it, go to Messaging app> tap the Menu key then select Settings> tap Manage SIM card messages> tap the Menu key then select Delete.
      Hope it helps :)

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