How To Stop These Annoying Robocalls

by Adrian Yang

How To Stop These Annoying Robocalls

Robocalls, also known as automated telemarketing calls, are a common annoyance for many people. These unwanted calls are often made by automated systems that use computer-generated voices to deliver pre-recorded messages. They can be disruptive and annoying, especially when they come at inconvenient times or when you are not interested in the product or service being offered.

If you are tired of receiving unwanted robocalls, there are steps you can take to reduce the number of calls you receive. Here are some tips on how to stop those annoying robocalls:

1.   Do not answer unwanted calls from unfamiliar numbers.

If you do not recognize the number, it is usually best not to answer the call. Robocalls often use fake or unfamiliar numbers, so if you do not recognize the number, it is likely a robocall. If you do answer a call from an unfamiliar number and it turns out to be a robocall, hang up immediately. Do not interact with the automated system or press any buttons. Some robocalls try to trick you into pressing buttons or saying certain words, which can lead to more unwanted calls.

2.   Use call-blocking software or apps

There are many call-blocking apps and software programs that can help you block unwanted calls, including robocalls. These programs work by blocking specific numbers or types of calls, such as those from telemarketers or automated systems. Some popular options include Nomorobo, Hiya, and YouMail. These programs can be installed on your phone or used as a service through your phone carrier.

3.   Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry

The National Do Not Call Registry is a free service that allows you to opt-out of receiving most telemarketing calls. To sign up, visit or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register. Keep in mind that the registry does not block all telemarketing calls, but it can help reduce the number of unwanted calls you receive. You can also add your number to the registry through the FTC’s website or by calling the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP.

4.   Use caller ID blocking

Some phone carriers offer caller ID blocking services, which can help block unwanted calls from reaching your phone. This can be an effective way to block robocalls, as many of these calls use fake or unfamiliar numbers. To use this service, contact your phone carrier and ask about their caller ID blocking options.

5.   Use a call-blocking device

There are also devices that you can use to block unwanted calls. These devices work by blocking specific numbers or types of calls, such as those from telemarketers or automated systems. Some popular options include the CPR Call Blocker and the Panasonic Call Blocker. These devices can be plugged into your phone line or connected to your phone system, blocking hundreds or even thousands of unwanted numbers.

6.   Use your phone’s call-blocking features

Many smartphones have built-in call-blocking features that allow you to block specific numbers or types of calls. To use these features, check the settings on your phone or consult the manufacturer’s website for instructions. These features can be helpful in blocking unwanted calls, but they may not be as effective as call-blocking apps or devices.

7.   Be cautious of giving out your phone number

Be careful about giving out your phone number, especially to unfamiliar businesses or websites. If you do give out your number, ask if it will be used for telemarketing purposes and opt out if possible. Also, be wary of websites or companies that ask for your phone number in exchange for a free product or service. These offers may be scams or may result in you receiving unwanted calls.

8.   Use a landline

If you have a landline, you may be less likely to receive robocalls than if you only have a cell phone. This is because many robocallers prefer to target cell phone numbers, which are often harder to trace than landlines. If you do use a landline, consider using a call-blocking device or service to help reduce the number of unwanted calls you receive.

9.   Report the unwanted calls

If you receive a robocall that is illegal or suspicious, report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by visiting or calling 1-877-FTC-HELP. You can also report unwanted calls to your phone carrier, who may be able to block the number for you. By reporting unwanted calls, you can help the FTC and other agencies identify and prosecute illegal robocallers.

10.  Be patient

It may take some time and effort to implement these strategies, but the peace of mind and reduced frustration that comes from blocking unwanted calls is well worth it. Be patient and persistent, and eventually, you should see a significant reduction in the number of robo-calls you receive. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission reported that in FY 2022, the commission received more than 1.8 million complaints about robocalls, down from 3.4 million in FY 2021. So, all those proactive actions are actually working and making a change.

By following these tips, you can help reduce the number of annoying robocalls you receive and protect yourself from scams and unwanted sales pitches. Remember, the key is to be proactive and take steps to block unwanted calls before they reach your phone. With a little effort and some patience, you can reclaim your phone and enjoy a more peaceful, robocall-free life.

by Adrian Yang Jan 03, 2023