How to block a number on Verizon

The stock Android firmware has a block option included in its Phone application but carriers or service providers always have an option to remove such feature and replace it with theirs and if this happens, it means that a supposedly free feature would now be paid or at least, included in a plan. Blocking unwanted numbers are important to some users and if you’re on Verizon, you have several options.

In this post, I will guide you on how to block unwanted calls or numbers if you’re a Verizon customer. You can actually enjoy such feature for free for a period of 90 days and after that, you have several options to choose from if you continue to use it. So, if you’re one of the subscribers of Verizon and are being bugged by some unknown numbers, continue reading as this post may be able to help you one way or another.

How to use Verizon’s free number blocking?

Blocking numbers on Verizon is a paid feature and if it’s offered for free, it must only be temporary or has a limit and in this case, you can only block 5 numbers for 90 days. Nevertheless, you can be able to use this feature if badly needed to and here’s how…

Block numbers online

  1. Go to the Blocks page in My Verizon on your computer. [link]
  2. Select the line you want to set the service block(s) for.
  3. Scroll down to Block services.
  4. Click Block services.
  5. Next to the desired service(s), click On to enable purchase blocking.

Block numbers using My Verizon app

  1. Open the My Verizon app on your device.
  2. Tap the Navigation Menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap Devices.
  4. Scroll down to the device you’d like to select and tap Manage.
  5. Tap the Controls tab.
  6. Tap Adjust service blocks.
  7. Enter your password for My Verizon.
  8. Next to the selected service(s), tap the gray switch to enable purchase blocking.

Note: When a service block is turned on, the switch appears blue.

If you wish to remove a specific number from your block list, this is how you do it…

  1. Open the My Verizon app on your device.
  2. Tap the Navigation Menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap Devices.
  4. Scroll down to the device you’d like to select and tap Manage.
  5. Tap the Controls tab.
  6. Tap Call and message blocking.
  7. Enter your password for My Verizon.
  8. Tap X next to the number you want to unblock.

Once this service expires after 3 months, you have other options to choose from if you continue the service.

Caller Name ID

This is a separate plan which you would have to pay for $2.99 per month. With this plan, you will be able to avoid unwanted callers with spam detection, and set up a spam filter and block list to prevent unsolicited callers from reaching you. If you subscribe to it, here’s what you can get:

  • A spam filter and block list to prevent unsolicited calls
  • Spam detection to let you know if you should answer or not
  • Caller details like name, picture, city and state for unknown numbers
  • A custom profile that allows you to upload your own picture and information to share with other Verizon Wireless customers

Verizon Smart Family Premium

Now, this one is a bit steep if you just want to block a number or two but if you have multiple lines on your account, it’s more practical to pay for this service than the first one. You’ll get the following:

  • Block calls and messages from domestic and international numbers
  • Block restricted, unavailable or private numbers
  • Restrict calls, texts, and data during a certain time of day
  • Block inappropriate apps and websites
  • Schedule location alerts to see where your devices are during the day, and many more.

Using these procedures, you’re blocking phone numbers at the service level. Meaning, those people cannot really make a call to your number unlike when the number is blocked using the stock feature in Android wherein the calls are routed to the voicemail or spam inbox.

I hope that this short article can shed some light when it comes to blocking phone calls and messages under the umbrella of Verizon.

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