While there are plenty of robocall blocker apps available for Android, it goes without saying that Truecaller is truly one of the best we have come across. Not only does it offer an incredible set of features, but it also comes with a bigger library of numbers as compared to other apps.
There is no denying that malicious marketing calls (also known as a robocall) are annoying to everyone. Whether they are calling us to promote their products or simply trying to sell us on suspected spam, there are times when these calls cost time and money. If you’re not careful enough these calls also compromise your personal data and even lead to data breaches.
While many may consider changing their phone number, it is not a permanent solution as the calls might start arriving on the new number as well. Oddly, though there are call blocking features built into Android, spam calls can still get through. Fortunately, there are apps in the Google Play Store that can help you to block such suspicious calls and keep you safe throughout the day.
Keeping this in mind, we’re going to talk about some of the best Robocall blocking apps available via the Play Store. While most of these apps are free some may come with purchases. So let’s take a look.
It goes without saying that Truecaller is one of the most popular spam and call blocking apps available for Android. It has been around for quite a while and has built a reputation in the industry as the leading source to detect all spam calls. In addition to blocking unwanted calls, Truecaller also works as an excellent third party caller ID solution.
This app can also help you back up your contacts as well as messages to Google Drive, making it easier to restore it on another phone. Truecaller is filled with additional features that makes it more than just a standard call blocking app. This app is free to download on the Play Store, but it comes with ads and in-app purchases. There are subscriptions available wherein the customers pay per month or per year.
Given that Truecaller is running on millions of phones right now, it is designed to work with a wide range of Android versions. However, the developer’s Play Store page doesn’t specify the Android versions that work with it.
As we’ve briefly mentioned above, it would be a great addition to smartphones if manufacturers provided a robocall blocking app by default. But until that day arrives, third party apps like this will have to do. Thankfully, Nomorobo (short for no more robo) is certainly up there with the top robocall blocking apps available today. It’s also worth pointing out that Nomorobo was the winner of the FTC Robocall Challenge.
The app developers mention that users instantly get protection from 655,000 annoying spam calls, while the library is constantly updated as well. The makers further mention that the Nomorobo app has blocked more than 450 million robocalls since 2013. To make sure the app stays ahead of spam callers, it is said that 1,300+ spam numbers are added to its database each day.
Unlike other robocall blocking apps, Nomorobo is free only for 14-days. After this duration, customers will have to spend $1.99 per month to retain the same protections. Given that this is one of the top apps to block spam on your phone, this is certainly a small price to pay.
Having been around for quite a while now, Robokiller has built up a name for itself among robocall blocker apps. It has a comprehensive set of features that make it one of the best in the business. To start with, it can comfortably block any annoying spam phone call that may be coming your way. It also comes with a dedicated spam/call filter feature that makes most of the work easy. Naturally, there’s also a caller ID feature here, letting you search through the database.
The developers claim that users will find a 90% reduction in unwanted calls from unknown numbers with the help of Robokiller. While there’s a dedicated block list that users can handle, Robokiller also offers the ability to pause blocking if you’re expecting a phone call from an unknown number.
One of the features that make Robokiller stand out is the inclusion of answer bots which are replies sent out to spam callers when their phone call is blocked. The developers mention that there are multiple recordings to choose from, though users can’t record their own voices for these answer bots. Robokiller is a free download on the Play Store and has no ads or in-app purchases.
If you’ve been in the market for a phone call blocking app, chances are that you’ve heard of Hiya. This robocall blocker app is an effective method to avoid fraud or telemarketing calls. You can also use this as a handy caller ID app thanks to the phone number lookup feature. The developers mention that the app is also packed with features like anti-virus, certainly a handy in addition to serving as a call filter.
Hiya also lets you add new numbers to your contact directly from the app, saving you the trouble of manually copying the number on your default contacts app. One of the best parts about Hiya is that it’s completely free to download and has no ads. There are in-app purchases, though, that let you unlock additional features. This is certainly a decent robocall blocking app and we highly recommend you to check it out.
5. Mr. Number
This is yet another handy spam blocking app and it comes with a handy set of tools to help you get accustomed to the layout quickly. In addition to blocking a spam call from annoying telemarketers, customers can also choose to block entire area codes or even countries, making it truly one of the best apps for robocall blocking out there.
If there’s a number that’s new on the directory, you can report it as spam to make sure the next person on the next call gets alerted. The community aspect of this app has made it grow and has also won praises among experts. It’s simple to use and comes with all the features you need to block a suspected spam call. Mr. Number is a free download on the Play Store, and comes with purchases. There are no ads.
As the name puts it, this helps you decide whether a call from an unknown number should be answered or not. Should I Answer? has a permanently updated library of spam and robocall identified numbers, which makes it easy for users to quickly learn which ones to block and which ones to answer.
The developers mention that the app can even block premium or paid numbers, something that a lot of other apps can’t do at the moment. In addition to using Should I Answer? to block spam calls, it can be used as a standalone dialer app while it also includes the ability to search through your contacts without leaving the application.
This is a free download on the Google Play Store and comes with in-app purchases. There are no ads, however. Should I Answer? will work on Android phones running version 6.0 Marshmallow or up.
Calls Blacklist is a handy app that provides some peace of mind from spam callers around you. It can also serve as an excellent app to block non-spam or private numbers, making it a well-rounded app overall. In line with other spam blocker apps, Calls Blacklist allows you to use its onboard dialer for a phone call or well as text messages/SMS. This gives you additional information on the private numbers you’re dialing.
Of course, users can also use this to blacklist certain numbers they don’t want to hear from. Phone numbers can be added and removed as you please, which is rather convenient. So if you’re looking for a comprehensive solution to block every single spam incoming call, Calls Blacklist is a viable option.
8. Caller Phone
This is a robocall blocking app with a large database of numbers to help you detect spam calls as soon as they arrive. In terms of features, it also has block list/call filter feature that lets you manage all the numbers and contacts that you have blocked previously.
Keeping user customization in mind, Caller Phone also comes with the ability to customize caller screens during an incoming call. Though this doesn’t have much to do with call blocking, it’s a nice addition to the app nonetheless. Since you need to know how many of the calls you receive in a day are spam or otherwise, Caller Phone also comes with its own call list. This app is a free download and has no ads or in-app purchases.
In addition to being an excellent app to block spam phone calls, this app can also help identify telemarketers who may call you from unknown numbers. However, this is largely dependent on the database on offer. An interesting feature included here is the ability to identify how many spammers are around your area, effectively blocking them before they even reach you on the phone.
If you come across a phone number that you consider fraudulent, you can immediately report it within the app to help others out. The inclusion of these features makes this a handy app, and certainly worth checking out. Though there are no in-app purchases on this application, it does come with ads.
10. Call Blocker
This app by Unknownphone.com comes with a wide set of tools to block spammers and other unknown numbers from bothering you. Users can also access the call blocker database to check who is calling you, especially if you’re getting repeated calls from unknown phone numbers. Users can also choose to block calls from a specific country, which can greatly reduce the chances of getting tricked by scammers online.
Call Blocker also offers a subscription service to its customers which will cost $1.99 per month or $4.99 for three months. This subscription service also removes ads, which is present in the free version. Be sure to check out Call Control on the Google Play Store. This app will require an Android smartphone with at least Android 5.0 or above.
11. Call Control
The developer notes that Call Control is compatible with the new STIR/SHAKEN spam blocking standard which is used by mobile carriers across the U.S. This means it can work on the same standard as set in place by carriers, quickly informing you when you’re receiving a spam call.
In addition to blocking spam calls, Call Control does an excellent job of blocking text messages from unknown phone numbers as well as identifying new numbers using caller ID. You can also choose to manage your personal blocklist as per your preferences. In line with apps of a similar nature, Call Control comes with a built-in dialer to help you make a quick call to home without leaving the app. You can also choose to add an unknown number to your contact from within the app.
Call Control comes with ads and in-app purchases, though it’s free to download for everyone. If you’re looking for protection against unwanted calls as well as an excellent built-in dialer, we highly recommend Call Control.
This Caller ID app comes with a pretty robust setup in place to combat robocalls right from the start. Something that I personally like is the app’s ability to conduct reverse phone number lookups to help you figure out those unknown phone numbers in your call logs. The app also helps you cleverly merge your duplicate contacts to reduce the clutter on your phone.
The developers claim that there’s a database of nearly 1.5 billion phone numbers on the app, which should most likely cover most of the spam and robocalls in your area. Users are also treated to a smart dialer within the app. This is certainly among the best third-party call blocking and caller ID apps available out there. Though this app is free to download, it comes with ads and in-app purchases.
Though every application has a distinctive feature of its own, what I like about this particular offering is the fact that it comes with the ability to set a home screen widget, helping you get relevant data directly from the home screen. Expectedly, users also get a refined dialer along with a massive database of phone numbers to help you identify new numbers.
Users have the ability to add numbers to the dedicated blacklist while numbers can be added and removed at any time. You can also choose to brighten things up visually using the Themes available onboard. This is a free download and is supported by ads as well as in-app purchases.
This is a highly rated app, although the name makes its features a little ambiguous. However, YouMail comes with comprehensive spam blocking features that let you leave out most robocalls by default. For example, when a detected spam number is detected on the caller ID, it automatically sends them a “Number Disconnected” message, thus ensuring your phone number is removed from the spammers’ lists.
YouMail’s call blocking system is reportedly updated multiple times a day to make sure new robocallers are identified immediately. In addition to the aforementioned features, YouMail also offers voicemail to text and voicemail to email for free, making it stand out from the rest of the competition.
This app is free to download but comes with ads. The developers offer a paid subscription that removes ads altogether, which is worth considering if you like the features of this app. Given that YouMail is a relatively newer app as compared to the rest, it requires a smartphone with at least Android 6.0 or higher to work.
This is a fairly unique application in terms of the features that it offers. To start with, Showcaller has the ability to block unwanted calls which is complemented by a robust spam blocking feature. It can leave all the unnecessary clutter out of your personal calls list while also providing excellent spam and robocalls protection. In addition to these nifty features, Showcaller also has the ability to record phone calls which can be extremely handy.
There’s also a smart dialer present within Showcaller that lets you quickly search for your phone contacts, though this requires you to allow permission to your contacts, something that every call blocking tool requires. The best part here is that you get access to all of the identification features even when your phone is offline or without an internet connection.
In terms of additional features, Showcaller is certainly up there with some of the top offerings we’ve discussed in this article. Showcaller is available for free, though there are ads and purchases available within the application. In addition to removing ads, this purchase also unlocks unlimited searching as well as improved blocking of spam callers. Overall, it only takes 8.5MB of storage space on your phone, which is remarkable given the features it offers.
This is perhaps one of the most advanced call blocking apps available in the market today. The makers of Robocalls 2.0 mention that it uses a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology to scour through the database of available spam lists. Effectively, this allows the application to predict when you may get unwanted calls using “inbound dialing patterns”.
It’s worth mentioning that Robocalls 2.0 Plus started as a beta project and has included more features within its umbrella over subsequent updates. Given that most of the application’s functioning is based on prediction, it’s likely that Robocalls 2.0 may get some numbers mixed up. On the bright side, this is completely free to use and is already trusted by thousands of users every day, certainly making it worth a shot.