How to Block or Unblock a Phone Number on Galaxy S20

This post will walk you through managing phone calls on your new Samsung Galaxy S20 and filter the type of calls to go through. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to block or unblock a phone number on Galaxy S20.

Not all calls you receive are actually the calls that you’d like to get. However, in the present days, it is inevitable to receive unexpected and unsolicited phone calls be it from an insurance company, robocalls, or a telemarketer that’s trying to increase sales by offering some specials.

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While this may not be a big deal for some, others have the opposite notion for personal privacy reasons. If you belong to the latter group and wanted to stop getting such types of phone calls, then all you have to do is to make a few changes on how your phone processes and filters phone calls.

Easy steps to block and unblock a phone number on Galaxy S20

Time Needed : 8 minutes

Carrying out the following steps will result in adding or removing phone numbers to/from the blacklist folder on your Galaxy S20 handset. Individual screenshots or visual representations of the lined up instructions are also provided for easier screen navigation.

  1. To get started, go to the Home screen then tap the Phone app icon.

    Doing so will launch the dialer or Phone application.

    block-unblock phone number on galaxy s20-open phone app

  2. From the Phone/dialer screen, select the Contacts tab.

    Just scroll down to the bottom of the screen then tap Contacts.
    A list of all your saved contacts will then be displayed.

    block-unblock phone number on galaxy s20- phone contacts tab

  3. Tap the Quick Menu icon on the upper-right side of the screen.

    It's represented by a triple-dot figure right next to the Search icon or magnifying glass.
    A list of sub-menu items will appear in a pop-up menu.

    block-unblock phone number on galaxy s20- phone app quick menu icon

  4. Tap Settings to continue.

    The Call settings menu will appear. On this menu, you can see a list of relevant options to manage phone calls.

    block-unblock phone number on galaxy s20- phone settings

  5. Tap Block numbers.

    Doing so will let you access the screen where you can block calls and messages from specific phone numbers.

    If you wish to block all incoming calls from unknown callers, just tap to turn on the switch next to Block unknown callers.

    block-unblock phone number on galaxy s20- block numbers

  6. To specify a phone number to block, tap on the Add phone number text field then type in the contact number that you want to block.
    After typing the phone number, tap the Plus (+) sign to save the number in the blacklist.

    You can select a number from the Recents folder or from your Contacts list.

    block-unblock phone number on galaxy s20- add phone number to block

  7. To block a number from Recents, tap the Recents button then select the phone number you’d like to block.
    To block a number from Contacts, tap the Contacts tab then select the contact(s) that you’d like to block.
    You can also block group contacts. Simply tap the Groups tab and select the group that you want to block.

    Blocked contacts will then be listed at the bottom portion of the block numbers screen.

    block-unblock phone number on galaxy s20- recents contacts folder

  8. To remove a number from the blacklist or unblock a phone number, just scroll down to the list then tap the Minus sign next to the phone number you'd like to unblock.

    The number will then be removed from the blacklist.

    block-unblock phone number on galaxy s20- unblock phone number

  • Android 10, One UI 2.0 and up
  • Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, Galaxy S20 Ultra

Other ways to block numbers on your galaxy s20 are through the Call logs and Messages app. 

Meanwhile, if you don’t want to impose total block on a certain contact but don’t want to receive a call or text from that contact for a certain period of time, then you can use Do Not Disturb feature and set some exceptions for that contact instead.

Aside from the stock settings, you can also utilize third-party applications in order to block spam calls or any other unknown calls.

Among the safest and widely used call blocking apps you can download and install on your Galaxy  S20 are Safest Call Blocker, Mr. Number, Calls Blacklist, Call Blocker, Blacklist Plus, and True Caller, to name a few.

These apps may likewise offer extra features such as filters, notifications and schedules to make call blocking even easier.

And that covers everything in this tutorial. Please keep posted for more comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your new Samsung galaxy s20 smartphone. 

You can also check out our YouTube channel to view more smartphone video tutorials and troubleshooting guides.

ALSO READ: How to Identify Spam and Scam callers on Galaxy S20

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