One of the ways to protect your privacy is if you dial *67 before the number you want to call.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, several frauds are taking place including phone numbers getting in the wrong hands. Your phone number is an easy-to-find key that can be used by scammers to extract sensitive data and use it in many other malicious ways.
Knowingly or unknowingly, your number can be circulated because of which you may receive unnecessary calls and messages. Sometimes, it affects your mental health and therefore, it becomes important for you to protect yourself from such issues. In order to protect your privacy, you should block your phone number to hide your caller ID.
There are many ways through which you can block your number on an iPhone or Android device.
Use *67 before the number you want to call
To protect your privacy, you can dial *67 before the number you want to call. Firstly, you will have to make a note of their number or copy it to the clipboard and then type *67 at the start of the number, if you want to hide your called ID from someone saved in your contacts.
For example, your phone number would look like *67-555-555-5555 instead of 555-555-5555.
No Caller ID will appear on the receiver’s device after you follow this. No cost is involved in it. Also, you will be asked to dial *67 before any blocked phone call you want to make.
Change few settings on your phone
You can change the setting on your device to protect your privacy and hide your caller ID for every call you make. You can hide your caller ID, making you show up as No Caller ID, Private, or Blocked to everyone you call on both Android and iOS devices.
Dial *82 before the number you want to call if you want to temporarily unblock your number.
Block your caller ID directly
If you fail to find an option to protect your privacy in your phone's setting, you are then asked to block it directly with your cell carrier instead. Most of the networks carriers don’t allow you to block your number in the device settings, but then let you do it via their own app instead.