Caller ID is a feature on pretty much all phones these days. It displays the number and sometimes other information like the name of the incoming caller. There are times you may need to block your number from appearing on the caller ID. Reasons to remain anonymous include:
- Finding out if someone is ignoring or avoiding you
- Calling someone you don’t really know or don’t trust just yet
- Calling someone who doesn’t need to know your phone number
How to Block Your Number
Luckily there is a solution to do this. The easiest way to block your number on a temporary basis is using *69. Simply enter *69 before the number you are calling and your phone number won’t show up on the other persons called ID. Usually “unknown number” or “anonymous call” will display instead.
Remember that this only works on a call by call basis and is not a permanent method. To use this number blocking method you will need to enter *69 every time you want to block your number. If you call the same number a second time without entering *69 your phone number will be revealed.
This method doesn’t work when calling emergency services like 911 or if you’re calling an 800 number. You should never attempt to prank call emergency services as they will know the number you are calling from and you can get into serious trouble—additionally you will be using resources that other people truly need so don’t do it.
Telemarketers are not permitted to use *69 or any other number blocking feature when calling you. If a telemarketer is calling you from a blocked number who should find out who they are then report them to the FCC.
To confirm if *69 is supported by your carrier you can check the carrier resource section on this site which will provide links to individual carriers information on call blocking. To find out if *69 is working for you simply call another line that you have that has caller ID or call a friend or family member.
Whether you want to try and get through to someone who you think might be avoiding you or hide your number from individuals who just don’t need it the *69 solution should work for you. Keep in mind that some people just don’t answer unknown callers. If that’s the case you may go straight to voicemail.
In addition to *67 you should check your phones caller ID block settings which can usually be found under settings. If available you can turn this feature on and off as needed.
If you’re seeking a more permanent method, then call your telephone service provider and ask if a line block is available and if so how much per month it will cost you. A line block will prevent your number from showing up all time—except when calling emergency services, 911 or 800 numbers.
If you have any tips or know of new ways on how block your number besides the ones listed above please share them so we can improve this article.