How to hide your phone number when calling

Smartphones connect us to our friends and families, but sometimes you don’t want the recipient to know your number or see your photo on the display.

If you are looking for a way to disable caller ID and make anonymous phone calls, you have come to the right place. We will walk you through the process and guide you on how to make private calls on iPhone, Samsung smartphone and Android device. Keep reading to find out more.

How to hide your phone number when calling

Most smartphones have a caller ID feature that screens out incoming calls and prevents telemarketers from wasting your time. However, this feature made anonymous calls almost impossible.

The good news is that many modern smartphones support vertical service tags. For example, the code *67 allows you to contact people without revealing your phone number. If you can’t access your work phone, you may not want to share your personal number with customers.

Fortunately, most users will have no problem hiding their number using the *67 service code. Follow these steps to use it on your mobile device:

  • Launch the Phone app from the home screen.
  • Enter the lock code and enter the number you want to call. Make sure you enter a ten digit number that starts with the appropriate area code.
  • Click on the green call button at the bottom of the screen to make an anonymous call.

On the recipient’s phone, your call will appear as No Caller ID, Blocked, or Private.

Please note that this method works for individual calls, so you will have to repeat it every time you dial a number.

Using vertical codes is free of charge and available on Samsung phones, iPhones and Android devices.

How to hide your phone number when calling with a Samsung phone

Samsung users can turn off caller ID and keep their number private if they don’t want to share it with call recipients. Once you disable this feature, your device will hide your number and display a picture during outgoing calls. Instead, your call will be marked as “Private”.

If you have a Samsung phone running Android Pie, follow the instructions below:

  • Go to the Phone app.
  • Click on the three vertical dots and select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  • Select “Additional Services” from the list of options and click “Show Caller ID”.
  • Click “Hide number”.

The person you contact will not receive your caller ID details.

Follow these steps if you have a Samsung Galaxy running Android 10.0:

  • Launch the Phone app from the home screen.
  • Click on the three vertical dots.
  • Click “Settings” and click “Additional Services”.
  • Click “Show Caller ID” and click “Hide Number”.

Your device will not send caller ID information when you call through the app.

Here’s how Samsung Galaxy users running Android 11.0 can make their number private:

  • Go to the Phone app.
  • Tap the three vertical dots and tap Settings.
  • Click on the “Additional Services” option and click on “Show Caller ID”.
  • Select Never from the Default Network menu.

Whenever you call someone from the app, they won’t see your number or display a picture.

How to hide your phone number when calling from iPhone

If you have an iPhone, you can hide your number by changing your smartphone settings. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Tap the gear icon on the home screen to launch the Settings app.
  • Scroll to the middle of the screen and tap Phone.
  • Tap the Show My Caller ID option to turn it off.

Another way to disable caller ID is to contact your wireless carrier.

  • Dial 661.
  • Listen to the automatic recording and follow the instructions to contact the customer or technical support.
  • Ask them to block your number for outgoing calls.

Recording apps are also a great way to keep your number private. These programs use your phone’s Internet connection, so the callers will not be able to find out your number.

While there are many apps to choose from, Burner is one of the most popular options for iOS devices. It is easy to use and provides you with a second number while hiding the number from your mobile operator. Burner offers users a seven-day free trial, after which it costs $5 per line.

Hushed is a relatively affordable app that blocks caller ID information. There’s a free three-day trial, but the app’s services cost $2 a week. If you want to hide your number on outgoing calls or text messages, Hush will provide you with a new number. You will receive a phone number linked to a different area code, which means that your personal information will remain protected.

How to hide your phone number when calling on Android

Android users have several ways to make their outgoing calls anonymous. They can use the Android Phone app, Google Voice, or contact their carrier.

Here is how you can hide your number from call recipients using the Android Phone app:

  • Open the Phone app from the home screen. On most Android devices, the icon looks like a handset.
  • Click on the three vertical dots on the top right side of the app.
  • Select the “Settings” option from the dropdown menu.
  • Select “More Settings” from the list of options to open “Call Settings”.
  • Scroll down the Call Settings menu to view more call options.
  • Select the “Caller ID” option at the top of the menu.
  • Click “Hide number”.

Whenever you make a call through the Phone app, your number will not show up on the recipient’s phone.

If you change your mind and want others to know you’re calling them, here’s how you can unblock your number:

  • Click on the icon that looks like a handset to open the Phone app.
  • Touch the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Click “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  • Select the “Advanced Settings” option to go to “Call Settings”.
  • Navigate to the bottom of the Advanced Settings menu.
  • Click “Caller ID” at the top of the interface.
  • Click Show Number or Default Network.

The Android Phone app should now reveal your number to call recipients.

Google Voice is a program that allows you to call others using a unique number provided by Google. This number is directly linked to your Google account, so you can change app settings and make anonymous calls. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Launch the app from the home screen.
  • Click on the three horizontal lines on the top right side of the interface.
  • Go to the bottom of the menu and select “Settings”.
  • Find the Anonymous Caller ID feature and tap the switch next to it to turn it on.

When the toggle switch turns green, you can make outgoing calls through the app without revealing your phone number to recipients.

Your mobile operator can also help you hide caller ID. Here is how you can contact their customer support:

  • Tap the small icon that looks like a handset to launch the Phone app.
  • Click on the blue icon at the bottom of the screen to open the keyboard.
  • Enter “611” in the dialing field and press the green call button.
  • You will probably hear an automatic recording. Follow the instructions until you contact technical or customer support.
  • Ask them to turn off your caller ID.

Most service providers will quickly block your number from showing up on recipients’ phones.

Hide your number on any mobile device

While Caller ID has made telemarketers easier to identify and avoid awkward conversations, many people struggle to bypass the feature and make private calls. Luckily, there are several ways to hide your number on an iPhone, Samsung phone, or Android device.

Have you ever hidden your number before? Have you used any of the above methods to get the caller id? Let us know in the comments below.

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