Whether you have an evil step-mother, a crazy ex, or an annoying company trying to sell or collect something from you, wouldn’t it be nice to proactively prevent them from calling? Most people know that Google Voice allows you to block phone numbers once they’ve called you. What is lesser-known, is that you can also block any number you want regardless of if they’ve contacted you before.
Google Provides instructions for blocking contacts that have already called at least once in this video:
But, what if you want to block someone who has never called you before? It’s a little different.
Google doesn’t mention it specifically, but you are able to block any number existing in your contact list. So, all you really have to do is the following:
- Add the number you want to block to your contact list.
- Edit the contacts Google Voice settings and set it to block.
For the full instructions, read on.
Manually Blocking a Phone Number From Calling Your Google Voice
Sign in to your Gmail* account and go to your Contacts list. Here, Click New Contact.
*You can add contacts from both Google Voice and Gmail, but I prefer doing it in Gmail.
Enter in the name of the person, company, or unknown caller that you want to block. Next, enter the specific number(s) that you want to block. As you are entering the contact, Gmail should automatically save it without the need to press any type of save button.
Now that we’ve got the contact added, we can go in and block it.
Go to your Google Voice contacts list and then Select the contact we just added. On that contact’s page in the right-pane, Click Edit Google Voice Settings.
You’ll now be taken to the settings customization page. Here, Click Edit next to “Ring Default phones.” The menu should expand and give you two choices, Check the bottom bullet titled “Send to Voicemail,” and then use the drop-menu to change it to Block Caller.
Once you’ve done all that, Click Save at the bottom.
Congratulations! You’ve just blocked a number in Google Voice manually, or as I like to call it: “preemptive blocking.” Now whenever someone calls you from the number that you blocked, your phone will not ring. Instead, the blocked caller will hear this message.