Track blocked calls and texts on Android with Current Caller ID

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Current Caller ID by WhitePages can help you block those who call or text too often, whether they're in your address book or not.

March 29, 2013 2:52 PM PDT

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When someone can't go ahead and take hint and keeps calling or texting you, it might be time to disable their ability to do so. The Android contact app allows you to send callers straight away to voice mail, that is fine typically; however, if you're still getting flooded with voice mails, as well as texts, Current Caller ID might help.

The app's new blocking feature -- suggested by users to WhitePages -- allows you to quickly send callers to voice mail without fumbling over the contacts app, or execute a pickup and hang up operation after they call. Here's the best way to set it up:

Note: The blocking feature that picks up and hangs up isn't working properly with a few handsets (like the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 and Note II running 4.1.2) currently. However, WhitePages understands the issue and it is working to resolve it immediately. 

If that you do not already have a copy of Current Caller ID by WhitePages, you'll need to install a duplicate on your Android phone.

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Step 1: Open Current Caller ID from the app drawer. Tap about the small block icon close to the top of the app -- it appears like a stop sign using a palm in the middle of it.

(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)

Step 2: Tap the hand using the plus-sign icon nearby the top right-hand corner of the app.

(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)

Step 3: Press the Block button alongside recent callers, or tap on the Phone Number tab to manually enter another number.

(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)

Step 4: Once finished, press the back button on your own device, and then the Settings button inside top right-hand corner -- Block Settings will be your only option.

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Step 5: Set up the blocking system to be effective the way you desire. You can select from blocking just calls, texts, or both. You can also decide how you want inbound calls handled, whether it is sending the crooks to voice mail, or obtaining and hanging high on them immediately (which removes most of the opportunity to leave a voice mail). Lastly, there is a option to receive alerts in the event the app blocks a phone call or text.

WhitePages informed me that it's much more severe about listening to user feedback. After all, that is how the blocking feature came to be in the new version of their app. Share your thoughts inside comments regarding the new features!


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