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Phone number blocking

If some number with bad rating calls you the Should I Answer application gives you always a warning before you answer it. But there is something more you can do for the protection of your time and your own protection - you can block all such calls once forever.

 

How does it work?

If some negative number tries to call you they will not be even able to ring - the app will block it. If you then need to find out who called you (and was blocked) just check the list of all calls and on this screen (move it a bit higher above the first line) select the Blocked calls in the upper-right corner.

 

How to set up the blocking?

From the main menu click on the Settings (under the hamburger icon in the upper-left corner).

Here you can select if you want to block the numbers you have marked as negative, or the numbers the other users marked as negative. Also the combination of both options is possible.

 

How many negative ratings is needed for blocking of the number?

Well, this is one of the things you can adjust - click on the Settings and then the Advanced blocking. You can select the level of protection on the Community database sensitivity bar. You can select one of those:
  • High protection: with this level just one admin-approved review is enough to take the action - which can cause that also a number with one possibly false positive/negative rating will be blocked
  • Standard Protection: this setting demands at least 3 admin-approved reviews existing in the database to block the number
  • Lower Protection: high number of admin-approved reviews must exist to take the action, which means not so many calls will be blocked (you can improve this by writing your own public reviews), but this reduces the chance of blocking numbers rated just once or with minimum ratings
So if you want to increase your level of protection just increase the community database sensitivity - with the highest level just one negative review is enough for the Should I Answer to block the call. You can also lower the sensitivity - with lower sensitivity the app then blocks only numbers with more negative ratings.

 

Advanced blocking

If the simplified blocking settings is not enough for you please check the possibilities under the Advanced blocking section. You can find it under the Settings.

 

Here you can block both incoming and outgoing calls:

  • according to your ratings
  • according to community ratings
Also you can set the blocking of:
  • all numbers not stored in your contacts
  • hidden numbers
  • foreign numbers
  • premium numbers
 

The individual settings can be freely combined. Just remember, if you chose more blocking rules, their evaluation will be done from the top to the bottom, which means in the order of their importance. Blocking exception is the highest priority if set - it can be set on the detail of the respective number.

By the way - number stored in your Contacts is always taken as a positive one (if there is no exception or your own rating set).

 

How can I set the exception for some specific number?

If you want to set the blocking exception for any number you can do it easily on the detail of such number (call). The detail can be opened by clicking on the number (call) in the list of all calls.

Setting the blocking exception on the screen "Number details":

  • Scroll down, there are two switches at the bottom of the page
  • If you want to force the different blocking settings (behavior) for the specific number, use the first switch to activate the exception. The second switch then tells if the number will be blocked (switch on) or not (switch off).
  • The exception can be used e.g. for blocking of private numbers (which we don't want to see in the public community database) - such exception set is not sent anywhere, it's not a public review
The blocking exception, if set, is taken as the absolute priority when comparing more blocking rules set.

Expert (group) blocking possibilities

The Should I Answer application can help you also with blocking of whole group of numbers. Inspect the menu item Advanced blocking which can be found under the Settings.

 

BLOCKING THE NUMBERS BY MASK:

This allows you to set a block for a group of numbers using the mask (where we use the character * as a replacement for all numbers from the end of the number - don't use the * character at the start of the number). E.g. 800 * will set the blocking rule fro all phone numbers starting with 800.

You can add more mask rules, separating them with comma.

BLOCKING THE CONTACT GROUPS:

If you have created a group of contacts, you can block such group. Write the names of the groups you want to block to the respective field separating them with comma - or better click on the "Pick group" button and then pick the group(s) you want to block from the list of displayed groups.

 

BLOCKING OF THE PARTICULAR CONTACTS:

At the bottom of the Advanced blocking screen also the field for blocking specified contact can be found. Just press the "Pick contact" button, then pick one - and that's it. So in fact you can use two ways how to block some contact - either set a blocking exception for it or pick the contact in this field (more contacts can be selected, just separate them with comma).

 

If you want to unblock any of those groups in the future just simply click on the respective field and remove (delete) the respective group. Be careful since the field is a free-text field - the rest of the text must still reflect names of existing contacts or groups, individual records separated with comma.

 

How to protect your voicemail?

If you don't want to allow the negative calls to leave a voicemail then activate the Pick up and Hang up function. You can find it in Settings, then click on Advanced blocking - the Pick & Hang switch is visible only if the application is not running as the default phone application.

How does it work? When selecting this functionality, the app will block incoming call by answering the call and hang up in the same second with one exception - application will not pick up call if the phone is in roaming mode, so please use this feature only if you are sure you will not be charged for picking up the incoming calls.

This is experimental feature which does not work on all phone devices due to missing Android support. If you experience some issues with it then please don't use this feature.