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Blacklist & Spam Protection

Learn how to blacklist callers and block spam so you'll never be harassed again.

How does the blacklist work?

When a person calls you from a number on your blacklist, we'll play a message that your phone number has been disconnected and is no longer in service. You'll need to decline the incoming call so it can be sent to our system.


Our Android app also offers the ability to auto-reject calls from numbers on your blacklist so you won't be bothered.


How do I add numbers to the blacklist?

You can add a caller to your blacklist using our website or mobile app. On our website click HERE and select the Add to Blacklist button. Enter the phone number and a label, then select Blacklist Number. You can also blacklist calls by area code!


If you're logged into the mobile app select the Blacklist tab, then select Add. Enter the phone number and a label, then select Blacklist Number.


Can I blacklist text messages?

TrapCall's blacklist doesn't currently support SMS. However, if you have iOS 7 or later, you can block incoming text messages by manually adding the number to your blocked list in your iPhone. To do so, select Settings > Messages > Blocked, then Add New... to choose the contact you wish to block. You will not receive any messages from numbers on this list.


Can I block incoming calls and texts from numbers on my blacklist?

Learn how to block incoming calls and text messages from numbers on your blacklist.




How do I remove a number from the Blacklist?

You can remove a caller from your blacklist using our website or mobile app. On our website click HERE and select Edit next to the number you wish to remove. Then select Remove from Blacklist. You can also edit the label by selecting Edit Label. Enter the new label and select Update.


If you're logged into the mobile app select the Blacklist tab. Select the number you wish to remove then select Unblacklist. You can also edit the label by selecting Edit. Enter the new label and select Save Changes.


What is Privacy Lock?

TrapCall unmasks Blocked, Restricted, and Private calls you receive. Unknown calls and VoIP numbers can't be unmasked, but with Privacy Lock, these calls can't get through unless you let them. When this feature is enabled, unknown callers you reject are asked to record their name before the call is connected. When the call rings back to you, we'll play their recorded name and give you the chance to accept, hang up, or send the call to voicemail. This feature is available with a Premium or Ultimate subscription.


Why am I receiving a call from (229) 518 - 6462?

This number is assigned by TrapCall when you receive a call that was unable to be unmasked. This can happen if the call is being routed through the internet, such as a web based phone or VOIP service, or wifi calling. Unfortunately, these calls don't have a caller ID and can't be unmasked.


We recommend adding (229) 518 - 6462 to your TrapCall blacklist. Anytime a call cannot be unmasked, and this number is identified, the caller will hear "the number you have dialed has been disconnected, or is no longer in service". This may either direct the caller to call back with a blocked caller ID from a different phone, which will more than likely be unmasked, or discourage them from continuing to call.


You can also enable Privacy Lock if you have a Premium or Ultimate subscription. When this feature is turned on, unknown callers you reject are asked to record their name before the call is connected. When the call rings back to you, we'll play their recorded name and give you the chance to accept, hang up, or send the call to voicemail.


How does Spam Call Blocking for iPhone work?

TrapCall's Spam Call Blocking for iPhone stops spam numbers and robocalls from ever ringing on your phone. If a number on our Global Spam List attempts to call you while Spam Call Blocking is enabled on your iPhone, that caller will immediately hear a message saying your number is no longer in service, and they will be disconnected. This means that your phone doesn’t ring, and they can never leave you a voicemail. You’ll see these calls logged in the TrapCall app with the label Spam in your call logs.

 

Learn how to enable Spam Call Blocking for iPhone by clicking HERE.



How does Spam Protection for Android work?

TrapCall’s Spam Protection for Android protects you from unwanted calls by alerting you when you receive a call from a Spam number. As long as you’ve installed the Android app and given us Contacts permission, we’ll add the Flagged as Spam contact to your phone to ensure that you’re alerted when you get a call from a number that has been reported as spam.



Why did TrapCall mark my call as Spam?

Calls from phone numbers on our Global Spam List have been flagged as spam due to a number of factors that we regularly check to ensure that our list is as comprehensive and accurate as possible. However, if you get a call from a number that was considered Spam by TrapCall, you can whitelist that number to ensure that you receive calls from it without issue, even if that number is on our Global Spam List.

 

Learn how to Whitelist phone numbers in the TrapCall app by clicking HERE.



How do I whitelist a phone number in TrapCall?

If you received a call from a number that was marked as Spam by TrapCall, but would like to receive calls from this number, you can whitelist it very easily.

 

To whitelist a phone number, simply log in to the TrapCall app on your iPhone and tap on the Blacklist tab at the bottom of your screen. Then tap on the Whitelist option on the right side, and finally tap Add to add a number to your Whitelist and ensure that it can reach you without issue, even if it’s on our Global Spam List.



How can I enable Spam Call Blocking for iPhone?

To enable Spam Call Blocking for iPhone, you’ll need to have the TrapCall app installed. Once it is installed, open the Settings app on your phone. Then scroll down and tap Phone > Call Blocking & Identification and tap the button next to TrapCall so it turns green.

 

IMPORTANT: THE CALL BLOCKING & IDENTIFICATION SCREEN MAY TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO LOAD, DEPENDING ON YOUR IPHONE AND IF YOU HAVE OTHER CALLKIT ENABLED APPS INSTALLED.

 

If you have any trouble enabling Spam Call Blocking for iPhone, check out our troubleshooting steps HERE.



Problems enabling Spam Call Blocking for iPhone?

We hope enabling Spam Call Blocking for iPhone is a seamless process for you, but if you run into trouble, we’re here to help.

 

Error Enabling Extension

 

Ouch! If you see this error, that means that something is preventing your phone from enabling TrapCall under the Call Blocking & Identification portion of your phone Settings. Apple is aware of this error occurring for some users who attempt to enable this feature for certain apps like TrapCall, but unfortunately they do not yet have a solution to this problem.

 

We’re not gonna let that stop us, though! The first troubleshooting step Apple recommends is to simply close the Settings app and wait roughly 2-3 minutes. Then, reopen the Settings app and navigate to TrapCall > Call Blocking & Identification and attempt to enable TrapCall one more time. If everything has loaded properly by this time, there’s a good chance this will be successful.

 

If the error persists, though, please ensure that your iPhone is updated to the latest version of iOS. Once that’s done, we recommend uninstalling TrapCall from your phone, rebooting the phone, and then reinstalling the app through the App Store, just to be sure that everything is loaded properly on your device.

 

If the error still occurs after walking through these troubleshooting steps, though, please contact Apple’s support to ensure that this error is resolved and you can use Spam Call Blocking for iPhone without issue!



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