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How to Stay Anonymous When Calling on Android: Hide Your Phone Number

TL;DR: To hide your phone number when calling on Android, use the *67 method for a single call or adjust your phone’s settings to hide your number for most calls. Some calls, like toll-free or emergency services, cannot be hidden.

When you call someone, whether it’s a friend, a doctor’s office, or even a pizza shop, chances are they know who’s calling because of caller ID.

Hiding your phone number from friends and family members may not be necessary, but hiding it from pizza shops, retail stores, and other places can help prevent your number from ending up on marketing or spam lists.

Here’s how to hide your number on Android, whether for a single call or for all calls.

The *67 Method for a Single Call

If you only need to hide your phone number for one call, the *67 method is the quickest way to do it.

Simply type *67 on your Phone app before entering the rest of the number. For example, if someone’s phone number is 123-456-7890, you’d type *671234567890.

If you’re trying to hide your number from a contact and don’t have their number memorized, you can copy it from their contact details, paste it into your Phone app, and add *67 before the number.

Hiding Your Number on Android for Most Calls

There are some calls where you won’t be able to hide your number on Android, such as toll-free services or emergency services (911). However, for the rest of your calls, you can change your Android settings to hide your number regularly.

Here’s how:

1. Open your Phone app.

2. Tap the three vertical dots in the top-right corner.

3. Select Settings from the pop-up menu.

4. In your Phone app’s settings, choose either Supplementary services (Samsung phones) or Calls (other Android phones).

Because Android devices vary, you might not see either option listed above. Look for one of these alternatives:

  • More settings
  • Other call settings
  • Advanced settings

5. Select either Show your caller ID (Samsung phones) or simply Caller ID (other Android phones). You may need to first select Additional settings before seeing one of these options. On some Android phones, like OnePlus, this option may have a different name, such as My number.

6. After tapping on one of the options above, you’ll see a pop-up menu with three choices:

  • Network default, Never, and Always (Samsung)
  • Network default, Hide number, and Show number (other Androids)

Select either Never or Hide number.

Once you’ve hidden your caller ID, your phone number and contact details will no longer appear to the person you’re calling. To reverse this decision in the future, follow the steps again and select Network default or Always/Show number to display your caller ID once more.

Enjoy your newfound Android calling anonymity.


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