When you want to call someone from a cell phone anonymously, you have many options, however, not all the methods work, and there is always a risk of being identified as not all the outgoing calls hide the called ID. But the good news is that I tested different options, and in this guide, I’ll show how to call anyone privately from smartphones that use iOS and Android, so, keep reading and you’ll have the best apps, methods, and solutions.
Ways to call someone anonymously from a cell phone
The following strategies work well for calling someone who might block your phone number, so, instead of trying to reach him/her without luck, you can hide your caller ID on Android and iPhone devices the right way. Each way is different from the others, and depending on the other person’s phone settings, it’s not always possible to call back without exposing your real number, but the first option below is the best as you get any other number that the target phone owner may have and you don’t know about it.
1. Find his other numbers
I tried different tools and services, and only these people search tools work all the time. With easy clicks of the buttons, I found phone numbers of people I know, but I don’t have any idea about the second numbers they hide.
This is the smartest way, you can find if the person has another cell phone number that’s hidden. Next, you can call him directly to that line, but this time, you should use another SIM card if you have one, or hide your number, and I’ll show you how to do that next.
The reason to call the person on his other contact number is that you have a chance that he use a different device. So, if someone has another smartphone and also another SIM card, then, your number is not in the contact list. Thus, you can use your actual number and give it a try, or go further and use another line if you want. Now, let’s find out how to call a person but without showing your cell number.
2. Hide your number on Android devices
Here is how you can call someone, but without them knowing it’s you on Android phones, if your cellular network provides a service that lets you block your number when making a phone call, then, you’ll be able to do that under the call settings. So, first, click the “Call” app on your device, then, you’ll find something like three dots next to the contact search box.
Next, click on it and you’ll see the call settings menu as the following example.
Now, the settings won’t look the same depending on your device brand and the Android version you have. However, in general, it’s easy to find the call settings that are responsible for hiding your caller ID. In general, you’ll find something like voice call, or “calls“, click on that and you’ll find the options. But if you have additional settings, access that menu and you’ll find the right options to with “Caller ID” like the next screenshot.
In this step, when you click the “Caller ID“, you’ll have options to hide it if your cellular network allows that. If there is no option to block your number when calling, then, your network provider disabled the option for all users.
That’s it, you successfully made your phone number private on Android OS, and that work for Samsung devices and others. Keep in mind that you can also access the call settings through the main settings menu in Android, from, there you have more options.
3. How to hide your phone number on iPhone
To hide your number when making outgoing calls on iPhone, you’ll have similar steps to the Android solution. However, there are some tools in the app store that let you do that, but, you don’t even need an app for making your iPhone number private. So, start by going to your iPhone “Settings“, then, find “Phone” click on it.
In this step, you need to scroll down to find the option, “Show My Caller ID“.
All you need to do now is to switch between On or Off, that settings respectively show or hide your caller ID when you make a call on any iPhone device.
4. Call anonymously by using a second phone number
There are some good services that let you have another phone number that keeps your real one secret when calling. So, it’s like a virtual cell number that hides your real caller ID.
On the other side, even if the app work, there is always a way to trace your real ID if the person is someone who is an expert in telecommunications or knows someone who can do that. In other words, this is not always a safe way to call a person without showing your mobile number as it’s not guaranteed.
Make your number private on a landline
The great code *67 lets you hide any landline number and make it private when calling someone. Virtually, using any North American network, you can dial *67 before the number you want to call, and that will hide your caller ID in seconds.
The code *67 is not only dedicated to landlines, so, you can use it on a cell phone to make your number hidden, but it’s not 100% working depending on many configurations and service providers. Here who happens when you add *67 on a cell phone number before making outgoing calls, the person will see a “blocked” or “private” number instead of your real called ID.
Another way to hide your caller ID
If for any reason, none of the above solutions worked for you, then, you still have another way, however, this needs some time and you can contact your phone carrier to enable the option for all your calls. Of course, this option will need extra configuration in your account settings. So, when you contact the carrier customer support, ask them if they can hide your caller ID when you call someone or for all the outgoing calls. If there is that option, they’ll ask you to confirm the new selection with a few things like your number, etc…
This method work at the carrier level, so, you don’t have to change any settings, even when you use another device with the same number. That said, there are some cons for using this technology, in reality, some phone carriers may charge you an extra fee for enabling the service. So, I recommend visiting your official phone provider website, then, read their guides and their frequently asked questions section and you’ll find more details.
Dealing with a person who’s not easy to contact by phone may be frustrating for many, which can be caused by his smartphone that blocked your number automatically, and in all cases, you still have different ways to make a phone call and hide your real number.
These are the best tools and settings that worked for me and that let you make your number private when you call your girlfriend or boyfriend. So no one can know or see your real number and that’s helpful for all. If you’ve used other ways, we’ll be happy to read your email or comment and try what worked for you.