Got a missed call from unknown number and you are too much in doubt to call back and find out? Or has somebody been constantly pestering you with calls and you want to find out whose number is it? You can generally use Reverse Phone Lookup Services. But many times you get missed calls on your cell phone from unknown numbers. You don’t feel so safe calling back to the unknown number especially if you are a woman because you don’t want your number to go into wrong person’s hands. For all you know, that person might be a stalker or a person intending to cause some or the other kind of nuisance for you. Thus, you must prefer to Make Anonymous Calls.
Wouldn’t it be safe if you can hide your number from the mobile phone of the person you are calling? This way, you can easily call and talk to the person without the fear of your number being seen by the person. Here are some of the techniques through which you can keep your number ‘Private’ while calling someone.
How to Make Anonymous Calls
Using a Landline
This method works for both landline phones and mobile phones. If you are making a risky call using your landline phone to someone who has a landline with a caller ID or a mobile phone, you can hide your number by dialing *67 accompanied by the number of the person you are calling.
While doing so using your landline phone, you will hear a double beep once you enter *67. This is a confirmation that your number will be shown as ‘Private’ to the person you are making the call to.
Using your Mobile Phone
The process to Make Anonymous Calls using your mobile phone is almost the same as making an anonymous call using your landline phone. You have to dial *67 followed by the number of the person you want to make the call to. In this case, you don’t have to wait for the double beep tone after dialing *67.
The only thing you should make certain of while trying to make an anonymous call from your mobile phone is that after dialing *67, you have to dial the area code or the country code before dialing the rest of the number. This step is very easily overlooked as you don’t have to normally dial the area code while making a call on your cell phone. Some companies require you to dial the area code, and some don’t require you to. So, it will only be sensible to try both the method.
Temporary ‘Burner’ Numbers
There are many apps out there for Apple and Android devices that let you use a temporary number for some time so that you can make a risky call without revealing your real number to the person.
Most of these apps give you some free minutes and text for initial some period of days. Later, you can choose to get more minutes by paying some amount. Burner, Cover me, Line 2, etc. are some of the apps that provide temporary numbers.
Inbuilt Number Blocking Feature
There are a wide range of cell phones out there. Some companies provide the feature of blocking your outgoing caller ID, and some companies do not. You can check if your phone has this inbuilt option. iOS has an inbuilt feature of blocking your outgoing caller ID thus enabling you to Make Anonymous Calls. You can follow these steps to block your outgoing caller ID on your iOS phones.
- Go to ‘Settings’.
- ‘Show my caller ID’.
- ‘Slide to OFF’.
You can make your number private on your Android devices if the company has provided the same feature by following these steps.
- Select ‘phone settings’
- Go to ‘ call settings’
- ‘Additional call settings.’
- ‘Caller ID.’