Did you know that there are many benefits of making calls under a private number?
It’s easy to appear to others as a private number.
Imagine—you can prank your friends or scare the heck out of them with this trick! If you make your number private, the person you are calling won’t see your real number.
In our day to day lives, we are often required to call several people. For some, revealing phone numbers to unknown people has caused several incidents of threat and malicious activity.
So, by making your mobile number private, you can avoid all potential problems and boost your cybersecurity. Read on for easy ways to do this!
Here’s how you can make your mobile number appear as private in the USA, Canada, and India
First, let us learn about how to enable Private Number Service and some prerequisites:
- Your mobile phone should have the option to block caller ID. Most phones have this option built-in.
- Your mobile operator should allow it. Generally, mobile operators in Canada and the USA DO permit you to block your caller ID, whereas some do not permit India’s private numbers.
- Mobile operators may require a service charge for activating private numbers.
- For more details and activation, contact customer care of your respective cellular carrier.
- Mostly, this service is not available to prepaid users, but a few networks might allow it.
After you have all the prerequisites sorted out (as we discussed above), then you’ll need to hide your caller ID from your phone using the method discussed below.
You can hide caller ID from your device’s settings. If you have activated the private caller ID service, then you can use it for occasional calling. Imagine that you have to call xxx-xxx-xxxx, but you could add the code *31# to the mobile number to block your caller ID before calling. Then, your dialer should read: *31#xxx-xxx-xxxx.
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NOTE, in India, you will enter *31#, whereas here is some additional information for some other carriers:
Prefix Codes to Make Your Caller ID Private (North America) ** Note, other countries follow below
- AT&T (USA) – to make your mobile number private, enter *67 and then followed by your number area code + number
- Rogers (Canada) – to make your mobile number private, enter #31# and then followed by your number area code + number
- Bell Canada (Canada – to make your mobile number private, enter #31# and then followed by your number area code + number
- Verizon (USA) – to make your mobile number private, enter *67 and then followed by your number area code + number
- T-Mobile (USA) – to make your mobile number private, enter *67 and then followed by your number area code + number
There are three options for hiding one’s phone number and making a confidential call.
1. Use Caller ID Blocking Prefix:
The caller ID blocking prefix is different for some countries, but the same is used in most cases. You can enter a code in many countries before you dial a number, and your phone number will be blocked from appearing on the recipient’s caller ID. The code varies depending on your country and your service provider, and remember, it is not possible to block in all countries. In India, the prefix is *31#. Enter the prefix, followed by the number you are dialing. For example, if you are in India and want to call xxx-xxx-xxxx, you would enter *31#xxx-xxx-xxxx.
Codes by Country:
- USA: *67 or #31# (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile)
- Canada = #31# (Rogers, Bell Canada, and Virgin)
- Albania, Australia, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway: #31#
- Argentina, Iceland, Switzerland, South Africa: *31*
- Germany: *31# or #31#
- Hong Kong: 133
- Japan: 184
- UK and Ireland: 141
- New Zealand: 0197 (Telecom) or *67 (Vodafone)
- Australia: 1831 or #31#
- India: *31#
For countries not listed here, chances are you can use either *67 or #31#.
2. Permanent Caller ID Blocking:
If you want to hide your caller ID for all outgoing phone calls, you can contact your carrier and set up permanent caller ID blocking. There is typically a charge for this, and the expenses and terms will vary from carrier to carrier.
- Most pre-paid plans can’t support permanent Caller ID blocking.
- India users need to enable Caller ID blocking before they can use the blocking prefix code.
3. Hide your Number through your Device Settings:
Many phones allow you to block your caller ID information by changing the phone’s settings. If your phone does not have the option to do this, then it is not allowed by your carrier, and you will have to try one of the following steps:
- Android 4.1 & later: Open the Phone app > Menu > Call settings > Caller ID > Hide number.
- iPhone: Open the Settings app > Phone > Show My Caller ID > Toggle the OFF slider.
- Windows: Open the Phone app > More button (…) > Settings > Show my caller ID to > No one/My contacts.
4. Use an External App
If you have no problem downloading a burner app to make calls for you, this is one of the easiest methods to follow. Here are some examples of apps that will use your internet data instead of your actual phone number to make calls:
- Google Voice
These apps all have in common that they give you a whole new number to make calls on, as long as you initiate the calls through the app itself and not your phone’s built-in dial pad. This effectively makes your number “private” in that it changes it.
Using this type of app, your number will appear to others as whatever number the app has given you—not “Private Number.”
Advantages of switching to a Private Number:
- When calling back a number you don’t recognize, having a private phone number can protect you from scammers and spam. For example, you might miss a call from an unrecognizable number and want to make sure it wasn’t important. It could be a missed opportunity! Having a private number will let you make these calls risk-free.
- If you use a long-term private number service, you’ll be immune to many robocall lists that could have ended up bugging you all day.
- Keep your phone data from being sold by predatory companies that capitalize on breaching your privacy.
- You’ll be extra safe from hackers if you choose to block your phone number online.
- On the fun side, freely make prank calls to your friends or family without them already knowing it’s you!
Drawbacks of activating Private Number service:
- Some people have Anonymous Call Rejection enabled, which means your call will not go through unless you call from an unblocked number.
- If you want to make an unblocked call after setting up a caller ID block on all outgoing calls, you will need to enter the unblocking prefix before the phone number. In India, this prefix is not specified, so you can use *31# as most GSM networks use this.
So, that’s how you can make your mobile number appear as a Private Number when making calls. If you know of any other tricks to change your number to Private, share them with us in the comment section below!
I hope this article helps you to increase your privacy and security. If any of the methods are not working for your network, let us know in the below comments. We will try to help you as soon as we can.
Which method do you use to make your mobile phone number appear as a private number?