You might want to conceal your phone number when you make a call. It could be a joke on your friends, a surprise phone call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while or you simply don’t want that person to know your number.
You can make your phone number public on both Android devices and Apple devices by following these simple steps. This article will provide detailed instructions and show you how to do this in multiple ways. Here are the steps.
Option 1: You can make your phone number private on any phone
This first method works with any phone type, including Android and iOS/iPhone. It can also be used on landlines within the United States. You will need a code to make your phone number invisible and private on the receiver’s screen.
These are the steps to make your number secretive using a code
- Dial and then enter the destination number. This is a great idea. You can dial *673334444 if their number is 333-4444.
- Check their screen to see if the caller ID number is displayed. You should see “Unknown”, “N/A”, or “Private”.
- Long-distance calls require you to add a “1”, and the appropriate area code following “67”. For example, if they are 333-4444 then you would dial *671332333444 (332, the New York City area number).
Option 2: Ask your cell phone carrier to make your number private
Your phone company can make your number confidential. This option is available to all major service providers, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.
Most service providers won’t charge you to make your number private. This feature can be enabled permanently. You can also activate this option by dialing “611.”. After that, you don’t need to enter a number using the *67 code.
Once you have enabled the feature, you may briefly turn it off, such as when you call your family. To have your number displayed, simply enter “*82” after the number you call.
Option 3: Use Your Phone to Make Your Phone Number Private
Each smartphone comes with a method to make your phone number public. This process varies depending on the OS version and model. Verizon phones are the exception that you can use your account settings instead of your phone settings.
iPhone: Make your phone number private
Your iPhone comes with a feature that hides your phone number. It can be tedious to enter a code each time, so why not make it permanent? Here’s what you should do:
- Go to Settings for your iPhone.
- Scroll down to choose Phone.
- Select to “Show my Caller ID.”
- To hide your Calling ID, move the slider to the right.
Your phone number will become private automatically after you have completed the above steps. Verizon users do not have this option so you will need to enter the *82 code temporarily. You can also follow the same steps to enable the “Show My Caller ID” feature again and hide your number.
Some providers require you to wait for a quick dial tone when you enter *82. Then you can enter the area code (if required) and the number you wish to call. This can get tedious after a while as you have to enter *82 every time you make a call. If you are primarily talking to friends, it is a good idea to keep your caller ID visible and only enter the *67 code when needed.
Android: Keep your phone number private
Android phones also allow you to make your phone number public, at least for the most recent models. Samsung smartphones (based upon model) offer different menu options than standard Android phones. These steps will allow you to keep your number private on Android.
- Go to Settings on your Android smartphone.
- Depending on the model of your phone, choose or ‘More Settings’.
- Select “Caller ID.”
- Use the slider to turn “Hide number” ON.
If you wish to make your number public again, please follow the steps above, and then disable the “Hide Number”. If the caller is not picking up, you can enter the “*82 code” to quickly display your caller ID.
It is important to note that cannot keep your caller ID private except for 911, 900, and toll-free numbers. If an app is installed on the recipient’s phone, can be exposed to your caller ID .