Do you know the many benefits of making your number private from the person you are calling?
It’s easy to appear to others as a Private Number.
Imagine—you can prank your friends or scare the hell out of them with this trick! If you make your number private, the person you are calling won’t be able to see your number.
In our day to day lives, we are all often required to call several people, many being absolutely unknown to us. For most of us (especially women), revealing our phone numbers to unknown persons has caused several incidents of threat and malicious activity. So, by making your mobile number private, you can avoid all the potential problems when displaying your number to others.
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 India some do not permit 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 before calling you could simply add the code *31# to the mobile number to block your caller ID. Then, your dialer should read: *31#xxx-xxx-xxxx.
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 private call.
1. Use Caller ID Blocking Prefix:
The caller ID blocking prefix is different for some countries, but in most cases, the same one is used. In many countries, you can enter a code 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 Verizon)
- 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 charges 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 slider to OFF.
- Windows: Open the Phone app > More button (…) > Settings > Show my caller ID to > No one/My contacts.
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.
That’s how you can make your mobile number appear as a Private Number when making calls. If you know some other tricks to change your number to Private, share them with us in the comments section below.
I hope this article helps you to increase your personal 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?