Have you ever wanted to make a phone call and remain anonymous, meaning not to send your own number to the phone you call? Caller ID or caller identification is the setting you can configure to hide your number when making a phone call on Android and iOS phones. If you are using an Android powered smartphone, such as Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Readme, Nexus, you can follow these instructions to turn your own caller ID or caller identification off so you can make a phone call without sending your own number to the one you call.
Note that this trick does not apply to SMS and you’ll be able to hide your Caller ID only if your carrier supports this. It won’t work if your carrier disabled this feature even if your phone comes with the Caller ID-hiding capability.
Remember that the exact steps may vary slightly depending on your Android device’s manufacturer and version of the operating system.
If you want to hide the name and number of private contacts on Android, you will need a third party app. See this tutorial to hide phone number for incoming calls on Android phones.
How to hide your number when making a phone call on Android?
Jump into the Settings app on Android phone. In the phone settings, you should find an option related to Caller ID or Show My Caller ID. On some phones, choose Call >> Additional Settings or Other Call Settings >> Caller ID. This option may be labeled differently on different Android devices. You will then see a pop-up menu with three options as following:
- Network default;
- Hide number or Private;
- Show number;
By default, it will set to use the default operator settings to display your number in outgoing calls. If you set it to Network Default, your caller ID is shown as per your carrier’s settings.
Select Hide number or Private to enable caller identification hiding on your Android phone.
When you have a dual SIM mobile phone that can hold two SIM cards, you can manage the caller ID settings for them separately.
Note that some carriers and regions may have specific restrictions or requirements regarding caller ID blocking, also the recipients may have settings or apps that override hidden caller IDs on their phone for privacy or security reasons.