Today, we can contact anyone we want, but we can’t always choose not to be contacted by certain people. Seeing a call from a pesky relative or friend, or even some unknown number prank calling gets pretty annoying sometimes, especially when you’re already waiting for a call by someone else. The ignore button is there, obviously, but by that point you’re not only already annoyed, your phone still remains vulnerable to calls.
There’s a simple solution to all this: Root Call Blocker. Developed by Fahrbot Mobile, this app allows you to block calls from people you don’t want to hear from. As is evident from the name of the app, it requires root access on your Android device. This allows the app to work at system level, and provide solid blocking and filtering against calls and messages you don’t want to see. It operates silently, and you are not notified when a call is blocked unless you choose to be informed when specific people are blocked.
The app is simple and direct and there are no bells and whistles. You can schedule what days of the week you don’t want to be bothered by certain numbers- the weekend, one specific day, all week etc. you can choose to block all unknown numbers, or any person calling from a specific area by restricting the area code of that country. An option to send automated text message to a blocked number when they initiate contact is also included.
Once you have installed Root Call blocker on your device, you simply have to load a list of people you’d want to avoid. You can select exactly how you’d like to block them. A whitelist option lets you choose specific contacts you’d like to allow, converse to choosing numbers you’d like to block.
Root call locker has a couple of requirements, though. Apart from your device being rooted, Internet access is also required. This is to permit the app to hook into communications system, for licensing and Flurry application tracking.
A word of warning, however – the app has a couple of bugs. Out of the three network options provided, one (Don’t Answer) crashes the app when selected. A few phones face compatibility issues and some users face problems when they need to re-root after upgrading their software. The app does have good reviews on the Play Store though.
There are two versions of the app; Root Call Block Trial is for free but has limited features and Root Call Block Pro provides additional features for $4.99. The free version allows users to only block one item. This can be gotten around by using Google Groups, and multiple numbers can be blocked. If this is still insufficient, you will need to dish out some cash for the Pro version. Download from the links below:
Also, check out a similar app for iOS – SMSNinja.