Edited by Piyush

Phones have evolved significantly from being just a device to call someone. They have gotten smarter, slimmer, and more versatile with features like wi-fi calling, flight mode, and call blocking/waiting.

These come in handy when you need a break from the daily incoming calls to browse the internet, watch a movie, or nap.

First, we will see how you can make your android, iOS, or Windows device unreachable by some manual/inbuilt settings.

Top Tricks to Make Your Phone Not Reachable

1. Put your phone on Flight Mode.

Probably the simplest way to dodge an incoming call is by putting your phone on Flight Mode. This setting turns off all the radio-frequency enabled services like Bluetooth, wifi, and telephony. Since turning ON the Flight Mode disables your mobile network, the network provider shows your number as unreachable.

This feature comes with every modern phone and is perfect for making you seem “out of coverage” to the caller.

2. Remove the battery without switching off the device.

This applies to phones that come with removable batteries. All you have to do is remove the battery while your phone is still working. Make sure you don’t remove the battery after switching off the phone, as this will show your phone as “switched off” instead of unreachable.

DO NOT try this on phones with non-removable batteries. Forcefully opening the back panel with a sharp tool can accidentally puncture the lithium-ion battery.

3. Select networks manually

Your network should get abruptly disconnected for this to work before your SIM registers your number to be switched off with the service provider. Sounds confusing? Here’s how you can do it.

For Android Users:

  1. 1
    Go to “Settings”
  2. 2
    Select “Connection”
  3. 3
    Go to “Mobile networks”/ “More Networks”/ “More Settings.”
  4. 4
    Select “Network operators.”
  5. 5
    Go to “Select manually.”
  6. 6
    Connect to a different service provider than your current one. 

For iOS Users:

  1. 1
    Go to “Settings”
  2. 2
    Select “Carrier”
  3. 3
    Turn off the toggle button next to “Automatic.”
  4. 4
    Once your phone searches for available networks, select a different network provider than your current one. 
Select networks manually

If your network provider is JIO, the steps get much more straightforward. As JIO only supports the 4G network, changing your network preference from 4G to 3G/2G will automatically make your phone unreachable.

While flight mode and network change are good ways to make your phone unreachable, it has one major setback for the user. It renders your phone inactive. This means you cannot browse the internet, make calls, or send texts.

So, is there a way to make your phone unreachable without disrupting internet browsing or outgoing calls? Let’s see how you can do this.

4. Call forwarding

For anyone who gets bombarded with pesky phone calls, call forwarding is an excellent way to keep them at bay. Call forwarding essentially means to divert or reroute an incoming call to another number.

For instance, while you’re away from work (e.g. on vacation), you can redirect the call to your office number. The best part about this, you can operate your phone as you usually would.

For Android users:

Call Forwarding
  1. 1
    Go to the phone app and click the action overflow icon (three dots) on the top right corner.
  2. 2
    Select settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. 3
    Select call forwarding. If you can’t find it in the call settings, look for it in “Supplementary services.”
  4. 4
    Here you can choose between four main options.
  5. 5
    Always forward: Enabling this will redirect all the incoming calls to a specific number (which you assign). As this option overrides all other call forwarding alternatives, your phone doesn’t even ring when someone calls you.
  6. 6
    Forward when busy: This will automatically forward the call to a designated number where you’re busy on another call. You can also configure it to send a message to your voicemail.
  7. 7
    Forward when unanswered: Enabling this will forward all your incoming calls when you don’t answer your phone. Usually, such a call is sent to your voicemail.
  8. 8
    Forward when unreached: Incoming calls will be forwarded when your phone is either switched off, out of coverage area, or on flight mode. This setting will also redirect the call to voicemail.
  9. 9
    Set the forwarding number: Here, you can assign a designated number (home, another phone, or office) to which your calls will be forwarded. If you want to avoid calls altogether, just enter a number that is not in use anymore.
  10. 10
    Select “Ok/Enable” to activate call forwarding.

5. Call blocking

This is especially useful for frequent callers who you want to avoid. Many android devices today have a built-in call blocking feature. Here’s how you can activate it.

Call blocking

For Android Users:

  1. 1
    Go to “Phone app” (where you type your number)
  2. 2
    Go to the “recent” tab where you can find your recent call logs.
  3. 3
    Find the number you want to block → Long press on it to open more options.
  4. 4
    Select “Block number

For iOS users:

  1. 1
    Open the “Phone app.”
  2. 2
    Go to the “Recents” tab.
  3. 3
    Find the number/contact that you want to block and click “ i ” (info icon)
  4. 4
    Scroll to the bottom of options and select “Block this caller.”

Alternatively,

  1. 1
    Go to the “Phone app.”
  2. 2
    Click the action overflow icon (three dots) on the top right corner.
  3. 3
    Select “Settings”
  4. 4
    Go to “Call blocking.”
  5. 5
    Add the numbers that you want to be blocked.

6. Third-party call blockers

Another way to dodge unwanted callers is to let a third-party application do it for you. You can find many free applications on the play store and apple store to blacklist specific numbers. “Truecaller” is one such app that has various dial-in, call blocking and caller ID features.

Another call blocking application is Mr. Number. You can also opt for Blacklist Plus, which lets you easily modify your blacklist. Here are some other OS-specific applications:

Android devices:

  • Call blacklist- This call blocker application act as a spam call and spam message blocker.

Apple devices:

  • Hiya Caller ID & Block- This app lets you identify and block automated/Robocalls. It can automatically detect and block telemarketing calls, fraudulent calls and debt collectors.

7. Forcibly disable your data pack.

Although this might drains a lot of network data, it is smart to make your phone unreachable.

Just open as many tabs as you can on your browser (Chrome/Safari), applications, download multiple files, and put your app update to cellular data.

Doing all this will jam your network- rendering your phone unreachable. 

Forcibly disable your data pack.

How to enable cellular data update for your applications?

For Android users:

  1. 1
    From the application launcher, go to the “Play Store.”
  2. 2
    Tap the menu icon (three lines) on the top-left corner
  3. 3
    Select “Settings”
  4. 4
    Select “Auto-update apps.”
  5. 5
    Here, you can choose between two options: -  “Over any network”- Allows you to update apps using both, wifi or cellular data.-  “Over wifi only” - Lets you update apps only on wifi.
  6. 6
    Select “Over any network.”

For iOS users:

  1. 1
    Go to “Settings”
  2. 2
    Select “iTunes & App Store.”
  3. 3
    Find “Updates” under Automatic Downloads and toggle it to ON.
  4. 4
    Choose “ Use Mobile Data” to enable auto-update over cellular data.

8. Change The Network Mode.

As you might know, mobile networks come in different modes—for instance, LTE/3G/2G, etc.

If your phone supports 4G LTE and switches it to any other network mode, your phone will become unreachable. Here’s how you can change it.

Change The Network Mode.

 For Android users:

  1. 1
    Go to “Settings”
  2. 2
    Go to “Mobile Networks.” Alternatively, go to “Connections” → Select “Mobile networks.”
  3. 3
    Select “Network Mode”
  4. 4
    Change your current 4G network to something else. 

For iOS Users:

  1. 1
    Go to “Settings”
  2. 2
    Select “Cellular”
  3. 3
    Select “Voice & Data”
  4. 4
    Choose an alternate network (other than 4G)

Besides the steps mentioned above, there are some unconventional ways to make your phone unreachable. Let’s have a look.

How to Make Phone Unreachable with Network

9. Place it in a steel container.

An easy way to make your phone temporarily unreachable is to place it in a steel container. This will block any signals (radio frequency) to your phone, thereby disabling any incoming calls. Make sure you put your phone in silent mode (no vibration), or else you’ll have some nuisance at hand.

10. Cover your phone in foil

Yes, as ridiculous as it sounds, wrapping your phone in aluminium foil does make it unreachable. Just like the metal container, aluminium foil blocks all the radio signals to your phone.

Key Takeaways

As mentioned earlier, not all phones are the same. Depending on the device build, model, operating system, and network, you can find different ways from the list to make your phone unreachable. A quick Google search on your device will help you decide which option works best for you.

About the author 

Piyush

Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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