How to Call Without Disclosing your Number
Usually when privacy is the concern, there are ways you can use to call anyone anonymously by using available apps for iDevices, Android or PCs. You can even use your smart phone settings to hide your phone number depending on your device in some cases. Almost all smart phones have feature of ‘Block Caller ID’. If you change your phone settings to block caller ID, the receiver phone will display as Unknown Number or Anonymous Call while you call them. This is a secure way to deal with an unknown person or calling back to non-familiar number. But this method will set the device to permanently mask your phone number while you make calls. You can use apps or use tweaks to still call anonymously without changing your smart phone settings.
Tweak Dialing Number
Use *67 before full number to be dialed. By full number I mean number with country code. This method does not depend on smart phone device or platform. You can block your caller ID by simply adding *67 prefix before the number. You must dial country country (e.g. ‘1’ for US) following to *67. The call format will be like *671-XXX-XXX-XXXX.
In iPhone Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Phone’ > ‘Show my Caller ID’ and turn it off.
In Android Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Call Settings’ > ‘Additional Call Settings’ > ‘Caller ID’.
While using Windows phone go to ‘Start’ > ‘Settings’ > ‘Phone’ > ‘Caller ID’.
These above settings and tweak may and may not work in your country, so allow us to mention few apps to call anonymously.
Hidden call is an Android based app that lets you hide your number when you call anyone. It basically enables you to turn on or off Caller ID submission with just one click. With HiddenCall you may hide your phone number while calling and have anonymous calls made easy. The system defaults are not changed by the Widget but every call will have a prefix added to it so it reflects your latest choice for number submission.
- Hide Caller ID for all calls
- Always submit Caller ID
- Hide Caller ID for next call only
- Hide Caller ID for all calls except for numbers from your phone book (PRO Version)
- Show Caller ID for selected contact groups (PRO Version)
- Widget always shows the selected operation mode
- Change the GSM-Code prefix if you want
- Notification for the current status can be set up into notification bar
- Clean the call log from the prefixes
This app requires extensive permissions.
LINE for Android has been used and its not new app for many but it can also be used to hide your number as it is independent of the number while sending free text messages or calling anyone. Though it requires other person to be in your contacts list. LINE allows you to make FREE voice calls and send FREE messages whenever and wherever you are.
Bobsled connects you with your friends across devices, networks, and carriers. You can send and receive free messages and voice calls by using it. It can be used to make anonymous calls. Its available for Android, iOS and computers as well. You can use your Facebook account to log into Bobsled or create an account with Bobsled website to use its services. Features include:
- Works over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G
- Log in with either email or Facebook to make free calls
- Free calls to to any landlines and mobile phones in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Facebook friends
- Receive calls from your Facebook friends
- Chat with your Facebook friends
- Leave Voice Messages