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    does the Nexus 5 have a native feature to block calls and text w/o having to buy a 3rd party app just like iphone iOS7 now has such feature to block unwanted calls or text. The brief moment that I had my Nexus 5, I spent a lot of time searching for the native feature and I didn't find it, had to download a 3rd party app instead.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    What app did you install?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chestvrg View Post
    does the Nexus 5 have a native feature to block calls and text w/o having to buy a 3rd party app just like iphone iOS7 now has such feature to block unwanted calls or text. The brief moment that I had my Nexus 5, I spent a lot of time searching for the native feature and I didn't find it, had to download a 3rd party app instead.
    I know that you can send calls from specific people directly to voicemail. I suppose that is more like "screening" than blocking.

    As for blocking text? No idea.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    Quote Originally Posted by jclake View Post
    What app did you install?
    I don't quite remember, I think it was called "call block", but the fact is that I believe android kit Kay would have such feature as iOS7 has in its native OS. It doesn't. It makes me wonder if these 3rd party apps are contributing to more battery drain of the device.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    No, it does not have that feature natively. I use the paid version of Norton Security Anti-virus which includes this feature.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    "Mr. Number" is 3rd party, but it's free, not paid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonneh View Post
    "Mr. Number" is 3rd party, but it's free, not paid.
    Thank you so much.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    You're welcome! I think Jerry Hildenbrand might've recommended it one day (though don't quote me on that). Either way, it's great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonneh View Post
    You're welcome! I think Jerry Hildenbrand might've recommended it one day (though don't quote me on that). Either way, it's great.
    LOL ok.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    Nice tip on that 3rd party app! I happened to be looking for a call blocking feature too...wasn't this feature in a previous version of the OS? Jelly Bean maybe? I thought one of the AC guys did a write-up on how to use that feature.

    Edit: I came across this 3rd party app for call blocking (Call Control), seems to get pretty good user reviews: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...erycallcontrol
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    Yes call control. There are plenty of them, but for some reason on the stock android Nexus5 that feature is not built-in (would be nice)
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    Using Mr Number. Seems pretty good so far.

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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    Yes I know. So many apps for this function when it should be standard in stock android.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    Quote Originally Posted by chestvrg View Post
    does the Nexus 5 have a native feature to block calls and text w/o having to buy a 3rd party app just like iphone iOS7 now has such feature to block unwanted calls or text. The brief moment that I had my Nexus 5, I spent a lot of time searching for the native feature and I didn't find it, had to download a 3rd party app instead.
    Actually, yes, the Nexus 5 does have native call blocking...or rather, automatically sending calls to Voicemail.

    If you combine this feature with blocking the number within Google Voice, you can completely block a number.

    If you're interested, this is what I did. I created a new group within my People app and named it "Blocked Numbers." Now whenever a number calls me that I don't know or want to black list, I save that number as a contact and add it to my Blocked Numbers group. Now go into that group and select the number you want to block (do this for each number), when the contact card comes up, tap the menu button and check the box for "All calls to voicemail." This specific number will never ring through your phone again, and instead will be sent directly to voicemail.

    Now, if you want this number to skip your voicemail as well and you're a Google Voice user, do the following. Log into Google Voice from your web browser and go to your inbox. Find the message/number that you previously blacklisted above and click "more" (bottom of your message, next to Call and Text) and then select "Block caller." Once this is done, the number will never ring through your phone and will never reach your voicemail inbox. Enjoy.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    That seems to be a lot of trouble to go through just to block a number when there are several paid and free apps that will do it, not to mention you have to install and configure Google Voice to do it.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    Quote Originally Posted by patruns View Post
    That seems to be a lot of trouble to go through just to block a number when there are several paid and free apps that will do it, not to mention you have to install and configure Google Voice to do it.
    Well it's free and the majority of people who are tech savvy enough to consider call blocking will have Google Voice already installed. I got this entire thing setup and had a dozen numbers blocked in about 2 minutes. Couldn't be much easier.

    Also, this will still work without GV, it will just skip your phone and go straight to your native voicemail.

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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    What about text messages?
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    Quote Originally Posted by chestvrg View Post
    What about text messages?
    No idea, I only use this to block telemarketers.

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    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonneh View Post
    "Mr. Number" is 3rd party, but it's free, not paid.
    This app did not work on my Nexus 5.
    I'm still finding an app to block spam sms. Nothing works so far.

    I used to use call sms blocker on my nexus 4 with android 4.3 but sadly it does not work on Kitkat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anhng View Post
    This app did not work on my Nexus 5.
    Strange, it works on mine.
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    Mr Number didnt work on my nexus 5, tried a few none seem to work except root call blocker but that drained my battery really fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Cooper View Post
    Mr Number didnt work on my nexus 5, tried a few none seem to work except root call blocker but that drained my battery really fast.
    Are you rooted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbenson View Post
    Actually, yes, the Nexus 5 does have native call blocking...or rather, automatically sending calls to Voicemail.
    If you combine this feature with blocking the number within Google Voice, you can completely block a number.
    If you're interested, this is what I did. ......... Enjoy.
    Same basic idea but easier implementation:

    On the phone:
    - Create a contact named Banned (could be anything else too like blocked)...
    - Add all numbers you want to block to it.
    - Check the "All calls to voicemail" check box in top right menu of the contact.

    On Google voice page:
    - Goto Inbox (viz the home page once you login to google.com/voice)
    - Pick and call from contact "Banned". Click "more" and "Block caller"

    In future whenever you want to block any new number, just add them to the contact "Banned".
    Simplest way to add: Goto your recent call list / call history, click the photo like square on left of the number you want to ban, click the top rectangle in the contact page (with a small + sign), which will open your contacts, now select "Banned" to add this number to it.
    If you're impatient like me, you can goto Settings->Accounts->Google->Account you use for GoogleVoice and force the sync (full or only contacts), to push the updates you made on your phone's contact list to Google Voice immediately.
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    Default Re: native feature to block calls/text (kit kat)

    That's a good start, but my problem is mainly with unwanted SMS spam. Any ideas on how to block SMS from some numbers?
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