How to block phone numbers on Windows Phone

You own a Windows Phone 7, and you’d like to ignore calls from certain numbers. There’s no need for MarketPlace Apps or special hacks. Read on to configure this easily.

The basic solution is to use a silent ringtone for numbers you don’t want bothering you. This consists of 4 basic steps.

  1. Get yourself a blank mp3.
  2. Make it a ringtone in Zune.
  3. Sync it to your phone.
  4. Set it as a ringtone.

Step 1: Get yourself a blank mp3

Step 2: Make it a ringtone in Zune

  • Copy the blank mp3 to your Music folder.
  • Launch Zune.
  • Zune should pick it up in its collection.
  • In Zune, navigate to Collection > Music.
  • Find the blank mp3.
  • Right-cilck on the mp3 > Edit.
  • Change the title to: Silent
  • Change the genre to: ringtone
  • Click OK.

Step 3: Sync it to your phone

  • Connect your laptop to your phone via USB.
  • Right-click on the mp3 > Sync with <your phone name>.
  • Disconnect your phone from your laptop.

Step 4: Set it as a ringtone

  • In your apps, go to Phone.
  • Click on a phone number in your call history to block.
  • After the profile for the phone number displays, click the pencil icon to edit.
  • Click on Ringtone.
  • Select the Silent ringtone which should be in the Custom section.

There you have it! Now you’ll never hear  that caller calling again (unless they change phone numbers)! 🙂

6 thoughts on “How to block phone numbers on Windows Phone

  1. Using this method though it will essentially ring,won’t it? You will still show that the person called you just wouldn’t be aware until after the fact.

    I’m sure some people are just looking for that option but do you know how to block the number to the point where it flat out blocks the #??

    1. Yes, the phone will “ring” silently and will show up as a missed call. I find this particularly useful for “spammy” calls that I’d prefer not to interrupt me.

      I’m not aware of any apps that have the capability to block calls. Your phone model may support call blocking. However, that would be phone-specific and not something applicable to all Windows Phones.

  2. There is a much simpler way, you go to step #4 and you choose the X Default at the very top and the phone won’t ring.

    1. For me, choosing the “X Default” option selects the default ring. However, if this works for you, that is much simpler!

  3. I am afraid, I made a horribly mistake, on my Nokia phone the default sound is actually Nokia Jingle, not a silent call. So your instructions are correct, there is no silent mode with Windows phone, and you will have to insert one, but then I wish I never bought a Windows phone in the first place, it comes with too many restrictions.

    1. No worries. I think the lack of a silent ringtone certainly qualifies as one of the many restrictions. Fortunately, there is a work-around! 🙂

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