Unwanted WhatsApp Calls from unknown callers can be annoying and even stressful in certain situations. Fortunately, WhatsApp now provides the option to silence unknown callers on both Android & iPhone.
Silence Calls from Unknown Numbers in WhatsApp
If you are being bothered by unknown callers trying to contact you on WhatsApp, it is likely that the phone number linked to your WhatsApp account has been exposed and become accessible to telemarketers.
Apart from this, anyone can add phone numbers to a Contacts List and use the search feature in WhatsApp to identify other WhatsApp users.
Hence, WhatsApp provides the option to Silence Unknown Callers, which prevents your phone from ringing or vibrating, when the Caller is not listed in your Contacts List.
The good part about this feature is that blocked calls will still be listed on the Calls tab, which allows you to Call or Message the unknown Caller (in case you want to).
1. Mute Unknown Callers in WhatsApp on Android & iPhone
All that is required to Silence or Mute Unknown Callers in WhatsApp on Android Phone are practically the same.
1. Open WhatsApp > tap on 3-dots Icon and select Settings in the drop-down menu.
If you are on iPhone, tap on Settings Icon in the bottom menu.
2. From the Settings screen, navigate to Privacy > Calls > move the toggle next to Silence Unknown Callers to ON position.
After this, only known people that are already listed on your Contacts List will be allowed to Call your device and all unknown phone numbers will be silenced and prevented from ringing your device.
Disadvantages of Silencing Unknown Callers on WhatsApp
The “Silence Unknown Callers” feature basically functions by comparing the incoming Phone Number with Phone Numbers listed in your Contacts List.
This means that only people listed in your Contact List will be allowed to call your device and all other callers will be blocked, which can sometimes result in genuine callers being blocked on WhatsApp.
Another limitation of this feature is that it can be easily bypassed by anyone that calls your device with a Hidden Caller ID.