What Is Call Barring and How to Activate/Deactivate It?

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Call barring simply means to bar or block a call from being received by your phone or device. A user can entirely block specific incoming or outgoing call types using call barring. It may be possible to specify which incoming or outgoing call types should be blocked.

When you are using your phone when roaming, for instance, you may decide to block all incoming calls. Roaming is applied to your network services (an extra charge, basically) when you carry your phone outside your carrier’s coverage area.

When in roaming, the network provider has to use other carrier towers that are available in the location you are to be able to provide your services.

While most cell phone contracts provide some sort of roaming capability, using any significant amount of data or voice transfer while abroad may incur additional fees.

Call barring can be a handy option if you want to avoid unexpectedly high bills especially when you are traveling internationally.

You can set up call barring on one or both numbers on your device if you have a dual SIM phone. Call barring can be of most use when you want to block all incoming and outgoing calls from one specific device.

For instance, when you are on a vacation and want to steer clear of all work calls, you can bar all calls (both incoming and outgoing or just incoming or outgoing) on your work number.


How To Activate and Deactivate Call Barring?

The “Call Barring” function on modern smartphones is a great time-saving addition. With this feature enabled, you can prevent any and all calls from being made or received. It’s possible, for instance, that you’d like to keep dialing out but not receive any new calls.

If you don’t want someone else making calls on your phone, you can block their numbers. If you ever change your mind and want to start receiving these calls again, you may do so by turning on Call Barring. You can disable the feature in your phone’s settings.

  • Look in your smartphone settings for a feature called “Call Barring.” On a Windows smartphone, head to the “Start” menu, next to “Settings,” and lastly “Phone” to activate call barring.
  • Please be patient as your network loads the Call Barring choices. Since call blocking is a network feature, your device will need to retrieve the relevant settings from your network provider.
  • Toggle the “Call Barring” setting between “off” and “on.” You must toggle call barring on and off separately for incoming and outgoing calls.
  • When you’re through making changes, select “Done” or “Save.”


Is Call Barring The Same As Call Blocking?

You’ve probably heard of call blocking, and you’ve probably used it at least once to get rid of annoying callers. While call barring is analogous to call blocking, it is not generally included in most phones.

It’s not available on all mobile platforms or OS versions. Although call blocking and call barring are more or less the same, blocking offers more options and versatility than barring.

This is because when you set up call blocking you can categorize and block certain types of calls such as spoof calls, scam calls, etc. This tool is useful for filtering out unwanted calls from a specific category.

In most cases, you’ll need to manually add the numbers you want to ban to your phone’s approved list of blocked numbers.

We’ve already covered how to prevent the device from allowing any outgoing calls. There are alternate, less extreme choices available.

The ability to make outgoing calls is unaffected by the call blocking functionality, which only applies to incoming calls.

You could say that barring incorporates elements of call blocking, but is a more extensive service overall.


Can You Make Calls When Call Barring Is Activated?

Depending on which calls you have barred, incoming or outgoing, you can make calls. For instance, if you have enabled call barring “incoming calls only”, you can make calls because these calls will be considered outgoing calls.

However, if you have enabled call barring for “outgoing calls or both incoming and outgoing calls” you will not be able to make the calls when call barring is activated.

You may have activated a setting that prevents you from placing calls. If this is the case, it can be disabled without disrupting your ability to make calls. Review all of the settings, as some of them may block you from making certain kinds of calls.

If you are unable to make calls after reviewing and making changes in the settings as well, it’s best to contact your carrier support. The carrier support can help you figure out if there have been some reasons why you are having trouble placing outgoing calls.

They will also be able to check if you have accidentally activated some unwanted feature on your number that prevents you from making calls when call barring is activated.

However, as an additional step before reaching out to your network provider, you should head over to your carrier’s settings and see if the APN is set correctly. If the APN is invalid or incorrect, it could also cause trouble for both incoming and outgoing call facilities.

You can also try turning off/on network settings on your wireless device to see if the problem is solved.

A phone reset is a common last resort if nothing else has been successful. If the network provider doesn’t find any problems, a hard reset may be necessary.


What Happens When Your Phone Is Barred?

To some extent, this issue is distinct from the one that arises when you enable call barring. In this scenario, we assume that a third party is responsible for blocking access to your phone. The most likely arbitrary party here is your carrier.

No cellular service will be available to you if your phone is blocked. Any communication that uses your carrier’s network would fall under this category.

Call barring does not mean your phone functionalities cease to exist. The only thing it means is that it will be blocking calls (either outgoing or incoming or both) based on what type of call barring you have set on your device.

Depending on the type of call barring set up on your device, you may still be able to see a number of calling functionalities, more so when you are connected to a WiFi network.

Oftentimes, calls are barred on a device if the device is reported as stolen or lost. Your network provider may accidentally mark your phone lost or stolen, however, this is rare.

If this happens and you are restricted from any calling functionalities, the best way to go about this is to call your network provider from another number, explain the issue, verify your identity and then have call barring lifted from your number.


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