How to Block Outgoing Caller ID

By Fiona Miller

Blocking caller identification, or caller ID, can be necessary for businesses who need to maintain their privacy in order to perform their services or for individuals seeking phone privacy. You can do this temporarily or permanently, depending on their specific needs. Depending on your preferences, caller ID can be turned on or off at your whim, making some people able to see your number while blocking it from others.

Things You'll Need

  • Calling card (optional)

Step 1

Dial *67 before the phone number you are calling. This will temporarily block caller ID for that particular call only. Once you hang up, this feature will be disabled and you will need to re-enter *67 before the number you are calling next. If you are using a cell phone and want to block caller IDs on specific numbers at all times, enter the phone number with a *67 in front of it.

Step 2

Call your phone company and ask about blocking your caller ID permanently. Usually, there is a small monthly fee associated with blocking your caller ID. With most companies, this can be disabled for specific calls by dialing *82, but talk to your company about their specific ways of disabling the service for individual calls.

Step 3

Dial 0 and have an operator place a call for you. This is the old-fashioned method of calling and using this service will allow your number to remain private. There is no charge for this service.

Step 4

Sign up for a service such as Skype or a SpoofCard. for a fee, this service will ensure that your phone number is not shown, but a number you have specified or a random combination of numbers.

Step 5

Make calls using a calling card. With a calling card, your number will not show up as your actual phone number. You can purchase calling cards at gas stations, convenience stores, phone companies or stores like Target or Walmart. They usually come in $10, $20, $50, $75 or $100 increments.