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How to hide your number when making a phone call on BlackBerry 10

Number blocking
By James Richardson on 23 May 2014 01:11 pm EDT

Hiding your phone number isn't something that I personally ever find myself doing. That said it has its advantages for certain instances - pranking is the one that springs to mind! It wasn't until earlier this week when a family member asked me how to do it that I jumped into the phone options to see how to enable it - and it's incredibly easy.

It may not be a feature that we all use everyday but you never know when it may just come in handy.

Just follow these simple steps:

  • From within the phone application open settings - pull down from top bezel
  • In the list select 'Show My Number'
  • Toggle on or off and you're done

Although not groundbreaking it does go to show the simplicity and user friendliness of BlackBerry 10.


Kevin Michaluk

Great tip! Thanks CrackBerry!!


Yes thanks crackberry!! .__.

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Easy tip there ;) Knew how to do this the day I picked up my Z10

Kevin Michaluk

FYI... We're getting ready to launch "push notifications" on all our Mobile Nations sites. Doing some beta testing right now. It's like cheating right now... I can be FIRST on every post if I want to be. Will be a bit tougher though when it goes public. :)


That means Hub inclusion right?

Incurable Q10 Syndrome.....Keep away!!!!!!


now that is pretty awesome :)


Sounds awesome. I'd hate to ask Kevin but does this include CB10 ? I only ask because CB10 has community devs working on it and not the mobile nations team.

Posted via CB10

Kevin Michaluk

Notification support will roll out everywhere, including CB10. We'll be rolling out the support in stages so won't be in apps day one, but will get there fairly soon.


"Soon" in BlackBerry terms or soon in actual terms? :)

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]


It will certainly allow you to police the "first" posts more effectively, now won't it?

Posted via CB10


This does not appear in the Verizon devices. You need to hide it each dial, or have Verizon restrict your outgoing caller ID display to something else / nothing.


Thanks. I was wondering why I didn't see the the hide number setting.

Posted via CB10


I was wondering about that. So with a Verizon phone, where is the "hide option?" or is it just the #31# ?


Sith is correct. This option is not on either my VZW Z10 or VZW Z30.


Thanks! Thought I was crazy!!!!

Posted via CB10


I did too! Been looking all over for that feature, and it's just not there in my VZW Q10. :-\


It's a GSM phone feature

Posted via CB10


The same problem in Sprint.

God Bless You!


I'm glad you posted this, I thought I was going crazy for a minute there...



Or you can just dial #31# in front of the number you are calling.

Posted via my Zee Zed 10


Who's going to remember to do that every time they make a call? Heck, I won't remember it as soon as I navigate away from this page.


Well, at least that guy just admitted he's not very sharp when it comes to memory. Give him a medal, I guess. Lol.

Posted via CB10


The #31# only works on CDMA phones

Posted via CB10


#31# works for sure on GSM. I've been using it for years and different networks.

Posted via CB10


When I turned it off and dialed a number it prompts me that its turned off and call is cancelled. Blackberry or Service Provider issue?

Posted via CB10


The other party has the option to not allow anonymous calls. (Anonymous Call Rejection)


Not working for me... still the recipient can see my number

Automatically typed by Z30


I think because this is simply keeping your number off the dialing screen, not Blocking your called ID. This is usually a phone service, not a phone option.

Posted via CB10


Verizon Q10
And it's not working for me.

Posted via CB10


I still can't find how to do this lol. I'm sure the steps are easy for most but I can't seem to understand how it's done. Sorry "blonde" moment


Never mind it works now, I was on Wifi and not my cellular data

omega supreme

I knew how to do this since i had my Pearl... anyhow, i thought the headline was talking about hiding my number that is displayed on MY phone when making a call. this only happened once i got my z10 and i don't appreciate cause if i let someone use my phone, they can see my number in all it's glory.

Posted via CB10


I think anyone I'd let use my phone would already have my number

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]


If they use your phone, they can just text or call themselves and get the number...

Posted via CB10


In the UK you just dial 141 before the number your dialling and it hides your number

Posted with my Z10


Careful if your on EE, 141's been flaky on the network, use #31# instead.

Q10 SQN100-3/


sprint q10..... doesnt have this option =[


Just looked also. Not there.


Confirmed. I wouldn't use that feature anyway. Had to look though.

Posted via CB10


I had it on Sprint before our last update.

arTie's berry "Q10"


Guys! Stop looking if you are on a CDMA phone! It's a GSM ONLY feature!

Posted via CB10


On Verizon Q10 and it's not working for me

Posted via CB10


It's not a very good article if it isn't even on my Verizon Z30.... nowhere does it say I can hide the number.

Posted via CB10


I'm on Verizon too. It's not there

Posted via CB10


Same with mine

Posted via CB10


I may as well chime in and confirm that it's not on my Verizon Z30 either.


I guess I should also chime in and say the feature is not present on my Verizon Q10.

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 


This is something I would use a lot when I don't want clients to have my personal phone number. I am Verizon, so not an option. I am not sure I get why. This would be awesome for 3.1 if the carriers would allow!

Prem WatsApp

It's a GSM feature afaik, and as Verizon is a CDMA carrier, they might not have that option.

Hope I got that right. Always found CDMA carriers weird here in Australia, and now they have pretty much disappeared.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


You're right. It's a GSM only feature. CDMA usually have to dial a code before dialling a number

Posted via CB10


Totally forgot about that feature!

Thanks for reminding me

Posted via CB10


I'm being prompted to unhide my number to make a call on Airtel Zambia.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Some phones have a third option,

Network dependent

Never understood why, now after reading your comment, I know. Saves you that issue if the carrier enforces showing

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


Never know about this function. Thanks heaps


This isn't available either on my Verizon phone


Try *67 and your number in the US. For Switzerland *31* and the number


Yes, there was a thread on this within the last week. I was able to test *67 on Verizon and it did hide my number.


I'm using the z10 and I can't find it where to hide my number.



I never answer blocked numbers. I'm sure a lot of people don't. Something to think about.

Via Q10

Always smiling

I will never own a phone without this ability. I make a lot of outgoing calls while in the field working. The last thing I need is a client with my cell number feeling like they can call me at any time or day just to notify me of a problem that is better handled by my office.

I have email and a business phone number for a reason. My personal time is mine with my family, not my customers.

When the situation permits, to my kids or other family I remove the call block so they know who is calling. For the most time the number block is in place.



The block it's always on in my phone, I use bbm voice to call my family, :-)

Prem WatsApp

I even wish there was a quick setting, toggle or button on the DIALPAD.

Been chasing a phone with that option ever since I figured out that I could hide the number on my Nokia 7110 (year 2000).

Don't like to dig deep into the menu, because you often forget to toggle back after the call. "Darling, why are you hiding your number..... "

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


I never answer blocked calls as well.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Coins phones are out of fashion, you'd never get a call if a family member or friend rang you from one of those in an emergency.

Something to consider.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

rasib BBRY

Slow day at the office?

These articles are poor. Anybody reading Crackberry is more of an advanced user and would have figured this out a long time ago.

Posted via CB10


Not necessarily. I never owned a BlackBerry before January of this year. For those like me, these Crackberry articles are handy.

Posted via CB10


Agreed this has been echoed in the forums time and time again. Yay another crap app review!!! Yay another meaningless BB10 tip that anyone who uses a smartphone can figure out. I get why they do it. So when anyone who searches "Call blocking on BB10" this article will pop up. Ok fine business is business. But at least throw in some more though provoking editorials. Step it up Crackberry. Also, while I am ranting PLEASE change the CEO pic in the forums from Thor to Chen like come on know.

Posted via CB10

Uncle Sky

All that toggle setting does is hide your # from being displayed on the screen. It does not hide your # from the caller, unless you pay your provider for that feature ( or if it's included in your plan)

[URL="bbmc:C004682C1"]C004682C1[/URL] ... shot from my z30


On Verizon it's not the same option. No button to toggle...

Trusted Member Genius on Verizon


Or just hit *67?

Posted via CB10


@AlwaysSmiling I have the same issue. What would be epic and I'd happily pay for is the ability to have my name show up but not my number. That way people know it's me calling but can't call me back that way (I pay for an answering service for a reason and can't stand getting called in my car with month ability to write something down without pulling over).
Sort of a lighter version of identity restriction because I know some people don't take restricted number calls.

Posted via CB10

Dawin Arvelo

Thanks for this great tips James Richardson. :)

Posted via CB from my awesome Q10!


My carrier doesn't allow to do anonymous calls, you have to pay for them letting you have a "private number"


In Canada, dial #31#nnnnnnnnnn and your number will be hiden. the other's phone shown "unknown number". hope this help.

Posted via CB10


Looks like it's not on Sprint.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

GSM feature apparently.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


I'm in US on Verizon and have enter *67 before number to hide my digits.

Prem WatsApp

Does it work on Verizon ?

*31# is the standard GSM code for that, afaik

All the toggle button does is add that as a prefix when dialling (and hide your number on the dialpad).

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Prem WatsApp

#31# for US

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


Wow no idea about this. Very useful

Posted via CB10


Also comes in handy in returning a number not in your address book....just in case. :)

I like my coffee BlackBerry Black! What?


Still my number is showing, what is wrong

Posted via CB10


Yeah *67 works in the US. Was hoping this was on Verizon. Have to do this all the time and it is a pain to dial it every time instead of just selecting the contact.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Have you tried saving the contact with this prefix?

Old trick that used to work on the Nokia feature phones (7110, 6800, etc.)

Of course, only the ones you don't wanna show your number to.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


*67 isn't a functional thing anymore haha I tried it a few times

Posted via CB10 via my BlackBerry Z10 ;)


If you live in the US, FCC rules require that local phone companies make available free, simple, and uniform per-line blocking and unblocking processes. If *67 isn't working for you and you live in the US, I would be on the phone with my phone company to find out why it doesn't work. It works on both my house and mobile phones. It does however, not work on calls made om VoIP. as the FCC has no authority there.



Posted via CB10


Yo maybe se #31#phone number as well

Posted via CB10


No workie on my Sprint Q10


I too use my phone a lot to make calls for work and I don’t want my personal number showing up, so glad TMobile doesn't block it.

A couple times I forgot to turn it off, and was wondering why my dad wouldn't answer my calls....just like a lot of us, he won't answer blocked calls lol.

Posted via Z10 or Q10


I've used this feature since I figured out how to do it in my legacy devices.

Great for returning client calls but not wanting them to know your cell number because you don't want to be bothered off hours or on weekends.

Posted from my Z30 on CB10

Prem WatsApp

I use that so often, I even have two phones in use.

The office Z10 (also wifi hotspot) is always hiding, the Q10 I carry around is usually showing. Saves me the toggle game when I'm there.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Prem WatsApp

Another point why a bit of privacy is important. You don't want the whole world to be able to ring "tha thang in ya pocket".

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


Nice.....thats why I love crackberry

Posted via cb10


Last...just sayin.

Posted via a Device with Z and a 30


Because sometimes I make work calls from my personal cell phone. I've been blocking my number for almost a year now when ever I make certain business calls

Posted via CB10


Verizon doesn't offer it for an unknown reason. I actually used the feature in the past on legacy devices. I notified tech support and got nowhere. No explanation for why they changed the call menu options.

Posted via CB10


Not on Verizon Z30 :-(

Posted via CB10

Peaceful world

not work for me, Malaysia

Posted via CB10


Yeah great to know. Never thought to look for that. thanks

Posted via CB10


My z10 doesn't have this feature. Now that I look. :/

Posted via CB10


AT&T has it available. *69 is better if you only need it once

Posted via CB10


*69 identifies the last incoming call to your phone, but it doesn't work on a mobile phone, *67 blocks your number for one call only.

Nana Boakye

Pls can someone help me with how to hide my number on BlackBerry Z10? I cant find it on my device

Posted via CB10


On telUS just enter #31# before the number for per call blocking.

Posted via CB10


James Richardson, I love you man these nifty gritty tips are overlooked by many of us. It is nice to be remanded by these great tips from time to time.


Okay... so I feel like a moron right now. I open the settings but don't see the show my number setting. This is weird. Lol.

Posted via CB10

Mr Gill

I did not know we could do this! This gives me some cheeky ideas :D

Posted via my love powered Q10


Great for drug dealers!

Tapping and flicking on my Zed 10

kamal lyall

Not happening!, every time I try to make a call with show my number turned OFF, it asks me to turn it on.

Q10 is marijuana

Sayumi Whisp

The confusing is... sometimes the tips have the title "how to make... for z10.. z10... z3.. sometimes.. "how to make in bb10" I think the tips are helpful for many people but you really should talk about the titles. This way will confused people there are new to bb10 more than a how to make... bb10 for all. and for Google searching you can tell in the post, for wich devices it would work.

Wenn du das Weinen verlernt hast, bist du bereits tot (Sayumi Whisp)

Feer Daus J

in Malaysia, we need to pay for the features. then can use the option :)

Posted via CB10


In the US all you have to do is dial *67 before you dial a number when you want your number to be blocked. It's a lot easier and quicker to do than going into the call settings, and you if you're only blocking your number for one phone call, you don't have to go back in and change the setting again. Also, I can think of more reasons than prank calls to hide your number, like calling a business that uses caller ID to track the numbers of their incoming calls. Of course that won't work for businesses that pay for the 800 number/toll-free calls service since they are paying for your incoming call and they have the ability to identify your phone number using Automatic Number Identification. Then there are the times that your call won't go through however you block it when the receiving number has anonymous call rejection, you will get a recording stating that "your call has been properly delivered, but the party you are trying to reach is not accepting calls from callers that do not allow delivery of their telephone number, please hang up, do not block delivery of your telephone number, and call again".



C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)


Any body know how I can call a number and not have it show up on carrier billing the number that is dialed and or text sent


Wow, I never knew that menu existed.

They should have put these features in an overflow menu instead of a pull down menu.

The pull down should be reserved for the quick access settings regardless of what app you're in. Just my preference. And to be consistent with other apps that have over flow menus.

Sherwin Canete

I'm really to shy to ask but I can't fine the "show my number" in my Q10. Please help. Thanks. -ken

Posted via CB10

Sherwin Canete

Ooops it's "I can't find" not fine.

Posted via CB10

Atul Bhat

In india its not working.. to hide caller id.

Posted via CB10

Rajiv Damani

That was good tip, but it does not allows to make a call by keeping it on "OFF" - any idea why?

Posted via CB10


I posted a thread about this a couple weeks Ago, I found this feature just looking around my Z10 and turned it on for customer calls and it worked great, after about 7 calls it stopped working and I got a sceen message saying "cannot make calls from phone screen with hidden number " or something close to that,and the option to goto the settings and turn it back on. Has not worked since. I'm in Canada, Tbatel is the provider,on latest OS, wierd....

Love my Z10


*67 before the number in the states. That's what I have always used to block the #.

Posted via CB10


I get an error saying "Please turn show my number on to make a call"... what to do?

Posted via CB10


I use it all the time when I'm out of the office and I have to call back customers who have complaints. Saves my bacon from getting calls directly to my cell.

Tapped and Flicked by the world's best kept secret BB10 on my Z10


On Vivo (Brazilian Operator) the option doesn't appear either...

Posted via CB10


I just try it on my Q10 and is still showing my number.


In all mexico's carriers you aren't able to use this feature. There's a law prohibiting it 'cause public security issues. Even if you try, the device shows a notification about show your Number in order to make the call.

Hope it helps.

Posted via CB10

Thirdie Palma

I can't see that option on my Z10 setting list. :(

Posted via CB10


Thanks for saying that. I am with Verizon, and I can't see it either.

Posted via CB10

Yaqut Ali

I m having z10, I live in India, how to do it?:/


I have q10 on ssprint and I do not see this opiton

Posted via CB10