Everybody loves privacy and in some cases, it might come down to masking your phone number since it happens to be the first thing nowadays that can be used to identify an individual. Especially if you are reaching out to a stranger, it is quite desirable to hide your phone number. \r\nLet\u2019s say that you see an ad on craigslist and you reach out to the seller. In most of the cases, since the other party is unknown, you might want to hide your identity for a while before meeting them in person. \r\nPeople also want to avoid telemarketers in most of the cases. However, when you call a business once, for any query, your number is saved and they continue calling you for promotions and other events. In order to avoid it, it is a good idea to mask your number before talking to a business representative. \r\nPreviously, it was not quite possible, but now the demand is high and there are several techniques that could be used to hide your phone number.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nHow To Hide Your Phone Number For A Specific Call?\r\nWell, there are cases where you might not want to share your phone number with a specific person. Fortunately, a solution does exist.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tOpen the dialing pad on your phone (the OS does not matter in this case)\r\n \tJust before typing the number, press *67 on your dialing pad\r\n \tEnter the complete phone number you wish to dial, including the country and area codes\r\n \tInitiate the call\r\n\r\nEverything will work normally on both ends and the only distinction is that the recipient will see \u2018Private\u2019 or \u2018Anonymous\u2019 on the screen instead of your name or number. However, it should be noted that this method does not hide your identity while calling 900 or 800 numbers.\r\nPlease note that this method is exclusively for North America and if you are in another part of the World, just google the blocking code in your area and follow the steps mentioned above.\r\nIn some cases, people block incoming calls from private and anonymous numbers. In that event, your call won\u2019t get through.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nHiding Your Phone Number Permanently\r\nWhile the above-mentioned method is quite straightforward and popular among many North Americans, it is not the ideal way to hide your number if you want to do it permanently. I mean just imagine you are trying to mask your ID, but forget entering the prefix?\r\nTherefore, in such situations, burner phones offer the best option. No games, no shortcuts! Just dial a number, talk to the recipient and throw your phone away (don't worry \u2013 burners are inexpensive). The other person can neither see your number nor track your call afterward.\r\n \r\nHiding Your Phone Number On Android \r\nEven though adding a 3-digit prefix (*67) is quite easy, some users seek an even friendly approach. Therefore, android devices now come with inbuilt functionality. All you need to do is simply:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tHit the \u2018Phone\u2019 icon, which is usually at the bottom left of your screen\r\n \tNow, on the top right corner, click the button with 3 vertical dots just inside the search bar (or beside it)\r\n \tA drop-down menu will open and you need to click \u2018Settings'\r\n\r\n\r\n \tHit the \u2018Calls\u2019 options\r\n\r\n \tIf your phone gives you a choice between \u2018Calls\u2019 and \u2018Contacts\u2019, just tap the \u2018Calls\u2019 option\r\n\r\n\r\n \tAccess additional settings from the given menu\r\n \tClick \u2018Caller ID\u2019\r\n\r\n \tSome models might say \u2018Show Caller ID\u2019\r\n\r\n\r\n \tA popup will be displayed on the screen -\u00a0 click \u2018Hide Number\u2019\r\n\r\n \r\nHiding Your Phone Number On iPhone\r\nIt\u2019s as easy as masking a phone number on Android, but since the interface is different, we'll give you a breakdown.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tClick the \u2018Settings\u2019 icon on your iPhone\u2019s home screen\r\n \tYou will be presented with a list view \u2013 scroll down and hit \u2018Phone\u2019\r\n \tMove to the \u2018Calls\u2019 section\r\n \tHit \u2018Show my Caller ID\u2019\r\n \tIf the button is white, leave it as it is.\r\n\r\n \tIf the button is green, tap it once to turn off caller ID\r\n\r\n\r\n \tThe recipients will be displayed with \u2018No Caller ID\u2019 instead of your phone number\r\n\r\n \r\nUsing An App To Hide Your Phone Number\r\nSome people don\u2019t prefer using burners, firstly it may raise suspicion and secondly, they simply do not want to carry multiple phones. In such cases, an application can also be used.\r\nFor instance, Hushed allows you to create a secondary phone number for just about $2 and you can keep the number for as long as you want. This is quite a reliable option, particularly if you want to hide your original phone number for a long period. The best perk is that you do not have to carry another device.\r\nWhat\u2019s worth considering is that you do not have to worry about sending text messages as well. While most of the inbuilt features only hide your phone number while calling, this app can even mask your ID while texting someone.\r\nMoreover, since this secondary number acts just as a regular one, the recipients will be able to call you back. But this call will never be connected to your original number, whatsoever.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nFinal Thoughts\u00a0\r\nIf these features do not work on your phone (which is rare) or you simply do not like them, the last resort is to contact your network provider and tell them to offer you the service of hiding your phone number.\r\nPlease note that (depending upon the restrictions) this feature is not available in all the countries and some network providers might even charge you a premium for this service.\r\n \r\n\r\nWant to know how to spoof your phone number instead? Read our other guide here.