One of the basic functions of smartphones is calling. In addition, technology has now made video calls available to any user through popular tools such as WhatsApp. However, many users avoid calls as much as possible.

The good news is that WhatsApp calls and video calls can be easily blocked. Here is how to do it.

How to avoid receiving calls via WhatsApp

WhatsApp calls and video calls were two of the most demanded functions by users of the platform. These features let us call other contacts at no cost (beyond the cost of data or WIFI).

The problem is that there are people who abuse these functions and others who find it quite annoying to be receiving calls and video calls. Fortunately, both calls and video calls can be restricted through several procedures.

Reject the call

It is obvious, but the easiest way to avoid a call or video call is to hang up the smartphone. To avoid being called back (and look good at the same time), it is advisable to send a message to the contact to tell them that we are busy or that we cannot (or do not want to) answer.

Block the contact

The easiest way to avoid WhatsApp calls and video calls is to block the contact. Just follow these steps:

  1. Log into the WhatsApp app.
  2. Tap the three dots icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Go to Privacy.
  5. Scroll down to the Blocked Contacts option.
  6. Add the contact you want to block by tapping the icon in the upper right corner.
Steps to block a contact on WhatsAppSteps to block a contact on WhatsApp

By blocking a WhatsApp contact, we will stop receiving calls and video calls from the user. The disadvantage is that we will not be able to receive messages from them through the platform either.

Cheat the data

In order to spend less data, WhatsApp lets us limit its use. To do so, just follow these steps.

  1. Select Storage and Data from the Settings menu.
  2. Tap the Use less data for calls option.
Steps to limit the data usage on WhatsAppSteps to limit the data usage on WhatsApp

What is this for? So that our calls are of poorer quality and we have an excuse to hang up. But we can also be honest from the beginning.

Mute the call

Another option is to mute the call so that we do not know if we are called. The process is as follows:

  1. Tap the Notifications option within the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down to the Calls section.
  3. Remove the default tone and leave it silent.
  4. Disable vibration.
Steps to mute a call on WhatsAppSteps to mute a call on WhatsApp

Note that this does not prevent us from being called or video-called. They can still call us, but we will not know about it until we see the missed call notification.

How to block WhatsApp calls without blocking the contact

If we do not want to block the user and we do not want to use the previous methods, we will have to resort to a third-party app. For example, Tools for WhatsApp lets us disable calls by tapping a button. And we can even turn that WhatsApp call into a regular call.

Main menu of Tools for WhatsAppMain menu of Tools for WhatsApp

There are other similar options we can turn to. However, it is always advisable to pay attention to the permissions requested to avoid privacy problems.