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Caller Name ID How to Use Guide

Caller Name ID alerts you to incoming spam calls and lets you report and block unwanted numbers. Plus, you’ll see a name, picture, city and state when you receive an incoming call, text or voicemail from an unknown number.

Visit our Caller Name ID FAQs page for answers to common questions.

Subscribe to Caller Name ID

The Caller Name ID app is pre-loaded on most Android® and some BlackBerry® devices. To begin using the service, you can subscribe from the Caller Name ID app or online in My Verizon. Learn how to download the Caller Name ID app.

Caller Name ID app (Android)

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Tap Subscription status.
  4. Tap Subscribe now.

You have successfully subscribed to Caller Name ID through the app.

Caller Name ID app (iPhone®)

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Get Caller Name ID.
  3. Tap Subscribe.

You have successfully subscribed to Caller Name ID through the app from your iPhone.

Online in My Verizon

  1. Go to the Products & Apps page in My Verizon.
  2. Tap or click Get it Now next to Caller Name ID.
  3. If you have multiple lines on your account, select the ones you want to subscribe to Caller Name ID.
  4. Tap or click Confirm Purchase.

You've successfully added Caller Name ID online.

10-Day Free Trial

  • Android and Blackberry: When you buy or upgrade to a new Android or Blackberry smartphone, you’ll automatically be enrolled in the 10-day, risk-free trial. You’ll receive a push notification from the pre-loaded Caller Name ID app when you’ve been successfully enrolled.

  • iPhone: When you buy or upgrade to a new iPhone, you’ll automatically be enrolled in the 10-day, risk-free trial. You’ll receive a text message inviting you to download the Caller Name ID app in the App StoreSM when you’ve been successfully enrolled. If you don’t receive a text message after buying or upgrading to a new iPhone, simply download the app to see if you’re eligible for a trial and follow the steps listed to get started.

Download the Caller Name ID app

Android

The Caller Name ID app is pre-loaded on most Android and some Blackberry devices.

iPhone

To download Caller Name ID on your iPhone:

  1. Go to the Verizon Caller Name ID page in App Store.
  2. If you see an option to update or install, then you'll need to do so. If you don't see an option to update or install, the app is up to date and ready to open.


Use the Caller Name ID app to mark unwanted numbers as spam. Once marked, that number will be labeled as spam when they call you again.

Android

To mark a number as spam:

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Recent Activity.
  3. Under Identified callers & texters, tap the number you want to mark as spam.
  4. Tap Mark as spam.
  5. Add an optional label to remind you how to respond if the number calls you again and tap OK. You have successfully marked the number as spam.
  6. You'll also have the option to report this number to us. To report the number, select a category that best describes the type of caller. You can also add any additional details.
  7. Tap Report.

You've successfully marked and reported a number.

iPhone

To enter a number manually:

  1. Open Caller Name ID.
  2. Tap the + (plus sign) next to My spam list.
  3. Enter a phone number and select a label that best describes the type of caller. Add an optional name to remind you how to respond if the number calls you again.
  4. Tap Add.

You've successfully marked a number as spam.

To add a number from the Call Log:

  1. Go to your iPhone call log and tap the i icon next to the number.
  2. Tap Share Contact.
  3. Tap the lower More button.
  4. Tap the Search Caller Name ID switch so it's green.
  5. Tap Search Caller Name ID to lookup the number in the app.
  6. Tap Mark as Spam to mark it as a spam number.

You’ve successfully marked a number as spam from your call log.



Use the Caller Name ID app to report spam numbers. Reporting unwanted numbers helps us improve the accuracy of the service. Before you can report a number as spam you’ll need to first mark it as spam. Learn how to mark a number as spam.

Android

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Recent Activity.
  3. Tap the spam number you want to report. If you don’t see the number you want to report you need to first mark it as spam. Learn how to mark a number as spam.
  4. Tap Report Number.
  5. Select the category that applies.
  6. Leave an optional comment with any details about the caller that may be helpful to others.

You've successfully reported a number as spam.

iPhone

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Mark the number as spam. To learn how, refer to the Mark a number as spam section in this guide.
  3. In the My spam list section, tap the number you want to report.
  4. Tap Report caller.
  5. Select a category that best describes the type of caller and enter any additional comments about the caller.
  6. Tap Report.

You've successfully reported a number as spam.



Use the Caller Name ID app to set up a spam filter to automatically block different types of spam calls.

Android

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Block management.
  3. Tap Spam filter.
  4. Toggle feature on (spam filter on when toggle is black and to the right).
  5. Select the level of risk you want to block.

iPhone

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap the Block tab at the top of the page.
  3. Tap Spam filter.
  4. Toggle feature on (spam filter on when toggle is black and to the right).
  5. Select the level of risk you want to block.

You’ve successfully turned on your spam filter.



Use the Caller Name ID app to block a number from calling you. Before you can block a number you need to first mark it as spam. Learn how to mark a number as spam.

Android

To block a recently identified number:

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Recent activity.
  3. Select the spam number you’d like to block. If you don’t see the number listed you’ll need to first mark it as spam before returning to this step. Learn how to mark a number as spam..
  4. Tap Block number.

You’ve successfully added a number to your block list.

To manually enter a number to block:

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap the Block management.
  3. Tap the + (plus sign) next to My block list.
  4. Enter a number or add from contacts, and enter a name that best describes the type of caller.
  5. Tap Block.

You’ve successfully added a number to your block list.

 

iPhone

To block a number from your call log:

  1. Go to your iPhone call log and tap the i icon next to the number.
  2. Tap Share Contact.
  3. Tap the lower More button.
  4. Enable Search Caller Name ID.
  5. Tap Search Caller Name ID to lookup the number in the app.
  6. Tap Block Caller.

You've successfully blocked a number from your call log.

To manually enter a number to block:

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap the Block tab at the top of the page.
  3. Tap the + (plus sign) next to My block list.
  4. Enter a number and select a label that best describes the type of caller.
  5. Tap Block.

You’ve successfully added a number to your block list.



With Caller Name ID, you can enter a number or pick one from your call log to see if it has been identified as spam.

 

Android

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Spam lookup.
  3. Tap the search bar.
  4. Paste or enter a 10-digit number.
  5. If the number has been previously identified as spam, it will display.

 

iPhone

To search for a number in the app:

  1. Open Caller Name ID.
  2. Tap the search (magnifying glass) icon in the top right.
  3. Paste or enter a phone number.
  4. If the phone number has been identified as spam, it will display.

To search for a number from the call log:

  1. Go to your iPhone call log and tap the i icon next to the number.
  2. Tap Share Contact.
  3. Tap the lower More button.
  4. Enable Search Caller Name ID.
  5. Tap Search Caller Name ID to lookup the number with the Caller Name ID app.
  6. If the phone number has been identified as spam, it will display


Caller Name ID identifies unknown numbers not previously saved to your contacts. You can easily save identified numbers to your contacts with Caller Name ID.

Android:

  1. Tap Recent activity.
  2. Select the person you’d like to save to contacts.
  3. Tap Add to contacts. You’ll be taken to your default contact application to save.

You’ve successfully added the number to your contacts.

iPhone:

  1. Go to your iPhone call log and tap the i icon next to the number.
  2. Tap Create New Contact or Add to Existing Contact.

You’ve successfully added the number to your contacts.



You can create a custom name on the Share Name ID page or in the My Verizon app, or in the Caller Name ID app. Share Name ID is a free service, that lets you customize the name that Caller Name ID subscribers see on certain outbound calls.

The Account Owner or an Account Manager can manage Share Name ID. Learn more about account access roles.

Online in My Verizon

To add or edit your Share Name ID online:

  1. Go to the Share Name ID page in My Verizon.
  2. Select the line you'd like to manage.
  3. Select one of the options listed.

    Note: If you want to create a custom name, select the option with the Enter Name field and enter the name you wish to display on outgoing calls.

  4. Click Submit.
  5. Click OK in the pop-up window.

You've successfully updated Share Name ID in My Verizon.

Caller Name ID app

Android

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Tap Profile.
  4. Tap Edit Share Name ID. You'll be taken to the My Verizon app or web page to edit your name.
  5. Enter the name you wish to display on outgoing calls.
  6. Tap Update.

You've successfully updated your Share Name ID.

iPhone

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Profile.
  3. Tap Edit Name. You'll be taken to the My Verizon app or web page to edit your name.
  4. Enter the name you wish to display on outgoing calls.
  5. Tap Update.

You've successfully updated your Share Name ID.

My Verizon app

To edit your Share Name ID in the My Verizon app:

  1. Go to the Devices tab and select the device you want to manage.
  2. Tap Edit Share Name ID.
  3. Tap Enter Share Name ID.
  4. Enter the name you wish to display on outgoing calls.
  5. Tap Update.

You've successfully updated your Share Name ID in the My Verizon app.



With the Caller Name ID app you can upload and change the picture that people see when you call them. You can also block or report any Caller Name ID pictures that may be in appropriate.

Set up your picture that others see

You can upload your Caller Name ID picture with the Caller Name ID app. The maximum file size is 2 MB and the acceptable formats are JPG and PNG.

To upload a picture with the Caller Name ID app (Android only):

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Tap Profile
  4. Tap pencil on image.
  5. Choose the type of picture you want to use:
    • Take a new picture: Your camera app will open so you can take a picture.
    • Choose an existing picture: Select an image that's already on your device.
  6. To crop the picture, you can pinch to zoom in and out or drag the picture to reposition it.
  7. Tap Done.
  8. Tap Use Picture if you're pleased with the image. If you want a different one tap Choose another and repeat steps 4 and 5.
  9. Accept the Terms & Conditions.

The image will display in the Caller Name ID picture section.

Block and report a picture

If a caller's picture is inappropriate you can block or report it in the Caller Name ID app. You can also choose to block all pictures from displaying.

Block a caller's picture:

To block or report a caller's picture:

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Block management.
  3. Tap Manage caller pictures.
  4. Tap Block/Report Pictures.
  5. Select the caller picture you want to block or report.

You have successfully blocked a caller's picture.

 

Block all caller pictures

To block all caller pictures from showing on the incoming call screen:

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the checkbox next to Show Caller Pictures so it is blank.

You have successfully blocked all caller pictures.



You can set up an alert so you're notified when an unknown caller or texter is identified.

To set up alerts:

  1. Open the Caller Name ID app.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Identified Number Alert to turn alerts on and off. Alerts are on when the check is present.

You've successfully set up alerts.



If you want to cancel your subscription to Caller Name ID, you need to unsubscribe in the app, remove it from your account in My Verizon or contact us. Uninstalling the app from your device will not unsubscribe you from the service.

To remove the Caller Name ID service from a line on your account:

  1. Go to the Products & Apps page in My Verizon.
  2. Click the Manage Your Products tab at the top of the page.
  3. If you have multiple lines on your account, select the line you want to remove Caller Name ID from.
  4. Scroll to Verizon Caller Name ID and click Remove from Account.
  5. Review the changes and bill impacts on the confirmation pop-up, and then click Remove Product to confirm the transaction.

Note: You can only remove a product from one line at a time. To remove the same product from another line, select that line and repeat steps 4 and 5.

You've successfully unsubscribed from Caller Name ID through My Verizon.

If you have an eligible Android or BlackBerry device, you can also unsubscribe from the Caller Name ID app on your device:

  1. Go to the Caller Name ID app on your device.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Tap Subscription Status.
  4. Tap Unsubscribe.
  5. Tap Continue to confirm your selection.

You've successfully unsubscribed from Caller Name ID through the app.



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