How to Unblock Caller ID

Updated February 21, 2017

Caller ID blocking is useful for protecting your privacy and keeping telemarketers at bay. However, from time to time, you may decide to disable Caller ID Blocking--perhaps when you phone a friend who screens calls. For cases like this, you can easily unblock your caller ID temporarily.

Pick up or turn on your phone.

Dial *82; wait 1 to 2 seconds.

Dial your phone number as you normally would. Your phone number will appear unblocked on the recipient's side.


If you make several calls to a line you'd like to always be unblocked, consider contacting your phone company to configure your line so calls to that number are always unblocked. (Note: This is only available from certain companies.)


Although *82 is the usual number to unblock your caller ID, it could vary depending on your phone company. Contact your phone company to make sure that this is the correct method to unblock your phone.

Things You'll Need

  • Permanent Caller ID Blocking enabled on your phone line
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Jay Darrington has been a professional writer since 2006, specializing in technology. He has published on several online blogs, including iTech24, iPhoneland and Tech101. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication technology from California State University.