Whatever your reason, there is a way of withholding or hiding your number on Android smartphones and you can also switch off Caller ID. Here's how to hide or withhold your number and Caller ID in Android. See also: Best Android phones you can buy in 2015.

Perhaps you just want to prank call a friend or ring a company you've been pestering which won't answer if they see your number appear. There are many reasons, good and bad, to hide your number and make it appear as private and below is our step by step guide on how to do it in Android.

Note: You can only hide/withhold your number if your network supports it. We've used a Google Nexus 5 running Android 5.0 Lollipop for this guide so things may vary depending on the brand and model of your smartphone.

See also: How to turn off predictive text on Android.

How to withhold/hide your number in Android

Step One

Open the phone/dialler app on your Android phone.

How to withhold or hide number on Android

Step Two

Open the menu by tapping the three dots at the end of the search bar.

How to withhold or hide number on Android

Step Three

Select 'Settings'.

How to withhold or hide number on Android

Step Four

Click on 'Call settings'.

How to withhold or hide number on Android

Step Five

Click on 'Additional settings'.

How to withhold or hide number on Android

Step Six

One the menu has loaded, click on 'Caller ID'.

How to withhold or hide number on Android

Step Seven

Now select 'Hide number'

How to withhold or hide number on Android

How to switch off Caller ID in Android

If you want to switch off Caller ID then follow steps 1-3 above then follow the steps below.

Step One to Three

See above

Step Four

Select 'Advanced settings'.

How to withhold or hide number on Android

Step Five

Open 'Caller ID by Google'.

How to switch off Caller ID on Android

Step Six

Move the slider left to the off position.

How to switch off Caller ID on Android