When you take charge of your Caller ID, you’re maintaining control over your incoming and outgoing mobile identity.

Verizon Caller ID and Caller ID Blocking let you exercise control over who you choose to talk to and when, and they’re included in your Verizon calling plan. Whether you decide to let an unknown caller go to Voice Mail or to answer a friend’s call with a personalized greeting, Caller ID lets you know who’s on the other end before you pick up. And if you want to keep your identity a secret when you place a call, then you can block Caller ID on the receiver’s end.

1. Avoid wrong numbers and telemarketers

With Verizon Caller ID, the number of the person calling you shows up on your phone when your line rings. Don’t recognize the number? Then don’t answer it. If it’s a wrong number, they’ll get the hint when your Voice Mail picks up. And if it’s someone selling something, you can avoid talking to that person altogether. Anyone calling you for a specific reason will leave you a message, and you can call back at your convenience.

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2. Screen your calls by name.

For callers lucky enough to be stored in your phone’s contacts list, their name will appear when they call you. So, if you’re out on a date and your mom calls, you know to let the phone ring. But if you see your dog sitter calling, you can answer to make sure it’s not an emergency with Fido.

3. Return calls, even if they don’t leave a message.

Caller ID stores the numbers (and names of contacts) of missed calls in your phone. So, even if there’s no Voice Mail message, you can see how many times your best friend called while you were working out. Five times in the past hour? Maybe you’d better return that call stat.

4. Block Caller ID when using your personal phone for work.

If you have to make a business-related call on your personal phone but don’t want just anyone to have your number, you can block Caller ID on your outgoing calls using Verizon Caller ID Blocking. Just press *67 before you dial your call, and “Private,” “Anonymous” or “Restricted” will appear on the receiver’s Caller ID readout. This service comes in handy for those who work in sensitive fields such as law enforcement. If you want to block Caller ID on all of your outgoing calls, you can set that up through My Verizon.

Keep in mind you cannot block Caller ID on your outgoing calls when you’re calling 911 or toll-free numbers.

5. Network with Share Name ID.

On the other hand, maybe you want the caller to see your name and know it’s you calling. You have the option of signing up for Share Name ID, which will share your number and the name you set in My Verizon with the person you call. It’s perfect for when you’re trying to build a business or find a new job; seeing a name on Caller ID is a friendlier “hello” than an unknown number.

6. Announce your new mobile number.

Most of us have had the experience of getting a new mobile phone and number. After importing your contacts, Verizon’s free Share Name ID service can be a great way to announce your new mobile number to your network. By showing your name when calling, people with Caller ID service will know the unknown number is associated with one of their existing contacts. (Without it, they might just send you straight to Voice Mail.)

Stay informed.

Whether you’re screening your calls for telemarketers or want to use your Name ID to send out your new phone number, Verizon’s Caller ID is simple and easy to use. Set up your preferred settings online or with the My Verizon app.