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Why Does My Phone Say “Wireless Caller” When Someone Calls? (SOLVED- 2024)

“Why does my phone say Wireless Caller when someone calls?” I hear you asking.

I’ll tell ya.

Your phone may indicate “wireless caller” on the caller display instead of the actual Caller ID for a variety of reasons.

Among these, it could stem from your phone’s call filter settings, your network carrier, the caller’s phone service provider, or the caller’s phone settings.

Receiving calls from strange sources is problematic because you (rightly) might not feel comfortable taking calls from unknown entities.

Thus, assuming that the cause is on your end, we’ll attempt to offer a solution to the issue as to why your phone displays “wireless caller” instead of the actual Caller ID!

Why Do My Incoming Calls Say “Wireless Caller”?

woman on phone while working

The first thing you need to know about the Caller ID that appears when you receive a call is that some mobile phone companies use “wireless caller” as the ID.

If your device has this default setting, there unfortunately isn’t much that you can do to remedy it!

However, if you already have a particular contact saved on your device but your phone still indicates a “wireless caller” message for incoming calls from this contact, consider checking with your carrier to see if your Caller ID is enabled.

For iPhone users, the problem may reside with a particular setting that filters incoming calls from unknown sources.

Another potential cause for this problem might be if the caller has deliberately hidden their ID for security or personal reasons (such as behind a 4-digit number).

If this is the case, then unfortunately there is no tangible solution either.

While you may have the option to speak to them about this issue– if they’re known acquaintances or friends- it could potentially be a sensitive topic and thus may not be possible to do so.

It may also be the case that the caller does not have a Caller ID enabled on their phone, and as a result the network provider then displays their ID as a “wireless caller”.

The caller may not be aware that their Caller ID is not enabled. Therefore, you might want to consider bringing this to their attention!

Once they correctly fill out the Caller ID, the caller display should subsequently show the appropriate identifier when you receive a call from them.

Is There A Way to See The Actual Number That Is Calling?

someone calling on smartphone

The answer to this is dependent on a few factors.

Generally, an inability to see the actual number that is calling depends on where the issue originates.

If the cause is related to your phone’s settings, simply changing those settings will enable you to see the caller’s phone number.

For iPhone users, the problem could potentially be stemming from the Call Filter setting.

In order to remedy this, go to your phone’s Settings, search for “Call filter”, and turn it off. The problem should go away once this is carried out!

Another way to see the incoming caller’s number is to go to your Settings, search for “Caller ID” and click on the box to enable it.

Once the Caller ID is turned on, this should fix the inability to see a caller’s phone number for both iPhone and Android users.

If this still doesn’t work, it may be a good idea to call your network carrier to ensure that the Caller ID feature is enabled on your device.

Almost every commercial phone provider, from landlines to mobile phone carriers, offers a Caller ID feature.

Therefore, ensure that you find out how the Caller ID feature on your device works. When you activate this feature, it should solve the ID display problem on your end.

Another solution that you could try would be to get a “Call Display With Name” service for your phone.

To know how this works, simply get in touch with your phone company for more information.

The “Call Display” service will display a caller’s phone number. However, the service by itself only displays the number with no name.

Therefore, it may be a good idea to consider adding the “Name Display” feature if you want to see the caller’s name as well.

Note that these features will display a caller’s name and phone number even if they’re not in your address book!

Can I Block Calls With “Wireless Caller” ID?

woman blocking someone on her phone

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to block incoming calls with “Wireless Caller” as their caller ID because the caller is unknown.

It’s important to remember that the ID displayed on your phone is from the caller’s phone service provider.

Therefore, we definitely recommend that you focus on fixing the problem if this is a consistent issue with all of your incoming calls. This is because not all wireless callers are unwanted contacts or scammers.

It’s best to find a solution to the problem rather than outright blocking all incoming calls with the “Wireless Caller” display name.

The best method would be to try and identify the “Wireless Caller” first- and then proceed to block them if necessary!

How Can I Identify A “Wireless Caller” ID?

woman calling someone while studying

It’s certainly possible to identify a wireless caller with the help of some “Call Display” apps.

More importantly, you’ll be able to identify the unwanted caller with these apps and then proceed to block their number!

Note that this does not guarantee you will never see another “Wireless Caller” ID again when someone calls you.

However, installing a call display app means that you can stop the same unwanted person from calling again and again.

We’ve identified a few call blocking apps below that can help you filter these calls:


Hiya is a free call blocking app. The app has features that make identifying callers and blocking unwanted calls easy.

A premium version is available, should you want to get additional features.


CallDetector is also a call blocking app with great features such as being able to identify spam callers and blocking them.

This app is also free, but it is only available on Android devices.

Call Control

Based on reviews, Call Control is one of the best call blocking apps.

The app is available on both Android and iPhone devices. It’s a little more complex to use compared to the other apps on this list, but still definitely efficient.


TrueCaller is one of the most popular call identification and blocking apps on this list. It’s available on both Android and Apple devices.

However, the app does not offer much privacy because of its database of over 2 billion users. It may be unsuitable if you have a problem with the mass usage of an app.

The above apps are certainly worth trying if the “Wireless Caller” ID is a persistent problem for you.

Identify the most suitable app on this list based on ease of use and your device’s operating system and give it a go! If they do not work, simply delete the app and try another solution.

In Conclusion

Your privacy and security are vital in today’s technologically advanced world.

Therefore, it’s extremely important to be able to quickly establish callers’ identities!

While the “Wireless Caller” ID issue could be a default setting on your device or the caller’s device, it’s certainly possible to receive unwanted calls from unidentified strangers.

If you’re certain you know who the unidentified “Wireless Caller” is, you can always inform the caller (if you’re ready for that conversation). Following that, you can then work together to try to solve the issue.

At times, however, some individuals decide to hide their identity deliberately. In this case you may just have to let the issue go, as the problem will not be from your end.

If it is a persistent problem, contact your service provider or download a Caller ID app to identify and block callers.

Either way, hopefully you’ll now have the answers and solutions you need as to why your phone says “Wireless Caller” when someone calls!

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