As the amount of people who use a mobile phone number as their primary number grows, it feels like spam phone calls and text messages are growing as well. Let’s take a look at how to block calls on your iPhone as well as how to prevent a good portion of unwanted calls in the first place.

AirPods

If you haven’t done so already, you can register your mobile phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. This site and service is provided and maintained by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and more information can be found on this support page.

Be wary of third-parties claiming to offer similar services, it’s best to stick with the official National Do Not Call Registry.

How to block calls on iPhone

As for unwanted calls that you’re already receiving or continuing to receive, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Phone application
  2. Tap on the Recents tab at the bottom of your screen (tap Missed at the top to filter calls)
  3. Tap the circled, blue i to the right of the number you’d like to block
  4. Tap Block this Caller
  5. Tap Block Contact

If you accidentally block a number you can tap  Unblock this Caller in the same place that you found the option to block the caller.

If you want or need to block a number that is saved contact, you can tap on Contacts in the phone app, select a contact, swipe to the bottom of the contact card and tap Block this Caller.

Be sure to check out our how to guide for more ways to get the most out of your Apple devices.


Follow 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news!

About the Author

Michael Potuck's favorite gear