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Block Calls From Contacts & Unknown Numbers

Since iOS 7 it is possible to block unwanted calls and contacts. So you will not get any calls, messages or FaceTime calls from a blocked person. We show you how this works.


You can block contacts and calls, if you are using iOS 7 or later on your iPhone.

Block contacts

You have got two possible ways to block a contact that already exists in your contact list.

1. Bock contact via Settings

Settings > Phone > Call Blocking & Identification

To block a specific contact on your iPhone, go to your Settings and then Phone. There you choose Call Blocking & Identification in the section Calls.

This will either show nothing or a list of the contacts with their phone numbers, that you have blocked already. Click “Block Contact…“ to add a new contact to the list. Then you can choose the specific contact from your contact list.

2. Block contact via Phone app

Phone app > Favorites / Recent > Info

You can also block a contact in the Phone app of your iPhone. Go to your Favorites or recent calls list and tap the info icon next to contact or phone number. Then scroll down and click Block this Caller.

The other way would be to go to your contact list, select the specific contact and choose Block this Caller in the details view again.

The same way you can block contacts in FaceTime or Messages. Just look for the info icon and then you take the same step as described above.

Block unknown numbers

Phone app > Recent > Info

Phone numbers, which you don’t know, can only be blocked in the Phone app. Go to your recent calls and then tap the info icon next to a phone number of your choice. Scroll down and click Block this Caller again.

Block anonymous calls

As you may know already, you can hide your phone number for calls. Unfortunately, iOS has no option yet to block anonymous calls (unknown Caller IDs). Only a trick helps to enable your iPhone for this. Read more…