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How To Block a Number on iOS

Blocked Call On Ios

Are you annoyed with relentless calls from unknown numbers or someone you never wish to speak to while using your iOS device? Although users often don’t know about blocking a number, the process is really simple. 

Quick Answer

If you want to block a number on iOS, tap the Phone app on your Home screen, go to “Recents”, and tap the next to the caller. Select “Block This Caller” to stop receiving calls and messages from this number.

To make things easy for you, we have prepared a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to block a number on iOS. We will also explain the process of unblocking a number and sending unknown callers to voicemail on your device.

Blocking a Number on iOS

If you are unsure how to block a number on iOS, our 4 step-by-step methods will help you go through the entire process without hassle.

Method #1: Using the Phone App

You can quickly block a number on your iOS device using the Phone app with the help of these steps.

  1. Tap the Phone app.
  2. Tap “Recents” at the bottom of your screen. You can also access the number you want to block by tapping “Contacts”, “Favourites”, or “Voicemail”.
  3. Tap the next to the caller you want to block.
  4. Tap “Block This Caller”.
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All Done!

Once you have blocked a number using the abovementioned steps, you will no longer receive calls, messages, and FaceTime calls from that caller.

Method #2: Using the Message App

It is also possible to block a number using the iPhone’s Message app using the below steps.

  1. Open the Message app.
  2. Open the conversation with the number you want to block.
  3. Tap the name at the top of your screen.
  4. Go to “info” and tap “Block This Caller”.
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Alternate Steps

You can also block messages from a sender by using the following steps.

Go to Settings > “Messages” > “Blocked Contacts” > “Add New”. Then, select a sender from your contacts.

Method #3: Using FaceTime

Follow the steps mentioned below to block a number using FaceTime.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap “FaceTime”.
  3. Select “Blocked Contacts”.
  4. Tap “Add New” and select a caller from your contacts.
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Method #4: Blocking Numbers Not in Contacts

iOS 15 allows you to block calls and messages from the numbers not saved in your contacts list in the following way. 

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap “Focus”.
  3. Tap “Do Not Disturb”.
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  4. Tap “People”.
  5. Tap “Calls From” and select “All Contacts”.
That’s It!

Once you have enabled “Do Not Disturb” on your iPhone, you won’t receive calls from any unknown number.

How To Unblock Numbers on iOS

Unblocking contacts is just as quick and easy as blocking them in the first place. So, if you want to remove a number from your blocked contact lists at any point in time, follow these steps.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap “Phone” and select “Blocked Contacts”.
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  3. Tap “Edit”.
  4. Select the red icon next to the contact you want to unblock.

How To Send Unknown Callers to Voicemail

If you don’t want to be bothered by calls from numbers you haven’t added to your contacts list but don’t want to miss an important message, you can send unknown callers straight to voicemail. You can use the following steps to enable this feature on your iPhone.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap “Phone”.
  3. Select “Silence Unknown Callers”.
  4. Move the toggle next to “Silence Unknown Callers” to the on position.
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All Done!

Once you have turned on the “Silence Unknown Callers” option on your phone, calls from numbers not saved in your contacts will be directed to voicemail.


In this write-up on how to block a number on iOS, we have explored several different ways you can use to stop receiving calls and messages from the numbers you want. We have also explained how you can unblock numbers and send unknown callers to voicemail.

Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you can now quickly get rid of the callers that irritate you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to filter messages from unknown numbers?

iPhone allows you to view texts sent by numbers not saved in your contacts in a separate list. You can enable this feature by going to Settings > “Messages” and turning on “Filter Unknown Senders”.

Can I tell if my number is blocked?

Since no warning notification or alert is sent to the blocked person, you can’t know if someone has blocked your number.

Can a blocked number contact me on WhatsApp?

A person whose number is blocked on iOS can still contact you on WhatsApp. To stop someone from calling or texting you on the app, launch WhatsApp, open a conversation, select “Contact Info”, scroll down and tap “Block”.

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