At best, unwanted calls can be annoying. At worst, they can put you at risk and seriously disrupt your daily life. Sales companies, exes, scammers, bots, and stalkers can cause you a huge amount of stress if they get your phone number. Luckily, there’s a way to block a number on your iPhone and protect your peace of mind.
Apple allows you to block numbers, contacts, messages, and emails on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If somebody tries to contact you on multiple channels, you can block that person on all of them. If a suspicious number keeps sending you SMS links, they could be trying to infect you with malware, so blocking them is often the safest solution.
When you block a phone number or contact on iOS, the caller can leave you a voicemail, but you won’t be notified about it. There is also no way for callers to learn that you’ve blocked them.
You can even turn on the Silence Unknown Callers feature, which will silence calls from numbers that aren’t in your contact list and send them directly to your voicemail. This feature has its drawbacks though, as you can miss calls from harmless numbers like an Uber driver, a pizza delivery guy, or your child’s teacher.
After implementing these steps, you will no longer receive calls from that contact. If several numbers are constantly disturbing you, you’ll have to block each of them individually.
You can also view the list of blocked contacts and unblock them:
There are a handful of iOS apps designed to block unwanted calls that work by filtering phone numbers known for spam. If you often receive robocalls, this might be a way to get rid of them once and for all.
Blocking phone numbers can also be entertaining. The Robokiller app employs an army of bots to receive calls from scammers and spammers. The app will waste the caller's time and record the conversations, and later on you can listen to the results.
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