Receiving unwanted, nuisance calls from some specific people you just don't want to talk to, or persistent calls from unknown/hidden/private numbers can be plain frustrating. How do you avoid these unwanted calls, without being cut off from the people you do want to talk to? Thankfully, blocking unwanted incoming calls on iPhone is very easy now, compared to the old days when you can only do so through rigorous workarounds or jailbreaking. Read on to find out how.
- Method 1: Block Specific Calls on iPhone Directly
- Method 2: Block Specific Calls on iPhone from Settings
How to Block Specific Calls on iPhone?
If you have been receiving countless unwanted calls from a particular number/contact, then you'll need block the specific calls on iPhone to avoid being bothered by them ever again:
Block Specific Calls on iPhone Directly
Step 1: Open your phone's Call app, and click the Recents tab at the bottom.
Step 2: Click the 'i' icon next to the number you want to block.
Step 3: Scroll down and click Block This Caller.
Step 4: Confirm your decision. You will never be bothered by this number again, as subsequent calls would be routed to your voicemail automatically. This blocking feature can be applied to calls, text messaging and FaceTime calls.
Block Specific Calls on iPhone from Settings
Another method to block specific incoming calls would be to go to Settings:
Step 1. Go to Settings>> Phone >> Call Blocking & Identification.
Step 2. You will find a list of all your blocked callers. Click Block Contact, then add new numbers you would like to block from your contact list.
How to Block Unknown Calls on iPhone?
Unknown callers are those contacts that your telecommunication company cannot recognize, and you therefore cannot see the number on your phone when it calls, it just displays "unknown number". (Calls from telemarketers often time tend to fall into this category). Getting such anonymous calls can be indeed frustrating, but don't worry, you can block such unknown calls on iPhone easily.
An effective way of doing this is by enabling/customizing the Do Not Disturb feature on your iPhone. Find below the steps for setting up the Do Not Disturb feature on your iPhone.
Steps to Block Unknown Calls on iPhone
Step 1: Navigate to your Settings app, and locate the Do Not Disturb menu.
Step 2: Choose Allow Calls From under PHONE option.
Step 3: Select All Contacts. This way, you ONLY get to receive calls from those on your contact list.
How to Block "No Caller ID" Calls on iPhone?
In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made it mandatory for cellular service providers to allow users to be able to block their own number from caller ID. This is considered a valuable privacy feature for the everyday user.
However, more spammers and telemarketers are using this feature now to call cell phone users anonymously. In this case, unlike in the case of "Unknown number," the caller is consciously withholding his/her caller ID. It is otherwise referred to as "hidden number' or "private number." In this kind of situation, the above mentioned methods will not work for blocking these numbers; however, here are two methods you could use to block "No Caller ID" calls on iPhone:
Contact Service Provider to Block "No Caller ID" Calls on iPhone
This is a very sure way to really block anonymous calls from getting though. You might need to search your service provider's website to see what features they offer for blocking unknown/anonymous callers, as most carriers that offer this feature actually have information on their website that can assist you in this regard. However, there are still some carriers who don't offer this feature, but you'll have to check to find out.
Block "No Caller ID" Calls on iPhone by Third-Party App
Actually, carrier-level blocking and in-built settings might not exactly provide that level of satisfaction you desire. Third-party apps come handy in such situations. It is important to note that before you can use third-party apps to filter out unwanted calls, you need to adjust some settings on your device in Settings >> Phone>> Call Blocking & Identification >> Allow These Apps To Block Calls And Provide Caller ID.
There are numerous apps that offer blocking services, and one that stands out is the Truecaller App, an amazing blocking app that is well known amongst iPhone users. The app boasts of great features that automatically identify and block calls that are not trustworthy, even before you pick them. It provides a standard block list, and also allows you to go through the company's large database of names and contacts. It comes in paid and premium versions.
Bonus: Permanently Erase Call History to Safeguard Your Privacy
One main issue in all that has been mentioned in this article, is the threat to privacy. The truth is, every smartphone user wants to be sure their privacy is protected. Considering all that has been said, there might be a need, at some point or the other, to clear up your iPhone call history, to avoid leakage of privacy. The best, safest, and easiest way to do this is by making use of iMyFone Umate Pro.
This amazing software provides easy, and very simple-to-follow steps to clear up your call history in one click, and whatever you erase is erased permanently, with zero chance of recovery.
Options for Getting Rid of Call History
- Permanently Erase Deleted Files: Erase call history that you have previously deleted manually and make them 100% irrecoverable, regardless of the method or software utilized.
- Erase Private Data: Find and erase existing call history permanently.
- Allows you to preview and select what you want to delete, so you don't delete the wrong thing mistakenly.
Steps to Permanently Remove Call History on iPhone
Step 1. Open iMyFone Umate Pro on your computer and connect your iPhone.
Step 2. Select the Erase Private Data mode and click on Scan button.
Step 3. After scanning, you'll see all your personal data on your iPhone, click on the Call History tab and check the records you want to delete. Click on Erase Now button to start the erasing process.