How To Block and Unblock Callers on Your iPhone

Are there just some callers that you don’t want to bother with?  Unsolicited sales calls, drama queens, ex-significant others? Blocking these calls on your iPhone is very easy. Once blocked, you will not receive phone calls, messages or FaceTime from the blocked number. There are two ways to block calls.

METHOD 1:   The Settings App

STEP 1:  Open the Settings app.

STEP 2:  Scroll down and tap ‘Phone’.

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STEP 3:  Tap ‘Blocked’.

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STEP 4:  Tap ‘Add New…’.

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STEP 5:  Tap the Contact that you want to block.

This contact is now blocked.

METHOD 2:  The Phone App

STEP 1:  Open the Phone app.

STEP 2:  Tap Recent.

STEP 3:  Tap the ‘i’ at the end of the phone number or contact that you want to block.

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STEP 4:  Scroll down and tap ‘Block Caller’.  This caller is now blocked.

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STEP 1:  Open the Settings app.

STEP 2:  Scroll down and tap ‘Phone’.

STEP 3:  Tap ‘Blocked’.

STEP 4:  Tap ‘Edit’.

STEP 5:  Tap the red circle next to the Contact or phone number that you want to unblock.

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STEP 6:  Tap ‘Unblock’.

The Contact or phone number is no longer blocked.


About the Author

Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at


  1. I have an Iphone 4S. Apple’s implementation of call-blocking is very primitive.

    What if I want to block all numbers from a particular cellular carrier? There must be millions of them out there. My Samsung DUOS handles this job much better. You can configure it to block all calls that starts with, say, 0123, and all calls from subscribers of this particular carrier can never get through. My Iphone 4S can’t do that.

    And why would I want to do that? I hate phone calls, you know. I use my cell phone exclusively for texting. That’s it.