How to properly block a number on an iPhone

How to properly block a number on an iPhone

Blocking someone’s phone number is an important tool for preserving your privacy, whether you’re attempting to get rid of spam or avoid hearing from a former friend or ex. However, banning a phone number is typically the quickest and easiest way to stop unwanted digital invasions.

When you block a phone number, you will no longer receive phone calls, messages, or FaceTime requests from that number. When they contact you, the person on the other end will go directly to voicemail, but this is their only indication that they’ve been blocked. Text messages will continue to be delivered as usual.

Blocked numbers can still leave voicemails, but they will not appear in the usual visible voicemail list. Instead, they’re grouped together in a section called “blocked messages,” which you can opt to ignore entirely.

There are several ways to block a number on an iPhone, but we will focus on the solutions that do not require a third party application.

Solution 1. Using the iPhone’s built in phone app

Step 1. Open the Phone app on your iPhone.

 

How to properly block a number on an iPhone

 

Step 2. Tap on the ‘Recent’ tab at the bottom of the screen to access the recently received calls.

 

How to properly block a number on an iPhone

 

Step 3. Scroll through the list and when you see the number you want to block, tap on the ‘i’ button.

 

How to properly block a number on an iPhone

 

Step 4. Now, on the contact details window, tap on the ‘Block this caller’ option.

 

How to properly block a number on an iPhone

 

Once you tap on this option, the blocked called will no longer be able to contact you.

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Solution 2. Using the iPhone’s built in messages app

 

Step 1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.

 

How to properly block a number on an iPhone

 

Step 2. Open the conversation of the contact that you want to block.

 

How to properly block a number on an iPhone

 

Step 3. Now, tap on the name of the contact at the top center of the message window to reveal the contact details.

 

Step 4. Scroll to the bottom of the details and tap on the ‘Block this caller’ option.

 

How to properly block a number on an iPhone

 

The feature to block contacts is pre-built into iOS and you do not need any third party application to get the job done. There are some apps out there that claim to help you manage your contacts, but to be perfectly honest, you do not need them on your iPhone.

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