iOS : Block Calls and Messages from Unwanted Numbers

Let’s go and see two methods to block unwanted contacts. Through the integrated options on iOS 7, iOS 8, ios 9, iOS 10 and iOS 11 we can block not only calls, but also text messages and video calls. Then we will also go to the discovery of iBlacklist, an application that can be used as an alternative by those with an older iOS operating system.

Sometimes the only way to defend yourself from boring phone calls like those from marketing numbers, advertising agencies or unwanted contacts is to compile a blacklist. So in this guide let’s see how it is possible to block a phone number on iOS, and therefore on iPhone, so as not to be disturbed anymore.

It is possible to block incoming calls through an integrated service directly on iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10 or iOS 11. Alternatively, there are apps that can be downloaded in order to block callers even on previous versions of the operating system (for example iBlacklist for iOS 3, iOS 4, iOS 5 and iOS 6 ). Let’s go and see these two methods.

It took some time, but finally also on the latest versions of iOS (from 7 onwards) Apple has provided the tools to defend against unwanted calls. In reality, we can not only defend ourselves from calls, but from the sender. We can inhibit it by not having to receive messages and video calls with FaceTime. All this without the need for third-party application.

The functionality is accessible both from the smartphone settings menu and from the contact list. The rejected calls will be automatically turned to the voice mailbox. Unless you access it. In this way the calling user is redirected to the voice mail and will not know that he has been rejected.


In iOS 11, you can block a phone number or a contact in various ways.

from the Phone app: If you’re in the Phone app, tap info next to the phone number or contact you want to block. Scroll to the bottom of the screen, then touch Block contact.

from the FaceTime app: If you’re in the FaceTime app, tap info next to the phone number or contact you’d like to block. Scroll to the bottom of the screen, then touch Block contact.

from the Messages app: If you’re in Messages, open the conversation, tap info, then tap the name or phone number. Scroll to the bottom of the info screen, then touch Block contact.

A phone number or a blocked contact can still leave you with voicemail, but you will not be notified. Messages sent or received will not be delivered. In addition, the contact will not be notified of the call or message being blocked.

To view phone numbers and contacts already blocked by Phone, FaceTime or Messages:

from Phone: go to Settings> Phone> Call barring and identification.

from FaceTime: go to Settings> FaceTime> Blocked.

from Messages: go to Settings> Messages> Blocked.

From these screens, you can add or unlock contacts or unlock phone numbers.

To add a contact from Phone, go to Settings> Phone> Call barring and identification> Block contact. Then touch the contact you want to block. To add a contact from Messaging or FaceTime, go to Settings> Messaging or Settings> FaceTime, scroll down and tap Lock, then Add and then select the contact to block. To unblock a contact or phone number, scroll left on the number, then tap Unblock.


Step 1. First you need to have the operating system updated to at least version 7. If you have an older version, the update can be done through the WiFi network or through iTunes. To check the update’s availability, just tap on the settings icon on the iPhone home screen, select General and then Software Update.

Step 2. Select the Settings icon on the Home screen, select the Phone option, then on Calls and then on Block. Alternatively, to reach the same result select the Messages or FaceTime options from the Settings menu.

Step 3. To block the number, select Add New (blue button) and then select from the caller list (or enter) the number to be blocked.

Alternative method: Press on the phone icon from the iPhone home screen, select calls or missed calls and press the icon to get the information (it is on the right of the number you want to block) Now, go to the bottom of the page information and press the blue button Block This Caller. Finally it will give confirmation.

Step 4. To unlock a number, instead, always press the blue Edit button, which you can see at the top right of the Block menu. Select the number you want to remove from the list and then press on Unlock.


Who can not or does not want to upgrade the operating system at least to iOS 7, for example due to the hardware limitations imposed by the Cupertino company, he can follow this other method. To block calls and messages from specific numbers, the iBlacklist application can do a good job. If you are not very handy iPhone, the only drawback is that to use the application you need to do the Jailbreak of the device and invest a dozen euros to get the Cydia application.

Step . Assuming that you have done the Jailbreak and that you have installed the Cydia application, now all that remains is to download and install the iBlacklist. To do this, follow the instructions on the screen. During the download, select “close window” to close Cydia and return to the iPhone main screen. Now you need to restart the phone to make the changes work.

Step 2. Once the iBlacklist is downloaded and installed, open it.

Step 3. From iBlacklist you access a list of all blocked numbers. To add one, tap “Add new Blacklist” and then select “Import” to import a number from the phone book. The addition can be made for groups of telephone numbers or by single telephone number directly from the contact list, from recent calls, from the list of SMS. Alternatively, you can enter a number manually.

Step 4. After entering the number to be blocked, we look for the red call icon to configure everything well. Set the tick to “On” to block calls from a number. With the other check you can also select text messages, MMS and video calls on FaceTime.

Step 5. Now all that remains is to choose the action to take in case the unwanted contact types or phones. To do this, select the “Action” button. You can decide to accept the call, end the call, direct the caller to voicemail or you can block the call even before the iPhone sends the notification. Once the choice of actions is complete, close the contact. The changes will be saved automatically.

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