You can finally block phone calls, messages or FaceTime from specific numbers in iOS 7

There were several features on our iOS 7 wish list, one of them was the ability to block phone calls, messages or FaceTime from people, especially those unwanted telemarketing calls.

You will be happy to know that you will finally be able to block phone calls, messages or FaceTime from specific numbers in iOS 7.

In iOS 7, to block a Contact, launch the Contacts app and tap on the contact you want to block and scroll down, , you have a new option called Block this Caller. If you tap on it, you’re prompted with a message informing you “You will not receive phone calls, messages or FaceTime from people on the block list” with an option to Block Contact or Cancel. Tapping on the Block Contact adds the contact to the block list.

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If you want to block the number of a recent caller then in the Phone app, when you tap on the small i button next to the number in the Recents tab and scroll down, and tap on the Block this Caller option to add it to the block list.

You have the option to Unlock the contact or number by following the same procedure or you can remove it via the Settings app.

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When you launch the Settings app, and navigate to Phone, there is now a new option called “Blocked”, tapping on it gives you access to the list of contacts or numbers that have been blocked. You can add a new Contact to the list or remove it by tapping on the Edit button in the top right corner.

Finally, we will be able to fight mobile spam without jailbreaking. Was this feature on your iOS 7 wish list? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Shawn

    they still need to add option , Caller from Blocked and Unknown Calls

    • Chris

      The phone company is required to block these calls if you ask them to in the U.S., so I don’t think this is really needed.

      • Pat

        Not true, AT&T will charge you to do that. I have been there before.

        • Chris

          Part of the laws that allowed caller ID, require phone companies to offer to block unknown numbers for free.

          • Henry

            I called ATT yesterday about block unknown number. $5 per month add on my bill.

      • David_Lazarus

        There are countries outside the US. I would like the ability to block all unknown numbers.

  • Jens Backman

    Will I still see them in the call log? Or are blocked without a trace?

    • Chris

      I would like to know that as well. With iBlacklist, there is at least a log.

      Also, will I have the option of sending them to voicemail, giving them a number is no longer in service, busy signal, etc.?

      • Jens Backman

        As many options as possible is ideal, for some people I would like the opposite … to be able to have not a trace that they tried to call/text

        • Guest

          Hmmm I have no voicemail activated .. my iphone just rings til the caller hangs up if I don´t answer …

          I hope they just get denied and no log :)

      • The Veteran

        Hey I have iOS it just goes to voicemail after one ring when you have someone blocked. You don’t even know that they called. No log, no interruptions. If you want to know I would suggest installing YouMail with their “hang up” service, using one of their “this is no longer a working number” specific to your carrier and then you’ll know when they’ve called and they’ll get the one ring and then that message thinking its real but its really your voicemail specifically used for just their number….

    • The Veteran

      Hey I have iOS it just goes to voicemail after one ring when you have someone blocked. You don’t even know that they called. No log, no interruptions. If you want to know I would suggest installing YouMail with their “hang up” service, using one of their “this is no longer a working number” specific to your carrier and then you’ll know when they’ve called and they’ll get the one ring and then that message thinking its real but its really your voicemail specifically used for just their number.

  • Neil

    7 is placing iOS on par with android in terms of features and also addressing some of the jailbreak needs. Thanks Apple

    • genXhippie

      Not true imo, unless iOS7 is in fact jailbroken.

    • Max

      haha lol

  • Neil

    Let’s hope they don’t have a silly limit of 8 / 12 numbers only that can be blocked. My iblacklist address book has dozens of unwanted numbers in it.

    • Chris

      I agree completely on this.

  • key

    is there a message / tone played when a blocked user calls in? how does that work from the other end ?

  • StealthNet

    FINALLY.

  • Max

    What Apple needs to do is to allow apps to use the phone so it can search for unknown callers upon receiving calls. Sure it’s neat to block contacts you already have in your phone book but then you’d to know who it was.

  • Felicia Danielle Lear

    If you block someone on the block list when you unblock them do you get all their messages?

    • Addie

      I have the same question!!!

      • Laura

        I was wondering this as well!

    • Brandon

      did you ever get your answer?

    • Derek

      No, you do not.

  • Anita Puskova

    why would i want to block numbers that are in my contact! Why i cant block unknown numbers!!!!

    • David_Lazarus

      That is what I want. If they are in my address book I will at least see who it is but I want to block anyone and everyone else.

  • Guestavio

    Oh great….another way for deadbeat dads to avoid their children.

  • Malene schroder

    Great with a blocking function for iPhone – finally ! But when you block a number the call is simply forwarded to your answering service, so you can’t completely avoid a person contacting you – they can still leave you nasty messages…

  • Lindsay

    If I block a number, and send them a message, will they still get it? They have not blocked me. I blocked them. Will they still get my text?

  • mei

    If you block a number with out a voice mail what tone would the caller have ? if you send a tex does it show if deliverd read ? and does facetime work ?