iOS 7 Tip: How to Block Calls and Messages on your iPhone [Video]

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One of the most requested iPhone features ever since it has been launched, has been the ability to block phone calls and messages from people, especially those unwanted telemarketing calls. People would complain, why can’t the iPhone do it when my feature phone could do it a decade back.

You will be happy to know that Apple has finally added the feature to block voice calls, messages or FaceTime calls from a number in iOS 7.

Blocking voice call, FaceTime calls or messages from a number is very simple in iOS 7. You can block a number in the Phone, FaceTime, Messages or Settings app.

In the Phone app or FaceTime app, tap on the Recent or Favorites tab:

  • Tap on the Info “i” button next to the name or number you wish to block.
  • This will take you the Contact card. Now scroll down and tap Block this Caller option.
  • This will show you a confirmation popup. Tap on the Block Contact option.

In the Phone app or FaceTime app, you can also tap on the tap on the Contacts tab:

  • Tap on the contact you wish to block.
  • This will take you the Contact card. Now scroll down and tap Block this Caller option.
  • This will show you a confirmation popup. Tap on the Block Contact option.

In the Messages app:

  • Tap on the messages from the individual you wish to block.
  • Tap on Contact in the top right corner.
  • This will give you the option to either give a voice call, FaceTime call or see the Info of the contact. Tap on the Info “i” button just below the Done button.
  • This will take you the Contact card. Now scroll down and tap Block this Caller option.
  • This will show you a confirmation popup. Tap on the Block Contact option.

In the Settings app:

  • Navigate to:
    • Settings > Phone > Blocked
    • Settings > Messages > Blocked
    • Settings > FaceTime > Blocked
  • Tap on Add New…
  • Tap on the Contact you wish to block to add it to the block list.

This will add the Contact or number to the Blocked list, which can be accessed via the Settings app. So you can unblock the contact or number using the Settings app.

  • Settings > Phone > Blocked
  • Settings > Messages > Blocked
  • Settings > FaceTime > Blocked

Please note that when you add a Contact or number to the blocked list, voice calls, FaceTime calls and messages from that person will be blocked. You cannot selectively block just voice calls, FaceTime calls or messages from a person.

Here’s a video walkthrough of how to block voice calls, FaceTime calls and messages in iOS 7:

You can block FaceTime calls and messages in a similar way on your iPad or iPod touch using the FaceTime, Messages and Settings app.

Let us know how it goes, and please free to leave a comment if you’ve any questions.

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  • Alan

    This is one of my favorite iOS 7 features.

  • Shawn

    But can we block calls from private caller or unknown caller ?

    • Gautam

      No, currently you can only block a Contact or number.

      • M&M310

        Good thing I’m jailbroken and use iblacklist.

  • Teddy

    What message (if any) do will blocked callers hear when attempting to call the number?

  • Doctor

    I just tested this feature and the call goes straight to the voicemail. Not happy about this. Can anyone else confirm this. Thanks.

    • Steve-0

      A blocked call does go to voicemail after a couple of rings, but it doesn’t show up on your phone at all. I’ve read that it goes to a box in your voicemail labelled as “Blocked”.

    • Jeff

      I wouldn’t say it blocks calls if they still go to voicemail. If this is the way it was designed to work it sucks

  • M&M310

    Why in hell can’t we not block unknown or restricted callers? How can’t apple not add this? My flip flop phone back in the days was able to do it without a problem. Is it that complicated for apple to do it right? I hope they make it right in future updaes

  • Keena Marie Williams

    my calls still go thru. I have tried everything!

    • Terijo Brewton

      I am also still getting calls from callers I have blocked.

  • Pete

    As usual, this type of feature is totally useless for people who want to block telemarketers or crazy people as their numbers are always blocked, yet you can’t block them on the IOS7 iphone.

    So how to block an unknown number or private number? You can’t. Don’t upgrade to IOS7, keep your iphone jailbroken because until as such time as iPhone are on par with Android (as on Android these features are standard), you won’t be able to block private or unknown number which is the actual point of having a call blocker. Does anyone know of any telemarketers that use the same specific number every time or call from an actual displayed number? The answer is no, they ALWAYS use private/blocked/unknown numbers.

    iBlacklist blocks private/unknown/blocked numbers beautifully, I’ve been using it for years, the best most important app/feature on my iphone, its a real life saver, gets rid of annoying telemarketers and pests.

    Pity Apple don’t listen to their customers, I don’t know how many people have requested this for years, would be in the millions… still nothing to block unknown/private/blocked numbers and the reason why now I’m considering moving to an Android phone… don’t want to be stuck with the same phone/interface any longer.

  • pishpose

    So if I have this correct, if a call from a number that has been blocked will result in that call being forwarded to voicemail.
    I don’t have an active voicemail account (and I don’t want one). So in this case what will happen if a blocked number tries to call me.

  • Terijo Brewton

    I have blocked callers however their calls are still coming in and I am back to using my ‘silent ringtone’ work around.