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How to block a number on iPhone (iOS 17 updated)

Whether it’s persistent telemarketers, spammers, or simply someone you prefer not to hear from, blocking their number on your iPhone can bring peace of mind. In this article, we will explore the various methods to block a number on your iPhone running iOS 17. Also, we will cover how to unblock numbers and a helpful tip on identifying incoming calls.

How to block a phone number on iPhone

Blocking a number on your iPhone is straightforward and can be done in several ways. Based on your requirements and preferences, you can choose a method to prevent unwanted calls, texts, and FaceTime requests from that specific number.

How to block a number on iPhone without saving it

Receiving frequent calls from unknown numbers can be bothersome. To avoid further disturbance, you can block such numbers.

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Go to the Recents tab.
  3. Find the number you want to block.
  4. Tap the “i” button next to the number.
  5. Scroll down and select Block Caller.
  6. Tap Block Contact to confirm.

    Go to recents tap info icon select block this caller and tap block contact from phone app on iphone

Now that the number is blocked, you will no longer receive calls, texts, or emails from it on your iPhone.

Block a number on iPhone using the Messages app

If your inbox is full of unwanted text messages from a specific number, you may block it from the Messages app to prevent more spam.

  1. Launch the Messages app.
  2. Open the conversation you want to block.
  3. Tap the contact’s name at the top.
  4. Hit the Info icon.

    Open imessage tap on senders name and tap the info icon
  5. Tap Block CallerBlock Contact.

    Select Block Caller, tap Block Contact on iPhone

Block a number on iPhone using the Contacts app

Don’t want to communicate with a person on your contact list anymore? You can block the phone number from the Contacts app to cut all the ties.

  1. Open the Contacts app.
  2. Select the contact you want to block.
  3. Tap Block CallerBlock Contact.

    Go to contacts tab, select Block caller, tap Block Contact

Block multiple contacts on iPhone

When dealing with multiple contacts, blocking them individually can be daunting. Thankfully, you can block them all at once from the Settings app.

  1. Go to SettingsPhone.
  2. Select Blocked Contacts.
  3. Tap Add New → Choose the contacts you want to block.

    Tap phone, select blocked contacts, tap Add new

Block a number on WhatsApp on iPhone

If you’re receiving unwanted messages or calls on WhatsApp, you must block the number. However, this block will only work within WhatsApp and will not prevent the number from contacting you through standard phone calls, messages, or FaceTime calls.

  1. Launch WhatsApp.
  2. Open the chat with the contact you want to block.
  3. Tap the contact’s name or number at the top.
  4. Scroll down and select Block [contact name] or Block [contact number].
  5. Tap Block to confirm the action.

    Block a contact on Whatsapp

If the messages seem fishy, you may also report the number, so WhatsApp can act to stop the fraud.

Block a person on Telegram on iPhone

Just like with WhatsApp, you can shut off spammers on the Telegram app on your iPhone, too.

  1. Open the chat on Telegram.
  2. Tap the contact’s name, number, or display picture.
  3. Hit More (three-dots menu) → Block UserBlock [contact name].

    Tap on contact name, three dots icon, select block user, tap block

Now that you have learned several ways to block a number, you will no longer be bothered by junk robocalls or no caller ID calls on your iPhone. You can look at our ultimate guide on how to stop no-caller ID calls on your iPhone. The guide has covered all the necessary steps to save you from spam, robocalls, and no-caller ID calls.

How to see blocked numbers on iPhone

Curious to know how many numbers or contacts you have blocked till now? Here’s how to see blocked numbers on an iPhone:

  1. Open Settings and navigate to Phone, FaceTime, or Messages.
  2. Select Blocked Contacts.

    Select app, tap blocked contacts, see blocked contacts

Here, you can find all the blocked numbers on your iPhone. You may also unblock them from here as well.

How to unblock a number on iPhone

If you’ve accidentally blocked a number or changed your mind after blocking them, you can unblock them like this:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the Blocked Contacts. (Refer to the steps in the previous section.)
  3. Find the number you want to unblock.
  4. Swipe left on the number and hit Unblock.

    Select contact, swipe right to left to unblock contact
  5. If you want to unblock several numbers, pick Edit in the top-right corner of the screen. Then, tap the minus () button on the left of a contact and then Unblock on the right.

If you have blocked someone on WhatsApp, you may open their chat and tap Unblock above the text box. Alternatively, go to WhatsApp SettingsPrivacy Blocked. Here, you can find all the blocked numbers and unblock them so they can contact you again on WhatsApp.

Similarly, go to TelegramAccess Settings tabSelect Privacy and Security Blocked Users. Now, you may check blocked numbers and unblock as you prefer.

Tip: How to identify incoming calls on iPhone

iOS lets you identify incoming callers using sources from Apple Business Connect, your cellular carrier, and supported call identification apps. This way, you can potentially avoid unwanted calls on your device in the first place.

  1. Open Settings and select Phone.
  2. Tap Call Blocking & Identification.
  3. Select your preferred option:
    • Business Connect ID: Apple Business Connect information is used to show caller ID.
    • Carrier Call ID: Few carriers keep records of spam callers to help you avoid them.
    • Call Identification apps: If you have installed any call identification app, you may enable it from here.

Don’t just hang up; stop them from calling back!

Blocking a number on your iPhone saves you from unwanted communications and protects you from spam. Following the steps above, you can block those pesky callers using the Phone app, Messages app, Contact app, and even from iPhone settings. And the best part is they will not know that you have blocked them!

What happens when you block a number on an iPhone?

Blocking a number prevents calls, text messages, and FaceTime requests from that contact. If the number calls you, it will immediately go to Voicemail; you won’t, however, receive notifications for the same. Similarly, you won’t receive any new messages from the blocked number. And don’t worry; the blocked person will not be notified that you blocked their number. However, they can still contact you through other apps like WhatsApp.

Is there an app to block calls on iPhone?

Yes, apps like Robokiller, Truecaller, and Robo Shield can stop unsolicited calls from triggering your ringer.

Can I still see Voicemails from blocked numbers?

Voicemails from blocked numbers can still be accessed; however, they won’t appear on the regular Voicemail list.

Does blocking a number on iPhone also block WhatsApp?

No, blocking a number on your iPhone does not automatically block that number on WhatsApp. You need to block the number separately within the WhatsApp app.

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