How to Block a Number on an iPhone

Don't talk to me!
Tayler Tayler (34)
Total time: 3 minutes 

Smartphones are a handy creation, but one of the most frustrating aspects of having a smartphone is spam calls. Spam calls, usually from unwanted solicitors, are annoying, frequent, and usually inconvenient.

I can't tell you how many times I've been interrupted by a spam call, usually when I'm right in the middle of work or something important. Even installing a super-secure VPN on my iPhone didn't help! Luckily, blocking calls is pretty easy, and I'll show you how to do just that in this guide.

There are two ways to block a number, either block directly through your phone app or block a contact you already have through your settings. For this guide, I'm going to show you how to block a number in the phone app. It's my preferred method, as it's so direct.

Grab your iPhone and let's get started.

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iPhone home screen

Do this by swiping up from the bottom edge of the screen and releasing quickly. If you're using a non-full screen model, hold your finger against the home button, which will bring you to the main menu of your phone.

iPhone Phone app

Typically, the Phone app, marked by a green box with a phone inside, can be found at the bottom left portion of your screen.

iPhone unwanted calls
As you can see, Potential Spam needs to go.

Locate the number you want to block. For the purpose of this guide, I've decided to block one of the many spam phone calls I receive. From the list of tabs at the bottom of the screen, I clicked on Recents and found the number.

iPhone unwanted calls

Once the number is located, click on the little blue lowercase i icon to the far right beside the number. This opens up more information about the number or contact.

iPhone block caller
You're almost done blocking!

From this page, you'll find the option Block this Caller at the very bottom.

If the number is saved in your phone, you'll have a few more options to scroll through, but Block this Caller will always be at the very bottom.

iPhone block contact

When you press this option, you'll receive a message explaining what happens when you block a number.

If you've come this far into the guide and you're ready to not be harassed, you'll want to press the Block Contact option.

iPhone blocked number screen

Blocking a number won't delete the caller from your phone, nor will it delete the information from your call log. You'll know that you blocked the number when you click on the informational screen and find the option to Unblock this Caller at the bottom.

With the unwanted number blocked, you can enjoy your now quiet iPhone!