How To: Blocking Calls In iOS 7 on iPhone

A question we receive regularly here at everythingiCafe is, “How do I block someone from calling me on my iPhone?” Whether it’s a crazy ex, a telemarketer or your boss who doesn’t comprehend the idea of a non-working weekend. The iPhone, revolutionary when it was introduced in 2007, yet almost six years later it lacked the capability to block calls. The only choice was to pay your wireless carrier, purchase a hack that required you jailbreak you iPhone or use a silent ringtone that wouldn’t block the call, but would help you ignore it. It’s not too much to ask for a feature found on cheap flip-phones, now is it? Good news awaits those eligible to update to iOS 7. Yes folks, the time is upon us. Read on for how to block calls in iOS 7 on iPhone.

block calls on iPhone

You’ll need iOS 7 and here’s how to update, along with a list of iPhones which are eligible for the free upgrade.

  1. Unlock your iPhone and open ‘Settings’.
  2. Navigate to Phone > Settings.
  3. Scroll to Calls and select ‘Blocked’
  4. Tap on Add New
  5. This will open the Contacts with the option to select a number to block.

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The person or company you selected will now be listed as ‘Blocked’.

 

Caller blocked in iOS 7

While this is great for blocking someone you might know, what if you are receiving unsolicited calls?

  1. From the Phone app, navigate to ‘Recents’
  2. Tap on the ‘i’
  3. Scroll down and select ‘Block this Caller’
  4. Select Block This Contact

Block this caller

While I question its effectiveness, it is still recommended that you register your number at donotcall.gov. In theory, marketers should honor the list, but it’s been my experience that they have zero interest in following the letter of the law. It’s six years since the original iPhone and the seventh iteration of Apple’s iOS software has finally given us the much needed controls for blocking calls in iOS 7 on the iPhone. Either of these two methods should do the job. If you are concerned about limiting calls at night, check out our tutorial on how to setup Do Not Disturb.

  • http://gravatar.com/rafagon726 rafagon726

    Wow, the lady in the picture looks seriously distressed!