How to Block this Caller on an iPhone: Step-by-Step Guide


Michael Collins

Blocking a caller on an iPhone is a simple process that can be done in a few steps. You can do this directly from your recent call list, or from your contacts. Once you block a caller, they can’t call, text, or FaceTime you anymore. Let’s walk through the process.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Block this Caller on an iPhone

Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to note that blocking a caller on your iPhone prevents them from contacting you through phone calls, messages, and FaceTime. This can be helpful if you’re receiving unwanted calls or harassment from a specific number.

Step 1: Open the Phone app

Open the Phone app on your iPhone. This is the app you use to make calls and contains your recent call list and contacts.

When you open the Phone app, you’ll see several options at the bottom. You can choose ‘Favorites,’ ‘Recents,’ ‘Contacts,’ ‘Keypad,’ or ‘Voicemail.’ If you’re blocking a recent caller, tap ‘Recents.’

Step 2: Find the number you want to block

Scroll through your recent calls to find the number you want to block. If the number is saved in your contacts, you’ll see the contact’s name instead.

Once you find the number, tap the ‘i’ icon next to it. This will open up more information about the call and the caller.

Step 3: Scroll down and tap ‘Block this Caller’

After opening the caller’s information, scroll down until you see the option ‘Block this Caller’ and tap on it.

A confirmation message will appear, asking if you’re sure you want to block the contact. This is to prevent you from accidentally blocking someone.

Step 4: Confirm by tapping ‘Block Contact’

Tap ‘Block Contact’ to confirm that you want to block the caller.

Once you tap ‘Block Contact,’ the number is immediately blocked. The caller will not be notified that they have been blocked, but they will no longer be able to contact you.

After you’ve completed the action of blocking a caller on your iPhone, the blocked number will be added to your block list. This means they can’t call, text, or FaceTime you anymore. If they try to call, it will go straight to voicemail, and you won’t receive a notification. Text messages from the blocked number will not be delivered, and they can’t FaceTime you at all.

Tips: Enhancing Your Experience with Blocking Callers on an iPhone

  • You can review and manage your block list at any time by going to ‘Settings’ > ‘Phone’ > ‘Blocked Contacts.’
  • If you change your mind, you can unblock a caller by swiping left on the number in your block list and tapping ‘Unblock.’
  • Blocking a contact doesn’t delete them from your Contacts app. If you want to remove them entirely, you’ll need to do that separately.
  • Remember that blocking a caller on your iPhone only prevents them from contacting you through your phone number. If you have other apps that the caller can use to reach you (like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger), you’ll need to block them there as well.
  • If you’re receiving a large volume of unwanted calls, consider enabling ‘Silence Unknown Callers’ in your phone settings. This feature silences calls from numbers not in your contacts, sending them straight to voicemail.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when I block a caller on my iPhone?

When you block a caller, they are unable to call, text, or FaceTime you. Calls go directly to voicemail, texts are not delivered, and FaceTime calls will not come through.

Can a blocked caller leave a voicemail?

Yes, a blocked caller can still leave a voicemail, but you won’t receive a notification for it. The voicemail will be placed in a separate section called ‘Blocked Messages,’ which you can listen to if you choose.

Will a blocked caller know they are blocked?

No, the caller won’t receive any notification or indication that they’ve been blocked. Their calls will simply go straight to voicemail.

Can I block a number that’s not in my contacts?

Yes, you can block any number, whether it’s saved in your contacts or not. You can block a number from your recent calls or by manually entering it in your block list.

How do I unblock a number?

To unblock a number, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Phone’ > ‘Blocked Contacts.’ Find the number you want to unblock, swipe left on it, and tap ‘Unblock.’


  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Locate the number to block in ‘Recents.’
  3. Tap the ‘i’ icon next to the number.
  4. Scroll down and select ‘Block this Caller.’
  5. Confirm the action by tapping ‘Block Contact.’


Blocking a caller on your iPhone is a straightforward process that can bring you peace of mind, especially if you’re dealing with persistent telemarketers or unwanted contacts. By following the simple steps outlined above, you can protect your personal space and keep your phone interactions stress-free. Don’t forget to take advantage of the tips and FAQs sections to enhance your understanding of how blocking works and to address any concerns you might have. Remember, it’s your phone, and you have the right to decide who can reach you. So go ahead, take control, and block that caller!