How To Block Spam Calls On an iPhone

There's no perfect way to block all unwanted calls and messages on your iPhone. But you can use some apps, blocking and a built-in feature on your iPhone to reduce the time you have to deal with them to almost nothing.

Comments: 21 Responses to “How To Block Spam Calls On an iPhone”

    Jim Benson
    10 months ago

    Great video post. I stopped answering most calls to my phone long ago. Your suggestions are helpful. If everyone would actively fight spammers, they would eventually go away as their profits drop. I agree that the phone companies must share the blame for the problem, as does Congress who let telemarketers call cell phones some years back.

    Steve Taylor
    10 months ago

    Excellent report, Gary, and I am a longtime viewer and have saved quite a few if your videos.
    One suggestion: you've gotten so used to/tired of the Patreon blurb at the top that you're really rushing through it in this video. Lot of slurred words. As a retired radio and TV guy, my advice is: read it again next time.

    10 months ago

    Steve: Maybe time to mix it up by saying it another way too. Thanks!

    Robin Oram
    10 months ago

    I find that calls announced as “No Caller ID” calls can be stopped, eventually, by simply answering the call and immediately closing it. The robo-caller will give up after a couple of weeks. That at least is my experience with MEO in Portugal who only want to talk me into changing my inexpensive fixed-line contract as this starts a new contract legally valid for 2 years with onerous “fidelity”clauses that can make them a ton of money if you try to get out. Is this common in the States?

    10 months ago

    Robin: I would say it is the opposite. Answering and hanging up would only tell the robocalled that the number goes to a real person. I'll bet the reason they stop isn't because you are doing this, but they just stop that campaign.

    Liz
    10 months ago

    Is there a hack to make the "silence unknown callers" a toggle? (It should be an option for on/off in Control Center IMHO). I frequently forget to turn it off when I am working with vendors or help desks or banks and they have to call me back. Often the call back is from a different number and it goes right to Vmail. ARGH. Then I have to call back and am on hold etc.

    10 months ago

    Liz: No, no shortcut for that. But perhaps try using Do No Disturb instead for those situations.

    Tom Gonser
    10 months ago

    You've referenced the AT&T free spam block app, which I have. It's not listed in the app library. If I wanted to access it to make changes, where is it found?

    10 months ago

    Tom: Shows up when I look for it. It is called "Call Protect."

    Miles Motture
    10 months ago

    Thank you Gary. I forgot about the side button to stop the ringing. Any idea if that also works for FaceTime on an iPad? I am often on the iPad and have the calls come through there.

    10 months ago

    Miles: I think so. Try it next time and report back.

    Sandra Reynolds
    10 months ago

    In the Nomorobo app under Call Blocking and Identification, you refer to Hiya—1 of 2, Hiya—2 of 3, and Hiya—3 of 3 as "these." What are they? I am a beginner, having just bought my first smartphone. Thank you.

    10 months ago

    Sandra: That's showing the Settings app, in Phone, Call Blocking & Identification. Nomorobo and Hiya are two apps that block some calls. On that screen you have to turn them on for them to work once you install the app. I show Nomorobo as off, and the three switches for Hiya as on.

    Bob Metzger
    10 months ago

    Great video & I learned quite a bit. I find all your videos very useful. Thank you!

    Charlotte Odom
    10 months ago

    Thank you so much. This video was very helpful for me!!!

    Jason Gold
    10 months ago

    Outstanding segment Gary. Dozens of your short videos have been useful and valuable. This may be one of the very best!

    Miles Motture
    10 months ago

    Just tried it and can confirm the side button also works for FaceTime on an iPad! Thank you again for your great work.

    Ellen Lerner
    10 months ago

    Whether I do not answer a call at all ( which is most of the time) or whether or not I pick it up and hang up, I believe the caller (often a computer) still knows I am real b/c it rings and then voicemail kicks in. I use YOUMAIL on my cell and that does a good job of picking up calls I do not answer, transcribing message and can block them. I use my home no. most of time-not cell- when giving out phone no. Still get more than I want on cell. I don't think this is ever going away. :(

    Douglas Mattingly
    10 months ago

    I don't know why or how I got it, but on almost any call with an area code other than mine, I get a message that tells me it is likely spam. Do you know anything about this?

    10 months ago

    Douglas: You probably have one of the apps installed that I mentioned or your mobile provider is doing that for you.

    Jim Terrinoni
    9 months ago

    Good job, Gary. THANK YOU. Complete, clear and concise - all the elements of excellent communications. This served to reinforce what I have been doing and prevent me from “overkill” by doing needless more. Remember time is the most precious gift, you can’t get back time.

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