How to Block Unwanted Contacts on your iPhone

Sometimes people just don’t get it. You tell them you don’t want to talk and the fact that you choose not to reply after receiving a gazillion messages makes them want to call you instead. “I DON’T WANT TO TALK,” you texted back as a final warning and still,10 seconds later, your phone rings. And because you do not want to answer and that person keeps calling, your phone battery is now at a dangerously low 10%. What gives, <insert annoying contact’s name here>?

Thank you, iPhone for preventing an unwanted crime.

Thank you, iPhone, for preventing an unwanted crime.

From that pesky ex who keep drunk-calling at 3 AM to that over-zealous acquaintance who keeps talking about his interests, which you clearly do not care about, we all have that one person we keep want to keep at bay at all costs. It’s wise to confront people directly about these things, but some are just too insensitive to understand where you stand. Here’s a solution: block them. You have a bunch of options to choose from if you want to block contacts. It’s time to cut out some people, my friend. block1

For iOS 7 users, since the whole interface has been redesigned, there are new features you could take advantage to effectively and ultimately block contacts from calling or texting you.

1. Tap the Phone icon.

2. Select Recents or Favorites – whichever’s the fastest to access the number you want to block. (Favorites is especially handy for recent break-ups, if you know what I mean.)

3. Find the contact and tap the “i” icon at the side.

4. Tap the Block this Contact option.

Doing this completely block the number from calling, sending messages, or even hitting you up via FaceTime. Plus, you wouldn’t even know that they tried to contact you. Ahh, I love technology. Another way to block a contact in iOS 7 is to add or remove them manually from your phone’s registry.

Simply go to Settings > Phone / Messages / Facetime > Blocked. This is where all blocked numbers are registered. (Say you managed to fix your relationship with said person. If you want to unblock them from your phone, go here and remove them from the list. Congratulations.)

But what if I don’t have iOS 7? Unfortunately, the method above cannot be done with earlier versions of the iOS so you’ll have to do things a little differently. But remember why you’re doing this: to break free from your demons – I mean, from unwanted communication. The easiest way is to contact your carrier’s customer service and request to block a number from contacting you. Carriers could allow you to block a reasonable number of contacts. Sprint, for example, can block up to 50 numbers to date.

For iOS 6 users, there’s a useful feature you could activate to temporarily block all calls except from specific contacts. Go to Settings and toggle the Do Not Disturb options. While activated, you can set a specific time period where calls will be blocked. Select contacts at the Allow Calls From option so at least someone can check if you’re still okay. The Repeated Calls option, meanwhile, will not silence your phone if a contact calls for three consecutive times within three minutes. ios6_DND_tweak

The following option requires a little work from you, and it does not completely block your unwanted contacts, but at least it reminds you not to answer their calls or text messages. Create an Unwanted Caller Contact and here’s how to do it.

1. Go to Contacts and find the number you want to “block”.

2. Rename with a directive or something that will instantly tell you any calls or messages from this person shouldn’t be answered or replied to. “Ignore”, “Do not Answer”, “Nope”, or “You will regret this” are my top choices, but go with whatever works for you.

3. If you have more than one unwanted contact, you should copy all numbers and register them into one contact to avoid multiple entries.

4. Assign specific (the more annoying, the more effective) ringtones so you don’t have to check out your phone once it rings.

5. Alternatively, using GarageBand from your Mac OS, you can create a “Silent” ringtone by generating a Silent Sample and using it as your ringtone. Turn off the vibration so you can move on with whatever you’re doing without being disturbed.

How to know if you’ve been blocked There are a few clues to consider if you’re blocked from someone’s phone. Try calling your contact. If it rings once and you’re immediately diverted to Voice Mail, that’s the first sign. To make sure, try calling from a different number.

If the receiver responds differently (e.g. he/she picks up, continuous ringing, call rejected, etc.) then your number might be blocked. Another way to find out is through messaging said contact. If it sends through iMessage, that means bad news because it’s being redirected from the network.

Carry on, my friend, and block people you don’t want to communicate with through your iPhone. If all else fails, make sure you have insurance so you’ll be covered when it gets physically dirty and make sure you have the number of an attorney when it ends in lawsuits. Nah, I’m just kidding, but it’s better to be prepared right? LOL Visit macmall.com for exciting promos and exclusive offers for all your tech needs.

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