Can you permanently block a number on iPhone?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

You can permanently block a phone number on an iPhone. Blocking a number ensures that you won’t receive any calls, messages, or FaceTime requests from that specific contact. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Open the Phone app on your iPhone.
2. Go to the Recents tab, which shows your call history.
3. Find the phone number or contact that you want to block. You can scroll through the list or use the search bar at the top to quickly find the contact.
4. Once you locate the contact, tap on the “i” button next to it. This will take you to the contact information page.
5. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on the “Block This Caller” option.
6. A confirmation pop-up will appear, asking if you want to block the contact. Confirm your choice by selecting “Block Contact.”

Once you’ve completed these steps, the phone number or contact will be permanently blocked on your iPhone. You won’t receive any calls, texts, or FaceTime requests from that specific contact.

It’s worth noting that blocking a contact only prevents them from contacting you directly. They may still be able to leave voicemails, but you won’t receive any notifications for them. Additionally, blocking a number doesn’t prevent you from receiving group messages or calls if the blocked number is part of a group conversation.

If you change your mind and want to unblock a contact in the future, you can do so by following similar steps. Instead of selecting “Block This Caller,” you’ll see an option to “Unblock This Caller” or “Unblock Contact.” Tap on that option to remove the block.

In my personal experience, I have found blocking numbers on my iPhone to be an effective way of avoiding unwanted calls or messages. It provides peace of mind and allows me to have better control over who can reach me.