How to Block Caller ID on iPhone & Make Private Calls

When you want to make a private call on iPhone, you need to know how to block your number when calling.

When you make a call on your iPhone, Caller ID reveals your phone number to the person you're calling. If you want to know how to make a private call on your iPhone so your Caller ID doesn't show up, there are a few ways to accomplish this. Here are three ways to hide your phone number, as well as who can still see your number even with these methods, and a simple way to make your phone number visible again on a call-by-call basis, even if you've blocked your number. Let's get started learning how to block your phone number on your iPhone. 

Related: Unknown Callers? How to Block Telemarketers, Scammers & Spammers on iPhone

How to Make Number Private: Use a Code to Block Your Number

If you only need to make the occasional anonymous call, there's a very simple trick to accomplish your goal. To block your number on iPhone from Caller ID, you'll need to enter a specific star code on your keypad before dialing the number you want to reach. This tip can be used not only on your iPhone, but also on a landline. It works for any call made from one phone to another in North America and it blocks your number when calling someone so that you can keep your phone number private. To block your phone number from caller ID on a call-by-call basis, you'll need to learn how to use star 67 (*67) to hide your phone number.

  1. Dial *67 then the area code and phone number of the person or business you'd like to contact.


     
  2. Your number will appear as No Caller ID on the display of the recipient.

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How to Make an Anonymous Call on iPhone: Block Caller ID Directly

If you'd like to make private calls from your iPhone on a more regular basis, without having to enter a code each time, there's a setting you can change to accomplish this. This setting isn't available for some carriers, including Verizon, Straight Talk, and US Cellular customers, but other users can permanently block their number on caller ID by turning off Show My Caller ID in the Settings app. To disable the Show My Caller ID feature on your iPhone and instead make private calls:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap Phone.

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  2. Tap on Show My Caller ID. NOTE: If you do not see this setting, your carrier likely is one that doesn't support this feature. Use another method to block your number from caller ID.

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  3. Toggle off Show My Caller ID.

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How to Temporarily Share Your Number on Caller ID

Once you've toggled off Show My Caller ID, there's a code you can use if you'd like your caller ID to be visible on a call-by-call basis. Like with *67, the code to temporarily reveal your hidden cellphone number is entered before dialing the recipient's phone number. To make your number visible for certain phone calls:

  1. Dial *82, then the area code and phone number you want to contact.


     
  2. Your number will show on the display of the person you're calling.

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Depending on your phone service provider, you may need to wait for a rapid dial tone after entering *82 and before entering the area code and phone number.

Call Private: Can Your Service Provider Block Caller ID & Hide Your Number?

If you're a Verizon customer or subscribe to another service provider who doesn't offer the option to toggle off Show My Caller ID, call them and ask if they offer the option to block caller ID for your number. AT&T offers a free caller ID restricting service. Verizon offers the options below at this link.

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Sprint also offers its customers the option to restrict their caller ID information; for more information, click here.

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How to Make A Private Call: Is There Anyone I Can't Block from Seeing My Number?

None of these tips for blocking your phone number will keep Caller ID from working when you call 911, 900 numbers, or toll-free numbers. Also, there are now apps like TrapCall that will reveal anonymous numbers to the call recipient. 

I hope this information has helped you to maintain the calling privacy you need; please use it responsibly!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.