How to Silence Unknown Callers on the iPhone in iOS 14

The iPhone has a setting to allow users to silence calls from unknown numbers. We'll cover how to find and use the Silence Unknown Callers setting, and how to turn it off when you’re expecting a call from a new number.

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The iPhone's Silence Unknown Callers feature is a great way to avoid annoying robocalls without having to keep your iPhone muted. Before iOS 13, iPhone users had to rely on third-party apps of varying effectiveness to block spam calls. In this article we'll walk you through how to find and turn on Silence Unknown Callers. We'll also show you how to feature off if you find you're missing important calls and don't want calls from unknown numbers to be silenced. Let's get started with how to silence unknown callers on your iPhone in iOS 14.

Related: How to Block a Phone Number on an iPhone: Texts & Calls

How to Silence Unrecognized Phone Numbers on Your iPhone

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Here's how to enable Silence Unknown Callers on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Phone.

    Open the Settings app to find the Silence Unknown Callers settingScroll down and tap on Phone
  3. Tap on Silence Unknown Callers.
  4. Tap the toggle next to Silence Unknown Callers to enable the setting.

    Tap on Silence Unknown CallersTap the toggle next to Silence Unknown Callers

Now instead of being interrupted by calls from unknown numbers, your iPhone will direct those calls to your voicemail for you to review later. To turn off Silence Unknown Callers, simply follow the steps above again, but this time you'll toggle the feature off instead of on.

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.