Fixed: The Number You Have Dialed Has Calling Restrictions

What to Know

  • What do calling restrictions mean? Calling restrictions are typically imposed by the cellular provider.
  • If it is not your provider, the problem could be with device settings, like Airplane mode or a Focus.
  • If your calls are not going through to a specific person, your number could be blocked.

Have you ever tried to call someone and received a message saying that the number you have dialed has calling restrictions? This can be frustrating, especially if you’re trying to reach a friend or family member. So what do calling restrictions mean and how can you resolve the issue? Let’s find out.

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What Do Calling Restrictions Mean?

Calling restrictions just means that a device cannot make or receive calls for a number of reasons. If the person you are calling has restrictions, it is likely because of their cellular provider. Reasons can include billing issues, a suspended account, identity verification issues, usage limits, roaming, and plan changes. The person you are trying to contact should reach out to their carrier and find out if there is a problem with their account that needs to be resolved.

If the problem persists with every person you are trying to call, the issue might be on your end. If that is case, it is likely the result of your cellular connection being weak or roaming, or your phone might be restricted to calls within your local area. For more iPhone troubleshooting tips, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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Why Won’t My Call Go Through to a Certain Number?

If you are receiving any sort of message about calling restrictions but your calls are still not going through, this can be the result of the other person’s device settings. For example, if they have Airplane mode turned on or are using a Focus mode, your call won’t go through. It could also just be that the other person’s signal is weak or there could be problems with their SIM card. Another possibility is that your number has been blocked. When your number is blocked the call won’t reach the other person.

If you know your number has not been blocked, you should let the other person know about your calling issues and they can check their device settings to see what the problem is.


  • What is a restricted caller? A restricted caller is someone who has disabled caller ID, meaning you cannot see their number when they call you. The only way to find out who it is is to answer the call.
  • How do I remove call restrictions from my phone? To remove call restrictions, you can check the above settings to see if the problem is with your device. If the issue is not related to your device settings, it is likely a result of your carrier, in which case you will need to contact your cellular provider to resolve the issue.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.