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

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Sometimes, whether it's an ex, a cyberbully, or an obnoxious telemarketer, a person just won't get the message and stop calling or texting you. That's when it's time to block their calls and texts on your iPhone. We've already gone over how to use a call blocker to stop unknown callers, and how to know if someone blocked your number, so now let's talk about how to stop unwanted messages or phone calls on your iPhone. Enabling call blocking for a specific number on your Apple device means you will no longer receive phone calls, FaceTime calls, text messages, or iMessages from that number. Here’s how to block a phone number on iPhone, so you won't receive calls or texts from that number again!

Related: How to Check Voicemails from Blocked Numbers on iPhone

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

  • If the caller you wish to block is in your contacts, open the Contacts app (or the Contacts tab in the Phone app), and tap on the name of the person you wish to block to bring up their contact details.
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  • If the caller you are blocking is not in your contacts, you can block them from the Recents or Voicemail sections of the Phone app by tapping the 'i' next to their number.
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How to Block a Stranger's Texts on iPhone

  • To block a stranger who has messaged you, open the message and tap the ‘i’ in the upper right corner.  Then tap on their number at the top. If you suspect this message is spam, we've also covered how to report spam messages straight to Apple.
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How to Block Calls & Texts on iPhone

Regardless of which above method you just used, now you just need to block the number.

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the contact details and select Block this Caller.
  • Tap Block Contact. This person is now blocked.
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How to Unblock a Number on iPhone

If you decide to unblock a number later on, you can do so in Settings:

  • In Settings on iPhone, scroll down until you find Phone, select Phone.

  • Tap Call Blocking & Identification.
  • To unblock a contact, tap Edit in the upper right corner, then tap the red circle on the left of the name or number.
  • Tap Unblock.
  • Tap Done when you are finished.

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Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.