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

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. There’s no need to put up with unwanted messages or phone calls when Apple has a feature to block numbers on iPhone. Enabling call blocking for a specific number 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, as well as how to block texts on iPhone!

Related: How to Check Voicemails from Blocked Numbers on iPhone

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How to Block a Phone Number on iPhone: Texts and 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.

  • 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.

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.

How to Block Texts and Calls 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 is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.