Have you ever received a call from a number you didn’t recognize, only to be greeted by a sales pitch or worse? If you’re looking for a way to reduce the number of unwanted calls you receive, you can change your iPhone’s settings to only allow calls from your contacts.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to do this.
Only allow calls from contacts on iPhone
Most people know that you can block individual callers on your iPhone. This is known as blacklisting, and it essentially means that you agree to receive calls from anyone except a few specific people.
But what do you do if you get a lot of calls from unknown numbers? You’ll soon tire of hitting the block button for one caller, only to be ambushed moments later by another ringtone from yet another unknown number.
“But is it so bad?” you may wonder.
In 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report detailing the prevalence of scam phone calls in the United States. The report found that 44.6% of all cell phone calls would be scams by the end of the year. And judging by the trend over the past few years, it’s safe to assume that the rate of scam calls is much higher these days.
It is true that not every unknown caller is a scammer. Some might be people you really know but don’t want to talk to. Others could be people you met in the past, but who have since drifted outside of your circle. But too many phone calls can be a huge distraction. There is no surefire way to tell if an unknown caller is someone worth talking to.
Fortunately, there is a way to put an end to this harassment. By using the call blocking features built into your iPhone’s operating system, you can effectively block all unknown numbers from calling you. This stops the endless stream of calls from unknown numbers and gives you some much needed peace and quiet.
Do not disturb mode on iPhone
Do Not Disturb mode on iPhone is a great way to avoid being disturbed by notifications, calls, and messages when you don’t want them to. You can schedule Do Not Disturb mode to turn on and off automatically, or you can turn it on manually whenever you want.
Perhaps the most important feature of this setting is that it has an “Allow conversations from” section where you can specify the people you don’t want to block. It’s essentially an exemption list for Do Not Disturb. You can set your phone to only allow calls from certain people or all of your contacts.
This is how it works.
- Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
- Scroll through the settings menu and tap “Do Not Disturb”.
- Tap on “Allow calls from” and select “All contacts” from the options displayed.
- To filter unknown callers 24/7, tap the “Always” button under the Do Not Disturb menu. Otherwise, tap the “Scheduled” button if you only want to block unknown callers within a certain period of the day.
When Do Not Disturb mode is enabled, all unknown incoming calls will go straight to voicemail and you will not receive any notifications or messages. This is a great way to make sure you won’t be disturbed when you’re trying to focus on something important or trying to get some rest.
You can still use your iPhone with this setting enabled, but it’s a good way to make sure you’re not disturbed by anything that isn’t absolutely necessary.
The Silence Unknown Callers feature in iOS 13
If your iPhone is running iOS 13, you’re in luck.
The new Silence Unknown Callers feature in iOS 13 is a great way to block unwanted calls and protect your privacy. When activated, all calls from numbers not saved in your contacts will be sent straight to voicemail. This way you never have to worry about taking a call from a telemarketer or other unwanted caller.
Here’s how to activate this setting.
- Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone and select “Phone” from the menu.
- Scroll down and toggle the switch next to “Silence Unknown Callers” to the “ON” position.
Silencing Unknown Callers gives you the best of both worlds: the ability to screen calls without missing any really important calls. You’ll still get a silent notification that you’ve missed a call, but you won’t be bothered by the actual call itself.
Only accept calls that you have approved in advance
If you’re tired of being harassed by unknown callers, you can take steps to block them using the built-in tools on your iPhone. This will help you stay in touch with the people who matter most without worrying about unknown callers or spam telemarketers.
Have you tried using these tips to block calls on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments below.