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Understanding call and message blocking on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With iOS 7 or later, you can block voice calls, FaceTime calls, and messages.

You won't receive phone calls, messages, or FaceTime calls from people on your block list. There are many ways to add people to your block list; choose any one of these:

In the FaceTime or Phone app, you can go to Favorites or Recents:

  1. Tap the Info button next to the name or number you want to block.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the card and tap Block this Caller.
  3. Tap Block Contact.

In the FaceTime or Phone app, you can also tap the Contacts button:

  1. Tap the contact you want to block.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the card and tap Block this Caller.
  3. Tap Block Contact.

In the Messages app:

  1. Tap the message from the individual you want to block.
  2. Tap Contact in the upper right.
  3. Tap the Info button, directly under the Done button. If it's a group message, select the appropriate button for the person you want to block.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the card and tap Block this Caller.
  5. Tap Block Contact.

Additional Information

You can review your blocked list through these settings:

  • Settings > Phone > Blocked
  • Settings > Messages > Blocked
  • Settings > FaceTime > Blocked

You can also add people directly to your blocked list from these settings if they aren't available for selection in the apps above.

You won't be able to access voice and text messages from a blocked contact.

Last Modified: Aug 19, 2014
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