How To Block A Phone Number On Any iPhone On iOS 10

July 10, 2017
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Prank calls are a nuisance of modern age. It can be very annoying to get spam messages or calls from unknown numbers, especially on a busy day at work. Ever since, iOS 7 has been introduce in 2013, Apple users are able to block any number using the easy and user friendly number blocking feature. This feature has been retained by iOS 8, iOS 9 and iOS 10.

The new iOS 10 enables the Apple users to block any specific number using the old methods (that were also use in iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS9. The new software upgrade to iOS 10 introduces the ability to block all spam calls, numbers associated with telemarketing companies and advertising companies. Apple iOS 10 has the ability to screen all incoming phone calls.

Using the new iOS 10 you can block contacts using either the messaging app, phone app or the settings app. The number needs to be blocked only once from any of those places. In this tutorial we’re going to guide you through all the three methods. This tutorial will also introduce some third party apps that blocks spam calls. 

Block Any Contact Or Number Using The Messages App:

If you’re getting any spam or unwanted messages from a number, here is a simple step by step guide to block that number:

Step 1:

After selecting the “messages” app, go to conversation for the person you want to block and tap the “I” option on the top right hand side.

Step 2:

Now press the option of the contact or number on the top, which will open the details of the contact.

Step 3:

Here in person’s detailed contacts screen, you will see Block this contact option. After tapping on this option, the contact will be blocked. The option will turn into Unblock contact which will allow you to easily unblock the contact without going to the settings app.

The following images show a graphic representation of each step to block a contact or a number using the method above:


How To Mute A Conversation?

Fortunately, iOS also enables Apple users to mute notifications for messages from any specific number or contact, without blocking that number. Here are the steps to mute a conversation:

Step 1:

First select the conversation with the contact or number you want to mute notifications from.

Step 2:

From the information screen tap the “i” icon.

Step 3:

Now, simply select and press the option of “Do Not Disturb”. Now, you do not have to worry about any annoying notifications and you can reverse the setting whenever you want. 

How To Block A Number Using The Settings App?

The settings app, allows you to block and unblock any specific contact. Follow the steps below and you will easily to able to do so:

Step 1:

Press the Settings icon on the display screen to open the Settings app.

Step 2:

Go to Messages.

Step 3:

From here, press the option of Blocked.

Step 4:

In order to block any contact or to add any new contact to the Block list, tap the Add new option.

Step 5:

Now you simply have to search for a contact and select it.

The picture below shows how to follow the steps above in order to block any contact using the settings app.


Unblock A Number Using Settings App:

In order to unblock a contact, swipe left and tap the red colored unblock button in order to unblock the contact. The picture below shows how to do so:


How To Block A Number Or Contact Using The Phone App?

All of us have experienced getting spam calls from unknown numbers, telemarketing or insurance companies giving us details of offers or policies we don’t have our slightest interest in. These calls can be embarrassing for example in the middle if a meeting, seminar or while you’re attending a class in college.

Now Apple users can quickly and easily block the specific number or contact using the Phone App and carry on with their day, without getting disturbed. Here is a step by step guide to block any number or contact from your Apple iPhone:

Step 1:

Press the Phone App icon on the display screen in order to open the Phone app.

Step 2:

Once you have opened the Phone App, you will see a bar at the bottom of the display screen having the buttons for Voicemail, Contacts, Keypad or Recents. Press the Recents tab to view your call log.

Step 3:

Tap the “i” icon next to the phone number or the person’s name.

Step 4:

At the bottom, tap the “Block this caller” button. Then select “Block Contact” to confirm.

The image below shows how to follow the steps above.


Blocking Numbers By Using Third Party Apps

Many third party apps have been developed specifically to block spam calls. These apps have an extensive database of phone numbers which have been found to be spam. Once the app has been downloaded on the iPhone, these apps check every incoming call and if it is from the spam list it is blocked right away.

At the moment, there are three best call blocking apps available on App store and that can be downloaded on IOS 10.


This app has the world’s biggest directory of telemarketers from more than hundred countries. It is skilled at blocking spam calls. However, the downside is that it is not afree app. It can be downloaded at USD 3.99.


It is a free app and it is available on App store. It has an integrated spam identification feature which helps it identify the calls which you wish to take and block the ones you want to avoid from telemarketers, robocallers, scammers etc. Besides, it comes with native dialer integration.

Who Called:

This is another app that allows you to block unwanted callers and identify the caller.

Unlike most of the other smart phones, iPhone has a built-in blocking feature. If a blocked number messages you, it would not be delivered. All the phone calls from any blocked number goes directly into the voice mail. If the caller from the blocked number leaves a message it will be in a special “blocked messages” folder in the voice mail. However, if they don’t leave a message, you won’t be notified. These features have made iPhone very desirable, user friendly and accommodating for their users. Previously, people had to contact the mobile networking companies and get through a lot a hassle and paper work to a number blocked. Now iPhone users can easily and quickly block any contact or number they want by simply pressing a button.

Another user friendly feature about the number blocking setting is that it is reversible. Apple users can unblock any number from their blocked list, whenever they want. Hence, the built in blocking feature is found to be very useful and convenient for customers.

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