How to Block Calls on an Apple iPhone

IOS 8 provides a few different ways on your iPhone to block a number from calling or sending a message. However, the number has to be tied to a contact, so if the number you are blocking is not a contact, create a new contact so you can block it. Blocking a contact can be performed through the iPhone settings or from the Phone or Message apps.

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IOS 8 has no limit to the number of contacts blocked.
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Blocking a Contact From Settings

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Open your iPhone's Settings app and tap on Phone.

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Settings App
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Settings App
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Tap Blocked.

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Settings App
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Tap Add New... .

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Contacts list
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Select the contact you want to block.

Blocking a Contact From Recent Calls

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Open the iPhone Phone app and tap on Recents at the bottom of the screen. Click the Information Button next to the contact's name.

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Phone app
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Phone app
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Scroll to the bottom of the Info screen and tap Block This Caller.

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Phone app
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Tap Block Contact.

Blocking a Contact From Messages

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Open the Messages app and tap on the message from the contact you want to block.

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Messages app
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Messages app
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Tap on Details in iOS 8 or the Info button in iOS 7 in the upper-right corner of the screen.

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Messages app
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Tap on the Info button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

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Messages app
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Select Block This Caller at the bottom of the Info screen.

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Messages App
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Confirm by tapping Block Contact.

Unblocking a Contact

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Go to the Settings app, and as you did for blocking a contact, go to Blocked in the Phone settings. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.

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Settings app.
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Tap the Negative Sign next to the name of the Contact you want to unblock.

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Settings app.
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Confirm by tapping Unblock.