Block Numbers From Calling, Messaging You In iOS 7 beta [iOS Tips]

blocked numbers iOS 7 beta

Remember that any of the iOS 7 beta features and tips we share with you could change before the latest mobile operating system from Apple hits the streets this coming fall.

Also, be sure that you’re not using a beta iOS 7 on an iPhone you need to get work done on–-Apple has provided it without guarantee for developers to start working with, not for you to use on any mission critical tasks.

Another of the most exciting new features coming to iOS 7 is call blocking, in my opinion. To be able to keep folks from texting or calling has got to be one of the more requested features on the iPhone, since the beginning.

iOS 7 beta has two places to block numbers. Here’s where they are, and how to add numbers to your blocked list.

First up, tap into your Settings app, and then tap Messages. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Blocked. Once there, tap Add New… and then all your Contacts will slide up from the bottom, letting you choose folks in your contact list to block.

Tapping back out to the main Settings app, and then tap on Phone. Near the bottom, you’ll see the place to tap, called Blocked. Tap there, and then choose a number from your Contacts, as above with Messages.

It seems a bit counter-intuitive to block Contacts rather than recent calls or Messages, as most of the numbers I want to block aren’t folks I’ve added to my Contacts. It would be nice to have a way to do this from the Messages or Phone app, as well. Let’s hope that gets added to the beta in time.

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  • EinOecher

    You can already block numbers that are not assigned to a contact: Just go to the phone app, click on the “i” icon next to an unwanted number that already called you, and on the end of the next screen there is an option to block that number.

  • GCBoi

    Any way to block calls without Caller ID (telemarketers)?

  • jsarahina

    “It seems a bit counter-intuitive to block Contacts rather than recent calls or Messages, as most of the numbers I want to block aren’t folks I’ve added to my Contacts. It would be nice to have a way to do this from the Messages or Phone app, as well. Let’s hope that gets added to the beta in time.”

    —- Actually, you can add contacts not in your contacts list by simply going to messages or call log, click the number and go to “i” info. and then down below you can see “Block this caller”. same in the Messages section.

  • jlc_1988

    I love this new feature in iOS 7.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM051smDRM8

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