Ignore Unwanted Or Unknown Calls To Your iPhone More Easily [iOS Tips]

Do Not Call

Now here’s a slick little trick fresh off the boat from those wacky folks at Macworld that will have you wondering, “why didn’t I think of that?”

You know how you get tons of calls each week or month that are from solicitors, political pollsters, and that weird uncle who will just not leave you alone? Well, if you get those calls on your iPhone, here’s a neat way to avoid having to answer the phone to figure out who’s calling.

Each time an unknown number comes into your iPhone, answer it. If it’s one of the calls you don’t want to receive, hang up and then tap into the Recent Calls area of the Phone app, and tap the little right arrow next to that phone number. Now, you can create a new contact called “Don’t Answer,” or “Unwanted Caller.”

The next time a new unrecognized number comes in, answer it, and then hang up again if it’s a call you don’t want to take, ever. Now, tap through to the Recent Calls section again, and this time, when you hit that little arrow, you want to Add to Existing Contact. Scroll through the contacts your iPhone will present, and tap on the contact you created in the step above. Now, the second number is added to the Unwanted Caller contact, so the next time they call, you’ll know not to answer.

Of course, it won’t work if the number is blocked, or they change numbers, but keep adding what you can. Over time, you’ll build up quite a little list of numbers in that Contact, and that’s a good thing.

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  • kitkat_71

    I actually already do this but have it labeled as spam lol

  • aslguy

    You can also set the ringtone to that contact to silent, which will reduce the likelihood of your day getting interrupted by a call you don’t wish to take.

  • Jonathan Ober

    I have this set up, had it set up months or more ago. I have a telemarketer list, it’s got a few dozen numbers in it.

  • DrM47145

    I’ve been doing that for decades, which means, even before the iPhone ever existed.

    Now it would be neat to be able to block them, the same way you can block callers with Google Voice. I think iOS7 will have that feature, can anybody confirm?

  • DrM47145

    You can also set the ringtone to that contact to silent, which will reduce the likelihood of your day getting interrupted by a call you don’t wish to take.

    Now THAT is something I never did. Good idea!

  • capor33m

    Well soon we won’t have to do this anymore as iOS 7 has added a block options for callers

  • roblef

    Now it would be neat to be able to block them, the same way you can block callers with Google Voice. I think iOS7 will have that feature, can anybody confirm?

    Yep, this is one of the published features of iOS 7.
    http://www.cultofmac.com/232615/block-numbers-from-calling-you-messaging-you-in-ios-7-beta-ios-tips/

  • Stuka_UK

    I actually already do this but have it labeled as spam lol

    Me too.. (Spam spam, spam spam).

  • VirtualVisitor

    Doesn’t stop vibrate. NEED NEED NEED NEED NEED to BLOCK the number altogether.

    I hope the iOS 7 rumoured feature really does block the call.

  • bokey

    As stated, this is a really unique way of handling unwanted callers – but only those calls where the number is visible. Contrary to this article, you CAN do something about the calls that come in blocked, private and of the like. There is a service called TrapCall (http://bit.ly/126qpjh) that can unmask blocked calls. There is also a blacklist feature – when you add a number to this list and reject the telephone call, the caller is played a message that your phone line has been disconnected.

    There is also an app available in the App Store called TC Voicemail.

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