How to Block and Unblock a Caller on Your iPhone

Has someone been pestering you with unwanted phone calls? Want to prevent them from contacting you, but not sure how? If so, you’re in luck. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of how to block or unblock a caller on your iPhone.

There are a couple of ways to do this, and we’re going to start with the easiest method, which is to block someone through your call history.

To block someone through your iPhone call history:

1. On your home screen, tap Phone.

To access your call history, tap Phone on your home screen to launch your device’s calling app.

Tap Phone app icon

2. View your call history and find a call from the contact you want to block. To the right of their number, tap the “i” button.

Scroll through the list of calls in your call history. Find the phone number of the person you’d like to block in your list of calls. To the right of their phone number, tap the "i" button to access more information.

i button

3. Scroll down and tap Block this Caller.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap Block This Caller to indicate that you’d like to stop that person from contacting you.

Block This Caller button

4. Tap Block Contact to confirm that you’d like to block them.

You should see a button pop up at the bottom of your screen. To confirm that you want to prevent that person from contacting you, tap Block Contact at the bottom of your screen.

Block Contact button

That’s all you have to do to block someone from calling you on your iPhone. If the person you’d like to stop from contacting you is saved as a contact in your device, there is another method you can use. Next, we’ll show you how to block a saved contact on your device.

To block a saved contact from calling you on your iPhone:

1. On your home screen, tap Settings.

Tap Settings on your home screen to launch the settings app on your iOS device.

Settings app icon

2. Scroll down and tap Phone.

When your settings app opens, scroll down and tap Phone to access your calling settings.

Phone icon

3. Now tap Call Blocking & Identification.

On the next page, tap Call Blocking & Identification to add someone to your list of excluded callers.

Call Blocking and Identification button

4. Tap Block Contact.

To block a new contact, tap Block Contact.

Block Contact button

5. Tap the search bar and type in the name of the person you’re blocking.

You’ll see a search bar at the top of your screen. Tap the search bar, and type in the name of the contact you would like to block.

Search bar to locate contact

6. Tap their name as it appears in the search results to block them.

Look at the results of your search. When it appears on your screen, tap the name of the contact you want to block. This will add the person to your list of disallowed callers.

Tap contact name to block them

Those are all the steps to blocking a contact saved in your device. If you ever decide that you want to re-allow someone to contact you, you can at any time. Now, we’ll show you how to unblock someone on your iPhone.

To unblock someone on your iPhone:

1. Tap Settings on your main homepage.

On your home screen, tap the Settings icon to access your device settings.

Launch Settings app

2. Scroll down and tap Phone.

Scroll down and tap Phone to navigate to your phone call settings.

Phone icon

3. Next, tap Call Blocking & Identification.

On the next screen, tap Call Blocking & Identification to view a list of all the people you’ve prevented from contacting you.

Call Blocking and Identification button

4. In the top right corner, tap Edit.

To make changes to your blocked list, tap Edit in the top right corner of your screen.

Edit button for blocked contact list

5. Tap the Red Circle beside the name of the person you want to unblock.

You’ll see red circles appear on the left side of each entry in your list of blocked contacts. Beside the name of the person you would like to unblock, tap the Red Circle icon.

Red Circle icon

6. Tap Unblock to remove that person from the list.

To remove this person from your list, tap the Unblock button where it appears to the right of their name. If ever you wish to block them again, you can go through the steps outlined in the first two sections above.

Unblock button

 

Well, that’s all you have to do to unblock someone on your device. We hope this tutorial was helpful to you! If you would like to learn more, check out our next tutorial on how to set up your voicemail. If you missed one of our previous tutorials, check out how to use call forwarding and how to make/receive calls on iPhone.


How to Add and Merge Calls on iPhone

Are you tired of having separate conversations with different people about the same thing? Want to speak with more than one person on the phone at the same time? If so, this article is for you. In this part of our iPhone calling and voicemail course, we’re going to show you how to add and merge calls to create conference calls on your iPhone.

So what exactly do you need to do to set up a conference call on your iPhone?

To create a conference call on iPhone:

1. Place a phone call to one of the people you’re including.

To begin, call one of the people you want to participate in your conference call. Choose any one of the people you wish to include and call them individually as you normally would.

iPhone calling keypad

2. Tap Add Call to put that call on hold and dial the next recipient.

Once the first participant has answered your call, tap Add Call to call a second participant. Doing this will put the first person you called on hold, and allow you to make a separate call to another person. Be sure to let the first person you called know that you’re putting them on hold to add in another person.

Add Call button on calling screen

3. When they answer, tap Merge Calls.

When the second person answers your call, you’ll see a button that says “Merge Calls” appear on your screen. To merge your current call with the first person you called, tap Merge Calls. This will allow you and the two people you called to all speak to one another.

Merge Calls button

4. If you’d like to add more people, repeat steps two and three after each call is connected.

If there are more people you’d like to add to your call, you can do so now. To add a fourth participant, tap Add Call once again. This will put the two people you initially called on hold, so once again be sure to let them know you’re  doing this before tapping Add Call.

Add Call button

When this person answers, tap Merge Calls to add them to your existing conference call.

Merge Calls button

If you want to remove one person from your conference call without ending the call altogether, there is an easy way to do so. Now, we’ll show you how you can remove a single person from a conference call on iPhone.

To remove someone from your iPhone conference call:

1. After setting up your conference call, tap “i” in the top right corner to view more options.

Once you have your conference call set up, you’ll see an “i” button in the top right corner. Tap this button to view a list of the members included in your conference call and reveal additional options.

i button

2. Tap End next to the name of the person you’re removing.

Find the name of the person you’d like to remove from your call. Beside their name, tap End. This will remove that person only and allow you to continue your call with the other people.

End Call button

3. Continue your conference call with the remaining participants.

After removing one of the participants, finish off the rest of your conversation with the people remaining in the conference call.

iPhone call screen

4. Tap the Red Phone button to end the call entirely.

When you’re all done speaking with the group, tap the Red Phone near the bottom of your screen to end the call entirely. This will disconnect the conference call and hang up on everyone simultaneously. Be sure not to tap this button by accident, because then you’ll have to go through the process of setting up your conference call group all over again.

End Call button

During a conference call, you might want to have a quick private conversation with one of the people in the group, without everyone else being able to hear what you’re talking about. This can be especially true for people using conference calls to discuss business matters. If you want to know how to speak privately with one person while keeping your conference call going, keep reading!

To have a private conversation with one of the people in your conference call:

1. Tap the “i” button in the top-right corner to see a list of participating members in your call.

To view a list of participants in your call, tap the "i" button in the top right corner of your screen. This will bring you to a screen with more options.

i button

2. Next to the name of the contact you’d like to speak privately with, tap Private.

View the list of people you have included in your conference call. Beside the name of the person you wish to speak to privately, tap Private. This will put the other people in your call on hold, so let them know that you’d like them to stay on the line.

Private button

3. Tap Merge to go back to speaking with the entire group.

To return to speaking to your entire conference call group, tap Merge.

Merge calls button

 

Well, that covers just about everything you could possibly want or need to know about making conference calls on your iOS device. We hope you found this article helpful. In our next few tutorials, you can learn about things like setting up your voicemail, blocking or unblocking people from calling you, and how to check your voicemail messages.


How to Use Call Forwarding on Your iPhone

Heading out of town to an area that doesn’t have great cell phone service? Or just want to receive all your calls in one place? If so, we’re here to help you out. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to set up and use call forwarding on your iPhone.

First, let’s cover the steps of how to enable call forwarding on your Apple device.

To enable call forwarding on iPhone:

1. On your device’s home screen, tap Settings.

To begin, tap Settings on your home screen.

Settings app

2. Scroll down and tap Phone.

From the settings menu, scroll down a little and select Phone to edit your phone call settings.

iPhone Settings menu

3. On the next screen, tap Call Forwarding.

Now, tap Call Forwarding on your phone settings screen.

Call Forwarding setting

4. A slider will appear on the right side of your screen. Slide it to the right to enable call forwarding.

To enable call forwarding, move the slider on the right side over to the right until it turns green. When the switch turns green, call forwarding has been enabled.

Enable Call Forwarding setting

5. Enter the phone number you’d like to send your incoming calls to.

The final step is to enter the phone number you want to receive calls at. Using the keypad that appears on your screen, enter the number you want your calls forwarded to.

Enter number to forward calls to

That’s all you need to do to set up call forwarding on your iPhone. If you want to change the number that your calls are forwarded to, we’ll show you how you can do that next.

To change the number your calls are forwarded to:

1. Tap Settings on your home screen.

Launch your iPhone settings app by tapping Settings on your home screen.

Settings app icon

2. Scroll down and tap Phone.

On the next screen, scroll down and select Phone to edit your phone settings.

Phone Settings menu

3. Select Call Forwarding.

Now, tap Call Forwarding to configure your call forwarding settings.

Call Forwarding setting

4. On the next screen, tap Forward To.

On the next page, you’ll see the number your calls are being forwarded to. Tap Forward To in order to change the phone number that your calls are being sent to.

Forward To button

5. Tap the X to the right of the number your calls are being forwarded to in order to change it.

To remove the phone number that your calls are currently being forwarded to, tap the X beside the phone number.

X button to remove forwarded number

6. Finally, enter the new number you’d like to forward your calls to.

Now you can enter the phone number you want to set your calls to forward to.

Enter new number

Those are all the steps to changing the number your calls are forwarded to. If you don’t want to use call forwarding anymore, you can disable it. Next, we’ll show you how to disable call forwarding.

To disable call forwarding:

1. Open your iPhone device settings by tapping Settings on your home screen.

On your home screen, tap Settings to launch your phone’s settings app.

Settings app icon

2. Scroll down the page and tap Phone.

Now, access your phone settings by scrolling down and selecting Phone.

Phone settings menu

3. Tap Call Forwarding to configure your call forwarding settings.

Call Forwarding button

4. Move the toggle over to the left to disable call forwarding.

On the right side, you’ll see a switch. Move the toggle switch to the left to turn off call forwarding. When the switch turns from green to white, call forwarding has been disabled.

Toggle to enable Call Forwarding

FAQ about iPhone call forwarding

Can you forward calls to other kinds of devices?

Yes, you can! If you set up call forwarding from your iPhone to another phone number, the phone you’re forwarding your calls to doesn’t have to be an iPhone. You can forward calls to landlines, Android devices, or other types of mobile phones.

What should you do if call forwarding isn’t working?

If your call forwarding isn’t working properly, or if you’re having trouble getting it set up, we would recommend contacting your mobile carrier. Some carriers may not offer call forwarding, or your personal plan may not include the service. Your service provider should be able to help you through any issues you may experience.

Is call forwarding free?

Most phone plans nowadays do include call forwarding as part of their service package. However, if you’re on an older or more budget-friendly phone plan, you may not be subscribed to a call forwarding service. Check the details of your phone plan to see if it’s included. If not, you may be charged extra on your next bill for enabling call forwarding.

Will I still receive any voicemail messages?

Most of the time, you won’t receive voicemail messages when you have call forwarding enabled. Call forwarding can interfere with your voicemail service. Your carrier may be able to give you more information about how their voicemail system works when call forwarding is enabled. Call their customer service department if you want to know more.

Does call waiting still work when calls are forwarded?

In most cases, call waiting will not work when you have call forwarding enabled. Generally, only one call can be forwarded at a time. Get in touch with your personal mobile service provider to ask about how their call forwarding/call waiting system works.

 

That covers everything you need to know about call forwarding on your iOS device. Have another question that we missed in our FAQ? Leave it in the comment section below. Our next tutorials will teach you how to make conference calls and how to block calls, so keep going with this course if you want to learn more!


How to Make and Receive Calls on iPhone

Are you new to using an iPhone and looking to learn about the built-in calling app on iOS and its features? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll show you how to make and receive calls on your iPhone, and tell you a bit about some other features of its built-in calling app. To start, let’s cover the basics. We’ll begin with going over how to make a phone call from your device.

To make a phone call on iPhone:

1. Tap the Phone icon on your device’s home screen.

On your home screen, you’ll see a green Phone icon. Tap this icon to launch your iPhone’s calling app.

Calling app icon

2. Select Keypad from the menu displayed at bottom of your screen.

On the next screen, you’ll see a menu appear at the bottom. Tap the Keypad icon to reveal a number pad on your touch screen.

Open calling keypad

3. Enter the phone number of the person you would like to call.

Now, using the keypad, enter the phone number of the person you’d like to call. If you make a mistake, you can tap Backspace.

Dial a number

4. Tap the Green Phone button to make the call to the number you entered.

When you’re done entering the person’s phone number, you can tap the Green Phone at the bottom of your screen to begin your call.

Gren Phone icon

Those are the basic instructions for making a phone call on iPhone. Now, we’ll show you another way to make a phone call that doesn’t involve you having to remember or look up someone’s number. If you’ve saved someone’s contact information to your address book, this next set of instructions can make calling them even easier.

To call a saved contact on your iPhone:

1. On your device’s home screen, tap the Phone icon.

Tap the Phone icon on your home screen to begin the process.

Calling app icon

2. From the bottom menu, select Contacts.

At the bottom of your screen, you’ll see a menu bar. Here, tap Contacts to see a list of your saved contacts.

Select a contact

3. In the search bar, type in the name of the person you’d like to call.

At the top of the next screen, you’ll see a search bar. Tap the search bar and type in the name of the contact you’d like to call.

Type name of contact in search bar

4. Tap their name as it appears in the search results.

You should see the results of your search appear below the search bar. When the name of the contact you’d like to call appears, tap it once to view their contact information.

Tap the name of the contact you want to call

5. Tap the Phone icon below their name to call them.

Here you’ll be able to see all the contact information you’ve saved for this person. Below their name, tap the Phone icon to call them right away.

Tap Green Phone icon to make the call

You can also call someone through the Favorites section on your iPhone’s calling app. Tap Favorites at the bottom of your screen, then tap the name of the person you’d like to call.

Favorite Contacts screen

Learn how to add or remove contacts from your favorites list here.

That’s all you have to do to call one of your saved contacts on your iOS device. Now, let’s talk about how to answer a call when you receive one.

To answer a phone call on iPhone:

When someone calls you on your iPhone, you’ll see one of three different possible screens:

  1. If you were currently using your phone, you’ll be given a few options on your screen. You can tap the Green Phone button to accept and answer the call, or the Red Phone button to decline the call.

    Accept or Decline call button
     

  2. If your screen was locked or you weren’t using your phone at the time when it began ringing, you’ll see a different screen. Here, if you want to answer the call, you’ll need to slide your finger to the right across your screen where it says “Slide to Answer.”

    Slide button to answer call
     

  3. If someone calls you when you’re already on a call with someone else, there are another set of options that will appear. You can tap End & Accept to end your current call and answer the incoming call, tap Send to Voicemail to stay on your ongoing call and send the incoming call to your voicemail, or tap Hold & Accept to put your current call on hold and answer the incoming call.

    Incoming call screen

So now that we’ve gone over the basics of how to make and receive calls on your device, let’s go through a little information about someone of the other built-in calling features on iOS.

Other iPhone calling features

Call waiting

Call waiting is a feature offered on most smartphones that allows you to see when you get in incoming call even if you’re already on the phone with someone else.  In order to have the call waiting option available to you, you’ll have to make sure it’s a feature that your mobile service provider has included in your monthly cell phone plan. As we just mentioned in the section about how to answer calls, when you have a call waiting on your phone, this is the screen you’ll see.

Incoming call screen while already on the phone

Merging calls

Another cool calling feature is the ability to merge phone calls and create conference calls. If you want to speak with multiple people at once, you can start a conference call. To do so, call one person, then tap Add Call to dial in another person. You can have up to five people on a conference call.

Add another call to current call

If you’d like to learn more about this feature, check out our article on how to merge calls to make a conference call on iPhone.

FaceTime

A calling feature that is exclusive to Apple devices is FaceTime. If you’re on the phone with someone who also has an Apple device, you can tap FaceTime on your screen to switch your call from a regular voice call to a FaceTime video call. This will allow you to see the other person you’re talking to, as well as hear them. Keep in mind that switching to FaceTime will mean you’re using your mobile data, unless you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Switch call to FaceTime button

 

That wraps up our introduction to making and receiving phone calls on your iOS device. Check out the other tutorials in our iPhone calling and voicemail course if you’d like to learn more, including topics such as how to set up your voicemail, make conference calls, and how to record phone calls.