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Blocking the Unknown Callers on Your iPhone

We have all been there. Receiving continuous calls from “Unknown Caller” or no caller ID showing up on our phones. These annoying calls generally originate from telemarketers, spammers, etc. Other calls of the same type may show up as Private, Blocked, or simply as Anonymous. Regardless of where they originate or who they are from, we all want to take steps to block these calls.

With the ability to block certain contacts or known numbers, users want the ability to also block the more annoying ‘unknown callers’ as well. If you are one of the many who want to do something about the continuous unknown callers, there is good news. We will take a look at why you may receive these calls, and what steps you can take to make them stop.

So Why Are They Unknown?

Not everyone may be aware of the fact that in the US the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has mandated that cellular service providers are to allow people to be able to block their number from caller ID. For the everyday user this feature is a valuable privacy feature. However, there are many more spammers and telemarketers using the feature now. Using the No Caller ID feature allows them to call cell phone users anonymously.

How to Block Those Who Are Blocked?

Receiving calls from unknown callers can be frustrating. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can silence or block those who have chosen to stay anonymous. Here we will take a look at what options you may have to avoid having these No Caller ID calls interrupt your day.

Option 1: Do Not Disturb

This option will allow you to receive calls from only those who are already in your address book. All other calls, including those with No Caller ID will be silenced. This does not fully block them, only silences the call.

  • Go into your settings and look for ‘Do Not Disturb’

  • Select the ‘Manual’ option

  • Turn on ‘Do Not Disturb’ (a moon icon will appear in your status bar)

  • Select ‘Allow Calls from’

  • Next, select ‘All Contacts’ from the options

Additionally, you may want to enable the ‘Repeated Calls’ option, as most spammers and telemarketers will not be calling over and over.

Option 2: Contacts

Your next option is to use your contacts list to create a blocked contact. You can label this contact as “No Caller ID” for the name.

  • Open the ‘Phone’ app

  • Choose ‘Contacts’

  • Select the ‘+’ button to create a new contact

  • For the phone number you will enter 000-000-0000

  • Select ‘Done’

  • Scroll until you see ‘Block This Caller’ and select this option

  • You will then see a pop “You Will Not Receive Phone Calls, Messages, or FaceTime from People on the Block List”

  • Select ‘Block Contact’ at this point

Option 3: Service Provider Blocks

This is the only 100% way that you can truly block an anonymous number from getting through. You will find that most of the major cell phone service providers offer a feature that will block unknown calls. You can search your service providers’ website for detailed information on if or how to block unknown callers.

A few of the carriers that offer this feature have articles on their website to assist in blocking these unwanted calls.

There are still some carriers who do not offer the feature to block unknown numbers. You can, however, block your own number from showing up to others from most any phone, regardless of the provider.

One thing we should point out is that these methods should not be used in certain cases. If you get wanted calls on a regular basis from someone at unrecognized numbers or a business who has their ID blocked, you may want to avoid the above options. It is worth the time to think through who might be blocked in the process before proceeding.

With these types of calls one of the most frustrating things is that you cannot find out who a ‘No Caller ID’ number is or where it has originated. While this can be somewhat irritating, now you do have some options of stopping the calls from be so intrusive or stopped all together. As a final option you can always call your service providers technical support for additional information or ways to block unwanted calls.

It is important to note that when searching your carriers’ website for assistance all of the following terminology are the same thing. Be as specific as possible in your search for better results.

  • No Caller ID

  • Unknown Caller

  • Private Caller

  • Anonymous Call

  • Anonymous

  • Blocked Call

  • Cindy MyVegas Brown

    I have tried all of these.. here’s the problem with the putting on do not disturb, allowing your contacts to call- I don’t get audio notifications when I receive a text from my contacts or anyone. I don’t like that because it could be an emergency or even just important and by the time I get around to just looking at my phone periodically, it could be too late. I have Verizon, and I have Family Base. There’s an option that allows me to select restrict private numbers. Thought my problem was solved. Was it? Nope. Still getting unknown calls. We are talking 35-40 PER DAY, sometimes back to back. I don’t want to change my number, and want to keep my iPhone, so what do I do now?

  • Jonny Courageous

    Yeah, the Iphone totally sucks. I had a Samsung that worked awesome. Every since I got this Iphone 8, it has been nothing but frustration and disappointment. Everything is back-assed. I can’t even connect to my computer to download pictures- something that should be so simple in the 21st century turned into such a major project. Can’t block the most annoying calls that exists for some stupid reason. Apple is not user friendly which is how they came to be back in the 90s with the Mac, but their philosophy has changed to some kind of greedy, communist, world of stupidity. For the life of me i can’t understand all the hype about it. They would have/should have gone completely bankrupt if it wasn’t for the ipod. But those days are long over. Nobody needs itunes or wants it. But they try to force it on you like greedy little commie bastards. It is such a scary thing to see all those dumb people standing in line all night long waiting for the new Iphone to come out in stores. It is a piece of garbage and the support is non-existent from some smug punk-ass.
    Anybody want to buy a barely used Iphone 8????!!!