How to block FaceTime calls and iMessages on the Mac

How to block a contact through iMessage and FaceTime in OS X

If you're being stalked, spammed, pranked, or otherwise abused over iMessage or FaceTime, you can block that contact and prevent them from bothering you ever again, even on your Mac. It's simple, it's easy, and it's oh-so-gratifying. If there's an especially annoying someone you've been waiting to ignore, here's how to do it!

Note: Contact blocking requires OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 or later. Blocking someone in one app blocks then in all apps, so just pick the app you use most and block them all there!

How to block iMessages on the Mac

  1. Launch the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. In the menu bar, click on Messages in the top menu and click on Preferences.
  3. With your iMessage account selected, click on the Blocked tab.
  4. Click on the + sign and then add the contact you'd like to block from your Contacts.
  5. That's it, all methods of contact for that person will be blocked.

How to block FaceTime calls on the Mac

  1. Launch the FaceTime app on your Mac.
  2. Find the caller you'd like to block in the right side menu and click on the arrow off to the right.
  3. Towards the bottom click on Block this Caller.

How to block in iOS

You can also block someone using an iPhone or iPad. If you aren't sure how to do that, you can check out our guide:

Have you used the block feature in OS X or iOS yet? How did it work for you?

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 11 comments. Add yours.

SockRolid says:

"Have you used the block feature in OS X or iOS yet? How did it work for you?"

Yup. Works perfectly.

I've never been aggressively spammed or stalked via FaceTime, but I have received some apparently innocent wrong number calls. But I've gotten some annoying sequences of iMessages (whose senders I instantly blocked).

I wonder how much Samsung pays people to iMessage-bomb iCloud users.
Probably less than they pay forum trolls.
What a way to make a living.

iDisturbia says:

"I wonder how much Samsung pays people to iMessage-bomb iCloud users.
Probably less than they pay forum trolls.
What a way to make a living."

LMAO ... PRICELESS! ;)

Indira Mallela says:

Well, how do I block someone who is not in my contact list? I keep getting messages from this particular number, and i want to block it.

iDisturbia says:

Thanks Allyson. :)

I've done some blocking numbers (telemarketers!) and it blocked their calls, iMessages, and FaceTime.When checked my Mac(s), they showed up there blocked too!

And, it works 100%.

Artiste212 says:

Allyson, there's a small mistake. To block callers in the Messages app in Mac OS X, one should not click on the  menu, but on the Messages menu. The rest works fine after that.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Typo sorry will fix. Thanks!

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prabjotusa says:

I had blocked some people on iOS and it was synchronized with my OS X, so I think it syncs as a part of iCloud

Allyson Kazmucha says:

I don't think so. Never works for me across iOS and OS X

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prabjotusa says:

I hope you get notified of this, I figured out why your contacts blocked does not sync:
"If you previously blocked people in iOS 7, the block list syncs over from your iOS devices to your Mac through iCloud. Make sure Documents and Data is turned on in order for that to occur."

This is the article I found it in on 9to5mac: http://9to5mac.com/2014/03/08/mavericks-how-to-block-contacts-in-facetim...

asuperstarr says:

Thanks for the tip!

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BongBongOnTwitter says:

Apple really needs to work on unifying the method of blocking spammers. OSX's Messages app makes the least sense.