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?

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to block FaceTime calls and iMessages on the Mac

11 Comments

"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.

"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! ;)

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.

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%.

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.