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How to block phone and FaceTime calls on iPhone or iPad

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You can block a contact from trying to FaceTime you — and phone you and iMessage you — at any time. Whether it's a former significant other, friend, relative, associate you've fallen out with, or a spammer or prank caller harshening your mellow, block them once and they're silenced forever. (Or at least until you decide to unblock them.)

How to block contacts in the FaceTime app

You can block a number or address from FaceTiming you at any time, right from the FaceTime app.

  1. Launch the FaceTime app from the Home screen of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Tap on the Info button next the name of the contact you want to block.

Open FaceTime, tap Infor
  1. Tap on Block this Caller at the very bottom.
  2. Tap on Block Contact to confirm.

Tap Block this Caller, tap Block Contact

How to block contacts in the Phone app

If you have an iPhone, you can also block and number or address from FaceTiming you from the Phone app.

  1. Launch the Phone app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Recents or Contacts button at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap on the Info button next the name of the contact you want to block in the Recents tab or tap the name of the contact in the Contacts tab.

Open Phone, tap Recents or Contacts, tap Info
  1. Tap on Block this Caller at the very bottom.
  2. Tap on Block Contact to confirm.

Tap Block this Caller, tap Block Contact

How to block contacts in Settings

You can pre-emptively add contacts you want to block at any time.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap FaceTime.
  3. Tap Blocked.

Open Settings, tap FaceTime, tap Blocked
  1. Tap Add New...
  2. Tap on the contact you want to block.

Tap Add New..., tap on contact

To unblock someone from the list, follow steps 1-3 above, then do the following:

  1. Tap Edit.
  2. Tap the red - button next to the contact you want to unblock.

Tap Edit, tap - button, tap Remove
  1. Tap Unblock.
  2. Tap Done.

Tap Unblock, tap Done

You can also simply swipe from right to left on any contact to reveal the unblock button.

Update July 2018: Added new screenshots and updated the instructions for blocking and unblocking contacts from Settings.

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.

1 Comment
  • I block unwanted phone calls with CallHound app. There you can block spam numbers or mark them as unwanted. Also, applying different filtering conditions, you can create flexible rules for various types of numbers. The best feature I like in CallHound is that you can back up your rules and transfer them to another device. So, this app is my must-have!