How to Block Someone From Calling Your iPhone

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How to Block Someone From Calling Your iPhone
Verizon and AT&T; have programs to block specific numbers from contacting you. (Frantzesco Kangaris/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Although the iPhone does not have a menu setting that allows you to reject specific phone numbers, your wireless service provider does. As of the time of publication, Apple sells its smartphone on both the Verizon and AT&T wireless networks; both of these providers have programs that give you the ability to block certain numbers from contacting you on your iPhone. Sign up for these programs either online or by calling your wireless provider.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    AT&T; Subscribers

  1. 1

    Log on to your AT&T account.

  2. 2

    Scroll over the "Quick Links" tab and select "Manage AT&T Smart Limits for Wireless" from the menu options.

  3. 3

    Sign up for AT&T's Smart Limits service. As of the date of publication, it costs about £3 a month per line, and blocks calls and texts sent to you by specified numbers. This data is rejected by AT&T, meaning you'll never know the number tried to contact your iPhone.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Blocked Numbers" link on the left sidebar. Smart Limits allows you to block up to 30 numbers. These numbers won't be able to call or text you, and you won't be able to call or text these numbers.

  5. 5

    Call AT&T at 1-888-333-6651 if you do not have access to the Internet, and sign up through a customer service representative.

    Verizon Subscribers

  1. 1

    Log on to your Verizon wireless account.

  2. 2

    Click on the "My Services" tab at the top of the screen.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Call & Message Blocking" link, located in the box called "Verizon Safeguards" located in the middle of the page.

  4. 4

    Add up to five numbers to your blocked call list for free. Verizon blocks numbers on this list from calling or texting you for up to 90 days; after that you'll have to re-add the numbers.

  5. 5

    Sign up for Verizon's Usage Controls service to block up to 20 numbers at a time, prohibiting these numbers from contacting you -- and keep you from contacting these numbers. These numbers remain on your blocked list until you remove them. The service costs about £3 per month for each line.

Tips and warnings

  • While Verizon only lets you block 10-digit phone numbers, AT&T; lets you block any number, including 911. Do not add this number to your blocked call list, as it could make it impossible to contact emergency services for help.

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