Do you ever feel like your phone is ringing off the hook with unwanted calls? It’s likely that a robocall is targeting you. These annoying automated messages can be difficult to stop, but there are ways to protect yourself from them on your iPhone. Here are five tips for how to stop robocalls on an iPhone:
In this article, we will cover how can I stop robocalls on my iPhone so that it blocks all unknown callers and only allows your contacts through. This way, when someone tries calling you from an unknown number, it won’t go through, and they’ll be sent straight to voicemail.
You may also want to consider downloading a third-party app like RoboKiller, which has its caller ID database, which helps identify spam callers even if they’re not in your contacts.
How Can I Stop Robocalls On My iPhone
Block Individual Numbers
iOS permits you to block particular numbers one by one. You can also report unwanted texts or calls straight from the Messages app. To block specific phone numbers on your iPhone, follow these steps:
Open up the Phone app and select Recents at the bottom right angle of the screen.
Tap on the blue information icon next to the number you want to block. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select Block, this Caller. Enter your phone password (if prompted) and then tap on Block Contact.
You can also block numbers straight from your iPhone’s Messages app by pursuing these steps:
go to the massage option on your iPhone. Select the conversation with the phone number you want to block from the list of messages.
Tap on the information button next to the contact’s name at the top right corner of your screen (it looks like an “I”). Scroll down and select Block, this Caller. Enter your phone password (if prompted) and then tap on Block Contact.
Trust Your Carrier to Protect You
If you have an iPhone on any of the four major US carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon), they will block robocalls for you if you sign up for their free robocall protection services. Below are links to each carrier’s service:
AT&T Call Protect is included with AT&T’s Mobile Protection Pack, which provides for Data Back, In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts, and FamilyMap.
Sprint Safe is included with the T-Mobile Essentials plan.
T-Mobile Call Protect is included with all T-Mobile ONE plans and some legacy rate plans. You’ll need to upgrade to ONE plan to get it.
Verizon Call Filter is included on all Verizon plans, and you can also fall back to the primary Caller ID function if you don’t want any of the extra features that come with it.
If you’re not on one of those no-contract unlimited data hotspot plans and would like to sign up for robocall protection, we recommend downloading the third-party app RoboKiller from the App Store.
Use a Third-Party Call Blocking App
Since iOS doesn’t allow you to block specific numbers one by one, a third-party call blocking app can help fill in that gap.
You can download a free version of any of the following apps and test them out to see if they work for you. However, some of these apps have monthly fees after the trial period so keep that in mind when testing them out.
NomoRobo blocks robocalls and spam texts without a subscription using a blocklist, whitelist, and live call verification technology. Nomorobo is free to use on both iPhone and Android.
Truecaller is a community-based spam identification app. Truecaller has a web app, iOS app, and Android app that uses contact information to help identify callers by name (if available for the number).
The more accurate your contact list is, the more effective their service will be. It may be worth combining as many of your contacts as feasible if you use this app.
AfterShip is an eCommerce solution for tracking packages and shipments. It also identifies which shipment notifications are spam and allows you to block those numbers inside its iOS app. You can download it free from the App Store and check out their pricing on their website.
Cellblock is a free iOS app that uses a blocklist of numbers to block known robocalls. Its default list is compiled from various public resources and some user submissions.
If you would prefer your number affixed to their database, you can submit it here. The free version of Cellblock comes with an ad at the bottom of its screen, and it cannot be moved.
Spam call is a free iOS app that allows you to add numbers to your block list right from the phone’s Recents or Favorites list with a single tap.
It also comes with an ad at the bottom of its screen that cannot be moved and makes it difficult to read messages in the Messages app.
RoboKiller is a free iOS app that uses whitelisting, blocklists, call blocking, call recording, and an answering machine to fight spam calls. It also is the only one of these apps that is available on Android as well.
The paid version of RoboKiller comes with additional features like personalized filtering and an answering machine that can optionally use your own outgoing message.
Do Not Disturb and Do Not Answer Settings
If you don’t want to be interrupted by calls at all, go to Settings → Do Not Disturb and enable the Scheduled switch. Then you can choose what time days and weekends when Do Not will be enabled.
Notification Handling Settings
If you have a third-party call blocking app that you want to use, iOS’s built-in spam notifications won’t interfere. Go to Settings → Notifications and choose which apps show banners and how they behave by enabling the Notification Handling switch. Then select which apps you need to display notifications in the list below.
Set a Caller id for Spam Numbers
When you get a spam call, go into that number’s details and set the Caller ID field to “Unknown.” This will make any future calls from that same phone number will display the word “Unknown” under the number in your call log. This can help you spot future spam calls before answering them.
Block a Number in Call Log Go
Into the details of a number in your call log, scroll down to Block, This Caller, and then choose either “Block Contact” or “Report Junk.” now want to ]unbolck this number? Don’t worry; you can do it with this same menu.
How to Opt-Out of Caller id Spoofing
If a spammer spoofs their Caller ID to show a different number than the one they’re calling from, iOS still allows you to answer the call. You’ll be asked which number you want to call back so you can report the spammer.
Get Rid of Typical Caller Names
If you have callers in your contact list with familiar names like “AT&T,” “Apple,” or “Amazon” that are spam, then their names will appear in your call log along with their phone number. Go into the details of one of those numbers and set the Caller Name field to “Unknown.”
Report Spam Calls and Messages
Go into the details for a number you think is spam or a message that a spammer left, hit Report Junk, and then choose either “Spam” or “Phishing.”
Link to Hangouts in Emails
If you get a spam email with a phone number in it, all you have to do is forward it to 48368 (SPAM). The message will automatically be sent to Google’s Gmail team, and they’ll investigate the number.
How To Report Illegal Call Tracking
To report a Google Hangouts or Pixel phone illegally tracking your calls and texts, first check to see if the number is one of Google’s official contact numbers for support. If you find that it isn’t, go into Hangouts or Messages and tap on three dots.
Then choose Conversations settings and uncheck the box next to “Enable call tracking.” This will prevent that phone from detecting when you’re on the phone. Then go into Google’s Phone Policy website, check if your number is blocked, and file a complaint.
How Can I Stop Robocalls On My iPhone? You should follow these are all the steps and take to fight spam calls on your iPhone. As long as you have an iOS device, you’re incorporated for now. See how much extra time you get in your day when you don’t have to bargain with spam callers?
If you follow these steps, along with blocking numbers that bother you in the Phone app’s settings, you’ll be rid of them for good.