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If you're like me, you might have noticed that you've been receiving more and more unwanted calls and solicitations on your mobile phone over the past few years. It's probably a combination of more aggressive telemarketers and the fact that so many of us use our mobile phones as our main phone, nowadays. So, our phone numbers are probably stored and listed in more databases than in the past. Whatever the case, unwanted phone calls have always been an annoying time waster. So, one of my favorite new features of iOS 7 is the ability to block specific numbers from ringing your phone. To do this, you're going to open the phone app and locate the contact you want to block.
This could be a number in your Contacts or maybe under Recent Calls, which can be useful if you want to block a number that's not in your Contacts, maybe from an unknown number or a known telemarketer. You can even block numbers in your favorites. Maybe you just want to block calls from a friend temporarily. Whichever the case, just tap the i button next to that contact's name. And then scroll down to find and tap Block This Caller. I see a message informing me that I won't receive phone calls, messages, or face time calls from people on my block list. That's fine by me, so I'll tap block contact. And that's pretty much all there is to it.
Now, any time this person tries to call or text message me, my phone will stay completely silent. Now, in the case of text messages, I'll receive no indication at all that the blocked person has sent me texts, and they won't know that I didn't receive them. If they're on an iOS device using Messages, they'll see a notification that the message was delivered, but I won't see anything on my end, and there's no way to retrieve those messages that you've received while a contact was blocked. And in the case of phone calls, my phone won't ring or offer any other indication that a blocked number is calling me, but callers will be routed directly to my voicemail. Now if they leave a message, I, again, won't get any notifications.
But if I go to my Voicemail box, I'll see I now have a folder called Blocked Messages. And inside there, I can review, listen to, or just delete any messages here without listening to them if I so choose. Now, I should also mention that blocking only works in one direction. You can block them from contacting you, but you're still free to message, call or face time your contacts any time you want, unless, of course, they've blocked you too. Now, if you decide to unblock a contact, there are a couple of ways to do so. You can locate the contact under Favorites, Recents, Contacts, or even here in Voicemail. Tap the i button, and then scroll down and choose Unblock.
Now if you've blocked a lot of people, or you've just forgotten who you've blocked, you can go to Settings> Phone> and Blocked. Now from here, you could tap Add New to block more people from your Contacts list, or you can slide your finger left across a name to delete them from this list to unblock them. And that's the call blocking feature, new to IOS 7.
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