How to Block/Unblock Contacts on iPhone 13 (iOS 15.2)

This post will walk you through adding and removing a phone number to and from the blocklist on the Apple iPhone 13 device. Here’s a quick guide on how to block/unblock contacts on iPhone 13 running in iOS 15.2.

Getting random calls from unknown numbers is already inevitable these days. Most of these calls come in the form of ads derived from certain business entities as part of contemporary marketing campaigns. There are also some that are just pure scam while others are misdialed. 

In an effort to ensure privacy among smartphone owners, constant system enhancements are made to every recent mobile device. Thus, modern smartphones are already equipped with various call blocking features for users to activate when necessary. 

iOS 15 Call Block Feature

Blocking and unblocking a phone number on an iPhone can be carried out in different ways. You can block or unblock numbers through the Phone app’s recent calls or manage blocked numbers through the iOS settings menu.

Aside from the Phone app, blocking phone numbers, contacts and emails can also be done through the FaceTime, Messages, and Mail apps.

Messages coming from people who aren’t listed in your Contacts can also be filtered through the Messages app settings.

Spam or junk messages you get through the Messages can also be reported as junk using the integrated Report Junk link under the message. The sender’s information and the message will then be forwarded to Apple and deleted from your device. This action cannot be undone.

Easy Steps to Block/Unblock Contacts on iPhone 13

The steps outlined below depict the actual process of blocking and unblocking a contact number on an iPhone 13 running the latest iOS version.

These procedures are also applicable when blocking and unblocking contacts on other iOS devices running on the iOS 15.2 or later version.

There may be some slight variation on every device’s interface given that screens and menu items vary between device models and wireless network service providers.

Blocking/Unblocking Numbers via Phone App

In iOS 15, you can block or unblock callers straight from the Phone app’s Recents tab with these steps:

Step 1: To get started, open the Phone app by tapping on the Phone icon from the Home screen.

Step 2: While on the phone app main screen, tap the Recents tab. Doing so will display all recent calls you received including missed calls.

Step 3: Find the call or contact number that you’d like to block from the Recents list and then tap the information (i) icon next to it. More details about the selected contact will appear on the succeeding menu.

Step 4: To add the selected contact number to the blocklist,  tap Block this Caller.

Step 5: Read and review the pop-up message and then tap Block Contact to confirm.

The selected contact number will then be added to the blocklist and thus all future calls from this number will already be barred.

In case you’ve made a mistake and you aren’t supposed to block the selected number, simply tap Unblock this caller from the contacts information menu.

Alternatively, you can block phone numbers and manage blocked numbers straight from the iOS settings menu of your iPhone 13. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings app by tapping on the Settings icon.

Step 2: While on the main Settings menu, scroll to find and then tap Phone. Doing so launches the Phone menu with relevant features and settings.

Step 3: Find and then tap Blocked Contacts. 

Step 4: On the Blocked Contacts menu, you will see a list of all blocked contacts or phone numbers.

Step 5: To block a new contact/phone number, tap Add New then select the contact that you’d like to block from your Contacts list.

Step 5: To unblock a contact/phone number, tap Edit on the top-rightmost corner. Doing so activates the Edit mode for all Blocked Contacts. As a result,  you will see a minus sign inside a circle appearing before each blocked contact and the Edit button appears on top.

Step 6: Tap the Minus (-) icon next to the name of the contact that you’d like to unblock.

Step 7: Tap the Unblock button. The selected contact will then be removed from the blocked list. 

Step 8: To unblock another contact, just repeat the same steps.

Step 9: Once you’re done unblocking contacts, tap Done on the upper-rightmost corner.

That should remove the selected contact/phone number from the blocked contacts list. As a result, all future phone calls made by that contact or phone number are no longer barred and therefore should go through unless network or signal issues are transpiring.

Other Ways to Manage your Blocked Contacts in iOS 15.2

Blocked contacts or phone numbers can also be accessed and managed through other iOS messaging apps including FaceTime, Messages and Mail.

To manage blocked contacts through FaceTime, just go to Settings-> FaceTime-> Blocked Contacts menu.
To manage blocked contacts through Messages, go to Settings-> Messages-> SMS/MMS section and then tap Blocked Contacts.
To manage blocked contacts through Mail, go to Settings-> Mail-> Threading menu and then tap Blocked.

A list of all blocked contacts or phone numbers will appear on the aforesaid menus and from there can choose who to unblock or remove from the list.

Other Ways To Bar Unwanted Callers on iPhone 13

Aside from blocking, unknown and unwanted callers can also be barred by enabling an iOS feature called Silence Unknown Callers on  your iPhone. This feature can be accessed through the Phone app settings (Settings-> Phone). Simply toggle to turn on the Silence Unknown Callers switch to activate it. When enabled, all incoming calls from unknown numbers will be sent straight to voicemail and appear in your recent calls list. Incoming call notifications for those calls won’t appear except for emergency calls.

And that’s all about blocking and unblocking contact numbers on an iPhone 13 in iOS 15.2 or later version.

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