How to Block Calls and Enable Spam Filtering on iPhone? – No one likes unwanted calls to disturb them, especially when they are coming from some telemarketing call center or comes from a spammer. There are several methods to get rid of spam calls or at least block some caller, but things got changed with iOS 10. Apple allowed third-parties to integrate their services with stock Phone app. Apple was delaying the launch of such tools from a long time, and now finally it is available.
You can now setup call blocking and spam filtering on your iPhone devices using third party apps that are already available in App Store. Previously, call blocking was only possible through do-not-disturb feature, however, you can now use apps like Truecaller to completely get rid of spam calls. Here is how you can enable spam filtering on your iPhone:
How To Enable Call Blocking on iPhone and Spam Filtering
With iOS 10/10.1 you can enable call blocking on iPhone and filter spam messages in iMessage with the help of third-party apps. You can enable call block for spammers, telemarketers, robocallers, scammers and virtually anyone you don’t want to receive a call from.
Apple has made Phone App extension available to developers. This has enabled developer create several third-party apps that let you have good call blocking and spam filtering services. So, you can choose to enable call blocking on iPhone using iOS 10 in collaboration with any third party app.
Popular Apps to Enable Call Block on iPhone and iPad
There are many apps in the App Store that let you enable call block and filter spam effectively. You can choose paid apps; however there are many free apps that are as good if not better.
Some popular apps to choose from are:
Hiya –Hiya is free and the most popular app that enables call blocking in real time. It alerts you of incoming spam call and uses reverse phone lookup. It also informs you if you’re incoming call number is identified as spam.
Truecaller –This is also free and compatible with iOS 10 running on iPhone and iPad. It identifies and blocks spammers. It can identify whether a call is reported as spam or is a well-known business. Thus, its intelligent filter makes sure you don’t miss any important call or opportunity.
Call Block –This is a paid app that enables call block for unwanted spam calls. It can identify spammers and scammers and lets you block the call if you want.
How to Set up an App to Enable Call Blocking and Spam Filtering
Steps to set up an app to enable call block feature of iOS 10:
Wait while the third-party app downloads.
When the download is complete, go to Settings > Phone.
Find Call Blocking & Identification and tap it.
Look for ‘Allow These Apps To Block Calls And Provide Caller ID.’ Under it you have the option to turn the app on or off.
You can download multiple apps to enable call blocking on iPhone or iPad with iOS 10. You can arrange the apps based on priority. To reorder, tap Edit and drag the apps to change the order.
How to Set up Truecaller for Call Blocking & Spam Filtration:
Step 1: You need to download Truecaller from App Store.
Step 2: Create an account on Truecaller and verify your number.
Step 3: Go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking and Identification
Step 4: Turn on Truecaller.
Step 5: That’s it.
How the apps that enable call block work?
When you receive an incoming call, your iPhone or iPad checks the incoming call number with the list of phone numbers in the third-party apps. The app is a large database of phone numbers which have distinct categories like scammer, spammers, telemarketers, business, etc. If the iOS finds a match; it displays the label returned by the app such as Spam or Tele Telemarketing. If the app is confirm that the number is a spam, it may not forward the call at all and block it automatically. On the other hand, if you see an incoming call and know that it’s a spam, you can block it manually on your device. The phone numbers and contacts you block are stored under ‘Blocked Contacts.’
If you don’t want to use an app anymore, just remove it from your device. You don’t need to change any settings.