Wrapped up with the much trumpeted release of the new IOS 7 was a bunch of new features that will really make a difference to your life. Not least the ability to ‘block’ numbers from calling or texting you! In this quick blog post I’ll show you how I have dealt with these annoying sales calls in the past and how, because of my simple method, I’ve now blocked them all with a simple swipe of my iPhone screen.


Frustrated at receiving so many sales calls from PPI insurance claims, accident law firms and general ‘cold’ sellers-despite the fact I was on the Telephone Preference Service and supposedly immune from receiving these calls to my personal mobile phone.  I was still receiving at least 3 a week and was still getting them even though I kept telling the people at the end of the line that I had opted out!


I decided to take matters in my own hands-I started ignoring any number that I didn’t recognise and then adding them all to one contact on my address book that was simply under the name ‘IGNORE THIS CALL!’. This way whenever I got a call-it flashed up ‘IGNORE THIS CALL!’  and I duly did. I have about 12 numbers saved  to this contact, they do tend to use the same numbers and eventually no new sales numbers came up. Here’s the screen shot from my address book-all under IGNORE THIS CALL!



When IOS 7 came out I was overjoyed to hear that Apple had included the ability to block messages, calls and FaceTime from unwanted numbers. Especially as it’s done by contact name-rather than individual number.

This is how it’s done. It’s a very simple process to block any number in IOS 7. Firstly go to your ‘Recents’ in the Phone App. Then press the ‘i’ Information button to the right of the contact name and date. Going through the ‘Recents’ folder is the only way to ‘block’ a number-if you don’t have any sales calls in your ‘Recents’ folder then unfortunately you’ll have to wait till they call you back!


Once you press the ‘i’ Information icon-this screen should come up. You should scroll to the very bottom-where you should see the fabulous line ‘Block this Caller’!You use the same ‘i’ button to add the number to a contact in your address book.



Once you have pressed this-this confirmation screen pops up-



You then press this final button and exit this page. Eventually after a few minutes if you go follow the same steps when you go back into the ‘i’ Information screen this now displays a different message.



‘Unblock this caller’-really obvious but if you do this by mistake then you can reverse the blocking by pressing this button.

If you do get any more  unwanted calls-save them under ‘Ignore this call!’ and it will automatically be blocked next time they try and ring.

So in a few very simple steps you have blocked those pesky sales calls, restored sanity to you busy life and no more unwanted interruptions.

UPDATE-I’ve since found out that you can manage any Blocked numbers or add numbers to be Blocked by going to➡️ Settings>Messages>Blocked Calls

Hope this helps!

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