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How To Block Spam Calls On Your iPhone

Spam calls have been a nuisance for many years, starting on our home phones and now surging on our mobile phones.

I receive at least a few a day and Robocallers have upped their game by using local genuine looking phone numbers.

Some of these calls are amusing, like the ones that say their calling from Microsoft and I only use Apple products. But the vast majority of the time these are an annoying unwelcome distraction.

I hate to even think that a few people fall for the scam and now the spammers have made a profit.

So if you’re as sick as I am, seeing so many random and suspect numbers, lets take a look at some options available for fighting back!

Third-Party Call Blocking Apps

Many third-party apps have been developed that will alert you of a possible spam call by checking the number against the apps database. You can install multiple spam blocking apps and have them work simultaneously, in case there are any holes in the app’s spam library.

Hiya Caller ID and Block

This caller ID app can identify the telemarketing calls, debt collectors and fraud calls, blocking them automatically to save time. It even has certain spam numbers flagged, so you know when a spam artist is calling you.

Key features: Advanced phone spam protection, blocks robocalls, personalized block list, caller ID, reverse phone lookup.

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Mr. Number

There’s nothing really different about Mr. Number, in fact it’s made by Hiya. It’s another free app that works really well and is quite highly rated in the App Store.

If you’re looking for an app that’s simple to use, a green thumbs up show an accepted number, a red thumbs down classifies calls blocked or black listed.

Key features: Avoid unwanted calls, fast reverse phone lookup, personal block list. 

 

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Nomorobo

Nomorobo is a great spam blocking app that doesn’t ask for your information ( no contacts, or call logs) but it does require a monthly subscription for $1.99 or $19.99 a year.

Key features: Differentiate between necessary robocalls (school closings, states of emergency), and annoying robocalls. You can choose to block them or simply identify them and send to voicemail.

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How To Enable Spam Blocking Apps

  • Launch Settings
  • Tap Phone
  • Select Call Blocking and Identification
  • Toggle the Switch on next to the call blocking app 

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The app will now work when you receive a phone call. Hopefully making your life a little easier.

Keep These Things in Mind

Many call blocking apps will require access to your contacts. They therefore have your information, so if you aren’t happy with that, you’re better off going with Nomorobo or another paid service that doesn’t require this.

Just research the app you plan to use to make sure you aren’t supporting the very thing you’re trying to block.

Conclusion:

Do you receive lots of spam calls? Try out one of the apps above and let me know how it works for you!

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2 Replies

  1. Barb Jackmeyer

    Do any of these apps come in android versions?

    1. Ellen

      It looks like all 3 are available in the Google Play store.

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