It’s frustrating to be interrupted by spam calls, robocalls, and telemarketers at least a few times every day. These unsolicited callers are always trying to sell you credit cards, real estate properties, personal loans, and once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities. Apple realizes how painful the spam calls have become for users. So, the company has added a new feature in its iOS 13 software to let iPhone users block them.
The feature is available only on iOS 13. If you haven’t yet upgraded to the latest software, go to Settings > General > Software update on your iPhone to download and install it. Make sure you are connected to a WiFi network. The ability to silence spam calls is built right into iOS. You won’t have to rely on third-party apps.
Once you toggle on the Silence Unknown Callers feature on your iPhone, the device will ring only when someone you know calls you. All other calls are sent directly to voicemail. It does give you peace of mind from the annoying spam calls.
But using the Silence Unknown Callers could be an extreme step for some people. The unknown caller could be someone looking to hire you or someone from your child’s school. Not every unknown caller is a spammer. Apple says that if a number is not saved in your contacts but you’ve interacted with that person before (even via email or text), the call won’t be blocked.
When the feature is turned on, the iOS 13 will allow your iPhone to ring if the phone number is found in your Contacts, Messages, Mail, or recent outgoing calls. All other callers will be able to leave you a message in voicemail. If you enable the feature, you’ll probably have to check your voicemail more frequently than before.
With all that information in hand, now you can decide whether you want to enable the Silence Unknown Callers feature. If you decide to go ahead, follow these steps:
- Go to the Settings app on your iPhone
- Scroll down and select Phone from the list
- Tap on the toggle next to Silence Unknown Callers to enable the feature
Once you have turned it on, you can expect a dramatic decline in the number of robocalls and spam calls.