New in iOS 7: call blocking

By , Jun 11, 2013

iOS 7 (BLock This Caller 001)

Now that registered iOS developers have had a chance to install the first beta of iOS 7, lots of tidbits not covered during the keynote are trickling in now. Cody already told you about 24 iOS 7 features Apple didn’t talk about and Jeff explained how the new Clock app displays current time on its icon.

Another way overdue but nonetheless very welcomed feature is the ability to block phone calls from a specific person…

Previously, you’d need to be jailbroken in order to block callers.

In iOS 7, call-blocking is available in the Phone app by going to the contact details screen via the Favorites, Recents or Contacts tab. From there, hit the ‘Block this Caller’ button at the bottom. This will block not only phone calls, but FaceTime calls and messages from that person as well.

iOS 7 (BLock This Caller 002)

To remove a contact from your block list, simply navigate to its contact card via the Phone app, scroll down to the bottom and choose ‘Unblock this Caller’. Apple hasn’t made this feature consistent as the call-blocking option is nowhere to be found when browsing contacts directly through the Contacts app.

Apple did not detail this capability during the keynote apart from briefly mentioning in a media release that iOS 7 includes “Phone, FaceTime and Messages blocking to prevent specific people from being able to contact you”.

Call-blocking is most likely carried out on the phone side, not on the carrier end.

The feature appears to be rough around the edges due to the aforementioned inconsistencies and the lack of a centralized list where I could see all of the blocked contacts.

This would be rather handy, especially when unblocking multiple contacts without having to separately browse their individual contact cards.

I’ll be using this to block spam calls from telemarketers, that’s for sure.

Do you like this particular feature?

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  • Liam Mulcahy

    Do a article about all jailbreak tweaks killed by iOS 7

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      That would be hot.

    • Gerardo Castro

      Had the same suggestion

    • Ricky

      Agree!

    • Chindavon

      That is a great idea!

    • http://www.soundwrightpro.com/ Duwayne A. Wright

      I had the same idea. The weather icons come from a theme I found on this site. http://www.youtube.com/watch?f… FlactIcons anyone?

      • Gorgonphone

        sad

    • Sean Cua

      well how could you make an article about all the jailbreak tweaks killed by iOS 7 when there’s no jailbreak yet.

      • dnice

        this comment doesnt make sense.

      • felixtaf

        He meant the tweaks we used in iOS 6 jailbreak that are killed by iOS 7…

    • felixtaf

      3DBoard, iBlacklist, Zephyr (not complete), NCsettings (not complete), Live wallpaper (yes there are two, only two default live wallpapers called DYNAMIC inside ios 7, airblue sharing, liveclock, infinifolders… Thats all i have noticed so far…

      • Bobby Sammarco

        display candy and auxo as well

      • felixtaf

        Its more like a blend of Auxo and Card switcher – the new multitasking…

      • Bobby Sammarco

        Yea you’re right. I really think It’s a better alternative. If a more complete version of Zephyr is implemented (being able to swipe to the home screen) I don’t know that there would even be a reason to jailbreak anymore, at least for me.

      • Gorgonphone

        it does not have real full multitasking just same old lame app pausing..,ollol

      • felixtaf

        What? U r using now? They announced that multitasking is for all apps. Jus that the apps need to be updated!

      • felixtaf

        Jus that u dont like the new UI – doesnt mean everything is bad… Hold on.. Jailbreak will be released.. You will Love it back.. Chill until then…

    • Ali

      Already on Youtube, I think IDB is writing an article as we speak.

      http://www -.- youtube -.- com/watch?v=YtYaqlLcXsg

    • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

      You mean tweaks that apple copied from jailbreak community?

      • Liam Mulcahy

        yep

  • Evangeloz Tsalikidis

    JONATHAN IVE needs to be the CEO of APPLE.

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      Than he wouldn’t have time to make great products and amazing UI’s. He already has more power than Tim Cook

    • therealjjohnson

      He handles the designs…not the business lol

    • M Raihan Hidayat II

      yes, i agree with you

    • Ricky

      No he cant. He never even talk on stage for the past decade except for videos maybe he doesnt have the courage to talk infornt of many people….

      • Martin Karlsson

        It’s a shame that he hasn’t been on the stage, cuz he really has a storyteller voice.

  • rafaelpz

    No 3G toggle, no “black list”…It seems that when Apple decides to implement something that is well known among jailbreakers, they leave something behind just to say “See, we are not copycats”.

  • Remi Zaghbour

    i have update my iPhone 4S to IOS 7 :
    1.battery life decrease
    2.General slow in all mobile
    any one have any other thing that have notice

    • mehrab

      Its slow really? On a 4s?

      • Remi Zaghbour

        yeah but still very good update

      • disqus_7nTDADtEfZ

        Yeah…that was sarcasm.

    • Gerardo Castro

      Well I mean it is beta… i’m on an iPhone 4 and it runs OK.. but the more apps open the more lag you notice

      • Ricky Ellmore

        Obviously, more open apps at one time means more process power is required which means it is running everything open at the same time. Same would happen on a PC/Mac, when you’re done using an app you close it so why should that be different on an iPhone? You don’t leave everything open on a device with only 512MB RAM and 1GHZ processor (iPhone 4), this is just a touch behind the old Netbooks in power.

        Of course there is also RAM, it remembers where you were when you minimized an app so again, the more left open, the more RAM used to remember what it left open and where you were with it so when you go back to it you carry on where you left off. The way multitasking works. Also something iPhones currently do. Double press the home button to reveal all the apps you left open.

        And finally this will therefore have a hit on battery life as well as it is using the processor and RAM to keep these apps running in the background (although probably not processor if apps are just paused).

      • Gerardo Castro

        I know what it means. Compared to the speed you get with miltiple apps open on iOS 6, there WAS a noticable lag. Probably should’ve cleared that up earlier.

      • Ricky Ellmore

        Looking back at this I have no idea where I was going with that however I think my reply was for everyone else to back up your side?

    • Stefano

      Beta

    • Remi Zaghbour

      i know it’s abeta i hope it will be faster in final

    • Lucas Tres

      Well, that’s just the first beta! It was expected…

    • ɑղժɾҽա

      It’s slow on an iPhone 5. It will get faster and smoother, I’m sure.

  • Luke Collins

    Do you get a list/notification of blocked calls as in iBlacklist? Or do the calls just disappear without any knowledge.

    • Chris Longden

      I blocked a friend and got them to iMessage me, he’s iOS 6 device said Delivered and my iPhone just did nothing.

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        Now we have a secret way to ignore text messages from annoying friends.

  • Zezo Mohd

    Please do a test on airdrop and send deferent files such as pdf or zip files to check if that possible or i will be disappointed

    • Remi Zaghbour

      you need to have iPhone 5 for trying it not working on older iphone

      • Zezo Mohd

        They can try that with Mac at least.

      • Chris Longden

        My iPhone 5 doesn’t find my Mac, so it appears AirDrop for iOS, is just for iOS devices.

  • Curtis

    I just feel like iOS 7 looks like it was made for a woman, i cant see a grown as man with all those pink, yellow, light green, light blue, etc.. colors or UI. smh

    • Gorgonphone

      exactly…. as with most modern consumer products everything jis feminized and emasculated… why? cause women are the most influential consumers and hence most profitable group to market too.. welcome to capitalism

    • mkOS

      Totally agree!

  • Chris Longden

    It appears you can only AirDrop between iOS devices and not between a iOS and Mac for example :(

    • ɑղժɾҽա

      You can Airdrop between Mac, if I remember correctly. I don’t think that it’s working yet.

      • Zezo Mohd

        We need someone to test it out.

      • Chris Longden

        Obviously Mac to Mac works, but I have my iPhone 5 and a MacBook Pro and they don’t find each other….

  • Yaclexx

    FYI: If you go to Settings/Phone/Blocked you can find the list of all the blocked numbers in one place

  • melvin

    WHY i cant update my iPhone 4s into ios 7??

    • rain111

      because you’re not special enough…? n00b.

  • dnice

    not exactly iBlacklist, because it doesnt have the capability to centralize these “blocked” contacts’ calls, text, and facetimes and access the logs of them later but still a great feature nonetheless. Really like the new “feel” of iOS 7

    • Yaclexx

      you can find the phones blacklist here

      settings/Phone/Blocked

      • dnice

        no i understand that. but by “blocking” a call, message, or facetime, we cannot view any “logs” of these blocked events. like date/time and messge contents if one does exist.

      • Yaclexx

        No we cant see the logs or hide the blocked text messages
        :(

  • Rickm_jr

    Well dang, if they get it right, iBlacklist just lost their business, lol

  • Solo

    It’s REALLY good update. I would say apple absolutely smashed it with this update. Only problems are:
    1. A bit more battery drainage – but not too much
    2. Quite slow, laggy in some places.

    But we CANNOT give a final judgement on the software already! It’s in its first beta! Im sure all the kinks and bugs and lags will definitely be fixed by the final release.

  • @dongiuj

    About bloody time. Should have been in the first smartphones.

  • Mysteroy3k

    Can’t wait to use this feature, blocking folks who want to have full conversations through text…. Now their only option would be to call

    • Ricky Ellmore

      I think it’s a one click blocks all solution, I don’t think you can decide which features to block a contact from specifically although having that freedom would be useful in your case.

  • lanceuppercut47

    There needs to be a “block X if not in address book” option –why the hell would you need to have the person who you wanted to block.. as a contact??!

    • Arturo Millan

      What if you want to block your ex-GF?

      • lanceuppercut47

        Then she wouldn’t be in my address book = blocked.

        But I’m not saying that the “block if not in address book” is the only option, it needs to be *an* option so you can do either/or..

      • swoleasaurus

        In iOS 7, you can block any number even if its not saved as a contact, I literally just did it.

      • lanceuppercut47

        Oh wow that is good news (I’ve not insalled the 7 beta so can’t test these things for myself)

  • Smeltn

    well I noticed that if someone has left me a voicemail, and I want to block them you can block them from there. So they don’t really HAVE to be in your contacts list.

  • Judge

    iblacklist is still 10000000% better than this

    • Gorgonphone

      iblack list is great but too complicated..

      • Judge

        iblacklist was complicated at first but once you understand it its good. There was only 2 apps that I jailbroke for Bite SMS and Iblacklist and it looks like I will still be jailbreaking. As usual Apple does not take everything from the jailbreak community

  • Philip Smith

    I would like to know if iOS 7 you can block withheld calls this is a feature I would love!

  • Pearl

    Can we only block contacts we’ve added? I don’t want to add spam callers to my contacts list just to block them…

  • Dupree 

    Its like Apple took 50% of the most popular Jailbreak tweaks, 50% of the Palm Pre OS and added them into iOS

  • babiloe

    Waiting for apple SMS manager for blocking spam

  • Eli aka Mr. Haha

    Settings>Phone>Blocked shows what contacts are blocked ;)

  • Brad Cheater

    I really want to know whether in ios7 you can leave imessage group chats to stop recieving the messages without blocking the contacts!!?

  • MarkLang

    It would be nice, if it ended the call rather than sending to voicemail. I temporarily blocked my office phone on my iPhone, and called my iPhone from my office phone. The call went straight to voice mail, and I was able to leave a message.

  • MarkLang

    I stand corrected, I never actually got a voice mail. Apparently it forwards to voice mail but doesn’t deliver the message.

    • Carl Rose

      It does leave a message on your voice mail, I’ve just tried it. Damn and I thought I found a solution to avoid a certain person. come on apple give us some more block options!

  • Eagles98

    Love the call blocking feature. It is such a pain to go to the carrier website to only be able to block 5 numbers at a time and then to keep them blocked I have to reblock the numbers after a couple of months.

  • Laura

    Does anyone know how to keep from allowing phone numbers that are blocked?

  • Kari Terrana

    How do you know if you have been blocked ? Is there any indications