This guide is to show you how to ignore phone calls on iPhone, while blocking phone calls is a different task. I will discuss briefly how can you can possibly setup blocking calls with your cellphone provider. There are a couple ways that you can just ignore the call, and let the caller think you just were not near your phone. Like most functions of the iPhone, it can be a little difficult to know exactly what buttons to press to ignore phone call on iPhone when your busy.
Ignore Call When Screen is Unlocked
When your are actively using your phone and the screen is unlocked, the call whether a saved contact or unknown number will pop up on your screen and give you the choice to ignore the call or answer the call. The problem with ignoring the call by pressing the ignore button is that the call then goes straight to voicemail, which makes the caller sense that you are just screening your calls. It is still effective though just to have the phone call be ignored, and let the caller know just to leave a message and you’ll get back to them. I will discuss further how to let the call ring a number of times and then go to voicemail, which makes the caller just think you weren’t near your phone.
Ignore Call When Screen is Locked
Most times if you are ignoring a call, it is because you are busy and just have no time for the phone call a this second. But you don’t want the caller to feel that you are screening their call, so you want the call to ring a number of times before it goes to voicemail. There are two ways to achieve this functionality.
First way to ignore the call and let it ring a number of times before it goes to voicemail. You can just select the sleep button at the top of the phone, which makes the ringer go to silent but still has the caller keep hearing rings before it goes to voicemail. The image to the right is where the sleep button is on your phone. Just press it once and let the call ring a number of times and then proceed to voicemail.
Another way to ignore the call is to press the volume buttons on the side of the iPhone. This action as well allows the caller to still hear the rings but turns the ringer off on your phone. The caller will be sent to voicemail to leave a message. Then you can call them back when it is more convenient for you. Both of these actions of ignoring the call can be done when your screen is locked.
Set Ringtone to Silent
If you have a certain number or contact that you do not want to answer, change their ringtone to a silent ringtone. Download Silent Ringtone as a zip file. Uncompress the file to a m4r and then double click on the file. It will automatically put the silent ringtone into your iTunes. Then all you need to do is connect your iPhone to your computer and drag the silent ringtone to your iPhone. Now, just set each contact that you want to ignore calls from to the silent ringtone.
Blocking Calls on your iPhone
To be able to block a specific number on your iPhone, you must have this done through your service provider. I have Verizon, and I know that Verizon Wireless allows you to change this in your account. Just login to your Verizon Wireless account and on the initial login page select “Block Calls & Messages” under Plan. You will be able to block up to 5 numbers temprorarily. Here’s what it states on Verizon Wireless page:
You can block calls and message from up to 5 phone numbers at no charge.