How to Stop Calls On An iPhone Without Blocking

How to Stop Calls On An iPhone Without Blocking

Have you ever been in a predicament where you were not able to accept a call, but you didn’t want to block the caller? Blocking a caller can be relatively simple. However, a caller will know if they are blocked when using an iPhone, just like an Android.

That event can spark unwanted conversations that may change the dynamics of your relationships, even after an apparent reason was stated why the call couldn’t be answered.

There is never a predicted time when your phone may ring. But, if you are not able to accept the call, there are a few simple tips and tricks that you can use for your iPhone device to stop the call without blocking the caller.

How To Stop Calls On An iPhone Without Blocking

1. Enable DND For Their Specific Contact

Enabling Do Not Disturb on your device is an easy way to prevent calls from coming through without blocking the recipient. When DND turns on, a crescent moon appears in the status bar and on your Lock Screen.

With Focus in iOS 15, you can use Do Not Disturb to silence calls, alerts, and notifications you get while your device is locked. With the Focus feature, you also schedule Do Not Disturb and allow calls from certain people.

BTW: When you put your phone on DND, when people call you for the first time, it’ll ring once for them, but nothing will show on your phone. But if they ring for a second time, your phone will ring.

To enable DND on your iOS 15 device, you must:

1. Go to Settings and tap on Focus

2. Top on Do Not Disturb

3. Select your custom options for notifications. 

To Turn on Do Not Disturb from Control Center, you must:

1. Open Control Center on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

2. Tap on Focus, then tap Do Not Disturb 

If you don’t want to be disturbed at a particular time, you can set a schedule and change other Do Not Disturb features to help you concentrate. With iOS 15, you can:

1. Go to Settings > Focus. 

2. Tap Do Not Disturb.

3. Select settings for Allowed Notifications, Focus Status, Smart Activation, and more.

2. Tell Them to Stop Calling You

Telling someone to stop calling you is an approach that may seem too direct; to some, this approach may seem a bit rude. If you have people you don’t often speak with but constantly call you, you can politely tell the person not to call as often or not so frequently.

When it comes to people who call close to you, whether they are friends, family members, or co-workers, the method used for people you don’t speak with constantly who are repeatedly calling is the same method you can use for your close friends and family.

Suppose you are having a date night with your significant other or preparing for a critical meeting to get a promotion for your job.

In that case, if you don’t want to use the DND option on your device, you can notify the individual(s) that you will not be accepting any calls within a specific time frame.

So that there is no confusion, assure the individual that your time away from your phone has nothing to do with them and that you will speak with them at a later time. Just like that! This is a safe way for all parties to have an understanding.

3. Put Your Phone on Silent

Silencing your device is a quick and easy way for you to set it and forget it for the time being. 

To silence your device:

On the left side of your iPhone, find the switch above the volume buttons. Push this switch so that the orange indicator is shown. This puts your iPhone in silent mode, meaning texts and voice calls will not ring out loud.

Although you may still receive calls, the notification of the call will not bother you. 

Putting your phone on silent will allow you to come to the call when you are available. Imagine being in a very important meeting or your best friend’s wedding, and your favorite song as your ringtone starts playing in the middle of the silence.

To avoid that awkward situation, don’t regret not putting your device in silence before you enter the setting.

4. Set A Silent Ringtone

A silent ringtone is an audio file that makes no sound, so you can select it, and when that person calls, it does not ring. Once you import the silent ringtone m4r file to the iPhone, it’ll be selectable like other ringtones and text tones.

To use a silent ringtone on your iPhone, you can do the following steps:

1. Download a silent ringtone to your computer. Be sure to do this on the computer you use to sync your iPhone with iTunes.

2. Open iTunes on your computer. You’ll find it in the Dock on macOS and in the All Apps area of the Start menu on Windows.

3. Next, connect your iPhone to the computer. Use the cable that came with your iPhone or one that’s compatible.

4. Click the iPhone button. It’s near the top-left corner of iTunes.

5. Click the “Tones” button located in the left panel. 

6. Open the folder to which you downloaded the silent ringtone.

7. Drag and drop the silent ringtone file to the Tones screen in iTunes. This adds the ringtone to your library and copies it to your iPhone. Once the ringtone is copied over, you can disconnect the iPhone from your computer.

8. Open your iPhone Settings. 

9. Tap on the Sounds tab. 

10. Scroll down and tap on the Ringtone tab located under the Sounds and Vibration Patterns header. 

11. Select your silent ringtone. To do so, tap its name under the ″Ringtones″ header. Your iPhone is now set to use this silent ringtone as its default sound. This means you won’t hear any ringtone when someone calls you.

12. Lastly, assign the silent ringtone to a specific person. If you don’t want to use a silent ringtone for all incoming calls, you can assign it to specific contacts. To assign the silent ringtone, you must:

13. Open the Contacts app.

14. Tap a contact.

15. Tap Edit at the top of the screen.

16. Tap Edit on the ″Ringtone Sound″ option.

17. Scroll down to the Ringtones section and tap the silent ringtone.

18. Tap Done at the top-right corner of the screen.

5. Set Up Call Forwarding

When you set up call forwarding, your iPhone won’t ring, and all of its calls will go to another phone. If you set up call forwarding temporarily, it’s easy to turn off, so your iPhone gets calls again. You can set up call forwarding by:

1. Going to Settings and tap on the Phone option

2. You will have the option for Call Forwarding and Call Waiting. The Call Forwarding option will have a phone icon with a right-facing arrow in the status bar when call forwarding is on.

You must be in the cellular network range when you set the iPhone to forward calls, or calls won’t be forwarded. Call Waiting operates if you’re on a call and call waiting is turned off; incoming calls go directly to voicemail.

6. Make Your iPhone Seem Like It’s Out of Coverage By Wrapping It in Aluminum 

This method seems like a 21st-century “old school” remedy for blocking signals to your device. Wrapping a cell phone in aluminum foil creates a barrier around your device. This barrier is known as a Faraday Cage.

In the 1800s, a scientist named Micheal Faraday discovered that an electric charge exists outside of a charged conductor, and the electric charge has no effect on anything enclosed by the conductor.

This is so because the electric charges on the exterior cause internal electric fields to cancel. Because cell phone signals are electronic, the aluminum foil prevents the signal from reaching the cell phone.

For some users, the method doesn’t work. However, the way to test whether it works is to wrap your device in aluminum foil by ensuring there are no gaps or spaces around the device when wrapping the foil.

7. Make Your iPhone Seem Like It’s Out of Coverage By Choosing any network provider from the list other than your SIM card’s owner network.

There are many reasons why do not want to receive calls from others, whether it be friends or family. Sometimes, you’ll end up picking up calls which you really don’t want to. Disguising your iPhone’s coverage can be a nifty trick.

To manually change the network carrier on your iPhone, take the following steps:

1. Go to Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Network.

2. By default, Automatic is selected. Turn off the Automatic option.

3. You will see a list of available carriers below the screen. Select one carrier from the list and test the network speed.

8. Reject with Reminder

Consumers of smartphone devices, particularly users of the iPhone, never thought that using your reminders could be a way to stop calls before taking the initiative to use the block feature.

Using your reminder settings as a way to cancel a phone call is different, but it can be resourceful if none of the other options are working or if you want to try a different approach.

To decline a call and send it directly to voicemail, you must:

1. Press the side button or Sleep/Wake button (depending on your model) twice quickly.

2. Tap.

3. Swipe up on the call banner.

Taking this step is a way for you to leave a call “on read” and get to the call when you are able to take the call. 

9. Just Ignore Them

Simply ignoring a caller seems the be the easiest route to take. Some people may consider this option to be not only straightforward but rude. However, it’s not about what you do but how you do it. To ignore someone is to basically not answer the phone call.

We all have times when there is a phone call that we don’t want to answer due the call will not be productive, a waste of time, and simply because we want to have some alone time.

If you have a morning routine where you wake up before sunrise, have a cup of coffee, and head out onto your balcony for a morning yoga session as you are enjoying the sunrise at its’ peak, you probably don’t want to answer any calls.

To transition into another reason for calls being ignored, ignoring phone calls is a way of deleting all distractions.

Although ignoring a ring is quite simple, ignoring a phone call can put you at a decision-making crossroads. To cancel out confusion about ignoring calls, it’s important to remember why you reject the call.

Unless the call is highly significant and you don’t want to answer it, the most famous blocking method is to not adhere to the ringing of your phone.

10. Put Your iPhone on Airplane Mode

Airplane mode disables all wireless functions of your phone or laptop, including Cellular connection: You can’t make calls, send text messages, or use mobile data to access the internet.

Airplane mode can be an advantageous mechanism. There are many instances where Airplane mode is beneficial. Some of the scenarios are as follows:

When Traveling to Other Countries. Roaming charges can be astronomical when you travel internationally. Also, with your iPhone on Airplane mode, this is a way for you to remain respectful to other people that are flying with you. 

When You Want to Save Your Phone Battery. Turning on airplane mode is a great way to prolong your phone’s battery life. Saving battery life is crucial, especially if you are a person who uses your iPhone constantly. For people who are always on the go and don’t have a charger accessible, using the Airplane mode can be resourceful.

Lastly, when kids are using your smartphone is another reason to use Airplane mode. And since this feature can stop calls, if a child is using your device, they won’t accidentally end the call if they are watching their favorite episode of Cocomelon on YouTube. 

If you are looking to stop calls without blocking any of your contacts, placing your iPhone on Airplane mode will save you tons of headache and battery time and prevents you from having a long list of accidentally missed calls if your child has your device.

To access your Airplane mode on your iPhone: 

1. From the Home screen on your Apple® iPhone®, tap. Settings. If an app isn’t available on your Home screen, swipe left to access the App Library.

2. Tap Airplane Mode. Switch to turn on or off. Airplane Mode can also be turned on/off from the Control Center. 

11. Tell Your Carrier to Block Them

Just like there is a way for you to block your callers via account settings on your iOS device, you can also contact your cellular carrier to block specific callers. This process can be a bit complicated since it pertains to contacting a third party to stop calls or a particular caller from contacting you.

A mobile carrier is a known firm you pay for your cell phone service. Top mobile carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile require a radio spectrum license from the U.S. government to operate in any region of the country.

To do this, you would contact your carrier (Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, U.S. Cellular, etc.) and notify your carrier of wanting to block a particular caller from your list.

If you are having an issue finding the contact number for your carrier, dial 611 from your phone or go to the website and enter your phone number.

Keeping your phone carrier’s contact information on standby can be significant if you want to take this route to stop calls instead of blocking the caller.

12. Block Them Anyway

If all of the options mentioned aren’t something you would want to proceed with, the latter would be just to block the caller anyway. You can block if you don’t want to receive calls from a specific phone number. When the number attempts to call you, your phone will decline the call automatically.


Receiving calls at the wrong time can be a headache. So, that’s why the steps mentioned in this article will provide you with the proper procedure to follow to avoid accepting a call at inconvenient times.

So, the next time you are about to step into a meeting, watch a bride walk down the aisle, travel coach via an airline, or simply head to bed for a good night’s rest, just know that you can embrace one of these methods to enjoy those quiet times without blocking your contacts.

All of these resources are beneficial even if that method is not answering the call at all.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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