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How to stop calls on iPhone without blocking?

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Smartphones have become essential tools that facilitate communication, productivity, and entertainment. However, the continuous flow of incoming calls, whether from telemarketers, unwanted sources, or friends and family, can occasionally disturb regular routines. While the choice to block calls is available, it might not be the best answer, particularly if the caller is someone you want to stay connected with.

In this article, we have discussed various ways to stop calls on an iPhone without blocking the caller in a few simple and easy steps.

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Stop calls on an iPhone without blocking the caller

Below, we have explained various ways to help you stop the incoming calls on your iPhone without blocking anyone.

Enable Focus mode

Focus mode stops all calls from your cell service and FaceTime, even calls from messaging apps such as WhatsApp. When Focus mode is on, your iPhone will make incoming calls quiet for you, and the person calling will hear a signal that you’re busy. If you check the Recents list in the Phone app, you’ll see who tried to call you while the Focus mode was active.

To enable the focus mode, follow the steps below.

  • Swipe up to open the Control Centre and tap the Do Not Disturb/Focus button.
  • In the menu, tap the Do Not Disturb/Focus profile to select it.

To allow specific contacts to reach you even in Focus mode, follow the steps below.

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on Focus.
  • Select Do Not Disturb or the Focus profile that you want to modify.
  • Tap on People available under the Allow Notifications section.
  • Tap on Add person.

Enable Airplane mode

Turning on Airplane Mode on an iPhone is another method to stop incoming calls and text messages without using the phone’s blocked contacts feature. When Airplane Mode is on, your iPhone’s cellular functions are turned off, so people trying to call you will hear that your phone is unreachable.

The Airplane Mode also switches off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, although you can turn them back on. It’s useful if you want to get rid of interruptions. However, unlike Focus mode, you can’t allow certain contacts to get to you.

To enable Airplane mode, follow the steps below.

  • Go to the settings app and turn the toggle on beside the Airplane Mode.
  • Alternatively, you can swipe up to open the control centre and tap on the Airplane mode icon to enable it.

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Silence unknown callers

If you have iOS 13 and above, you can use the built-in Silence Unknown Callers feature. If you get a call from a number not saved in your phone, your iPhone will silence the call automatically and send it to your voicemail. To activate this feature, follow the steps below.

  • Open the settings app on your iPhone and tap on the Phone option.
  • Tap on the Silence Unknown Callers option.
  • Turn the toggle on beside Silence Unknown Callers.

Enable Call forwarding

If you have another device, you can stop calls on your iPhone and send them to your other device by using the Call Forwarding feature. To enable the Call Forwarding feature on your iPhone, follow the steps below.

  • Open the Settings app and tap on the Phone option.
  • Now, tap on Call Forwarding.
  • Turn the toggle on beside Call Forwarding.
  • Enter the phone number to which you want to forward the calls.

Also read: How to forward calls without having the phone?

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