This new iOS 13 feature prevents strangers and spam callers from ringing your iPhone

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iOS 13 has a lot of new features, but this one may end up being the most notable.

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A new feature in iOS 13 will eliminate everything except automated calls, unwanted calls and lawyers ring your iPhone ($ 899 on Amazon) – whether it is a new iPhone 11 or 11 Pro or an old iPhone 6S ($ 250 at Best Buy). Indeed, with the new Silencing unknown callers function activated, your iPhone will ring only if you know the person calling you.

Apple calls the feature “silence unknown callers” and it does exactly as the name suggests. The feature is disabled by default, and for good reason. Not all phone calls we receive are spam. Whether it’s a call from work, your kids’ school, or your plumber, we don’t always know the number to call us.

If you haven’t installed iOS 13 yet, make sure sit down and get your iPhone ready before you do it. Then after having installed the update, browse our Complete guide to iOS 13, Completed with hidden features.


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With a simple setting, the only time your phone should ring is when someone you know calls you.

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To silence unknown callers:

  1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
  2. Search and select Call from the list of options.
  3. Scroll down until you find Silencing unknown callers and slide the switch to the At position.

With the feature enabled, the only time an incoming call will ring your iPhone is if the phone number is in your Contacts, Recent Outgoing Calls, or is a Siri suggestion (from Mail or Messages apps). All other calls will go directly to voicemail, where the caller can then leave a message.

When using this feature, you get a lot less automated calls, but you can also check your voicemail much more often.

If the idea of ​​blocking all unknown callers appeals to you, you have other options. we have detailed how to get rid of robocalls once and for all using your wireless carrier’s apps, as well as third-party apps, as well as a new technology that will reduce calls very soon.

Originally published earlier this year. Updated with new information.

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