Has it ever happened to you that you are too exhausted to answer anyone’s calls and too soft-hearted to block them, either? First, you need to say goodbye to that guilt brewing inside you for not attending the call. Second, hey? It’s no big deal. Maybe it’s just a bad day, and everything will be back to normal the next day. Have faith in yourself and your strength.

Okay, enough of this counseling session. Here we are to take you off the guilt trip and help you learn how to stop calls on iPhone without blocking. We have got you 3 or 4 ways to stop getting unwanted calls. You need to decide which one is fine for you. Now let’s get started!

How to stop getting phone calls without blocking on iPhone?

Fortunately, you don’t have to temporarily block every number when you are not in the mood to answer calls. iPhone offers multiple ways by which you can stop receiving calls without requiring you to block them.

1. Turn on Airplane Mode

Whether it’s an old model or the latest one, Airplane mode is available in every model and in fact in every smartphone. Whenever you feel like not attending to anyone’s call, just simply turn the Airplane mode on. Here’s how you can do that on an iPhone:

  • Unlock your phone
  • Swipe down from the top right corner of your screen
  • Check the first section on the top left side and tap the Aeroplace icon.
  • Make sure it turns orange when you tap it.

That’s all. Once you turn this feature on, you won’t receive anyone’s call message or app notifications. Whenever you feel like reconnecting to the world again, just follow the same steps and tap the airplane icon to turn it off.

2. Silence Unknown Callers

Do you get annoyed by unknown caller IDs calling you non-stop? We too hate it. But guess what, iPhone understands us well. If you have iOS 13 or a later version, you can activate a feature called ‘Silence Unknown Callers’ and get rid of all the annoyance at once. Here is how to turn this feature on:

  • Unlock your iPhone and check if you have updated to iOS 13 or a later version
  • Now head to Settings
  • Tap ‘Phone’
  • Scroll down, find ‘Silence Unknown Callers’ and tap
  • Finally, you will see a toggle beside the feature, tap it to turn it green

You have done it! Now, whenever you receive a call from an unknown caller, your iPhone will silence it and put it on voicemail without you knowing. Check here how to set up voicemail on iPhone.

Tip: If silencing calls is not enough, maybe blocking group texts will get you some peace. Here is a dedicated guide on blocking group texts on iPhone.

3. Activate Focus Mode

Focus mode is kind of an updated version of the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode. However, it now has more features like Sleep, Personal or Work mode. You switch among them depending on your current activity.

The best thing about this feature is it doesn’t let unnecessary calls and notifications reach you and disturb your productivity and focus. We think that’s why it is called ‘Focus Mode’. To turn it on, follow these steps:

  • Unlock your iPhone
  • Swipe down from the top right corner of your screen
  • Tap ‘Focus’
  • Select ‘Do Not Disturb’ and tap the three dots beside it to further customize
  • Now choose how long you want to keep on Do Not Disturb mode.

When you turn this feature on, the caller won’t know that you have this feature turned on. Instead, they will get a busy signal.

4. Turn on Call Forwarding

Another way to stop receiving calls on iPhone is by turning on the Call Forwarding feature. This feature typically helps when you have the same personal and work number. You can redirect your calls to another number via the call forwarding feature and keep your phone free. Here is how you can turn it on:

  • Unlock your iPhone and go to Settings
  • Type ‘Call forwarding’ on the search bar in the Settings app
  • Now scroll down and again choose ‘call forwarding’ and tap
  • Lastly, turn the toggle on beside the option

That’s all it requires to turn on this feature.

5. Purchase a Silent Ringtone

You must be thinking, what on earth is this feature? Well, it’s a paid feature that you can get to silence a specific contact number. To get this ringtone, you have to:

  • Unlock your phone and open the iTunes app
  • Type ‘Silent Ringtone’ on the search bar
  • Tap the first result and purchase it by tapping its price
  • Now come to the Contacts app and choose a contact you want to put on a silent ringtone
  • Once you open the contact, tap the ‘Edit’ option on the top right
  • Scroll down and tap Ringtone
  • Select your newly purchased ‘Silent Ringtone

Personally, we believe that there is no need to purchase a ringtone separately just to avoid a call. There are other free ways that you can use to do the thing.


Whether it’s work or studies, people can be extremely annoying when they want something from you, like acquiring study notes or getting help with work. If you are like us who can’t say NO straightaway, these call-ignoring features can be your biggest savior. Try each of them to know which works best in your case.