How to block robocalls on iPhone with the incoming Apple software update
Say buhbye to robo callers and the "unknown caller" pop ups on your iPhone thanks to Apple's iOS 13 software update.
Apple said a new setting within the software update will lets iPhone users block calls from unknown users, who tend to be spam or scam callers.
"When the setting is turned on, iOS uses Siri intelligence to allow calls to ring your phone from numbers in Contacts, Mail, and Messages. All other calls are automatically sent to voicemail," Apple said.
It's likely iPhone users won't even be alerted by a ring or vibration when an unknown caller dials up their phones. You'll only be notified if that caller leaves a voicemail, which you can click on to read a transcript to determine whether the call was legitimate.
The only issue is that not all unknown callers are robocalls
If you’re an Android user, you know a similar feature exists on Google Pixel.
I guess we’ll need to wait and see until the update comes through. In the meantime, if you’re looking to stop the spam before the fall, you may want to try these four tips to curbing unknown calls.
First things first, if you do pick up, watch what you say.
If the caller calls and asks ‘Can you hear me now?’ and you say ‘Yes’, they’ll use your voice signature for fraudulent charges. So be careful when saying ‘Yes’.”
The FCC, which regulates our phones, is now giving phone companies greater authority to intercept and block spoofed numbers before they reach us.
But prosecuting robocallers isn’t easy. Scammers have found ways to get around the “Do Not Call” list, but experts say it’s still wise to register your landline and cell phone number on the FTC’s website to avoid telemarketing calls from businesses that honor the registry.
Downloading and installing robocall-blocking apps like True-Caller, RoboKiller, Mr. Number, Hiya, and Nomo-Robo onto your phone is also recommended.
Some like YouMail will stop your phone from ringing when it suspects a robocall and deliver a message that your number is out of service. Many apps are free, but some upgrades will cost you.
And if you do receive a call with a robocall, report that number to the FTC and block it from your phone.