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Jim Rossman: Silence is blissful when the spam calls stop


Published in Science & Technology News

The closer we get to Election Day, the more my phone rings.

Well, it used to.

Now I just send all of those annoying political callers straight to my voicemail.

I can do this on my iPhone with a feature that I love (and I think many users overlook) called Silence Unknown Callers. I've mentioned this before, but this is a great time to help you regain a little peace and quiet.

Starting in iOS 13, Apple included a feature called Silence Unknown Callers, which does exactly what it sounds like it would do - it keeps calls from ringing through from unknown numbers.

To turn it on, go to your iPhone's settings, then scroll down to Phone and then scroll to the bottom of the Phone settings. You'll see it there.


How does the phone determine whether you know someone?

According to Apple, if you enable Silence Unknown Callers, your incoming calls will ring to your phone if the numbers are saved in your contacts, listed in your recent calls list (if you actually talked to them) and from numbers in your emails or text messages (if you use Apple's Mail and Messages apps).

This is great when political calls are heating up and you just want some peace.

Calls that get silenced go straight to your voicemail and show up as missed calls in your recent calls list. If they leave a voicemail, you retrieve it the usual way.


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