How to Block Messages on iPhone 12: Step-by-Step Guide

Blocking messages on an iPhone 12 is a straightforward process that can be completed in a few simple steps. It’s a handy feature to know, especially if you’re receiving unwanted texts from telemarketers, spammers, or an ex you’d rather not hear from. After completing this process, you won’t receive notifications or messages from the blocked contact.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Block Messages on iPhone 12

Before diving into the steps, it’s important to understand that blocking someone from messaging you also prevents them from calling or FaceTiming you. Ready to get some peace of mind? Let’s go!

Step 1: Open the Messages App

Launch the Messages app on your iPhone 12.

The Messages app is where all your text conversations live. It’s the green icon with a white speech bubble, typically found on your home screen or in the dock.

Step 2: Select the Conversation

Tap on the conversation with the person you want to block.

Once you’ve opened the Messages app, scroll through your conversations until you find the one with the person you want to block. It could be an individual or a group chat.

Step 3: Tap on the Contact’s Name

Click on the contact’s name or number at the top of the screen.

After selecting the conversation, you’ll see the contact’s name or number displayed at the top. It’s usually in blue text.

Step 4: Choose “Info”

Select the “info” button, represented by an “i” in a circle.

The “info” button will give you more options and information related to the contact or group chat.

Step 5: Tap on “Block this Caller”

Scroll down and select the option to “Block this Caller.”

You might have to scroll a little to find this option, but it’s there. This is the final step in the process to block the contact.

Step 6: Confirm the Block

Confirm your decision to block the contact by tapping on “Block Contact.”

A confirmation window will pop up just to make sure you’re sure about blocking the contact. If you are, go ahead and confirm.

After you’ve blocked someone, you’ll no longer receive messages, calls, or FaceTime requests from that number. They can still leave a voicemail, but it will go to a separate section labeled “Blocked Messages,” and you won’t get notified about it. If you ever decide to unblock them, the process is just as simple.

Tips: Blocking Messages on iPhone 12

  • Keep in mind that when you block a contact, you’re also blocking them from calling or using FaceTime with you.
  • If you’re blocking someone due to harassment or threats, consider documenting the messages before you block them.
  • Blocked contacts are not notified that they’ve been blocked, so they may still try to contact you without realizing.
  • If you mistakenly block someone, you can easily unblock them by going to your settings.
  • Review your blocked list every so often to ensure you still want those contacts blocked.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a blocked contact tell they’ve been blocked?

No, blocked contacts won’t receive any notification that they’ve been blocked.

What happens to texts from blocked contacts?

They won’t be delivered to your phone. The sender might still see their messages as sent, but you won’t receive them.

Can you still see old messages after blocking someone?

Yes, the old messages will remain on your phone unless you delete them manually.

Will blocking someone on Messages block them on other apps?

No, blocking someone on Messages only blocks them from contacting you through Apple’s communication services like Messages, Calls, and FaceTime.

Can you block someone who isn’t in your contacts?

Yes, you can block any number or email that sends you a message through the Messages app.


  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Select the conversation with the person you want to block.
  3. Tap on the contact’s name or number.
  4. Choose “Info.”
  5. Tap on “Block this Caller.”
  6. Confirm the block.


Blocking messages on your iPhone 12 is a breeze once you know the steps. It’s a great way to maintain your digital peace and keep unwanted contacts at bay. Remember, the block also extends to calls and FaceTime, so use this feature wisely. If you’re ever unsure about blocking someone, weigh the pros and cons – after all, it’s a decision that affects your communication line with that person. But if you’re ready to go ahead and block that pesky spammer or an overbearing acquaintance, now you have the know-how. Here’s to taking control of your inbox and your peace of mind!