iPhone Spam? 3 Great Apps for Blocking Spammers and Robocalls

MakeUseOf | 3/22/2017 | Khamosh Pathak
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There’s been a bit of a spam call epidemic going on recently, on both sides of the pond. Sometimes it’s a robot on the other side, sometimes it’s a tone, sometimes it’s a real human being making an effort to scam you, sometimes it’s nothing at all.

How to Stop Annoying Telemarketers & Robocalls From Calling You

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Are you tired of being called by prerecorded messages and robots? Here's why that happens and what you can do to stop them.

In iOS 10, Apple rolled out a little-known feature called CallKit. This allows developers access to something they’ve never had before: the Phone app. Developers can now hook into the Phone app and pre-screen calls for you.

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We now have a selection of call blocking apps that actually work, reliably. If you’re sick of the phone spam, it’s high time you install one of these apps.

Call blocking apps need to be enabled manually. Once you’ve installed an app, go to the Settings app, tap on Phone and select Call Blocking & Identification. This menu will allow you to enable the app.

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CallKit apps can’t do anything other than screen calls, so don’t worry about them snooping in on your conversations. At any time, you can disable the app via the option in Settings.

Once it’s all set up, you’ll see a visual cue right below the phone number telling you that it’s a spam or a robocall.

US - Users - Privacy - Nomorobo - Choice

For U.S. users who care about privacy, Nomorobo is the top choice. Multiple reviewers who have been testing the app for weeks have confirmed that this is the best app for blocking calls in the U.S.

Other than its spam blocking prowess, privacy is another reason reviewers love this app. Unlike some other apps on the list, you don’t need to provide your own number, or your contact list, for...
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