How to Block Caller ID & Make a Private Call on iPhone

When you make a call on your iPhone, caller ID reveals your phone number to the person you're contacting. But what if you'd like a little more privacy and want to block caller ID from shoing you number? If you'd like to block your phone number and make a private call, there are a few ways to accomplish this. We'll learn three ways to keep your phone number blocked and private, as well as who can still see your number even with these methods, and a simple way to make your phone number visible again on a call-by-call basis. Let's get started learning how to call without caller ID so you can maintain your privacy when you need it. 

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How to Block Caller ID: Use a Code to Block Your Number

If you only need to make the occasional anonymous call, there's a very simple trick to accomplish your goal. This tip can be used not only on your iPhone, but also on a landline. It works for any call made from one phone to another in North America, and prevents your phone number from appearing on the display of the person you're trying to contact. To block your phone number from caller ID on a call-by-call basis:

  • Dial *67 then the area code and phone number of the person or business you'd like to contact.
  • Your number will appear as No Caller ID on the display of the recipient.

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How to Block Caller ID: Block Caller ID Directly from Your iPhone

If you'd like to make private calls from your iPhone on a more regular basis, without having to enter a code each time, there's a setting you can change to accomplish this. To turn on call blocking:

  • Open Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap on Phone.

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  • Tap on Show My Caller ID.
  • Toggle off Show My Caller ID.

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This setting isn't available for Verizon customers.

Once you've toggled off Show My Caller ID, there's a code you can use if you'd like your caller id to be visible on a call-by-call basis. To make your number visible in these cases:

  • Dial *82, then the area code and phone number you're wanting to contact.
  • Your number will show on the display of the person you're calling.

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Depending on your phone service provider, you may need to wait for a rapid dial tone after entering *82 and before entering the area code and phone number.

How to Block Caller ID: Ask Your Phone Service Provider

If you're a Verizon customer or subscribe to another service provider who doesn't offer the option to toggle off Show My Caller ID, call them and see if they offer the option to block caller ID for your number. AT&T offers a free caller ID restricting service. Verizon offers the options below at this link.

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Sprint also offers its customers the option to restrict their caller id information; for more information click here.

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How to Block Caller ID: Is There Anyone I Can't Block from Seeing My Number?

None of these tips for blocking your phone number will keep caller ID from working when you call 911, 900 numbers, or toll-free numbers. Also, there are now apps like TrapCall that will reveal anonymous numbers to the call recepient. 

 

I hope this information has helped you to maintain the calling privacy you need; please use it responsibly!

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her purse or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.