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There are very few things that are more annoying than unwanted cell phone calls. Macworld reader Douglas Cowan asks a question about a way to block those calls.

With the ever increasing number of unwanted phone calls and voicemails, is it possible to block all phone calls except from those in the contact list?

Yes, although it means some tradeoffs. The Do Not Disturb feature Apple introduced a few releases of iOS ago lets you suppress most notifications, sounds, texts, and calls. However, you can choose to let certain things bypass that mode.

Open Settings > Do Not Disturb.Tap Allow Calls From.You have several options, but one is All Contacts.IDG

You can bypass Do Not Disturb for categories or groups.

You can also create a group and put a subset of your contacts into it if you don't truly want calls from everyone in your address book.

[ Further reading: Everything you meed to know about iOS 11 ]

The downside, of course, is that you're always in DND mode, and you may miss calls and texts from people who you need to hear from but you haven't yet added to contacts, or they're using a new or borrowed number.

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