How to Hide Calls on an iPhone

by Steve Gregory

Your iPhone has many security and privacy features that are built in to the Apple mobile operating system. You can take advantage of these features to hide the call log on your phone and prevent people who receive your calls from seeing your phone number on their caller ID. These features are especially useful if you regularly lend your phone to other people. The utilities that control these features are accessible via the Settings and Phone menus.

Delete Call History

Tap the Phone icon. If you don't see the Phone icon, press the "Home" button at the bottom of the device to go back to the Home screen. If you still don't see the Phone icon, swipe your finger left or right through the screens until you find it.

Tap "Recents" to open the list of recent incoming and outgoing calls.

Tap "Edit," then tap "Clear," then tap "Clear All Recents." The list of recent calls automatically clears.

Hide Your Phone Number

Tap the "Settings" icon. Navigate to the icon if it isn't on the Home screen.

Scroll down the window and tap "Phone."

Tap "Show My Caller ID" to open the "Show My Caller ID" window, then tap the "ON/OFF" switch to the OFF position. If your iPhone does not have the "Show My Caller ID" option, it is because your wireless carrier has not enabled the feature on your device. You need to either contact your wireless carrier to activate it, or enable the feature through your online wireless account. For example, if your wireless carrier is Verizon Wireless, log in to your My Verizon online account and click the "My Plan" tab. Click "Add/Change Features" and select the "Caller ID Blocking" check box. Click "Next" to complete the process and prevent anyone from viewing your number.

Tip

  • Keep your iPhone updated with the latest version of iOS to access the latest tools, utilities and services.

Warning

  • The steps to activate the caller ID blocking feature on a Verizon Wireless online account may vary slightly or significantly with other wireless carriers.

About the Author

An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.

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