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iPhone Tip: Accept a call but silence ringer

Discussion of non-operating system issues related to iPods, iPhones, and the iPod Touch.
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Stephen Hart
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iPhone Tip: Accept a call but silence ringer

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:29 pm

I've been getting a lot of advertising calls ("Top-rated Hotels!!") in the last few days. They're all spoofed to look like calls from Washington state. Two cases, calls from Olympia, WA, could have been from extended family members who aren't in my Contacts list.

So if you want to silence your iPhone and ignore an incoming call, but don't want to reject it, just in case, here's a tip:

Merely press the down volume button on the left of the iPhone. The ringer will stop instantly, but the caller could still leave a voice message.

This is not a complete solution to phone spam, of course, as some callers (even automated ones) will leave a voice message. I've even gotten spam voice mail messages when no incoming call is logged.

By the way, adding a spam phone number to the blocked list probably won't do any good. The numbers on many, if not most, spam calls are generated randomly. (This is also how spam email usually works, with names, from addresses and even domains generated randomly.)
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