How to Block Text on Apple Watch

August 20, 2023
David Sunnyside

The Apple Watch is a powerful device that can do many things. It can track your fitness progress, allow you to make calls, and even pay for things using Apple Pay. But it can also be a distraction when you’re trying to focus on something else, especially with phone and text notifications popping up on your wrist. Thankfully, there are ways to block these messages so you don’t have to deal with them as often.

The easiest way to block a contact on an iPhone is from the Messages app itself. When you select a message from the person you want to block, a small information button with three dots will appear. From there, you can choose “Block Contact.” This will prevent any calls or texts from the person you blocked on your iPhone.

If you use an Apple Watch with family sharing, however, you cannot block a specific person from calling or messaging your watch. This can be problematic if you’re using your watch with someone in your family, such as an elderly parent or child.

The best way to avoid this issue is to block a number on your paired iPhone. Your watch mirrors the settings on your iPhone, so if you block a number on your iPhone it will automatically be blocked on your Apple Watch. This can also be helpful if you’re dealing with frequent spam or scam calls. If you want to stop these calls, you can report them to Apple and your carrier, which can help them crack down on these numbers in the future.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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