Apple’s newest iOS 17 comes with some super neat features to help you manage calls. With call screening, you can avoid unwanted chats, spam, and robocalls in a snap! Let’s break down how to use call screening on iOS 17 like a total pro.
How to Send Calls Straight to Voicemail
My personal fave feature is the ability to send any call straight to voicemail! When you do this, iOS will transcribe the caller’s message for you in real time. You can peek at the transcription as it happens and decide whether to pick up the call. It’s like your iPhone is screening calls for you!
Enabling this is simple – when your phone rings, just tap the “Send to Voicemail” button instead of answering. The caller won’t know you sent them to voicemail and will leave a message as usual. Meanwhile, you can relax and review the transcription without any disruption. Pretty nifty!
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How to Customize Your Caller ID
Something else that’s really fun in iOS 17 is customizing your caller ID when you ring someone. You can design a “Contact Poster” with a chosen photo, color theme, font, and Memoji avatar. When you call folks, they’ll see this poster instead of just your name and number.
To make your own poster, open the Contacts app, tap your profile, and hit “Edit Contact Poster.” From there, just pick your background image, Memoji, color palette, and font style. Get creative and show off your personality!
How to Block Spammers and Robocalls
We all hate those annoying spam calls from numbers we don’t recognize. Luckily, iOS 17 makes it simple to block ’em. Just go to Settings > Phone and toggle on options like “Silence Unknown Callers” and “Call Blocking & Identification.” This will automatically filter out likely spam and send unknown numbers straight to voicemail. Ahhh, sweet relief!
How to Change Up the Call Screen Design
If you don’t love the new gray call screen design in iOS 17, no worries – you can customize it! The trick is to create a Contact Poster for folks you call frequently, like close friends or family members. Then when they ring you up, their poster will show instead of the blah gray default screen.
Not a fan of where Apple moved certain buttons? Try dragging them back to spots you like better in Settings > Accessibility > Touch. iOS lets you customize your call screen layout.
More Tips for Seamless Call Screening
A few more quick pro tips:
- Add important contacts to your Favorites so their calls always ring through, even in Do Not Disturb mode.
- Name spam callers in your Contacts app so you recognize them. For example, “Spam: Mortgage Refi.”
- Use Siri commands like “Hey Siri, who is this?” when receiving a call from an unknown number. Siri will look it up for you!
- Toggle Settings > Phone > Announce Calls to have Siri verbally identify callers before you pick up.
And there you have it – everything you need to use call screening like a boss in iOS 17! With a few personal tweaks, you’ll be fielding only the calls you actually want. No more pointless disruptions or spam calls. Try out these tips and take back control of your iPhone. Share your words if you have enjoyed the article.