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Advanced Features: iPhone Caller ID, Call Forwarding, and Waiting

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Advanced Settings: iPhone Caller ID, Call Forwarding, and Call Waiting

The advanced features of the iPhone phone app allow you to forward your calls to another number and control some aspects of your calling experience.

Caller ID

The iPhone caller ID feature is what lets the person you're calling know it's you; it's what pops your name or number up on their phone's screen. If you want to block iPhone caller ID, there's a simple setting you need to change.

On AT&T

  • Tap the Settings app
  • Scroll down to Phone and tap it
  • Scroll down to Show My Caller ID and tap it
  • Move the slider to Off and your calls will come from "Unknown" or "Blocked" instead of your name or number.

Your caller ID info is blocked for all calls until you turn this setting back to On.

On Verizon

  • Dial *67
  • Dial the number you're calling or tap the contact in your phone app

NOTE: This blocks caller ID just for the call you're making, not all calls. You'll need to enter *67 before each call on which you want to block caller ID.


Call Forwarding

If you're going to be away from your phone but still need to get calls, you need call forwarding. With this feature, any calls to your phone are automatically sent to another number that you specify. Not necessarily a feature you'll use too often, but very handy when you need it.

On AT&T

  • Tap the Settings app
  • Scroll down to Phone and tap it
  • Scroll down to Call Forwarding and tap it
  • Move the slider to On
  • Enter the phone number you want to forward calls to and tap the Call Forwarding arrow in the top left corner

Call forwarding stays turned on until you turn it off and let calls come directly to your phone again.

On Verizon

  • Dial *72
  • Dial the number you want your calls forwarded to
  • This stays in place until you turn it off by dialing *73.

Call Waiting

Call waiting is the feature that allows someone to call you while you're already on another call. With it turned on, you can put one call on hold and take the other, or merge the calls into a conference. Some people find it rude, though, so here's how to turn it off.

When call waiting is turned off, any calls you get while on another call go directly to voicemail.

On AT&T

  • Tap the Settings app
  • Scroll down to Phone and tap it
  • Scroll down to Call Waiting and tap it
  • Move the slider to Off

On Verizon

  • Dial *70
  • Dial the number you want to call. Call waiting is disabled during this call (but not others; you need to enable it for each individual call).
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