IOS 13.4 blocks calls from strangers and call centers

With Apple's latest operating system update, you can block calls from call centers and unknown numbers. Here's how to do it

Apple has recently released a new update to its latest operating system: iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4. There are many new features introduced with the new software from the house of Cupertino, a really meaty update that introduces trackpad support on iPad and improves on both devices the new dark mode, new search capabilities in the Messages app, along with the ability to use new Memoji, a new app deletion system, improvements to photo and video sharing and Apple Maps.

The most interesting feature, however, concerns blocking calls from strangers. The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system has introduced a tool that automatically blocks all calls from unknown numbers, especially those from call centers. To activate the feature, just go into Settings and then into the Phone section. Here's how to do it.

How to block strangers' calls with iOS 13.4

The iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 updates improve a tool introduced with iOS 13 and now made more functional. On the iPhone and iPad, it is possible to block incoming calls from unknown numbers. Thanks to this feature, the new operating system will only allow calls from contacts on the phone or from phone numbers found in Mail or Messages. All other calls that do not fall into these authorized "lists", such as annoying calls from call centers will be automatically diverted to voicemail.

To activate the feature you have to go into Settings, press on Phone and then activate the switch next to the item "Silence unknown calls".

How it works Sign in with Apple

Another feature aimed at protecting privacy introduced with iOS 13 and now improved with iOS 13.4 is "Sign in with Apple". This feature allows you to sign in to an account or app without the need to enter your email address. Apple is thus able to protect users from third-party apps by avoiding tracking. It's a very similar tool to those already on Facebook and Google, but with one exception.

If logging into an account or app using a Facebook or Google account allows online tracking, Apple's new feature uses your iPhone or iPad to authenticate your login credentials using FaceID, without revealing any personal information. In addition, you can choose to share or hide your email address and have Apple create a random email for an app or service that is forwarded to your actual email address, thus masking the user's true identity.