How to Answer Silenced Calls on iPhone

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Silenced calls are usually calls you get from contacts that are not saved on your iPhone’s contact list. You might have noticed that it isn’t possible to answer this kind of call. Instead, it is usually redirected to your voicemail. The question now is how to answer silenced calls on your iPhone, is it possible? All these questions will be answered at the end of this article.


Can I Answer Silent Calls on My iPhone?

You must have tried to pick up a silenced call at least once. Unluckily, there is no option on the incoming call banner for you to actually answer the call. You might begin to wonder, is it possible to actually answer any silenced call on your iPhone? If you’re asking this question, the sad answer is that it is not possible to answer the silenced calls on your iPhone. 

You will not be able to answer calls from unknown numbers as long as the silent unknown calls feature is turned on. The only thing you can do is to turn off the feature and from then on, you will be able to answer calls from people that have unknown caller ID. In this article, we’re going to give you the steps you can follow and turn off the silenced calls feature.


Why Are My Calls Silenced On My iPhone?

If your phone calls are being silenced on your iPhone, it means that there are a few settings on your iPhone that are set in the wrong format. Because of this, your iPhone will automatically be set to silence incoming calls. These settings usually involve the silenced unknown callers and bedtime mode being turned on. 

These unique features are meant to protect you in some way against callers who do not have their numbers saved on your iPhone’s contact list. Instead, they will be directed to leave a message on your voicemail so you can listen later if you want to. While it may sound like a nice feature, there are some instances where you might want to answer a call from an unknown caller. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to answer these calls, not unless you toggle off the silent unknown callers switch. With the steps below, you should be able to do that.

How to Answer Silenced Calls On iPhone

If you want to start answering silenced calls on your iPhone, the best thing you can do is to turn off the feature on your iPhone. Not only do you have to turn off the feature, there are a few other tweaks you might want to put in place. Let’s take a look at every one of them:

Toggle Off Silence Unknown Callers:

The silence unknown callers is a feature on your iPhone that makes it impossible for you to answer the phone calls from people that you do not have their number stored on your iPhone. Of course this feature comes with a bit of a disadvantage. If you get calls from delivery guys or a company that you haven’t saved their numbers, you will not be able to answer their calls. The only thing to do is to toggle off the feature. Here’s what you should do:

  • Launch the settings app on your iPhone.
  • On the list of options, scroll and tap on the phone.
  • Toggle off the Silence Unknown Callers switch.

After following the above steps, you should be able to receive and answer calls from any unknown number as long as the silence unknown callers option is toggled off. Like we also mentioned, there are a few other tweaks you might need to do on your iPhone after turning off the silent unknown call features. Let’s look at them too.

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Disable Bedtime Mode Settings:

The next best thing to do is to check on the bedtime mode settings on your iPhone. You might not be aware of it but this setting has a way of affecting and silencing your calls. Here’s what you need to do to turn it off:

  • Open the health app on your iPhone.
  • At the bottom right section of your screen tap on browse.
  • A list of options should appear on the next screen under health categories.
  • Tap on the sleep option.
  • On the next screen, scroll down and then tap on the full schedule and options.
  • You should now see a list of options, tap on sleep schedule to toggle it off.

Search For Blocked Numbers:

It is possible that a few numbers have also been blocked in the process. If these numbers are blocked, you will always be missing calls from them even when you have turned off the silent unknown callers feature. Take a better look at your block list to see if there are any numbers that you didn’t put and remove them. Follow the steps below to do that:

  • Launch the settings app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down the list of options and then tap on the phone.
  • Tap on blocked contacts.
  • On the next screen, you should see a list of contacts that are blocked. Tap on any contact that you want to remove them and confirm that you want them out of the blocked list.

Why Can’t I Answer Silenced Calls on My iPhone?

The main reason you can’t answer silenced calls on your iPhone is because there is no option to do so. We have mentioned this earlier. Apple designed the silenced call feature on your iPhone to help and hinder people with unknown numbers from calling you and being answered. Their calls will be placed on mute and there will be no option to answer them when you tap on the incoming call banner.

If you have applied the steps above and you still can’t answer the silenced calls on your iPhone, it means your phone is a bit faulty. These faults are usually minor bugs in your iPhone’s system. To fix this you have two options. The first option is to restart your iPhone to help refresh it and set it back in order.

The second option is to update the iOS of your iPhone. It is a common issue for an outdated iOS to develop glitches. Go to the settings app on your iPhone then tap on General > Software update.

Can I Answer Specific Numbers of Unknown Callers Even with The Silence Unknown Caller Is Turned On, on My iPhone?

If you’re planning on answering a specific set of unknown callers even when you have the silence unknown callers feature turned on,  you will not be able to. It is impossible to answer an unknown caller when the feature is turned on. Apple has not added any option that lets you tweak the silence unknown callers feature so you can do that. Your best choice is to turn off the feature completely if you plan on answering any calls from a silenced number.



Answering silenced calls may not be possible but you can actually toggle off the feature so you can receive the calls in a normal way that you can actually answer. In this article, we’ve shown you how easy it is to do so. If you still experience issues after trying out any of the above steps, consider restarting your iPhone or updating your iOS. After doing this, you can try to follow the steps once again.


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