How To Stop Android/iPhone From Auto Rejecting Calls?

The main two reasons your phone is auto rejecting calls are that your phone is currently on do not disturb mode, or you have blocked specific numbers so that they automatically reject.

Regardless of what kind of phone you have, you can either change the do not disturb settings to allow phone calls or remove numbers from your reject list.

Why is my Samsung/Android/iPhone Auto Rejecting Calls?

One of the main reasons that any type of phone is auto rejecting calls is because it is currently in Do Not Disturb mode.

You can either quickly fix this by taking your phone off of do not disturb, or if you want calls to get through but block notifications and text messages, you will need to go into the do not disturb settings to change it.

Another reason your phone may reject calls automatically is that you have specific numbers already blocked on your phone. This is because a call is suspected to be spam or telemarketers or some of your contacts are being sent to your reject list and the calls from them aren’t making it through for you to answer them.

In the case of an iPhone, this may be a little bit more complex because sometimes you might have apps on your phone that have settings to reject calls automatically.

If you have any messaging app or are making phone calls through an app that isn’t native to the iOS system when you first purchase the phone, that might be messing with the settings.

How to Stop Samsung/Android/iPhone from Auto Rejecting Calls?

If your issue is that you have your phone in Do Not Disturb mode when you want to get calls, then you can quickly turn off do not disturb from the Quick Settings panel.

However, if you’re going to be still able to use Do Not Disturb mode while allowing calls through and then you’re going to have to go into the settings.

To change your do not disturb settings on Samsung or Android:

  1. Open the Settings.
  2. Search for the “Do Not Disturb” settings using the search bar.
  3. Scroll until you find the “Do Not Disturb Access” settings. This will open a list of apps on your phone, including phone calls.
  4. Find the “Phone” option and tap the toggle next to enable calls when in do not disturb mode.

To change your do not disturb settings on iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings.
  2. Select “Focus.”
  3. Select the “Do Not Disturb” settings.
  4. In the new menus, you should see the option to “Allow Notifications” for people or apps. Select which contacts you want to get calls from.

If the issue is that your phone is automatically rejecting some numbers because they have made it onto your reject call list, then you’re going to have to go through the settings to enable the numbers that you want to get calls from.

To stop your calls from getting auto rejected on a Samsung or Android phone:

  1. Go to your phone’s Settings.
  2. Select “Calls”.
  3. There should be an option called “Call rejection.” Open this, and you should get a list of auto-reject numbers.
  4. Tap on the minus sign next to the number you no longer want to reject calls from.

To stop your calls from getting auto rejected on iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings.
  2. Select the Phone setting.
  3. Tap the “Call Blocking & Identification” option.
  4. You should see a subheader called “Allow These Apps to Block Calls,” which you will need to enable or disable as you see fit. There may be an app on your phone that is automatically rejecting all your calls.

If you find that an app is automatically rejecting your calls and you might want to uninstall that app and find an alternative or use the default phone calling app on the iOS, or you might have to go through the settings of the app itself and stop giving permission to that app to reject calls on your behalf.

It can be a bit tedious to go through a bunch of your contacts and decide who gets to get their call through, but once you have everything set up, it should work well for you.

However, if you suspect that a specific app on your phone automatically rejects calls, you may need to check the settings every time you add a new contact.


The most common reason your phone is auto rejecting calls is that you have it on do not disturb mode but haven’t enabled calls to get through.

By default, do not disturb option blocks everything coming in on your phone, so you’ll want to allow for calls in the settings if you want to keep Do Not Disturb mode on but still get your phone calls.

I’ve been working with technology in one way or the other all my life. After graduating from university, I worked as a sales consultant for Verizon for a few years. Now I am a technical support engineer by day and write articles on my own blog here in my spare time to help others if they have any issues with their devices.