Whether it's a salesperson, frenemy, or someone you just need a digital break from for a bit, Apple lets you limit the communication received from the outside world.
If you have people or unknown, annoying numbers that you'd prefer not to see messages or receive phone and Facetime calls from, follow the instructions below. But a perceptive friend might notice that they can never get a hold of you.
Video calling has been the next big thing in communication for two decades, and a staple of science fiction for far longer. Even now, when the tech is good enough and everyone carries Internet-connected cameras, it's hardly the first thing you think to do. How do you hold the phone far enough from your face to avoid looking terrifying yet close enough to avoid yelling to be heard? I used to play videogames during phone calls, and texting while watching TV is standard for anyone with a phone and a TV.
Video conferencing is useful at work, and Skype and Face Time are great ways to keep up with far-off loved ones. But video chatting demands undivided attention, lest you appear rude.
I don't recognize the number, but that's normal.
What's weird is it's a video call, from someone using Duo, Google's video chat app available today for i OS and Android.
If the contact tries to send you a text or i Message, from their end, it will look like the message was sent, though you — thanks to your craftiness — will not actually have to see the message.
With Duo, all you do is call the person from the app. If you're on i OS, you get a push notification that someone's calling. On Android, Duo calls come through like phone calls, ringing loudly and taking over the screen.
I probably know this person, because they'd need my number to make the call.
So it's almost definitely not a nude stranger.
Almost everyone already has a video-chatting app, be it it Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, Face Time, or even Google's own Hangouts.
It's hard to imagine millions of people embracing an app that does the same thing those apps do, especially when people don't do that thing much anyway. Once Google fixes its few bugs, it will be everything a video chat app should be.