What is show my caller id on iphone? Explained

Going through your iPhone settings or probably phone settings and you came across Show My Caller ID which you don’t really understand what it means.

Don’t worry as I will explain all you need to know on iphone show my caller id and how it works.

So let’s proceed with the explanation.

What is show my caller id on iphone?

Show my caller id on iphone simply means the ability to show your identity during outgoing call on your iPhone. This literally means that it will showcase your name and phone number when calling someone on your iPhone.

If your network service provider supports caller id, then it means that the name you used when purchasing your sim card will be displayed on the recipient phone during outgoing calls


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Normally, show my caller id will be enabled by default on your iPhone unless you choose to have disabled because of one reason or the other.

Having said that show my caller id is a way to show your identity when calling someone on your iPhone, sometimes you may have a reason to disable it.

What reason am I talking about?

When you want to hide your number to call someone on your phone.

This isn’t just applicable to iphone but also on android phone and feature phones. If you are using a Samsung phone you will come across it on the phone settings where you will see the option to show your caller if or probably hide your caller ID.

In a situation whereby your network service provider doesn’t support iphone show my caller id, then it means that what will be displayed during call will be the name the recipient used in saving your number on it’s cellphone.

Once caller ID is enabled on both iphone and android phone and if you call someone your name will be displayed on the recipient phone and if the recipient didn’t save your name on his or her phone, your phone number will be displayed instead.

However, if you disabled show my caller id on your iPhone and call someone on your phone, it will display as a private number on the recipient phone.

So asking what is show my caller id on iphone, kindly note that it is the ability to show your number or name (identity) when calling someone on your iPhone.

This goes the same if you’re using a Samsung phone as it is also called Show Caller ID.

What does my caller id show?

Your caller ID shows the name that is linked with the sim card and the phone number.

Thar is only if your network service provider supports the caller ID feature on iphone or even on android phone.

Now if they don’t support the caller id feature, what your caller ID will show will be the name the recipient used in saving your phone number. If the recipient doesn’t have your phone number saved on his or her mobile phone, then only your number will be displayed as the caller id.

Whatever name you used when purchasing your sim card, that name will be your caller unless the recipient has your contact saved and your network provider doesn’t support the caller ID feature.

My Caller id shows wrong name

This usually happens when there is a previous owner for the phone number you’re using, and which the network provider is yet to update your name to the phone number.

For example, when making a call on your iPhone what people or recipients see is Johnson Peter and not your name.

This means that Johnson Peter was the previous owner of the sim card or probably the phone number and which the number is still linked with Peter’s name.

In this type of situation all you have to do is to contact your network service provider and request for your name to be updated with the sim number or they should remove the previous owner’s name from the phone number and add your name to it.

You can also do this by yourself though will require to get the process from your network provider.

It usually take 48 hours to 72 hours for the changes to reflect in your account, and which the caller id will now be your name.

This type of situation usually occur when a network service provider disconnect a sim card and if after few years nothing happened, they will assign the number to another new customer.

At the end of the day, the sim number will still bear the name of a previous owner.

It is left for you to make the necessary corrections and changes by contacting your network service provider and request for a sim card update or account update and you’re good to go.

Does my name show up on Caller ID iPhone?

The answer is yes. Your name will definitely show up on caller ID on iphone unless you chose to hide your caller ID by disabling the feature on your iPhone.

Now listen;

As long as caller id feature is enabled on your iPhone, your name will definitely show up during outgoing call and on the recipient phone.

Even if your network provider doesn’t support the caller id feature, the name the recipient used in saving your contact will be displayed on the recipient phone.

If the recipient don’t have your phone saved, then only your phone number will be displayed on the recipient phone during outgoing call.

If the recipient don’t have your phone number saved on his or her phone but your network service provider supports the caller ID feature, both your name and phone number will be displayed on the recipient phone during outgoing call.

And this is how show my caller id on iphone works.

Does Caller ID show your number?

Kindly note that caller ID will show your phone number as long as it is enabled on your phone.

Once caller ID feature is enabled on android phone and iPhone, definitely it will show the callers name and the phone number used in making the call.

Thats very compulsory unless you chose to hid your number by disabling Show my caller id.

How to hide caller id on iphone

To hide your caller id on iphone while making a call, simply disable show my caller id feature and it will hide your caller ID. 

This is so easy and requires no long process at all.

All you have to do is to open the settings app on your iPhone and scroll down to Phone and open it.

what is show my caller id on iphone

As you opened it, look closely and you will see Show My Caller ID among the options presented to you and which falls under call options. 

what is show my caller id on iphone

As it opens, you will see that Show My Caller ID is enabled by default, so you go ahead and disable it by sliding the button backwards and it will turn from green to grey or white just like on the picture below.

Show my caller id

Once you have the Show My Caller ID disabled on your iPhone, while making an outgoing call both your name and phone number will be hidden from the recipient and instead it will display No Caller ID.

Here, no caller id means the caller identity cannot be seen.

The identity being talked about is the contact name and the contact phone number.

On android

If you want to hide your number during call on your android phone, simply open the phone app on your android phone.

Tap on the hamburger menu option and select settings.

Hide number on android

Look below and you will see Supplementary Services, go ahead and open it.

When it opens you will see Show caller ID just like on the picture below.

Caller id

Now tap on Show Caller ID and you will see three options which are;

  • Network default
  • Hide number
  • Show number

If you select Network Default, then it will show the name and phone number you used when purchasing the sim card.

If you select Hide Number, it won’t show your name or phone number but rather will hide them and what will be displayed when calling someone will be a private call.

If you select Show Number, it will display the contact name the recipient used in saving your number on it’s cellphone. If the recipient didn’t save your number, then it will only display your phone number during outgoing call.

How to see no caller id

So far there’s no possible means to see a no caller id.

Once someone hide his or her number to call you on both android phone or the iPhone, you can’t detect or see the number.

If you’re annoyed with private number or no caller id calling your number, you can easily restrict them by blocking them off from your iPhone.

However, I wouldn’t recommend you doing this because you may receive an important call from a no caller ID person.

But if you don’t care about it and wants to block no caller id callers on your iPhone, get started by opening the settings app.

Once again scroll down to phone and open it.

Now look at the bottom and you will see where it states Silence Unknown Callers just like on the picture below.

Silence unknown caller

Kindly open the Silence Unknown Callers and turn it on.

The disclaimer says;

Calls from unknown numbers will be silenced, sent to voicemail and displayed on the Recents list.

Incoming calls will continue to ring from people in your

contacts, recent outgoing calls and Siri  Suggestions.

This literally means that incoming calls from caller id on your iPhone will not go through instead it will be move straight to the voicemail.

In a situation whereby you don’t have a voicemail in your iPhone, then the call will end immediately.

I did a test on two iPhones to confirm it, one has a voicemail while the other don’t. When enabled silence unknown callers and called the phone with an active voicemail, my call was redirected straight to voicemail.

I called the other iphone that has no active voicemail and it showed called busy and end immediately.

So this is what happens if you enable Silence Unknown Callers on your iPhone.

Related Questions

Why can’t i find show my caller id on iphone?

The reason why you can’t find show my caller id on iphone is because your phone carrier restricted the feature.

This usually occur if you buy a locked phone or an iPhone that is locked to a specific network carrier. In this type of situation, all you have to do is to contact your carrier and request for the code to hide your number or caller ID for outgoing calls.

Is it safe to answer No caller ID?

There’s no harm answering a no caller id call especially if you found out that you know the person.

For someone to hide his or her number during call usually raise suspicion as to why the person is hiding it’s number.

But sometimes it may be from someone you know as it has happened to me few times. Now what you should do is when an unknown caller calls you, simply answer the call but stay calm until the person says hello.

If you recognize the voice or the call is very important then there’s no reason to be scared.

One issue with no caller id is due to the fact that scammers and fraudster may use this method to scam people but honestly you should be very careful while answering a no caller ID call.

Does Caller ID show your number?

Definitely caller ID will show your number and your name unless you decide to hide the feature before making a call.

Lastly before I go, what is show my caller id on iphone? This simply means the ability to show your identity whicg is name and number when calling someone on your iPhone.

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