Question: Is there a difference between blocking a contact and blocking a number?
iPhone, Apple Watch behavior
Since the Olden Days, I've used a dummy contact, with a silent ringtone and no vibration, to collect numbers from telemarketers, robocallers, and other nuisance numbers. Somewhere along the line I must have further blocked the contact (at least it gives the the option to unblock it). I don't typically just block numbers directly from the Recents list because I'm just used to doing it the old way.
Normally, this works. I check my Recents and if there are calls from these numbers, they show up as from my dummy contact, and I can tell a) they called, b) which number it was, and c) not actually have to worry about it either when the call is made or later.
The other night I got a call from one of these numbers, but it rang (audibly, with haptics) on my Apple Watch, though not on the phone, even though my watch (app) is set for 'mirror my iphone'.
Is this normal behavior? Should I be blocking individual numbers without saving them to a contact? I don't want to turn off notifications generally, or silence/de-vibrate calls on the watch, since I do want to get calls from actual people/contacts. On the other hand, I don't mind learning (from Recents) who is calling, although I guess if blocked numbers didn't get reported as Recents, I could live.
So the questions: If I'm blocking numbers (as opposed to adding them to a blocked contact), do I still get them appearing in my Recents list? And does this change the behavior of my Apple Watch when I receive one of these calls?
iPhone 6s Plus, iOS 11.1, Apple Watch series 3, latest os