How to know if someone blocked your number on an iPhone


The last thing you can do is block someone from contacting you, and being blocked is a miserable experience. It’s a hard thing to reconcile, to be honest.

n addition to this, it is not always obvious whether or not you have been blocked. It’s possible that you’re attempting to get in touch with friends or family members, but they aren’t picking up the phone or returning your messages. It is also possible for someone to block you mistakenly, in which case the person who did so did not want to show any hostility against you but did it nonetheless.

We’ll teach you how to tell if someone has blocked your phone number, how to tell if someone has blocked you on iMessage (and whether or not you may still text them), and how to contact someone who has blocked you.

Signs that your iPhone number has been blocked

You haven’t been blocked just because someone doesn’t answer. It’s possible they’re busy or didn’t receive your message notification. Alerts are frequently missed by people who have messages routed to several devices, such as iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

There are, however, certain telltale signals that you’ve been stopped.

Your phone calls are never answered.

Someone who doesn’t answer your calls is ignoring you, but it’s not necessarily a complete block. A call that does not connect is not a reliable indicator of whether or not your phone number has been blocked.

  • Your phone number hasn’t been formally blacklisted if it rings numerous times before going to voicemail. This is a hint that someone is just refusing to take your calls and allowing them to go to voicemail.
  • The good news is that you haven’t been blocked yet, so the other person doesn’t despise you! The disadvantage is that they may still refuse to speak with you.
  • However, there is a bit of a hack to this.
    Some iPhone users have Do Not Disturb turned on, which means they won’t hear your calls.
    Another possibility is that they’ve enabled the iPhone’s “Repeated Calls” feature, which allows you to bypass Do Not Disturb when you call twice in three minutes, alerting the other person.
  • Finally, it’s possible that it’s their carrier. Some calls ring on your end, but the other party is never informed.
  • How can you tell if you’ve been blocked? The phone ringing and going to voicemail isn’t reliable, to say the least. Your voicemails will still go through if you’ve been blocked, but they’ll be routed to a “Blocked Messages” queue.

iMessages are not being delivered

First, let’s talk about iMessage delivery alerts. At the end of the chat thread, all delivered iMessages display a “delivered” badge. If the other person has read receipts enabled, the status will change to “read” once the iMessage service certifies they’ve read the message. As a result, a “delivered” badge isn’t a reliable indicator of whether or not your phone number has been blacklisted.


However, if you are blocked, the ‘delivered’ badge will no longer appear. Because iMessage shuffles the ‘delivered’ or’read’ badge to the most recent message in the discussion that was successfully delivered, any messages sent after you’d been blocked would show up in the chat but would never receive the ‘delivered’ badge. Those messages would just show up in the conversation with a ‘delivered’ or’read’ badge beneath them.

The other person would continue to receive messages if you were unblocked, but not those sent while you were blocked. Messages not showing up as delivered is one way to tell if your phone number has been blocked, but it isn’t always accurate. It’s possible that the other person is outside of their cellular coverage area and not connected to WiFi, causing messages to go unanswered.


Undeliverable SMS

When an iMessage cannot be delivered, it is typically sent as an SMS message, which appears as a green bubble in iMessage chats. SMS is the standard messaging protocol used by all non-iPhone messaging systems to send text messages between contacts. SMS on iPhone, like iMessage’s ‘delivered’ and’read’ badges, has a few methods for determining whether your message was delivered properly or if you’ve been blocked.

SMS messages are either’sent’ or ‘delivered.’ SMS messages cannot be read because they do not operate on the iMessage platform. So, how do you know if your phone number has been blocked via SMS?

SMS messages will be marked as’sent’ or ‘delivered’ in iMessage.  The’sent’ badge simply indicates that the message has been delivered to the intended recipient. It’s entirely possible that they’re out of their service area and couldn’t receive your message. ‘Sent’ isn’t always a bad thing – but the fact that your’sent’ badge never changes to ‘delivered’ indicates that your phone number has been blocked. More specifically, if you’re messaging someone via iMessage and your text bubbles suddenly change from blue to green, it means they’ve blocked your iPhone number. The’sent’ versus ‘delivered’ badge could simply be confirmation that you’ve been blocked.

Responses generated automatically

If I’m wondering how to tell if my phone number is blocked, iMessage versus SMS messaging is the best indicator. Automated responses, like unanswered calls, are a type of’soft’ block that some use to keep people away without formally blocking them.

There is an option in the iPhone’s Do Not Disturb mode to auto-reply to contacts. It allows you to customize your own away message as well as who receives it.

As you can see, blocked numbers are not permitted, so an automated response to your messages is not a true’block.’
If you get an automatic response, it’s possible that you’re a favorite!

The phone rings once before going to voicemail.

This, like iMessage suddenly becoming SMS, isn’t necessarily proof you’ve been blocked – but it’s a very bad sign.

If you are blocked, your calls will go directly to voicemail, and your voicemail messages will be routed to the ‘blocked’ section.
The other person will not receive your calls, will not be notified that you called, and will not see a voicemail badge.

However, a call ringing once and then going to voicemail is the same behavior you’d see if you called someone who had turned off their phone.
If the ‘block’ appears to be unjustified, it is possible that they simply turned their phone off for a short period of time.
However, if your calls continue to ring once before going to voicemail, you’ve most likely been blocked.


What to do if someone blocks your phone number

Calling and sending iMessages are two methods for contacting someone, but they are not the only ones. Before we begin, a word of caution: if someone asks you to leave them alone, you should. Concern for someone’s well-being is acceptable, but harassment is not.

Here are some other methods for contacting people who may have you blocked:

  • Social networking sites. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat all have their own chat functions where you can message someone to see if they’re okay. Even if they block your phone number, it will have no effect on these other services.
  • Email.  If you’ve been blocked by someone, the emails associated with your contact on their iPhone will be blocked in the Mail app as well.  Try sending an email from a different email address.
  • Make a call from a different phone number. Calls that go directly to voicemail? Try a different number that isn’t known to the person; if the calls still go to voicemail, you’ll know it’s not a blocking issue. If it rings more than a few times, it means your phone number is blocked.
  • Consider using video chat. Services like Skype and Zoom are popular options that many of us have on our phones and computers and may allow us to communicate with others. Skype also shows you when someone is online and can be used to confirm someone’s health.


Bonus tip: How to Speed Up Your iPhone

If you’ve been blocked as a result of a failed relationship, we’re guessing you’ll want to delete any photos you have of that person. There is no better iPhone app for this than Gemini.

Gemini is a standalone iOS app that monitors and categorizes your images for bulk deletion. To remove all of the images, simply select a section and tap the ‘delete’ button.

Of course, you can keep any images you want and delete the rest, which is a great way to permanently remove someone from your Photos archive.

But wait a minute: what if you want to delete that person’s photos from your iPhone but keep the images somewhere else? That is not a problem! AnyTrans is here to assist you.

You can use AnyTrans for Mac to connect your iPhone to your computer and create full backups for safekeeping. There’s even a section in the Messages app for managing chats and searching through your photos to download the items you want to save somewhere.

Simply launch AnyTrans on your Mac, connect an iPhone, and the AnyTrans app will show you all of your options for managing your iPhone’s data. You can download the images you want to save, then permanently delete them from your iPhone before making a full backup!


Although being blocked is inconvenient, it is important to respect the preferences of the other person and move on. This is why you should use Gemini to manage images and AnyTrans to backup your device completely (and manage photos if you really want to keep them). Both apps do an excellent job of keeping your iPhone clean and running smoothly.

They’re both free during a seven-day trial of Setapp, the world’s best productivity app suite for your Mac. In addition to these two fantastic apps, you’ll have free access to over 200 other apps during your Setapp trial.

When your week-long trial period expires, keeping all of those great apps on your Mac will cost you only $9.99 per month – an incredible deal that’s nearly impossible to pass up, so why wait? Try Setapp right now!


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