How to Unblock a Caller on iPhone

Sep 8, 2015 - 6 Comments

How to Unblock a Contact or Caller on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

The ability to block people from calling or messaging an iPhone or iPad is an undoubtedly useful feature, but there may come a time where you wish to undo that block. Fortunately, unblocking a contact from iOS is straight forward and easy, so whether you have changed your mind, accidentally blocked someone, or have just decided you want to hear from whoever you blocked again, here’s how you can quickly unblock someone from reaching your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch through phone calls, FaceTime, and messages.


We’re going to focus on the iPhone here since most users who are blocking numbers and people are likely doing so from an iPhone, though if you happen to be blocking from another iOS device you’ll find the process is the same.

How to UnBlock a Contact to Allow Calling, Messages, and FaceTime from Them Again in iOS

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone then go to “Phone” *
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Blocked” to see the current list of contacts blocked from reaching you
  3. How to unblock a caller on iPhone, part 1

  4. Tap on the “Edit” button in the corner, then tap on the red (-) minus button alongside a contact name
  5. Confirm you wish to allow that person to reach you again by tapping on the big red “Unblock” button alongside the contact name
  6. Repeat for other contacts you wish to unblock as desired, then tap on “Done” to finish
  7. How to unblock a caller on iPhone, part 2

  8. Exit out of Settings as usual, the contact or person can now reach your iPhone again through FaceTime, phone calls, and messages

* Note on an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone, you can find the same block list in the Messages settings and FaceTime settings, and unblocking a contact from those is identical

In the example screen shots, you’ll see ‘Santa mobile’ being unblocked (who really wants to block Santa anyway? It’s Santa, come on!), which would allow The Claus to be able to reach you again.

You can also just temporarily unblock a number or contact using this trick if you need to communicate with that person or thing, and then immediately block the number again if you want your peace and quiet returned. That’s a particularly helpful strategy for handling nuisance solicitations and sales calls, or if you’re trying to ask to be removed from a call list.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Chubs Wallace says:

    My block list is quite large on iPhone because I block every solicitation and robocall that I get, which is really quite a lot these days.

    I don’t think I have ever wanted to unblock any caller, but I would unblock Santa Claus. I guess Morgan stays blocked though, poor Morgan.

  2. John Stamos says:

    I have had to block hundreds of women from calling me. I change my number and somehow they still manage to get it.

    ProTip: DO NOT become a rich and famous Hollywood movie star.

    • Georgio Clooney says:

      John, I can totally relate. My iPhone never stops buzzing, constantly full of women I have to block. I got married to a babe, and it still didn’t stop, they just keep calling. I finally had to hire an assistant whose exclusive job is to block calls for me on the iPhone. Sigh.

  3. Ron says:

    No problem fellas, just send mine is 888–88 – 8–8888 thank you

  4. Arlen says:

    Well it’s like this for me….I was blocked from a iphone. The niece did this to her aunt that I feel I love. The niece thought it would be a good idea to be mean to two people that really care for each other. Niece mad because she can’t find love so she did this almost makes me wonder if the niece like’s me to do something like this

  5. Khadija says:

    Help me please am try to recover some numbers I deleted please

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