How to Know if Someone Blocked Your Number on iPhone for Calls or Messages

Apr 7, 2019 - 15 Comments

How to tell if someone blocked you on iPhone

Have you ever wanted to know if someone blocked your number from calling them or sending them messages? You may be familiar with the process of blocking calls, messages, and contacts on the iPhone, but have you ever wondered if YOUR number or messages have been blocked? While Apple makes the blocking feature for texts and calls fairly subtle, and blocked calls can even still leave voicemails, there are a few ways you can try to determine if someone has blocked your number on iPhone. Read on to learn more!

How to Know if Someone Blocked Your Number on iPhone

There are a few ways you can potentially determine if your phone number has been blocked by an iPhone user. We’ll show you a few ways to help figure it out.

Note that you have been blocked by the recipient iPhone, that recipient iPhone will not ring or make any notification or sound that you have called, nor sent them a message, nor left a voicemail. From the end that is doing the blocking, their iPhone stays silent and undisturbed by an inbound blocked call.

Method 1: Check for Call Block by Calling the iPhone

If you have been blocked by someone with an iPhone, then calling the iPhone results in one ring, or no ring at all, before hearing a generic message stating that the person is not available.

If the recipients iPhone has voicemail setup, the call is then directed to voicemail. (And yes, blocked callers can still leave voicemails, and you can check voicemails from blocked callers on iPhone too with these instructions).

If you hear multiple rings and eventually get to voicemail, most likely your call and number has not been blocked.

Important: getting sent to voicemail does not always mean you’re blocked!

Note that quickly getting sent to voicemail when you call someone does not necessarily mean your number or iPhone has been blocked, it can also mean a number of other things, including:

  • The recipient is actively on another phone call that is connecting or the line is otherwise busy
  • The recipient is in an area with low cell service coverage, or no cell service coverage
  • The recipients phone is powered off, or in the process of rebooting
  • The recipients iPhone does not have cellular service, or there is some other issue with the network
  • There is a cellular network outage or something similar
  • They may have their iPhone on Do Not Disturb mode (calling twice in a row sometimes gets through Do Not Disturb so you can try that too, especially if Emergency Bypass is enabled)
  • They may have limited inbound calls to Favorites or just Contacts or a contacts group, which is sometimes used to prevent junk calls and unknown calls
  • Your call was sent to voicemail manually on their iPhone

There are other reasons you may get sent to voicemail quickly too. Don’t assume getting someones voicemail is because you have been blocked by the person.

Method 2: Sending Text or iMessage to the iPhone Number to Check for Block

You can also try to check if your number has been blocked by sending the person a message.

If the iMessage never shows a “Delivered” or “Read” message, and it’s still blue, then you may have been blocked – but not always.

How to tell if number blocked on iPhone

If the iMessage goes through and shows a “Read” receipt, then you have definitely not been blocked. Remember that Read Receipts can be disabled completely, or enabled broadly, or enabled on a per contact basis, but there is no way to determine which is the case unless you have specifically discussed it with the recipient or checked the settings on their iPhone (or iPad).

If the iMessage goes through and shows a “Delivered” message, then you have probably not been blocked.

If the iMessage fails to send and after repeated attempts at sending the message, and if the message turns green rather than blue, the person may have no cellular service, has no data connection, has a problem with their cell service, has a problem with their iPhone, has iMessage turned off, uses an Android phone (or other platform), or possibly has their iPhone turned off or is in the process of rebooting. There are many reasons why someones iMessages may not be working, and it’s no indicator of being blocked by the person.

Remember, when messages are being sent as green instead of blue, that means the phone is attempting to send a traditional SMS text message instead of an iMessage.

How can I find out exactly what happens if someone blocks my number on an iPhone?

There is no perfect solution or guaranteed way to find out if someone has blocked your iPhone without actually seeing their blocked contact list, but the next best thing is to setup a test for yourself.

A quick test is pretty easy as long as you have a friend or family member with another iPhone. Simply block the number of your iPhone from their device, then call it and send it a text message or iMessage. You’ll discover that you’re either sent to voicemail, or the messages just appear to go nowhere. Just be sure you unblock the number when you’re finished with the test so that you can actually get through to the person you tested this out with later.

Do you know of another method to determine if you or another number has been blocked? Do you know of a special trick to determine if your calls are blocked or if your messages are blocked by an iPhone user? Share with us in the comments below!

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


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  1. Tali says:

    How would you invite them if you obviously can’t get in contact?

  2. Sam says:

    Thanks Tristan!

  3. Flicka says:

    Can they make it sound like the number is disconnected? Like ring and the number called is temp out of service. Message blah blah switch bla blah? If so, do they get any notice of the calls sent to the fake message

  4. Blaze says:

    While I don’t think I have ever been blocked, three tips are still super handy to know – also so I know what it does if I ever need to block someone.

  5. Ryan says:

    Go to settings, phone & then turn show my caller ID off. If it kept going to voicemail before but rings several times like normal after doing this or message doesn’t show delivered but now does then they blocked you or ignoring messages. I kept turning setting off & on & trying repeatedly. while not showing caller ID it acted normal but when off it was totally different

  6. Tristan says:

    You could invite them over to your house, and once they’re there, call them. See if it rings.

  7. Jignesh says:

    In most cases, people who are blocked may already know it. Because they may have entered in some kind of dispute and the outcome is mostly expected by both the parties. Hardly it happens that someone blocks without a reason.

  8. Tom says:

    Too bad the iPhone will not support blocking calls from a caller and accepting messages from the same party. It should not be impossible to program.

    • no way says:

      That exists, if you block a number from iOS, and that number calls and leaves voicemail, that voicemail shows up under voicemail in blocked calls.

  9. Joann says:

    There is also ” do not disturb ” which will typically seems as though you are blocked because your message will also stay blue and not say delivered or read. Once they take off ” do not disturb ” only then the message will deliver.
    This is typically one way to block ( sort of) ..just for a while.

  10. Hindivirl says:

    You can also block iPhone calls through a cellular company directly but not all do it

    If you’re worried about being blocked you’re either a telemarketer or annoying maybe LOL!!!!

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