How to Unblock a Caller on iPhone

Sep 8, 2015 - 18 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, we’ll show you how to quickly unblock someone. By unblocking a contact or phone number from reaching your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, their attempts to contact you through phone calls, FaceTime, and messages will be resume again as normal.

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.

You can also unblock a person by selecting their contact information in the phone app list, and then choosing the “Unblock” option that way, though that’s really only useful for recently blocked people since if they have been blocked for a long time the calls will not show in the iPhone call list.

If you have any other tips or tricks about unblocking phone numbers, contacts, and callers on the iPhone or iOS, share with us in the comments below!


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


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  1. Iglo says:

    Maybe you don’t have the number as a saved contact

  2. Veronica Blue says:

    How to I move the blocked voicemails to the unblocked voicemails? I am so lost I didn’t realize that I had even blocked this person it’s actually one of my customers. I had been looking for her number & couldn’t find it. I then seem the blocked voicemail category which I didn’t even know existed, kinda funny since I’ve Been an iPhone user for years 🤔 but AnyWho can someone please tell me how to move the blocked voicemails to the regular inbox please and thank you.

  3. Veronica Blue says:

    Lmafao 😁😂

  4. Quia says:

    Hi.. so why can’t I accept the call from the 3 party when the inmate calls from jail??.. it says press 0 to accept but when i do it don’t work.. please help.

  5. Stormy says:

    What happens when you don’t know the number and deleted the contact and everything and I can’t get ahold of them what do I do??

  6. Cassandra says:

    I can’t find the contact that I blocked on the block list ???

  7. Emma says:

    Now you lost your choices…😢

  8. Rob Dalton says:

    It only took me five seconds to do that with your help thanks so much

    • Paul says:

      You’re very welcome Rob, glad this tricked help you out!

      Fortunately once you learn how you find it’s pretty easy to both block and unblock a caller on the iPhone, I one time accidentally blocked a dentist office and had to unblock them – oops!

  9. William says:

    I blocked my kids automated calls from his school a few weeks ago and realized that it was a number that I sometimes need so I unblocked it but the voicemails are still going to the blocked voicemails section. Seems like a bug I guess. Can’t figure out how to unblock them. I’ve verified that the phone number is the same as the one I unblocked etc.

  10. Ashley says:

    I blOcked my ex and deleted his contact number from my iPhone and then I unblocked him and now I can’t find his phone number

    • Marchionie says:

      You said you deleted his contact number. That’s why you can’t find it.

      If you delete something, it is no longer there.

      You need to add the contact again if you want to have the contact again. That’s how this works.

      Impulsive decisions are often later regretted.

  11. Khadija says:

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

  12. 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

  13. Ron says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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