How to know if your number was blocked

How to know if your number was blocked

You may know that you can block someone and prevent them from sending you a message, call, or FaceTime. But how do you tell if someone blocked your number on their iPhone?

Well, there are a few indications that when put together, tell us what we need to know. Let’s check out all possible ways:

Call the person to see if you’ve been blocked

When calling a person you suspect has you blocked, you’ll notice some peculiar behavior. In our internal tests, we found that you hear precisely one ring, and then you’re diverted to voicemail if the recipient has voicemail set up.

Now, this can happen if someone cuts the call off after one ring, but the chances of that are very slim. Try calling a few times, and if you’re repeatedly cut to voicemail after one ring, you can most likely assume that you’ve been blocked.

Sometimes, the ‘one-ring-then-voice-mail pattern’ doesn’t happen. Instead, what you hear is a continuous busy tone that gets cut after a while. If the same thing happens no matter when you call, that’s an indication that you’ve been blocked.

Send an iMessage to check if you’ve been blocked on iPhone

I used this trick to figure out the reality of the situation. To a reasonable extent, I succeeded in my mission. So, how did I get through? Well, I delivered an iMessage to my friend who had me blocked. Though the message was sent, I didn’t get the “Delivered” confirmation.

Give this tip a try to figure out if you’ve been blocked or not, if you don’t see the ‘Delivered’ or ‘Read’ confirmation!

Extra Info: I also tried sending a text message from my iPhone to a friend using an Android phone. I had already blocked my number on his phone. The SMS was sent from my end, but the receiver didn’t get any notification. However, he did get the message. Inside the Android message app, it said ‘blocked contact.’

Call after hiding Caller ID to see if someone blocked your number.

First things first, this isn’t an ideal way to find out whether someone has blocked your phone number or not. You might even be considered undisciplined for disabling your caller ID.

But just in case you’re eager to discover the truth and remove any confusion, you can use this trick. In many countries, you can use a code in front of your number to disable the caller ID. This way, you can call a person even if you’ve been blocked. This Caller ID Wikipedia page contains the codes of several countries.

You also get the option to hide your caller ID right from your iOS device. To do so, open SettingsPhoneShow My Caller ID → then turn off the switch.

Keep in mind that many countries don’t allow Caller ID to be deactivated. Moreover, you can’t disable it when calling emergency numbers like 911.

Try calling from another phone number to be sure you’re blocked

This is one of the simplest ways to figure out the truth. If you’re unable to make contact using your one number, try a new one. Then, be a bit straightforward and ask whether he/she has barred you from calling or messaging.

It might have happened that your number was accidentally deleted from the contact list, and the person has a setting enabled that silences unknown callers.

If this is the case, you can ask the person to add your contact back to their iPhone or launch Settings on their iPhone and go to PhoneSilence Unknown Callers and toggle it off.

Note: In certain jurisdictions, repeatedly calling a person from a blocked or unblocked number may amount to harassment.

What’s your thought on the block feature? Were you able to figure out if you have been blocked on your iPhone using the methods above? Let us know in the comments down below.

Getting a weird message when you call? You might be blocked

How to know if your number was blocked

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When someone blocks your number, there are a few ways to tell — including unusual messages and how quickly your call transfers to voicemail. Let’s look at the clues that indicate your number is blocked and what you can do about it.

Because determining if you’ve been blocked isn’t necessarily straight-forward, remember the best way to find out is to ask the person directly. If that’s not something you can or want to do, we have some clues to help you determine if you are blocked.

Unless otherwise noted in the article, these tips apply to all phones from every carrier.

How to Know if Someone Blocked Your Number

Depending on whether they’ve blocked your number on their phone or with their wireless carrier, the clues of a blocked number will differ. Also, other factors can produce similar results, such as a cell tower down, their phone is turned off or has a dead battery, or they have Do Not Disturb turned on. Dust off your detective skills and let’s examine the evidence.

Clue #1: Unusual Messages When You Call

There isn’t a standard blocked number message and many people don’t want you to know for certain when they’ve blocked you. If you get an unusual message you haven’t heard before, they’ve likely blocked your number through their wireless carrier. The message varies by carrier but tends to be similar to the following:

  • “The person you are calling is unavailable.”
  • “The person you are calling is not accepting calls right now.”
  • “The number you are calling is temporarily out of service.”

How to know if your number was blocked

If you call once a day for two or three days and get the same message each time, the evidence shows you’ve been blocked.

Exceptions: They frequently travel overseas, natural disasters have damaged network infrastructure (cell towers and transmitters), or major event resulting in an unusually high number of people making calls at the same time — though the message in this case is usually “All circuits are busy now.”

Clue #2: The Number of Rings

If you hear only one ring or no ring at all before your call goes to voicemail, this is a good indication you’re blocked. In this case, the person has used the number blocking feature on their phone. If you call once a day for a few days and get the same result each time, that is strong evidence your number is blocked. If you hear three to five rings before your call routes to voicemail, you’re probably not blocked (yet), however, the person is declining your calls or ignoring them.

Exceptions: If the person you’re calling has the Do Not Disturb feature turned on, your call – and everyone else’s – will be quickly routed to voicemail. You will also get this result when their phone battery is dead or their phone is turned off. Wait a day or two before calling again to see if you get the same result.

Clue #3: Busy Signal or Fast Busy Followed by Disconnect

If you get a busy signal or fast busy signal before your call is dropped, it’s possible your number is blocked through their wireless carrier. If test calls a few days in a row have the same result, consider it evidence you’ve been blocked. Of the different clues indicating a blocked number, this one is the least common though some carriers do still use it.

A far more likely reason for this result is that either your carrier or theirs is experiencing technical difficulties. To verify, call someone else — particularly if they have the same carrier as the person you’re trying to reach — and see if the call goes through.

Another clue is to send a text to the number. If you were both using iMessage on iPhone, for example, and then you’re suddenly curious if they blocked you, send a text and see if the iMessage interface looks the same and if you can see that it was delivered. If you can’t, and it sends as a regular text, then they could have blocked you.

However, an exception is that they’ve simply turned off iMessage or they no longer have a device that supports iMessage.

What You Can Do When Someone Blocks Your Number

While you can’t do anything to have the block on your number removed with their wireless carrier or from their phone, there are a couple of ways to get through or verify your number is, indeed, blocked. If you try one of the options below and get a different result or clue from the list above (provided they don’t answer), take it as evidence that you’ve been blocked.

  • Use *67 to hide your number from their caller ID when you call.
  • Hide your number using the settings in your phone to turn off your caller ID information on outgoing calls.
  • Call them from a friend’s phone or have a friend you trust call them for you.
  • Contact them directly through social media or email and ask if they’ve blocked you.

Another way to circumvent a block is to use a virtual phone number or internet calling service, something you can get with free phone call apps.

When a different number is being used to make the outgoing call, the recipient’s phone will see that new number, not your real one, thus avoiding the block.

Repeatedly contacting someone who has taken steps to cut contact, such as blocking your number, could result in accusations of harassment or stalking and serious legal consequences.

Have you ever experienced constantly trying to contact someone via call or text, but you can never seem to reach them? If you know what we’re talking about, the person you’re trying to get ahold of has likely blocked your number. Don’t feel bad—it’s a fairly common response that people have, especially if you’ve been in a fight with that person or they’re upset with you for some reason.

That being said, how can you tell if someone has blocked your number or if they’re just busy? Well, there are actually some telltale signs that can help you. For instance, the call always gets disconnected, or you get redirected to voice mail. Of course, the most accurate way to know if someone has blocked you is to ask them directly. But understandably, this can be an awkward or uncomfortable task for many people, so here are some of the most common indicators that someone has blocked your number.

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Common Indicators That You’ve Been Blocked

The Number Is Always Busy

If someone you’re trying to contact missed your call, they’d normally leave a message letting you know that they’re still busy and that you should contact them later. However, if the other person’s line is always busy, and they never message you back explaining the situation, they’ve likely added your number to their blocked list. If this is the case, you’ll likely hear the message “The number you’re calling is busy, please try again later” over and over again.

Calls Redirect to Voice Mail

Another indicator that someone no longer wants to be in contact with you is when you’ll be immediately redirected to voice mail after one or two rings. This isn’t a common ringing pattern, as voicemail is typically offered after the regular set of rings. If you’ve experienced this when trying to contact someone, there’s a chance that they’ve blocked your number.

You Hear an Unusual Message When You Call

Similar to the first point, if you keep hearing the message “The person you’re calling is unavailable right now” every time you try to call someone, it could be because they’ve blocked your number. If it only happens once or twice, it wouldn’t be unusual—but if you’re constantly greeted by this message after calling several times, you know what it means.

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They Never Call or Text Back

If someone still refuses to contact you after you’ve sent them several text messages and left them multiple voice messages, you may have to accept the fact that your number has been blocked. It’s a very awkward feeling to expectantly wait for the other party to respond, but this should be a clear hint at this point.

Conclusion

Being blocked by someone, especially someone you care about, can sometimes feel like you’ve been punched in the gut. If you think there’s been some kind of mistake, you can look for other ways to contact them, such as via email or social media. You can confirm with them whether they’ve blocked you, and if they did, you could clarify what you did wrong. Hopefully, you will be able to settle things with the other person.

By Marshall Honorof 06 August 2021

To learn if someone has blocked your number, try these three methods

How to know if your number was blocked

It’s a terrible feeling: You meet someone new, you hit it off really well, and you’re texting back and forth a dozen times a day. But then the responses get fewer and farther between. Then they taper off entirely. And all you can do is wonder, “Did they block me?”

The answer is, “maybe.” If you’re looking for a definitive way to discover whether someone’s blocked your phone number, the bad news is that there isn’t one. The good news (well, as much as any news about this situation can be good) is that there are a few trial-and-error methods you can use to hazard a reasonably good guess.

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If you fear that someone’s blocked your number, here are three simple ways to test that proposition. And this should go without saying, but if someone did block you: For the love of all that is good and holy, leave them alone. I promise you that anything you do to try to breach their privacy will only make the situation worse.

See how fast you get to voicemail

If you call a person who’s blocked your number, you won’t get any kind of notification about it. However, the ringtone/voicemail pattern won’t behave normally. When you call an unblocked number, you’ll get somewhere between three and a dozen rings, then a voicemail prompt. Alternatively, if the person’s phone is off, or if he or she is already on a call, you’ll go directly to voicemail.

A blocked number works a little differently. You’ll get one ring, then go right to voicemail. You’re free to leave a voicemail, although it won’t go directly to the recipient’s inbox. Instead, there’s a separate location for voicemails from blocked numbers. (How you access it depends on what kind of phone you have, and it’s not really relevant to this article.)

Basically: If you get a lot of rings or go right to voicemail, you’re probably not blocked. If you get one ring followed by a voicemail prompt, you probably are.

One other thing to keep an ear out for: a prerecorded message that says the number is “unavailable.” The exact message will vary depending on the recipient’s wireless carrier, but if a number is unavailable — especially if other phones can reach it — your number is almost certainly blocked.

Try sending a text message

Text messages can provide some clues about whether or not a person blocked you, although it’s a more reliable method for iOS than it is for Android. On iOS, after you send a text, you’ll usually get one of two notifications right underneath your message: “Delivered,” or “Read.” The former means that your text message went through, but the recipient hasn’t read it yet. The latter is self-explanatory.

However, if a person has blocked you, you won’t see either notification. Instead, there will just be a blank space beneath your text.

It’s worth noting that being blocked is not the only reason why you might not see a notification. If a user has his or her phone on Do Not Disturb mode, you won’t get any kind of notification until he or she turns that option off. However, if it’s been a few days and you still don’t see anything, you can consider blocking the most likely explanation.

If you and/or your intended recipient have Android phones, though, the process is much less straightforward. Some Android phones have this functionality; some don’t. Some message receipts work perfectly with iOS; some don’t. If you’ve got an Android phone, your best bet is to just send a text and hope you get a response.

Call from another phone

Sometimes, the simplest solution really is the best one. If you think you’ve been blocked, try calling the person’s number from another phone. Use your work phone, borrow a friend’s phone; it doesn’t really matter. The point is, if you can’t reach a person on your phone, but can reach them on another phone, there’s a good chance you’ve been blocked.

Try this sequence: Pick a time when it’s likely the person you’re calling will be free. Call on your phone. See what happens. Then, call on another phone immediately thereafter. Remember: You don’t need to actually reach the person; you just need to see how long it takes to go to voicemail.

Best-case scenario: You’ll be able to talk to the person and find out why they don’t want to accept your calls. (If they hang up on you immediately, that’s telling as well.) Worst-case scenario: You’ll live forever with the mystery of whether or not you’ve been blocked.

And yet, it’s not the worst mystery in the world, when you get right down to it. Whether a person is screening your calls indefinitely or has blocked you outright, the end result is the same: They don’t want to talk to you. Your best bet is usually to respect that, and maybe try again in a few months to see if things have calmed down.

Marshall Honorof is an editor for Tom’s Guide, covering gaming hardware, security and streaming video. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi.

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You dial a number, but you’re not getting through. You’re frustrated. Maybe you’re a little anxious. What’s going on? Maybe the person you’re trying to get in touch with forgot their phone, or the battery is dead or it’s on silent or turned it off for some reason.

Or maybe they blocked your number, either by accident or on purpose. Want to know how to tell if someone blocked your number? You should know that when you block a number, you no longer receive calls or text messages from that person.

This can be helpful for stopping some unwanted spam calls, but it can also be used for personal reasons. Here’s what happens when you call someone who blocked you. You won’t get any sort of official notice if someone blocks your calls, but you can make an educated guess by looking for these signs.

Your calls are never answered

The first indication something’s up is you’re calling and sending text messages but you get no response. There are many reasons this might be happening, but a blocked number is one possibility.

For most cases, texts you send will appear to go through normally, but the person you’re sending them to won’t receive them. That radio silence is your first hint something might be up.

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A single ring sends you to voicemail

If you call a phone and hear the normal number of rings before getting sent to voicemail, then it’s a normal call. If you’re blocked, you would only hear a single ring before being diverted to voicemail.

An unusual ring pattern doesn’t necessarily mean your number is blocked. It may just mean the person is talking to someone else at the same time you’re calling, has the phone off or sent the call directly to voicemail. Try again later. If the one-ring and straight-to-voicemail pattern persists, then it may be a case of a blocked number.

Automated responses

If you make a call and receive an automated message along the lines of “the customer is unavailable,” then you may have been blocked by that person’s wireless carrier. The messages can vary, but the result is the same. Your call won’t go through.

A blocked number isn’t the only reason for a message like this, but it can be a strong indication if you keep receiving the same message over several days.

Your texts look different

We covered calls. But you may be wondering how to tell if someone blocked your number from texting. As it turns out, there are a few different signs you can look out for through text.

So if you’ve ever found yourself Googling “How to know if someone blocked your number iPhone” or “How to tell if someone blocked your number Android,” we’ve got you covered.

Here’s how to know if someone blocked your number when you both have iPhones or Androids

  1. Open iMessage (or your other messaging app)
  2. Send a message and you’ll get a “delivered” confirmation — or you should.
  3. If your previous texts were delivered but your most recent texts don’t have that label, you may have been blacklisted

It could be something else

How do you know if someone blocked your number? Don’t jump to conclusions based on suspicion alone. There may be a simple reason why your calls aren’t going through.

So before you find yourself researching something like, “How to know if someone blocked your number on iPhone,” take a breath and think. There could be a network problem, the person may have the phone turned off, the battery is dead or they forgot to renew their monthly calling plan on time.

One possible way to still get through is to disguise your phone number from the other phone. There are ways to hide your number from caller ID, either by changing your call settings or by downloading an app that will handle it for you.

Check out our guide to making anonymous calls. Just remember to use this power wisely. If someone really doesn’t want to hear from you, you may need to just respect that person’s decision.

There’s a fine line between just trying to get in touch and bothering someone. Don’t cross that line. If you’re concerned, then try reaching out over email, through snail mail, or through a family member or mutual friend.

How do you tell if your texts are blocked?

However, if your Android’s phone calls and texts to a specific person don’t seem to be reaching them, your number might have been blocked. You can try deleting the contact in question and seeing if they reappear as a suggested contact to determine whether or not you‘ve been blocked.

What happens when someone blocks your text messages?

When you block a contact, their texts go nowhere. The person whose number you‘ve blocked won’t receive any sign that their message to you was blocked; their text will simply sit there looking as though it were sent and not yet delivered, but in fact, it will be lost to the ether.

How can I text someone who blocked my number?

One of the quickest ways on how to text some who blocked you is by sending a message through SMS. They will recieve your SMS Messages. You can type the text into your default text messaging app and send it to their number or the person in your contact list that blocked you. This is a reliable method. 5 дней назад

How do you know if someone blocked your texts on Iphone?

There is one clue that youve been blocked, though. Look underneath the last text you sent before you suspect you were blocked, does it say Delivered? If the previous iMessage says Delivered but the most recent one doesn’t, it can mean that youve been blocked.

Do text messages say delivered when blocked?

If you suspect you have indeed been blocked, first try to send a courteous text of some kind. If you get the “Delivered” notification underneath it, you weren’t blocked. If you get a notification like “Message Not Delivered” or you get no notification at all, that’s a sign of a potential block.

Does green text mean blocked?

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

Why do some text messages say delivered and some do not?

It may say because a message is sent when the data from your cell is sent to another cell, it is recieved when that cell is active and can recieve text message. If you block someone with an Android phone, what will he/she receive on his/her end when said a blocked number tries to text you?

Why would a text message not be delivered?

1. Invalid Numbers. This is the most common reason that text message delivery can fail. If a text message is sent to an invalid number, it won’t be delivered – similar to entering an incorrect email address, you will get a response from your phone carrier informing you that the entered number was invalid.

How can I contact someone who blocked me?

In case of an Android Phone, open the Phone > tap on More (or 3-dot icon) > Settings in the drop-down menu. On the pop-up, tap on Hide Number > Cancel to come out of the Caller ID Menu. After hiding Caller ID, make a call to the person that has blocked your number and you should be able to reach the person.

Can you * 67 a text message?

The most well-known vertical service code in North America is *67. If you want to hide your number and make a private call, just dial *67 before entering the destination number you want to contact. But keep in mind that this only works for phone calls, not text messages.

How do I unblock my number from someones phone?

How to Block/Unblock Your Cell Phone Number

  1. Blocking Your Number Temporarily. Dial *67 on your phone’s keypad. Enter the number you want to call.
  2. Blocking Your Number Permanently. Call your carrier by dialing *611 from your cellular phone.
  3. Unblocking Your Number Temporarily. Dial *82 on your phone keypad.

What do blocked Imessages look like?

If you don’t see “Delivered” or “Read” notification appear within the iMessage conversation, then they may have blocked you. As mentioned above, their phone may be out of service or without a Wi-Fi connection. Wait a few hours, or even a day, and try to text again and see what happens.

How do you know if someone with an iPhone blocked you?

If you‘re blocked by someone, your calls will go straight to voicemail, and your voicemail messages will head to the ‘blocked‘ section immediately. The other person won’t receive your calls, won’t be notified you called, and won’t see a badge for your voicemail.

How do you know if a green text message was delivered?

If you hold the message bubble and shift the bubble to the left you’ll then see a time stamp which is when the message was sent. As to checking if the person received it, not sure. Can only suggest the above to confirm it left you.

How to know if your number was blocked

You may know that you can block someone and prevent them from sending you a message, call, or FaceTime. But how do you tell if someone blocked your number on their iPhone?

Well, there are a few indications that when put together, tell us what we need to know. Let’s check out all possible ways:

Call the person to see if you’ve been blocked

When calling a person you suspect has you blocked, you’ll notice some peculiar behavior. In our internal tests, we found that you hear precisely one ring, and then you’re diverted to voicemail if the recipient has voicemail set up.

Now, this can happen if someone cuts the call off after one ring, but the chances of that are very slim. Try calling a few times, and if you’re repeatedly cut to voicemail after one ring, you can most likely assume that you’ve been blocked.

Sometimes, the ‘one-ring-then-voice-mail pattern’ doesn’t happen. Instead, what you hear is a continuous busy tone that gets cut after a while. If the same thing happens no matter when you call, that’s an indication that you’ve been blocked.

Send an iMessage to check if you’ve been blocked on iPhone

I used this trick to figure out the reality of the situation. To a reasonable extent, I succeeded in my mission. So, how did I get through? Well, I delivered an iMessage to my friend who had me blocked. Though the message was sent, I didn’t get the “Delivered” confirmation.

Give this tip a try to figure out if you’ve been blocked or not, if you don’t see the ‘Delivered’ or ‘Read’ confirmation!

Extra Info: I also tried sending a text message from my iPhone to a friend using an Android phone. I had already blocked my number on his phone. The SMS was sent from my end, but the receiver didn’t get any notification. However, he did get the message. Inside the Android message app, it said ‘blocked contact.’

Call after hiding Caller ID to see if someone blocked your number.

First things first, this isn’t an ideal way to find out whether someone has blocked your phone number or not. You might even be considered undisciplined for disabling your caller ID.

But just in case you’re eager to discover the truth and remove any confusion, you can use this trick. In many countries, you can use a code in front of your number to disable the caller ID. This way, you can call a person even if you’ve been blocked. This Caller ID Wikipedia page contains the codes of several countries.

You also get the option to hide your caller ID right from your iOS device. To do so, open SettingsPhoneShow My Caller ID → then turn off the switch.

Keep in mind that many countries don’t allow Caller ID to be deactivated. Moreover, you can’t disable it when calling emergency numbers like 911.

Try calling from another phone number to be sure you’re blocked

This is one of the simplest ways to figure out the truth. If you’re unable to make contact using your one number, try a new one. Then, be a bit straightforward and ask whether he/she has barred you from calling or messaging.

It might have happened that your number was accidentally deleted from the contact list, and the person has a setting enabled that silences unknown callers.

If this is the case, you can ask the person to add your contact back to their iPhone or launch Settings on their iPhone and go to PhoneSilence Unknown Callers and toggle it off.

Note: In certain jurisdictions, repeatedly calling a person from a blocked or unblocked number may amount to harassment.

What’s your thought on the block feature? Were you able to figure out if you have been blocked on your iPhone using the methods above? Let us know in the comments down below.

If you are having trouble reaching a friend via phone call or text message, it’s possible that they may have blocked your number.

Of course, there are many reasons why someone might not respond right away, but if your texts aren’t going through and your calls go straight to voicemail, you could have been blocked.

In truth, the only way to know for sure that you’ve been blocked by someone is to ask them directly. But if you’re looking for an approach that’s less awkward, we’ve got an easy workaround for Android users.

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How to tell if someone blocked you on your Android

To start, you should make sure that your text messages and calls aren’t going through to the person. If this is consistently the case, then it’s possible you’ve been blocked.

Without asking the person whether you’ve been blocked or not, you could try the following method to see if they appear as a suggested contact on your phone, which would mean that you have likely not been blocked.

1. Open the Contacts app on your Android mobile device.

2. Tap on the name of the person you suspect may have blocked you.

3. Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of your screen.

4. Tap “Delete” to delete their contact information.

5. Open your Contacts app again.

6. Tap on the search bar at the top of your screen and type in the person’s name.

If your friend’s name appears as a suggested contact, then it’s very likely that they didn’t actually block you. If their name doesn’t appear as a suggested contact, it’s possible you may have been blocked.

If you’re now sure that you haven’t been blocked, don’t forget to re-enter your friend’s contact information.