Have you ever felt like your messages to a friend or family member are going ignored on your iPhone? You might wonder if they’ve actually blocked your number without telling you. There are some easy ways to identify if a contact has blocked you on an iPhone in 2024.
What Happens When You’re Blocked on iPhone
When someone blocks your number in their iPhone contacts or through their carrier, several key things may occur:
- Your iMessages or SMS text messages will no longer deliver and show as not sent
- Their messages to you may continue to show as delivered even though they do not actually receive your responses
- Your phone calls go straight to voicemail or indicate the number is disconnected
- Your contact shows unavailable/offline on apps like WhatsApp or Signal
- Your FaceTime calls do not go through
If one or more of these scenarios apply when trying to contact someone, they likely blocked your number or account on their iPhone. There are a few additional checks you can do to confirm a block and identify how it was set up.
Check Message Delivery & Read Receipts
The first signs that you may be blocked on iPhone often show up when sending routine text messages.
Check iMessage Read Receipts
If your messages sent through iMessage stop showing the ‘Delivered’ or ‘Read’ status updates:
- Open the Messages app
- Select the contact thread you believe blocked you
- Tap on ‘More’ in the upper right corner
- Turn off ‘Send Read Receipts’
- Send them another iMessage
If your latest message now shows ‘Delivered’ instead of nothing, that indicates your contact previously disabled read receipts from you, likely because they blocked your account from their iPhone.
Look for Green SMS Delivered Status
Try sending the blocked contact a regular SMS text message instead of an iMessage.
- Make sure SMS text messaging is enabled in the Messages settings
- Compose a new message to your contact
- Check if the message status under the text bubble turns green and says ‘Delivered’
Since iMessage and SMS texts route differently, your SMS messages would fail to deliver if your number is actively blocked. As long as the contact has cellular signal, SMS deliver confirmations are generally instant.
Check For Missed Call Notifications
If you suspect someone blocked you on iPhone, check if your incoming calls are going straight to voicemail instead of ringing their phone.
- Call the contact from your iPhone
- Let the call ring for over 20 seconds before hanging up
- Open the Phone app and select ‘Recents’
- Check if their phone number shows the call was ‘Declined‘ instead of ‘No Answer’
An immediate decline followed by voicemail typically indicates an active block of your number or ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode during off-hours. Monitor this behavior over multiple calls on different days/times to confirm your number is blocked.
Analyze Social Media & IM App Interactions
Beyond calls and texts, someone who has blocked you on their iPhone may also restrict interactions on messaging apps, social platforms or FaceTime.
Check Activity Status on WhatsApp
If using WhatsApp with an iPhone contact:
- Open the chat with their account
- Check if you still see their profile picture, online/offline status
- Try sending them a few messages
If your latest WhatsApp messages show only a single checkmark instead of two, that means your messages are not being delivered from that iPhone device. They may have blocked you specifically on WhatsApp by:
- Opening your chat
- Tapping your name at the top
- Selecting ‘Block Contact’ or ‘Block on WhatsApp’
This prevents any messages, calls or status updates to their account without removing you as a contact elsewhere on their iPhone. Monitor if the single checkmark issue persists for all messages over several days to confirm a block.
See If Their Signal Profile Vanishes
The encrypted messaging app Signal relies on phone numbers as account IDs on iPhone. If someone blocks your SMS or calls, this typically blocks Signal as well.
Some signs your number was blocked in Signal:
- Your messages from that iPhone user show as ‘Sent’ but never ‘Delivered’
- Their profile photo and ‘About’ text disappears
- New outbound Signal calls instantly fail or bypass ringing
If you experience a combination of these on Signal specifically when communicating with an iPhone contact, that points to a block of your SMS, calls and messaging through iOS.
Check for Facebook Messenger Activity
Apart from iMessage and SMS texts, someone blocking you on iPhone could limit interactions on Messenger too while still allowing some Facebook activity.
Clues that an iPhone Facebook friend blocked you on Messenger:
- You can still comment on their profile or posts
- Your Messenger messages never show ‘Delivered’ statuses
- You can no longer start new Messenger calls or group chats with this contact
- Their Messenger profile loses the Active Now indicators
If your messages failed to send from that iPhone user while general Facebook access remains, they likely toggled your Messenger communication abilities due to an account block.
Attempt a FaceTime Video Call
FaceTime calls rely directly on contacts registered in the iOS Phone app. As a result, blocking a number on iPhone typically restricts FaceTime as well.
To check if someone blocked your FaceTime calls from their iPhone specifically:
- Open the FaceTime app
- Search for or select the blocked contact
- Tap the Video call icon to call their registered iPhone number or Apple ID email
If your FaceTime call instantly fails or goes to a black screen, that likely indicates the block of video chatting from that iPhone device, Even if general call blocking is not enabled, on iPhone you can restrict FaceTime without limiting SMS for specific contacts.
Review Shared Photos Album Access
The iOS Photos app lets you share groups of images, videos or albums through iCloud with selected iPhone contacts in shared libraries. If your access was removed, it may indicate a restriction or block from that user.
To check if your iPhone photos access was revoked:
- Open Photos and select the ‘Shared Albums’ tab
- See if the block contact still shows under ‘Shared With’ in any albums
- Check the info icon in the corner of each shared album
- Scroll to confirm if you still show under ‘People’ for that library
- Attempt adding new photos to the shared albums involving that user
If your name disappears from previous collaborative albums or you can no longer contribute photos, that iPhone user likely modified sharing access due to a block or restriction for your account via their iCloud Photos sharing controls.
Confirm a Number Block Through Carrier
Beyond device-level blocks in iOS, someone could request a complete block at the carrier level to prevent all calls and SMS messages across any phone.
Major phone carriers allow subscribers to fully block other numbers. Some ways to confirm if someone blocked you through their iPhone cellular provider:
- Call the carrier support line associated with that contact’s iPhone number
- Ask the rep to check if your mobile number shows as ‘Blocked’ in their account
- Try calling the blocked number from an unrelated phone on another carrier
- Fast decline to voicemail confirms a carrier-level block
If confirmed blocked via your or their carrier, the only way to undo it is for that iPhone subscriber to manually remove the block under the ‘Blocked Numbers’ list in their wireless account dashboard or mobile app.
Determine the Exact Blocking Method
Based on the information above regarding messages, calls, apps and system indicators when communicating with a contact, you can typically decipher how that iPhone user blocked you.
Common ways to block on iPhone include:
Contacts App Block
To block calls/texts at the system level via iOS:
- The user opens the ‘Contacts’ app
- Selects your name
- Scrolls to ‘Block this Caller’ and toggles it on
This prevents phone calls and SMS texts specifically while still allowing iMessages, FaceTime or app messaging. Easily reversed by toggling ‘Block’ off for your listing.
Do Not Disturb Allow List
Your number could be removed from another user’s iPhone ‘Allow Calls From’ list in Do Not Disturb preferences.
To check if you were removed as exception:
- On your own iPhone, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb
- Enable DND and check if ‘Allow Calls From’ is on
- Ask the suspected blocker if your number is still listed there
If you were previously allowed but removed, all calls/texts show as declined while that preference is enabled on their iPhone.
Carrier-Level Number Block
As detailed above, someone could request through AT&T, Verizon, etc. to block all SMS and calls tied specifically to your mobile number across any device. Reversal requires contacting carrier support to remove the block.
App-Specific Account Blocks
Restricting interactions on only WhatsApp, Messenger or FaceTime without blocking general texts or calls means you were likely blocked in those specific apps on iPhone. Check the platform settings or message status indications within each app for details.
Full Device Block in iOS / iCloud
The most expansive block in iPhone settings involves adding your email or phone number under ‘Blocked Contacts’ in iCloud account management online or in iOS privacy settings. This prevents virtually all interactions including:
- SMS and calls
- Email and calendar invites
- iMessage and FaceTime
- AirDrop file transfers
- Shared Photos Albums
- Memoji stickers in iMessage
- Certain app notifications
- Location tracking approvals
Check ‘Settings > Profile Name > iCloud > Manage Contacts > Blocked Contacts’ on your own iPhone or iCloud.com for your email or number to confirm that expansive device block.
Determine Appropriate Next Steps
Discovering that someone has intentionally blocked you on iPhone can be emotionally challenging. Before reacting, consider what specific communication channels were restricted and the most constructive response.
Respect the Block Request
If a friend or family member actively blocked your iPhone number or online account, avoid trying to circumvent those limitations right away. The block likely indicates their desire to limit interactions for personal reasons. Respect that choice and consider giving them space unless an emergency requires contacting.
Communicate Through Alternate Channels
If you determine your phone, SMS and social accounts were blocked specifically in iPhone OS or apps, assess other profiles or devices owned by that contact. If available, try sending an appropriate explanatory message through another medium like email first. Lead with empathy and offer openness to understand their viewpoint.
Request Block Removal After Reflection
For less expansive blocks limited to just calls, texts or FaceTime on iPhone, politely ask the contact to remove restrictions after a reasonable cooling off period. Explain your commitment to communicate respectfully within any requested guidelines. If the block followed a pattern of harassment though, expect restrictions to remain indefinitely.
Consult Support Resources as Needed
Being blocked by someone close to you without understanding why can take an emotional toll over time. Seek counseling or access mental health resources if persistent blocking by someone continues impacting your daily functioning and relationships. Therapists offer safe spaces to process complex personal situations.
How do you know if someone blocked your number?
Here are some of the main ways to know if someone has blocked your number:
- Your texts to them won’t go through and will show as undelivered or failed.
- Your calls to them will go straight to voicemail very quickly without ringing.
- Your calls may state something like “this caller is unreachable” or that the “number has calling restrictions.”
- Your contact may stop responding to you on social media platforms while remaining active on them.
- Your messages may still show “delivered” to the other person (one check mark on apps like WhatsApp), but they won’t ever show “read” (two check marks).
- If you’re blocked on an app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, you may no longer see profile photo updates, status updates, or when the person was last active/online.
- If you are blocked through your phone carrier, you will get an automated message stating that you can’t call or text the number.
If you notice a combination of these things when trying to contact someone, chances are they have likely blocked your number or account across one or more platforms or their phone carrier. Checking in through mutual connections can also provide confirmation sometimes.
What to do if iPhone is hacked
Here are the steps to take if you think your iPhone has been hacked:
- Change your passwords. If there’s any possibility your iPhone has malware, change the passwords for email, financial, social media, shopping sites, and any other sensitive accounts immediately. Use strong, unique passwords for each account.
- Run antivirus software. Install and run reputable antivirus software like Malwarebytes to scan for infections or malware. Delete anything harmful it detects.
- Update iOS. Make sure you have the latest iOS software update installed to protect against known vulnerabilities. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to upgrade if an update is available.
- Restore your iPhone. Back up your iPhone data using iTunes or iCloud, then perform a factory reset to wipe your device clean. This will erase any malware that may have infected your phone. Make sure to restore from a backup taken before the suspicious activity occurred.
- Limit app permissions. Check the permissions for all the apps on your iPhone and limit their access to functions like contacts, photos, camera and location to just what is needed. This reduces the damage malware can do if your phone is infected again.
- Install a VPN. A trusted virtual private network (VPN) app like ExpressVPN or NordVPN helps encrypt all traffic from your device and hide your IP address. This makes it much harder for hackers to spy on you.
- Be cautious of public WiFi networks. Only connect to trusted, secure networks and consider using a VPN whenever on public WiFi to keep your data safe from eavesdroppers. Monitor your accounts closely when traveling and relying on public networks.