When you can’t call someone, you might start to wonder if they’ve blocked you. Here are some telltale signs to watch out for.
Are you trying to reach someone with no luck? You may have been blocked. Of course, the best way to find out for sure is to ask that person directly. But if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, here are a few other ideas you can try.
While there is no definite way to know someone has blocked your phone number, the following signs may indicate that it has.
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1. No notification under a sent iMessage
This method only works for iOS users.
Here’s what you need to do: open the app Messages , type a message to the person you think has blocked you, and send it. But make sure to send an iMessage (it should be in a blue bubble, not green).
Look carefully at the notification under the message you sent. If its status indicates Delivered , this means that the person has received your message but has not read it yet. If you see Read written below the message, it means that the recipient has already reviewed it. But if that person has blocked you, you will see a blank space with no status.
Take a look at the two screenshots below, the second screenshot shows no status at the bottom what happens when you get stuck.
It’s best to wait at least a few days and see if anything changes as there may be other reasons for this to happen besides being blocked.
For example, the recipient may not have a data connection or their phone may be dead.
2. You are quickly redirected to voicemail
Unfortunately, when you call someone who has blocked your phone number, you won’t receive any notification about it. But there is one thing that can imply that you have been blocked. If you notice that you are redirected to voicemail very soon after you start calling.
Don’t jump to conclusions right away. The recipient may have turned off their phone or are in an area with no service coverage.
But if this happens every time you call for a long time, then there’s a good chance they’ve blocked you.
3. The person takes calls from other phone numbers
Another method you can try is to call that person from another phone number. Borrow someone else’s phone and dial that person’s number. You don’t necessarily need to speak; you just have to check if the call goes through and if the person answers.
If they’re describing from that number but your own number goes straight to voicemail, your fears are answered: you’ve been blocked.
If you can’t use someone else’s phone for this, hide your phone number to bypass the block instead.
Maybe they’re using do not disturb mode?
Sometimes you might think you’ve been blocked when the person you’re calling is actually using the profile. Do not disturb . When someone activates this profile on their phone, neither you nor that person will receive a notification when you send a message or try to call them.
As soon as your contact turns do not disturb mode off, you receive a notification that your message has been delivered, and that message becomes visible on their phone at the same time.
If the person you’re trying to reach has turned on Do not disturb and the repeated calls , try to make one call after another within three minutes. It might help your call bypass do not disturb mode, as long as it isn’t actually blocking you.
Now you know the truth
With the methods listed above, you can get a good idea if you have been blocked or not. But since there is no way to know for sure, it is always best to speak directly with that person.
Who knows, they might have blocked your phone number by mistake. By talking to them, you need to show them how to unblock you and get your communication back on track.