WhatsApp – world’s most popular cross-platform messaging app – has many cool features. It lets you share audio notes, videos, and photos, along with the usual text conversations embedded with rich emoticons.

Like most other apps, WhatsApp takes your privacy and preferences seriously and that’s one of the reasons why you can block contacts from messaging you on WhatsApp. Not exactly a good thing but then, there are people you do want to avoid.

Blocking a person on WhatsApp is easy, although it’s beneath a few layers deep.

Block Contacts on WhatsApp on iPhone

How to Block a Contact in WhatsApp on iPhone:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap on Settings from the bottom menu.

Step 2: Tap on Account and then go to Privacy

How to Block Someone on Whatsapp - Privacy Setting

Step 3: You’ll see the option named Blocked. Tap on this.

Block Someone on Whatsapp - Blocked Option

Step 4: To block a particular contact, tap on the ‘Add New…’.

Add Contacts to the Blocked List

Step 5: Now, choose the contact you want to block.

Step 6: You can add more people to the blocked list if you want by repeating steps 4 and 5.

By blocking a contact, you are effectively blocking the person from sending you any message via WhatsApp. Note that even after you’ve blocked, the person can see your ‘last seen at’ timestamp. This means although you’ve blocked any messages from the person, they can know when the last time you used WhatsApp was.

Also, any message they send doesn’t get the two-ticks that are typical of messages that are sent and delivered.

Now that you know how to block a person, let’s also find out how to unblock a contact, just in case:

How to Unblock a Contact in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step 1: Go to the Blocked list (Settings -> Account -> Privacy -> Blocked)

Step 2: Swipe on a contact. The “Unblock” option appears

Unblock WhatsApp Contacts on iPhone

Step 3: Tap on Unblock and the contact is removed from the Blocked list.

That’s it. Now that you’ve removed the contact from the Blocked list, you can receive and send messages to this contact.

Watch out this video to know how to block/unblock someone on WhatsApp on iPhone:

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  • DEFC

    , how come is so complicated to block someone on whatsapp running on ios? it was so easy on android, i really dont understand the differences on whatsapp on both OS..

  • yemi park

    Its bizzare. How is it that I blocked someone and the person is still able to send me messages. This seem to be peculiar to this particular person as all others I similarly blocked were not able to send me messages.

  • Ann

    Hi, I have found out that Whatsapp have relocated the Block feature in Settings. Please see below;

    Go to WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked, then tap the Add New button to add contacts from your address book to your block list.

    • Hi! Thanks for the heads-up. Post has been updated to reflect the change.

  • Ann

    I have the new iPhone 5s iOS 7. I wanted to block someone on whatsapp, but when I went into the chat settings, the block feature had disappeared!

    Do you know if anything has changed. People I’ve previously blocked are still blocked, but I can’t find feature to add more blocks?

    Help needed!


  • MarĂ­a Cava Cava

    Why have people to block
    contacts on whatsapp
    ?I don,t understand