How to Block Contacts on iMessage on iPhone (iOS Tip)

Is someone annoying you on iMessage? You can block them. And it’s now very simple too. In early days, you couldn’t block a person, and that was really bad. The workarounds included turning off iMessage completely (ugliest solution) to using some trick like adding the number under a dummy contact with a name like ‘Blocked’ or something identifiable. But nowadays you can block someone from sending you an iMessage (or even making a call or sending a text).

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Blocking someone on your iPhone effectively blocks them from even being able to call you or text you (regular SMS/MMS). For our purposes, we assume that this is the use-case.

How to block someone from sending you iMessages on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Open the Settings app → Scroll down and tap on Messages.

Tap on Settings then Messages on iPhone

Step #2. Now, scroll down again and tap on Blocked → To add a person to this list, tap on Add New…

Tap on Blocked then Tap on Add New in Messages Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Choose the contact. You’ll notice that this contact gets added to your Blocked list. This contact won’t be able to call you, text you or send an iMessage to you. Even FaceTime will be blocked for this person.

Block Contacts in iMessage on iPhone

That’s it!

If you ever change your mind, you can unblock them by taping on Settings → Messages → Blocked → Edit → Tap on Red minus sign → Tap on Unblock → Finally tap on Done.

Unblock iMessage Contacts on iPhone or iPad

There are times people tend to get annoyed when they receive repeated messages from unknown numbers. If you don’t want to receive such useless messages, you can block unknown numbers from sending you iMessages. Guess, it’s equally easy. Here you are!

How to Block Unknown Callers on iPhone:

Launch Phone app → Tap on Recents with clock symbol from the bottom → You will see all the recent phone numbers which you have sent/received. Search the unknown phone number which you want to block from sending you iMessages. Once you have found the unknown number, tap on “i” icon which will be on the right of the number.

Tap Recents then i Icon in Phone App on iPhone

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Block this caller → Tap on Block Contact.

Block Caller on iPhone and iPad

That’s it! You won’t receive iMessages, phone calls and even Face Time from this unknown number.

If you wish to unblock the contact, tap on the “i” icon next to number/caller’s name → Tap on Unblock this caller.

Unblock Caller on iPhone

What if you want to remove the contact itself and block the number? That’s not possible (at least, not yet) unless you call up your carrier and have them block a number. You could also log in to your account on your carrier’s portal and add the number to the blacklist. Changes would take effect quite late.

There’s also another option to stop getting notifications when someone sends you an iMessage without missing other message notifications. This process involves two steps:

  • Remove the contact from your phone/address book
  • Go to Settings → Notifications → Messages → scroll down and select Show Alerts from My Contacts.

This way, you won’t get notifications for iMessages sent from unknown numbers (or numbers that are not in your contacts). But it won’t block.

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    • Only regular contact numbers can be blocked. If you have blocked a special number or those senders in which you only see the alphabetical name like BA-SMS etc. These won’t be blocked.

  1. you can still block someone even if they are not in your contacts – I do this all the time with annoying telemarketing calls. To do this once you have received the call go to “Phone” then “Recents” then click on the “i” symbol next to the number, scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on “block this caller”

  2. Great information and thanks very much.
    So if I understand correctly, using this method to block messaging will also block the person from being able to call (so there is no need to also take the steps in the ‘tutorial’ link?).


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