Am I blocked on iMessage? A question that pops into your head when your friend or acquaintance takes particularly long to reply…
Of course, it’s possible the recipient is busy or facing network issues. But how could you know for sure?
While there is no specific way to discover the truth, there are some signs or hacks to know if someone has blocked you on iMessage. Let’s explore these tricks one by one.
1. Check iMessage bubble color on iPhone
Even if you’re blocked on iMessage, the message will appear to be sent as usual; this is why it’s so difficult to figure out if you’re blocked or not.
Apple uses a blue text bubble to signify iMessage and a green bubble for SMS. When iMessages can’t go through, and the send as SMS setting is enabled, the iPhone re-sends the message via cellular.
So, if your chat history suddenly sports green text bubbles and a ‘Send as Text Message’ under the message instead of blue, it’s a hint.
This might also happen due to network issues at the other end, though. Let’s move on to the next step for further clarity.
2. Check iMessage delivery status
Whether using an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook, iMessage shows read receipt or delivered notifications of recently sent messages—if they have it enabled for your contact, that is. But if you can’t see any such status, here’s the second possible strike.
Again, this may also happen when the receiver’s Do Not Disturb mode is turned on. When they turn DND mode off, they get the delivery notification. So, if the status isn’t updated on your end even after some time, you might be on the blocked list.
3. Call or FaceTime the person who blocked you
If someone blocks you, you can’t send an iMessage, call, or FaceTime them. The next step to test if your number is blocked is to place a call.
Interestingly, when you call the blocker, the phone rings just once and then diverts to voicemail or gets cut off. As for FaceTime, it will seem as though the receiver has instantly rejected the call.
This can also happen due to network issues and DND mode. To know the real status, you might have to call the person again after a while.
If you’re blocked, the same thing will happen every time you try to make a call.
4. Turn off Caller ID on iPhone and call the blocker
Desperate times call for desperate measures! Either call the person from an alternative number or disable your caller ID and send a call their way.
To disable Caller ID:
- Open Settings → Scroll down and tap Phone.
- Tap Show My Caller ID and toggle it off to disable it.
If the person responds to this call, the unfortunate result is quite clear.
Note: This feature is not available in all countries, so you may not be able to employ this method.
5. Double-check with WhatsApp messages
The cheekiest trick of them all. Usually, when someone blocks you from one platform, they do the same on other social media or communication platforms as well.
Send a WhatsApp message and use these tricks to know if you have been blocked. The method offers a win-win solution. You will either discover that you are blocked or could directly ask the friend why they are not replying to you on iMessage.
Getting blocked by someone can really hurt, but it’s wise to let others make their own decisions. So, I will advise that you find out whether you are blocked by someone on iMessage or not and then respect their privacy.
I hope we answered your question of “how do you know if someone has blocked you on iMessage?” As for any other iPhone-related queries, feel free to comment below for troubleshooting help.
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Jibin Joseph is the Content Editor at iGeeksBlog and has excellent attention to detail. He is a voracious reader, with interests ranging from philosophy and history to geopolitics and tech. When not reading or correcting grammar, you’d find him engaging in discussions about football. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @4ibin.