The blocking feature on the iPhones and iPads allows you to block a contact and prevent them from sending you a message, call, and FaceTime. If you block someone, the process ends there. You don’t have to bother or worry about it anymore.
But what if someone else seems to have blocked your number? What if you are on the other side of the equation? How do you tell if someone has blocked your number on iPhone? Well, there are a few indications that when put together, tell us the clear picture. Read on to know how.
How to Tell If Someone Has Blocked Your Number on iPhone
- Call the Person to See if You Have Been Blocked
- Send an iMessage to Check for Block
- To Check Blocking, Call After Hiding the Caller ID
- Try Calling from Other Phone Number to be Sure About Being Blocked
#1. Call the Person to See if You Have Been Blocked
When you call a person who has blocked you, the observation is interesting. In our internal tests, we found that you hear precisely one ring, and then you’re diverted to voicemail if the recipient has voicemail setup. Now, this can happen even if someone will cut the call after one ring but the chances of that are very thin. Try calling a few times, and when you are repeatedly cut to voicemail after one ring, you can most likely assume that you’ve been blocked.
Sometimes, the ‘one-ring-then-voice-mail pattern’ doesn’t happen. Instead, what you hear is a continuous busy tone that gets cut after a while. If the same thing happens no matter when you call, that’s an indication that you’ve been blocked.
#2. Send an iMessage to Check for Block
I used this trick to figure out the reality. And to a reasonable extent, I succeeded in my mission. So, how did I get through? Well, I delivered an iMessage to my friend (who had blocked me). Though the message was sent, I didn’t get the “Delivered” confirmation.
Give this tip a try, and I’m pretty sure you can figure out if you have been blocked or not, if you do not see the ‘Delivered’ or ‘Read‘ confirmation!
Extra Info: I also sent a text message to a friend who is using an Android phone. I had already blocked my number on his phone. The SMS was sent from my end, but the receiver didn’t get any notification. However, he did get the message. Inside the Android message app it said ‘blocked contact’.
#3. To Check Blocking, Call After Hiding the Caller ID
First things first, it’s not an ideal way to find out whether someone has blocked your phone number or not. You might even be considered undisciplined for disabling your caller ID.
But just in case, if you are eager to discover the truth to remove the confusion, you can use this trick. In many countries, you can use a code in front of your number to disable the caller ID. This way, you can call a person even if you have been blocked. This Caller ID Wikipedia page contains the codes of several countries.
Besides, you also get the option to hide your caller ID right from your iOS device. To do so, open Settings → Phone → Show My Caller ID → then turn off the switch.
Keep in mind that many countries don’t allow the Caller ID to be deactivated. Moreover, you can’t disable it when calling emergency numbers like 911.
#4. Try Calling from Other Phone Number to be Sure About Being Blocked
This is one of the simplest ways to figure out the truth. If you are unable to make contact using your one number, try a new one. Then, be a bit straightforward and ask whether he/she has barred you from calling or messaging.
It might have happened that your number was accidentally deleted from the contact list, and the person has a setting ON that silences unknown callers. So, if this is the case, you may ask the person to add your contact back to his iPhone or launch the Settings app on their iPhone and go to Phone → Silence Unknown Callers and turn this toggle off.
Note: In certain jurisdictions, repeatedly calling a person from a blocked or unblocked number may amount to harassment.
That’s pretty much it! Which one of the above tricks have you used to get over the line? Do let us know that in the comments below.
Video: How to Know If Someone Has Blocked Your Number on iPhone
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