You may know that you can block someone and prevent them from sending you a message, call, or FaceTime. But how do you tell if someone blocked your number on their iPhone?
Well, there are a few indications that when put together, tell us what we need to know. Let’s check out all possible ways:
- Call the person to see if you’ve been blocked
- Send an iMessage to check if you’ve been blocked on iPhone
- Call after hiding the Caller ID to see if someone blocked you
- Try calling from another phone number to be sure you’ve been blocked
Call the person to see if you’ve been blocked
When calling a person you suspect has you blocked, you’ll notice some peculiar behavior. In our internal tests, we found that you hear precisely one ring, and then you’re diverted to voicemail if the recipient has voicemail set up.
Now, this can happen if someone cuts the call off after one ring, but the chances of that are very slim. Try calling a few times, and if you’re 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.
Send an iMessage to check if you’ve been blocked on iPhone
I used this trick to figure out the reality of the situation. 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 me blocked. Though the message was sent, I didn’t get the “Delivered” confirmation.
Give this tip a try to figure out if you’ve been blocked or not, if you don’t see the ‘Delivered’ or ‘Read’ confirmation!
Extra Info: I also tried sending a text message from my iPhone to a friend 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.’
Call after hiding Caller ID to see if someone blocked your number.
First things first, this isn’t 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 you’re eager to discover the truth and remove any 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’ve been blocked. This Caller ID Wikipedia page contains the codes of several countries.
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 Caller ID to be deactivated. Moreover, you can’t disable it when calling emergency numbers like 911.
Try calling from another phone number to be sure you’re blocked
This is one of the simplest ways to figure out the truth. If you’re 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 enabled that silences unknown callers.
If this is the case, you can ask the person to add your contact back to their iPhone or launch Settings on their iPhone and go to Phone → Silence Unknown Callers and toggle it off.
Note: In certain jurisdictions, repeatedly calling a person from a blocked or unblocked number may amount to harassment.
What’s your thought on the block feature? Were you able to figure out if you have been blocked on your iPhone using the methods above? Let us know in the comments down below.
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