Often we come across situations where we block someone’s contact or texts messaging or we get blocked by someone. Sometimes, to deal with irritating texts from malevolent people the best option we opt for is blocking them. Let us say you subscribed to an application on your phone, it is quite common that some of them spam you with texts to purchase the products you are not even interested in it. In those cases as well you block that number. It happened to me once.
I texted my friend after a long that and I changed my number. She assumed that I am some creep who is trying to bother her. Then she blocked my number and I had no other option than to call my other friend to call her and tell her that it was me. Afterward, she unblocked my contact and this turned into a funny memory for us friends. We cannot categorize the reasons why someone blocks you. It can be that you upset them, somehow annoyed them or it was a pure misunderstanding, similar to my situation. If your contact has been blocked then you cannot call that number. But we often wonder whether they cannot see our texts either. I had a Microsoft phone while I was a young girl.
In that phone, even if I block someone,s contact I could see the texts they sent me by going to the settings and checking for blocked messages. This was six years ago. But technology has advanced a lot. These days excessively sold operating systems are Android and iOS. So in this article, let us talk about ‘If someone blocked you, will they still get your texts?’
In case you have been blocked by an important person for any reason whatsoever, what are the possibilities? Android provides this feature in your phone to avoid any malicious calls or texts. Surely, if you are blocked you cannot call that number anymore. Then comes the possibility of texting. Is it possible to clear the misunderstanding through text? Is there any way you can convey your identity using texts? Firstly, if you have been blocked then you won’t be able to reach them. Most probably your phone call will be directed to voicemail and your messages will not be delivered. If otherwise, then you may not have been blocked. You are not able to reach the other person for some other reason.
How to find out if you have been blocked?
You need to make sure that your text messages are not delivered to the other person. If they are not then your number may have been blocked. Android provides you paths through which you can make sure of the same. To do so you need to delete that particular person’s phone number from your phone. If you are suggested that contact and the number reappears, that means you have not been blocked. Follow these steps:
- Step 1: On your Android phone, open the dialer app and tap on the Contacts icon.
- Step 2: Click on the name of the person you think has blocked you.
- Step 3: On the top right corner of your screen, you will see three dots. Click on it.
- Step 4: On the list that has appeared, click on Delete Contact.
- Step 5: Close the Contacts app and reopen it.
- Step 6: Type the name of the person on the search bar you have deleted.
The name of the person will appear if they have not blocked you. If it doesn’t appear after following the above steps then they may have blocked you.
Things that may happen if your number has been blocked in Android
Suppose you have been blocked then text messages that you are sending that person will not be delivered. When a message is sent, you see a sent or delivered note, but that ‘sent’ or ‘delivered’ will not appear anymore. Further, that person will not see anything. All the phone calls that are made from your end will be connected automatically to voicemail.
Can you say that you have been blocked from text messages as well on Android?
To know whether your number has been blocked by someone by checking if you can send text messages or not. You can figure this out by seeing the delivery status. Generally, Android does provide features such as a message tracking system to check whether you have been blocked from text messages or not. So, unfortunately, it is undoable. There are not any third-party applications available as well that flash you a message ‘You have been blocked.’ Also, it is noteworthy that sending texts cannot be restricted unless your phone number has been blocked. Once a phone number is blocked, every contact option is restricted including texting, calling, and Whatsapp contacts as well.
How to access blocked messages?
Usually, if your messages have not been deleted from the block list, you can retrieve them from your Android messages. Follow these steps to do so:
- Step 1: Go to Call & Text blocking on your android phone.
- Step 2: Click on History.
- Step 3: A drop-down menu appears. Click on Text Blocked History.
- Step 4: Select the messages that you want to restore.
- Step 5: Click on Restore to Inbox button to return to your inbox.
In iPhone as well, you cannot certainly tell if your number has been blocked. But some revealing signs can help you find out. There are some common things about iPhone with Android that we just went through. Like if you get the note that your message has been delivered then your number has not been blocked. Nevertheless, your number may have been blocked if your phone calls are directly diverted to voicemail. Or if you do not get the ‘Delivered’ or ‘Read’ note. However, if your message is not delivered does not mean you have been blocked. It may mean that your text message is yet to be sent. Let us look at some ways to figure out if your number has been blocked and how you can know if you have been blocked in iMessage.
If you receive an automated text response, then you are not blocked
In case the other has turned on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode or ‘Driving Focus’ mode then you will be sent an automated text. Setting automated text can be enabled if you want the other person to know that somehow you are busy. So, if you receive these messages then fortunately you have not been blocked. These auto-generated text messages are not sent to those contacts that have been blocked. So, if you receive this text then you can chill cause you have not been blocked.
If you sent a text and it was delivered then you have not been blocked
Sometimes, when ‘Do Not Disturb’ is enabled on the other person’s phone then a misunderstanding can be created that you are blocked. When you text someone while their phone is on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode then you immediately get a delivery notification. Although, the receiver will receive the message only when they disable this mode. Nonetheless, if you have been blocked then the message will look like it has been sent but you will not receive any confirmation regarding its delivery. So, even if your message is delivered yet you do not receive a reply for some time then it does not necessarily mean that you have been blocked.
But if you don’t see the ‘Delivered’ or ‘Read’ note, then you may have been blocked
The most simple way to figure out that you have been blocked on any phone is that you will not see the ‘delivered’ or ‘read’ notification below your text. However, it is only possible if communication is made between two iPhones. If the message is sent from iMessage to Android then the delivery notification may not appear. If the previous messages show delivered but the recent ones don’t then you have been blocked.
What does the ‘Not Delivered’ error imply?
It often happens that the messages you have sent do not get delivered. The reason can be that maybe your wifi is not functioning well. If that is the case then you receive a ‘Not Delivered’ notification. You can try enabling SMS texts on your phone. Your iPhone will automatically retry to send that text using cellular data. If this does not work either then you may try sending it again by retyping it. If it still fails to get a reply then you may have been blocked. To resend an iMessage text as an SMS on receiving a ‘Not Delivered’ text follow these steps:
- Step 1: When the text fails to deliver, you will see a red info icon. Click on it.
- Step 2: A dialogue box appears. Tap on ‘Send as Text Message’
- Step 3: Then your device you resend that text. Once the text is delivered that ‘Not delivered’ note will disappear.
The call is diverted to voicemail, then you have been blocked
The simplest way to find out if you have been blocked is to call that person. Once you call that person it rings once and then the call is diverted to voicemail. Note that the phone does ring but just once. You can leave a message if you are doubtful that they have blocked you. But that message is sent to a different section of the phone called ‘Blocked Messages.’ The other person does not get any notification that you have texted them or tried to call them or that a voicemail has been sent. They will only be able to discover your texts when they open the blocked messages section.
What if you were blocked on WhatsApp?
These days WhatsApp is the most popular app to communicate with your friends and family. Firstly sharing multimedia is convenient. Secondly, texts are sent way faster and they are end-to-end encrypted. You can put ‘Status’ to share memories with your contacts and a lot more. You can keep a profile picture and a bio about yourself as well. Also, a name that you have saved according to your liking also appears beside your name. In case your name is not saved on their device, they can figure out your number using that name.
Although if you have been blocked by the other person you will not be able to see their status, last seen, or profile picture. You will not be able to see their WhatsApp calls, messages, or status updates either. Any of these will not be delivered to you as soon as you are blocked by them on WhatsApp. Let us check out what happens once you are blocked on WhatsApp.
Texts Are Not Delivered
Once you are blocked on WhatsApp, you will be sent but they are never delivered to the other side. The basic rule of WhatsApp is that a single tick means the text has been sent, two grey ticks mean the text is delivered and two blue ticks mean it has been read. When you have been blocked the bottom left of the text box only shows a grey tick which means that the text has only been sent but never delivered.
Last seen tells your contacts the last time you opened WhatsApp. Once you have been blocked by someone you will not be able to see the last time they were online. Although, there can be other reasons why you are not able to see the last seen of a person on WhatsApp. Some people alter their settings so that no one can see when was the last they were online. This setting can be changed from the ‘Last seen and online’ tap on the settings page. You can change it to ‘who can see my last seen’ or ‘who can see when I’m online.’ This is the reason why ‘Last Seen’ solely cannot act as a deciding factor if you have been blocked or not.
Calls and Status
If you have been blocked then you cannot call that person. It often happens that because of network issues WhatsApp calls do not go through. Hence, it cannot give you proper confirmation. Although if you are not able to call them at all, even when the network range is good. Then you are blocked. Also, you cannot see their Status in the status bar of WhatsApp. However, even if the number has blocked you, your contact info will still be there on their WhatsApp window. Contact info does not disappear unless they are deleted from the device itself.
How to know if you have been blocked?
Well, like any other messaging app, in WhatsApp as well you cannot see that you have been blocked. Although the person who has blocked will be able the see that they have blocked you. No notification is received when you are blocked by someone. The above-mentioned tips are the only ways to figure out that you are blocked. The old messages that have been shared do not disappear. They remain the same way they were even when you are blocked. The other cannot see your ‘Last seen’, ‘Online status’, your status, or any text that you have sent after they blocked your contact.
The reason why someone blocks you or you block someone can be different from situation to situation. Sometimes if someone is bothering you, or you receive any fraudulent message, it is better to just block them. This feature is installed on all messaging apps so that no one can bother you or do any malicious activity. However, sometimes you are mistakenly blocked or mistaken for unknown and blocked as well for safety reasons.
In that case, here is this article to help you figure out what to do. There are third-party apps available online which can help you text someone who has blocked you. But they with there own risks. So, if you have been blocked, try contacting them with another number in case of an emergency. Otherwise, it is better to leave them alone if they are not interested in conversing with you.