Trying to know whether or not someone has blocked your contact can be an uncomfortable process. If you think you’ve been blocked and want to know if someone has blocked your number try the methods outlined in this post.
It’s an awful feeling – Let’s say you meet someone new, you started talking and texting each other and all of a sudden, he stopped responding to your texts and calls, and finally, he tapers off entirely. What comes to your mind next is, Have I been blocked?
The answer is, MAYBE. If you’re looking for ways to know if someone has blocked your phone number, the good news is that there are a few trial-and-error methods you can use to get your answers.
Here are some simple ways to know whether someone has blocked your number:
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How to Know If Someone Blocked Your Number
1. Call the Suspected Contact
You can’t really tell if a contact has blocked you by sending a text, you will need to call them.
2. Listen carefully the way the call ends
When you call the number and the call ends just after one ring or, half of a ring and you are diverted to voicemail, the contact has either blocked your number or his phone is dead.
3. See how fast you get to voicemail
Like I mentioned earlier, listen carefully to the way the calls end. If you call a contact who has blocked your number, you won’t get any kind of notification about it but you’ll know via the ringtone/voicemail pattern.
When you call an unblocked number, it will ring for about three or twelve times before a voicemail comes in.
Alternatively, if the contact phone is off, or if he/she is on a call, you will go directly to voicemail.
A blocked number will ring just once ( or at ties half a ring) then go right to voicemail.
If it happens with your number, you are free to leave a voicemail, even though it won’t go directly to the recipient’s inbox but a separate location for voicemails from blocked numbers.
So, if you get a lot of rings or go right to voicemail, you are probably not blocked but if you get just one ring followed by a voicemail prompt, you probably are.
4. Call the person again to confirm
At times, a call will divert to voicemail even if the line is clear and your phone unblocked; so, call again to confirm how it ends.
If your call still ends after a ring or less and diverts to voicemail, that means your number is blocked.
5. Try sending a text message
A text message might provide some clues about whether or not you’ve been blocked even though it’s a more reliable method for iOS than it is for Android.
On iOS, immediately you send a text, you will get one of two notifications right underneath your message i.e. “Delivered,” or “Read.” The former means that your text message went through, but the recipient has not read it yet. The latter is self-explanatory.
However, if you’ve been blocked by a person, you won’t see notifications. but will see a blank space beneath your text.
However, being blocked is not the only reason why you might not see a notification. For example, if a user has his/her phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode, you won’t get a notification until he/she turns that option off. But if it’s been a few days and you still don’t see anything, you probably might’ve been blocked.
If you and/or your suspected contact have Android phones, though, the process is much less straightforward with Android as some Android phones have this functionality while some don’t.
Some message receipts work perfectly with iOS and some don’t. So, if you have an Android phone, your best bet is to just send a text message and hope you get a response.
6. Call the person with a masked number
Call the person with a masked number though you can’t possibly expect him/her to pick up a call from a restricted number, calling in this way will verify the person’s phone status.
If the call goes through i.e rings for about five or more times, then the person hasn’t blocked your number. But if the call still stops just after a ring or less and diverts to voicemail, your number has been blocked.
7. Call from another phone
If you think someone has blocked your number, try calling the person’s number from another phone. You can use your work phone, borrow a friend’s phone or call from a payphone.
If you can not reach the person on your phone but can reach him/her on another phone, there’s a possibility you’ve been blocked.
The best time to call from another phone is when you know the person you’ll be calling is free. Set the time, and call to see what happens. Note: you don’t need to actually reach the person but see how long it takes to go to voicemail.
When calling from another phone, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to talk to the person and find out why he/she doesn’t want to accept your calls. (If they hang up on you immediately, just know they don’t want to hear from you anymore) But if they don’t pick the call you’ll forever live with the mystery of whether or not you’ve been blocked.
How to know if someone blocked your number is easy and simple. Though it can be an uncomfortable process to actually know whether or not someone has blocked your number, it’s still better to know so that you’ll prepare yourself to avoid them completely.
If a person is screening your calls indefinitely or has blocked you outright, this means that they don’t want to talk to you.
So, it’s best you respect that, and maybe you’ll try again in a few months to see if things have calmed down.
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