How To Know If Someone Blocked Your Number

How To Know If Someone Blocked Your Number
How To Know If Someone Blocked Your Number

It’s a horrible feeling: you meet someone new, you click right away, and you’re messaging back and forth a dozen times a day. The answers, though, become fewer and farther between. Then they stop completely. And all you can think is, “Did they block me?”

“Perhaps,” is the answer. The bad news is that there is no clear way to determine whether someone has banned your phone number. The good news (insofar as any news regarding this circumstance can be considered good) is that there are a few trial-and-error approaches you may employ to get a reasonable prediction.

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If you’re worried that someone has banned your phone number, here are a few simple ways to verify that theory. And, while it should go without saying if someone did block you, please leave them alone for the love of everything good and holy. I assure you that any attempt to intrude on their privacy will simply exacerbate the matter.

Can you know for sure?

To begin, there is no clear method to identify that you have been blocked; for example, you will not receive a notification or see an indicator in that person’s contact information. That would be an invasion of the other user’s privacy. However, little signals like the absence of the “Delivered” notification (on iPhones) and what you hear when you contact the person might help you identify if they’ve blocked you. Indeed, determining if someone has banned your phone number is much easier if you have an iPhone and the person you’re contacting has one as well.

  • You can’t tell whether someone has blocked your number on an Android until you ask the individual.
  • If your Android phone calls and texts to a certain individual do not appear to be reaching them, your number may have been blacklisted.
  • To identify whether or not you’ve been banned, delete the contact in question and check whether they resurface as a suggested contact.

How to know if someone blocked your number on iPhone

There are a few ways to find out whether your phone number has been blacklisted. Been Verified’s Chief Communications Officer, Justin Lavelle, explains how to tell if someone has blacklisted your phone number if you have an iPhone.

Examine your texting app, which is most likely iMessage. “After you send a message, you will most likely receive a ‘delivered’ confirmation when the message has been sent,” he told Reader’s Digest. Look for such confirmation in your messages with the individual you believe has blocked you. “The most recent communication that you know was received and reacted to…should have a ‘delivered’ status,” Lavelle says. If you don’t see the “delivered” signal beneath the messages you’ve sent after that, it might imply that person has blocked you.

Giving that individual a call is another way to find out if they have banned your number. “If you dial a certain number and it instantly goes to voicemail, or you receive a bizarre message such as ‘temporarily out of service’ or ‘the individual is not receiving calls,’ this might indicate that your number has been banned,” Lavelle explains. Perhaps you did one of the things you should not do over text.

How to know if someone blocked your number on Android

If you or the person you’re messaging owns an Android phone, things become much more complicated. Android phones do not have the “delivered” message while texting, and an iPhone user will not see it when messaging an Android user. So, how can you determine if someone has banned your number from receiving SMS on an Android phone?

“Your SMS messages will go through as usual; they simply won’t be sent to the Android user,” Lavelle adds if an Android user has blocked you. It functions similarly to an iPhone, but without the “delivered” notice (or lack thereof) to alert you. “The simplest method to find out if you’ve been blocked by an Android user is to call,” adds Lavelle. As with an iPhone, keep an ear out for it to be redirected to voicemail or to play you a pre-recorded message. Of course, this does not always imply that the individual has banned your phone number; your call might be sent to voicemail for other reasons.

However, if this occurs regularly and you are receiving radio silence from both calls and texts, you should assume that you have been blocked. Whether you are concerned about getting banned or not, you should avoid these unpleasant texting behaviors that we all have.

How to Know if Someone Blocked Your Number

The signs of a banned number will alter depending on whether they’ve blocked your number on their phone or through their cellular provider. Other causes, such as a downed cell tower, their phone being switched off or having a dead battery or their having Do Not Disturb set on, can also yield similar results. Let’s dust-up your detective abilities and look at the evidence.

Unusual Messages When You Call

There is no standard banned number message, and many individuals do not want you to know when they have blocked you. If you receive an unexpected message that you haven’t heard before, they may have blacklisted your number through their cellular provider. The message changes depending on the carrier, but it usually looks like this:

“The person you’re trying to reach is not accessible.”

“The person you’re contacting is not taking calls at the moment.”

“The number you’re trying to dial is temporarily out of service.”

If you call once a day for two or three days and receive the identical message each time, you’ve been banned.

They routinely go abroad, and natural catastrophes have devastated network infrastructure (cell towers and transmitters), or a huge event that causes an abnormally large number of people to make calls at the same time – albeit, in this situation, the message is generally “All circuits are busy now.”

See how fast you get to voicemail

If you phone someone who has blocked your number, you will not receive any form of indication. The ringtone/voicemail pattern, on the other hand, will not function appropriately. When you call an unblocked number, you’ll hear three to a dozen rings followed by a voicemail request. If the person’s phone is turned off or if he or she is currently on the phone, you will be directed to voicemail.

A blocked number operates in a slightly different manner. You’ll hear one ring and then be sent to voicemail. You are allowed to leave a message, but it will not be delivered straight to the recipient’s mailbox. Instead, voicemails from blacklisted numbers are stored in a different folder. (How you access it depends on the type of phone you have, which is unimportant to this post.)

If you receive a lot of rings or go straight to voicemail, you aren’t banned. You are most likely if you hear one ring followed by a voicemail prompt.

Another thing to be on the lookout for is a prepared message stating that the number is “unavailable.” The specific message will differ depending on the recipient’s cellphone provider, but if a phone number is unavailable — especially if other phones can reach it – it is almost probably banned.

Call from another phone

 The easiest option isn’t always the best one. If you believe you have been blocked, contact the person’s number from a different phone. It doesn’t matter if you use your work phone or borrow a friend’s phone. The point is, if you can’t reach someone on your phone but can reach them on another phone, you’ve probably been banned.

Try the following steps: Choose a time when the person you’re phoning is likely to be available. Make a phone call. Let’s see what happens. Then, soon after that, make a call on another phone. Remember, you don’t need to call the individual; you simply need to check how long it takes for voicemail to get to voicemail.

Best-case scenario: You’ll be able to speak with the person and learn why they refuse to take your calls. (It’s also telling if they hang up on you right away.) Worst-case scenario: You’ll be stuck wondering whether or not you’ve been blocked for the rest of your life.

When you come right down to it, it’s not the worst mystery in the world. Whether someone is screening your calls indefinitely or has completely blocked you, the ultimate consequence is the same: they don’t want to talk to you. It’s typically preferable to respect that and try again after a few months to see if things have cooled down.

The Number of Rings

If you hear only one ring or no ring at all before your call goes to voicemail, you’re probably blocked. In this situation, the individual has engaged their phone’s number blocking option. If you call once a day for a few days and obtain the same result each time, your number is most likely banned. If you hear three to five rings before your call goes to voicemail, you are probably not blocked (yet), but the individual is refusing or ignoring your calls.

Exceptions: If the person you’re phoning has the Do Not Disturb feature enabled, your call – and everyone else’s – will be sent to voicemail immediately. You’ll also receive this outcome if their phone’s battery runs out or if their phone is switched off. Wait a day or two before contacting again to see if the same outcome is obtained.

Busy Signal or Fast Busy Followed by Disconnect

If you receive a busy or rapid busy signal before your call is dropped, your number has probably been blacklisted by their cellular carrier. If you get the same response on many test calls in a succession, consider it evidence that you’ve been blocked. This is the least prevalent of the several indicators signaling a blocked number, yet some carriers still utilize it.

A far more plausible explanation for this outcome is that either your carrier or theirs is having technical issues. To double-check, contact someone else — especially if they have the same carrier as the person you’re attempting to reach — and see whether the call goes through.

Sending a text message to the number is another hint. Whether you were both using iMessage on your iPhone, for example, and you’re now wondering if they blocked you, send a text and see if the iMessage interface appears the same and if you can see that it was delivered. If you can’t and it still sends as a regular SMS, they may have banned you.

An exception is if they have simply disabled iMessage or no longer have a device that supports iMessage.

What You Can Do When Someone Blocks Your Number     

While there is nothing you can do to get the block on your number lifted with their cellular carrier or through their phone, there are a few methods to get through or verify your number is banned. If you attempt one of the choices below and receive a different result or clue from the list above (assuming they don’t respond), consider it proof that you’ve been blocked.

When you call, dial *67 to mask your phone number from their caller ID.

  • Hide your phone number by turning off caller ID information on outgoing calls in your phone’s settings.
  • Call them from a buddy’s phone or have a trusted friend call them on your behalf.
  • Contact them directly through social media or email and ask if they’ve blocked you.

Another option is to utilize a virtual phone number or online calling service, which may be obtained through free internet phone call applications.

When a different number is used to make the outgoing call, the recipient’s phone will show that new number rather than your real one, allowing you to evade the block.

WARNING: Repeatedly contacting someone who has taken steps to cut contact, such as blocking your number, could result in accusations of harassment or stalking and serious legal consequences.

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