Last updated: October 23, 2022
We've all been there - you know you have the right number, but your calls never get answered and your texts are ignored. It is possible that the contact you are trying to reach has simply changed their number, their phone is broken, or turned off.
Just because you can't reach a contact doesn't mean it has blocked you.
Is there a way to find out if someone has blocked your number?
Unfortunately, there are no warnings or directly specific messages to tell you that the person has blocked your number. Generally speaking, it is difficult to be completely sure that we have been blocked, unless the person behind the operation tells us.
However, with certain detective tricks, it is possible to find out if someone has blocked your number, preventing your calls or SMS from reaching them.
Here you can follow the different steps to check if your phone number has been blocked.
How do you know if someone has blocked your number?
To find out if someone has blocked your number, try these three methods.
The phone rings once then goes to voicemail
If you call a person and hear the beep multiple times, this is normal, but when you call and listen to it ring once, it is clear that something is wrong. It is very likely that your contact has blocked you or is busy on another number.
Try to send an SMS
Texting can provide clues as to whether or not someone has blocked you, although this is a more reliable method for iOS than Android. On iOS, after having sent an SMS, you usually receive one of the two notifications just below your message: “Sent” or “Read”. The first means that your text message has passed, but the recipient has not yet read it.
However, if someone blocked you, you will not see any notification. Instead, there will just be empty space below your text. It should be noted that blocking is not the only reason you might not see a notification.
If a user has their phone in "Do not disturb" mode, you will not receive any notification until they have deactivated this option. However, if it's been a few days and you still can't see anything, you can conclude that the blockage is the most likely explanation.
Call the person with a hidden number
Even though almost everyone does not pick up a unknown number, such a call will confirm the status of the number you are trying to reach.
If the dial tone goes normally (for example five or six times), it means that your number has been blocked.
Call the person from another phone
Sometimes the easiest solution is really the best. If you think you've been blocked, try calling the person's number from another phone. Use your work phone, borrow a friend's phone; it doesn't really matter.
Of course, not everyone has a second phone lying around. Another option is to use a free number offered by Google Voice.
If the calls are still routed to voicemail, you'll know it's probably not a blocking issue. If it rings several times, it is an indicator that your number is blocked.
Sometimes accidentally your number is blocked by the receiver and there is nothing you can do. Using the techniques I shared with you above, you can find out if your number is blocked or not.
Being stuck is a terrible feeling, but it's better to respect the other person's wishes and move on.
Of course, if you're trying to be forgiven, you can always contact the other person on a social networking site or something similar, but that's not always a good idea.
Know how to stay cool and don't force things!