While there’s no way to know for certain that someone has blocked your number, there are little clues that can help you determine if perhaps you’ve been blocked. Keep reading to learn what these clues are.
Clues That Someone Has Blocked Your Number
CLUE #1: You Get a Message When You Call Them
If you call someone and it immediately goes to their voicemail or it rings once or a half ring and then goes to voicemail, it’s a possibility that they’ve blocked your number. Getting an odd message that says “the person is not taking calls,” “the customer is unavailable” or “temporarily out of service” is another way in which you can tell someone has possibly blocked your number. On the other hand, it could be that there’s a network problem, or the person’s phone may have been turned off. It could also be that their battery is dead, or they simply didn’t pay their bill. Then again, it could be that their phone is in Airplane Mode or Do Not Disturb mode. As you can see, the possibilities are endless.
TIP: Here’s something that you can try: Hang up and call right back, dialing *67 before you type in their phone number. This will keep your number from showing, so they won’t know who’s calling them. If it rings normally or if the person answers, there’s a good chance your number has been blocked.
CLUE #2: The Person Doesn’t Receive Your Text Messages
When you text someone who hasn’t blocked your number, you usually get a “delivered” confirmation when the message has been delivered. If, instead, you get a message such as “Message Not Delivered,” or you get no notification at all, there’s the possibility that your number has been blocked. Of course this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve been blocked — it could just be the result of poor service or a glitch. If that’s the case, then you should wait a few hours and try again.
How to Get Around Being Blocked
As we just stated, you can conceal your number by first dialing *67 and then the number of the person you wish to call. If you’re an iPhone user, there’s another option you can use to disguise your caller ID. Open the Settings app, go to “phone,” select “Show My Caller ID” and slide it to the OFF position. Of course, when you hide your number there’s no guarantee the person is going to pick up, but it’s possible.
Here’s something else you can try: Borrow someone else’s phone and use it to call the person who has blocked you. Make sure it’s someone the person you’re calling recognizes — like a mutual friend. If the name of someone they know shows up, they’re more inclined to answer the call. But, if you’re not comfortable pretending to be someone else, get the mutual friend to make the call instead and let them pass on any information you want to give.
Now, if, by chance, the person you’re trying to reach has their phone in Airplane Mode or Do Not Disturb Mode, the simplest way to get around this is to just wait it out a few hours. Once they’re available, they’ll take their phone out of these modes and you’ll be able to reach them again.
Now, before you go trying any of these methods, we must remind you that if you know for a fact that your number has been blocked, don’t try to call them. There’s a reason why they don’t want to talk to you. And, if you keep trying to contact them when they don’t want you to, you just might find yourself in legal trouble. Constantly calling someone who has made it clear they don’t want you calling them is considered harassment, and you just might end up with a criminal record.
How You Can Block Someone’s Number
Android devices are very customizable, so the process for blocking a number can vary depending on the device you own. Generally speaking, on newer devices you can tap the phone number and do one of two things: 1) scroll to the bottom to block the call, or 2) tap the ellipsis icon and select Block Number. An older Android OS will have a different interface altogether. For example, if you own an Android Lollipop, you’d need to go to the Phone app, select Call Settings > Call Rejection > Auto Reject List, type in the number or search for it, and then select that number. On Android Nougat or Android Marshmallow, you can go to your recent calls list, locate the number you wish to block, and select Block/Report Spam.
To block numbers that have called you, go to the Phone app and select Recent. Locate the number and click the I in the circle next to it. Information about the call and actions to take will appear on the screen. Scroll down to select Block This Caller.
To block someone from a text, tap the number on the top of the screen. You’ll see a drop-down menu with three options: Audio, FaceTime, and Info. Tap Info. You’ll see the number, a phone icon, and an arrow. Tap the arrow, scroll down, and select Block This Caller. NOTE: If you block someone from sending you texts, FaceTime or voice calls, they’ll automatically be blocked from doing all three.
To block someone in your Contacts list, go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking & Identification. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Block Contact. This will bring up your Contacts list. Scroll through it and select the number(s) you wish to block. Another way to block someone in your Contacts list is to go to Settings > Messages > Blocked > Add New.
Blocking Scammers And Telemarketers
The techniques scammers and telemarketers use have become so sophisticated. The same person could call you from ten different numbers in one day. Plus, now there’s caller ID spoofing — a technique where the caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. They sometimes do this by using what appears to be local telephone numbers. That being said, the best way to block scammers and telemarketers is to register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. You can do so by going online to DoNotCall.gov or by calling 1-888-382-1222. You can register up to three phone numbers at once. NOTE: Your phone number will be added to the registry within 24 hours, but it may take up to 31 days for the calls to stop.
Your turn! Has someone ever blocked your phone number? What strategies did you use to find out your number was blocked? Please share your experiences in the comments below.