In this guide you will know how to block (and unblock) a contact on Facebook Messenger.
Hi and welcome to my Blog: I’m Frankie Caruso, instant messaging app expert and hacker.
In today’s guide I will explain how to block and unblock someone on Facebook Messenger from iPhone, Android phone and PC (or MAC).
Well, let’s get started!
There are plenty of reasons why a person would want to block someone on Messenger:
- a difficult time with your partner
- a broken friendship that ended badly
- unpleasant user behavior
If you feel, for one of the reasons listed above or for any other reason, that you want to block someone on Messenger right now, then you’d better read this guide.
I’ve split it in two parts: in the first part I’ll explain how to block someone on Messenger in a few steps (and of course how to unblock them), in the second part I’ll show you what happens when you block a user, i.e. what the effects of blocking are.
I’d say not to waste any more time and proceed.
How to block someone on Facebook Messenger
Before I show you the steps, you should know that blocking a user on Messenger means that they will no longer be able to contact you and you won’t be able to contact them either. In addition, you won’t be able to see any status updates or the last login made by the blocked person.
The procedure for preventing someone from interacting with you on Messenger is different for each operating system or device you use.
To block someone on Messenger with iOS (iPhone or iPad) the procedure is very simple:
- open the Messenger app
- select the conversation with the unwanted contact
- tap on the person’s name and choose the “Block” option from the list
- click on “Block on Messenger” and then on “Block“. The block will be immediately active
On Android devices the steps to block an unwanted contact on Messenger are just as simple:
- first, login to Messenger via the app and go to the chat page
- choose the conversation with the person you don’t like
- tap on the “i” icon (located at the top right, next to the profile name)
- scroll down until you find “Block”
- now a new page will open where you can choose to block the contact on Facebook or Messenger
- click on “Block on Messenger” and then on “Block“
PC and Mac
Finally, if you are used to using Facebook Messenger from your PC or Mac, you can also block a user from contacting you in this way:
- login to Facebook then click on “Messenger” (located on the left side)
- choose among the conversations the one with the person to be blocked
- click on the hole icon of “i” in the upper right hand corner
- click on “Privacy & Support” and select “Block Messages“
- now, Facebook will ask you to confirm your action. All you have to do is click on “Block Messages” again.
As you’ve seen blocking a user on Messenger is within everyone’s reach. You don’t need IT skills.
Please remember that blocking someone on Facebook Messenger doesn’t mean blocking them on Facebook. By enabling blocking on Messenger, you will prevent that contact from chatting with you or calling you, either via Messenger or Facebook chat. However, they will continue to see your posts, comments, likes, tags, profile or any other information you post. Obviously, depending on your privacy settings. If you want to prevent this from happening you have to block it not only on Messenger but also on Facebook. I link you to the official Facebook guide.
How to unblock someone on Facebook Messenger
If you decide to unblock the person you have blocked, simply go to the Messenger chat and open the conversation with the person you have locked until the time of the lock.
Below you’ll find the “Unblock” option that will restore the situation before the lock.
This procedure is the same for iPhone, Android, PC or Mac.
Remember, if you decide to unblock a person, you won’t receive anything that they might have sent you while they were blocked.
What happens when I block someone on Messenger?
Well, after I showed you how to block someone on Messenger, it’s time to explain what happens after the block.
If you block someone on Messenger, they can’t send you messages
When you block someone, that person will not be able to send you messages anymore, and the same applies to you. When you open the message thread, you will no longer find the text box, camera icon, GIF icon, etc. You will be greeted by the “Something is Wrong” notification.
Can a blocked person call you on Messenger?
No, blocking a contact on Messenger stops all interaction with them. Fortunately, unlike blocking a contact on WhatsApp where the call buttons are still displayed, Messenger hides the audio and video call buttons for both parties.
Does blocking someone remove the conversation?
No. Blocking someone will not remove the conversation thread anywhere. In other words, old conversations will remain in Messenger and you will be able to read them until you manually delete the chat thread.
Is online status visible for blocked contacts?
Even if you decide to keep the blocked person’s chat thread, you will not be able to see their current status or how active they are in Messenger. Neither will the blocked person be able to do so.
What happens to stories?
Facebook and Messenger stories are similar but different. When you block someone on Messenger, the blocked person won’t be able to see your Facebook and Messenger stories. So if you post something on the Facebook story, where you haven’t blocked the person, the blocked contacts won’t be able to see them either. Likewise, you won’t see the blocked person’s history on Facebook or Messenger.
Can you interact with past messages?
If you open the thread of a blocked person’s conversation, you will notice that the reaction button is still visible. Tapping it will show you the reactions. However, tapping one of them will notify you that you need to unblock the person first.
What happens to groups?
Group chats remain unaltered if you block someone. You will both be able to see each other’s messages in common groups. However, Facebook lets you know when you enter a group in which there is a person you blocked on Messenger as a precautionary measure.
Does the blocking of the contact get notified?
No. The other person will not be notified of any kind. However, they will lose the ability to send you messages or call you as we saw above and from this they will realize that they have been blocked.
Blocking a contact: difference between Messenger and Facebook
Blocking someone on Facebook or Messenger is not the same thing. From the very beginning, when you press the block button on Messenger, you will be asked if you want to block only their messages or block them on Facebook as well.
The former will block the contact only on Messenger with everything you’ve seen so far about what blocking involves. This will have no effect on your Facebook profile. That is, you will still be able to view the contact’s profile on Facebook (you will remain friends) and interact with it (comments and likes). Only when you block them on Facebook, you will lose access to their profile and other interactions on Facebook including Messenger.
We’ve reached the end of this guide. I hope you found all the information you were looking for.
You should know that I’m very happy to help you.
Before we leave, I’d like to give you a quick recap of what I’ve explained, just to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
In the first part of the guide I showed you how to block a user on Messenger, either from iPhone, Android, PC or Mac. The procedure is very simple and does not require any computer skills. Then I showed you how to unblock the blocked person.
In the second part, I showed you what happens when you block a user. I showed you what they can no longer do and what they can still do.
That’s really it for now.
If you have any doubts or questions comment on the post, I will be happy to help you by answering them as quickly as possible.
See you soon.
PS – Did you know that it’s possible to find out if someone blocked you on Messenger? Here’s how!