Has someone blocked your number on their iPhone? With this guide, you can find out for certain if someone has blocked you from making calls or sending messages with iMessage (the integrated Apple instant messaging service.)
Hi, I am Frankie Caruso – the instant messaging app expert and enthusiast of smartphone hacking. With today’s guide, I want to give you a trick for iMessage.
You want to know, and will learn, how to find out if someone blocked your number for calls and messages.
Seems to be a familiar story these days – you are trying to reach a friend or family member, but they are not answering or getting your messages. Their number is always busy, and you cannot find out what is happening. Now you wonder if you have been blocked for some reason. I can relate.
Is there a way to know for sure?
Absolutely, and I am going to share it with you today.
To date, Apple has no direct software or feature to indicate if your number has been blocked. Fortunately, there are some methods/tests that can show when someone is trying not to get your transmissions.
7 Ways to Know You’ve Been Blocked on iMessage
Since you do not have time to waste, I will get right to the tips you need to determine if you can still reach intended recipients through iPhone’s iMessage service.
Note: If you want to know how to block someone on iMessage, check out this guide.
Each of these methods listed will have a Reliability Coefficient (RC) value attached from 1-100 based on their success rates with discovering being blocked.
I personally tested all 7 of these methods and they are the result and culmination of hours of research.
1. Check the Color of Sent Messages (RC 75%)
Before we begin: I have mentioned before that blue messages are sent through iMessage (free to send and use the internet) and green are normal SMS (which is paid depending on your phone and can be sent without the internet)
iMessage conversations are blue. Once you send a message to a friend in blue, then it turns green a few minutes later and you never get a delivered response, you could have been blocked.
A single message cannot determine this, however. With the current technology, it is impossible for iMessage to fail consistently over time and send back messages.
To ascertain if you’ve been blocked on iMessage, send messages intermittently over a period of time. If each behaves in this same manner, you are blocked.
Note: If you have been blocked, the recipient will not receive any of the messages you send, whether it is iMessage or SMS.
2. iMessage Not Delivered (80%)
Open iMessage on your iPhone. Open the thread with the intended recipient you believe might have blocked you. Confirm a notification below a sent message. On the last sent message, check for a read receipt. This is a default setting – so if this is not there, it is possible you have been blocked.
You can also look for a delivered indicator beneath the message. If this is missing as well when it used to be there, there is a good chance you are blocked from communication.
Remember: There are things that can keep delivered/read indications from happening, such as having the phone somewhere without service, having the phone turned off, or putting the device in a Do Not Disturb mode. Wait a few hours before making your determination that you are blocked.
3. Check iMessage Status Updates (65%)
iPhone users have default read receipts, so if you send an iMessage text and the message stays blue (indicating delivered) but never gets read, you are likely blocked.
Let me give you a real-life example of this: in the image below, you can see that the first iMessage message has a read notification, while the second, sent after the user was blocked, shows no status updates.
This technique is good, but iPhones can disable notifications like read receipts. This technique will never be 100% effective because of this. It is still worth giving it a try, though.
4. Call the Suspected Blocker (85%)
You can always try to call the person you suspect has blocked you on iMessage. Listen to the receiving mode of the call when you do this. If the phone rings once, and your sent to voicemail, the person has definitely blocked you.
If the phone does not ring at all, and then head straight to voicemail, you are not blocked. You can give it a second try to confirm these results. If it happens the same way, you can clearly identify being blocked.
Once the call is sent to voicemail, you can leave a message to the individual who is blocked you. The person who did the blocking will never get a notification of the message that you left. Instead, this will appear in a subsection for Blocked Messenger users at the bottom of the voicemail messages.
This is a fairly efficient and reliable way of determining if someone blocked you from their phone.
Another way that you can utilize this option is to call someone from a masked number.
Doing this is simple: before you enter the number of the person you suspect blocked you, dial *67. The code for your country might be different, use this link to check out the country code list. Masked numbers can check if your phone number has been blocked. Your identity gets hidden so iMessage does not recognize your number being used.
If they answer the call normally (though many ignore hidden numbers), you are blocked. If after a single ring you get sent to voicemail, the phone number might not be in use.
If you do not find your country code, you can can switch off your caller ID. Here is what you do: Settings > Phone > Show my Caller ID > Deactivate.
5. Use FaceTime Calling (RC 85%)
I don’t believe I need to spend a lot of time on this particular method. It is straightforward. Call the person using FaceTime. If the call begins normally, but after a few rings it hangs itself up (like it was rejected by the other end) you have been blocked.
This is an alternative to a normal call. If you are someone that never uses FaceTime, you might be better off sticking with the voice options.
6. Location Sharing Feature (RC 65%)
You can utilize the Location Sharing feature to determine if you are blocked on iMessage or not.
Sharing locations through ‘Find my Friends’ can use this as a clear indicator that they have been blocked. When you no longer see a shared location, this is usually enough to determine that you are no longer authorized to send messages.
7. Affirm with a Second Application Like WhatsApp/Facebook Messenger (RC 90-95%)
You can also employ other methods of communication into the equation to see how successful communication is, like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
People who block you on iMessage tend to block you everywhere. There is a trick I have for testing out if your suspicions are right.
First, send a voice message (only a few seconds long) through WhatsApp to the contact you believe has blocked you. If this voice message is played, the contact actually has likely blocked you across other services.
But Frankie, how will I know the message was heard? Why would I send a voice message and not a text?
The answer to this is easy – this trick exploits a bug in WhatsApp’s coding.
As you know, there are read receipts for messages sent through WhatsApp. Whenever a person reads a message or listens to one, two blue ticks appear on the right side of the chat. You can deactivate a read confirmation, and therefore, it is impossible to know if anyone read the message.
But there is a bug. If you send a voice message and it gets played, blue ticks appear regardless if this setting is active or not. I labeled this trick the Vocal Traitor Method. You can learn more about this method by clicking here.
I showed you the top 7 methods to determine if someone blocked you on iMessage. Allow me to recap them, showing their reliability coefficient value next to them.
- Check the Color of Sent Messages (RC 75%)
- iMessage Not Delivered (RC 80%)
- Check iMessage Status Updates (RC 65%)
- Call the Suspected Blocker (RC 85%)
- Use FaceTime Calling (RC 85%)
- Location Sharing Feature (RC 65%)
- Affirm with WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger (RC 90-95%)
Bonus Method: iMessage Tracker (RC 100%)
Perhaps one of the best methods of determining if someone blocked you on iMessage or other applications is to spy on their activities using special software.
Among the best of these apps, and the most widely used across the globe, is mSpy. This is a simple and easy-to-install program. You can even install it remotely if you know the iCloud login credentials for the intended target. You can be confident with 24/7 technical support backing you up, as well.
Because mSpy is updated regularly, it works well despite the frequent iOS updates to iPhones.
Not only will you be able to determine when/if you have been blocked, but also you can constantly monitor phone activity. You can read messages on all messaging interfaces, read emails, see GPS tracking updates, look at pictures taken and downloaded, check incoming/outgoing calls, and more.
You can actually get a free demo of this service to see for yourself how well designed it is and what it is capable of finding.
This one application lets you know much more about the individual than they are likely to share with you on their own.
I have a guide all about installing mSpy step-by-step. I recommend you read it so that you have all the information you need to do it efficiently. This guide also has a voucher for a cheaper license fee for the software.
This is the best method out there right now. It leaves no margin for error and lets you find out the truth.
Can You Text Someone Who Blocked You on iMessage?
Since this guide began, I am sure this is a question that you are dying to get an answer for.
If you have followed the directions of this guide and you have determined that you have been blocked on services like iMessage, do not fret.
There are several methods for getting in touch with someone who has blocked you.
I would suggest starting with other messaging apps to see if you are also blocked on them, such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram, and Messenger. You can also send them an email or initiate a face-to-face meeting. Any of these can at least put the information out there to determine why you were blocked.
You should expect that if you have been blocked on iMessage, you have likely been blocked on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp as well. You can read this guide to find out how to know this information for sure.
How Do You Get Unblocked?
There is little that anyone can do to unblock themselves. The only course of action is to find a way to communicate with the individual and determine why this happened in the first place.
You can apologize for whatever happened and promise to make up for/not repeat actions that led to the block in the first place.
Can Someone Who Blocked You on iMessage See Messages You Sent?
I should be as clear and concise as possible – the person DOES NOT see messages when they block you. The message never gets delivered to its intended recipient.
These blocked messages are not stored, so delivery does not suddenly occur for those messages if you get unblocked.
When you are blocked on iMessage, you can still get delivered notifications, and never get a read receipt. The text is sent like normal with no error messages. It used to be clear when you were blocked as the message was sent back to you as undelivered.
With the newly updated operating system, the message appears to have been delivered in blue, but the recipient never gets/reads the content.
The Take Away
We have now reached the end of the guide. Hopefully the information I gave you can be of some help.
To avoid you missing something critical, I want to quickly recap the top points from this guide so you have all the things you need to know.
I started by showing you the best 7 methods to determine if you have been blocked on iMessage, which included:
- Check the Color of Sent Messages
- iMessage Not Delivered
- Check iMessage Status Updates
- Call the Suspected Blocker
- Use FaceTime Calling
- Location Sharing Feature
- Affirm with WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger
I also introduced mSpy, the spy app that can be up and running within three minutes and show you all activity happening on the target phone. Read my step-by-step guide for setting up the program.
Now, all that is left is saying goodbye. Return to check out the blog again soon for more helpful tips and tricks. If you have questions or concerns, just leave a comment on the post here below. I will be sure to answer as soon as possible.
PS – I have given you the information to help you learn if you have been blocked on iMessage, but you might want to know more about the person who chose to do the blocking. Take a few minutes to explore the complete guide I wrote on spying on iPhones to know everything about someone.