How To Unblock a Phone Number after Blocking It
In case you don’t want to receive someone’s phone calls, you can always block their number on your smartphone. But what if you have blocked a wrong number by mistake? Or if you changed your mind and decided you want to unblock someone?
Either way, this article will show you how to easily remove someone’s number from the blocked list.
Unblocking a Phone Number
The steps that you need to take in order to unblock a certain phone number depend on the operating system used by your smartphone. Feel free to scroll down to the tutorial that matches your phone’s operating system.
Unblocking a Phone Number on Android
Some of the following steps only work on Android 6.0 and newer versions. However, even if you have an older version of the Android OS, the steps might be very similar. It is worth trying them out.
Here is how you can unblock a certain number after you have blocked it on your Android:
- Open your smartphone’s Phone App. Make sure you’re on the ‘Contacts’ tab at the bottom.
- Tap on the ‘More’ icon.
- Select the ‘Settings’ option.
- Select ‘Block numbers.’
- Tap on the minus sign next to the number you’d like to unblock.
Tapping on the minus sign will remove the number from the blocked numbers list, so you will be able to receive calls and texts from it.
Unblocking a Phone Number on iPhone
iPhone users need to take different steps in order to unblock a certain number. However, these are also very simple. Again, you might find slight differences in older versions of the operating system.
- Select ‘Settings’ from your home screen.
- Scroll down and tap on ‘Phone.’
- Find and tap on ‘Call Blocking & Identification.’
- Select ‘Edit.’
- Find the number that you want to unblock.
Once you have found the number, tap on the Minus icon located right next to it. This will unblock the number and allow it to call you again.
Remember to tap on Unblock in order to confirm your action. After all of that, tap on Done.
How to Enable Call Forwarding on Your Mobile Phone
What if you want to redirect calls instead of keeping them blocked? Here is how you can enable the call forwarding feature on your smartphone. Make sure the number is unblocked first.
Enabling Call Forwarding on Android
- Tap on the Phone App.
- Select the Action Overflow icon – usually represented by three dots.
- Tap on ‘Settings’ – this option is called ‘Call Settings’ on some Android phones.
- Select ‘Supplementary services.’
- Select ‘Call Forwarding.’
- Tap on ‘Voice calls.’
- Choose an option that you want to set – always forward, forward when busy, forward when unreached, etc.
- Enter the forwarding number.
- Tap on ‘Enable’ or ‘Turn on.’
Enable Call Forwarding on iPhone
- Tap into your phone’s Settings.
- Scroll down and select Phone.
- Tap on the Call Forwarding option.
- To enable this feature, simply move the slider.
- Select Forward To.
- Enter the phone number where you wish to receive your phone calls.
- Tap on Back.
Frequently Asked Questions
In days past it was incredibly difficult to block callers, especially on flip phones. But today, it’s really simple. However, with new technology comes new questions. This section will answer some of your other questions.
How will someone know if I block their phone number?
Of course, there is no flashing alert to let a caller know that you’ve blocked them. In most cases, when the blocked user calls your phone number they’ll get a message letting them know that the number they’ve called is not accepting phone calls at this time. Ultimately, your phone number will behave like it has been disconnected.
The only way a caller will know for sure that you’ve blocked them is if they call you from another phone number.
Can I block an entire area code?
Unfortunately, no. Blocking an entire area code is a highly requested feature that both carriers and manufacturers and have not created just yet. More often than not, your spam calls are going to come from the same area code that you use anyway. This is an attempt by scammers to look more legitimate.
But, some calls come from random area codes. While it would be useful to block an entire area code, it simply isn’t possible yet. Although, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store for reputable applications that can help to block these spam phone calls.
Can a blocked caller leave me a voicemail?
Yes, but you won’t receive a notification. When you follow the methods we’ve listed above you are essentially only blocking notifications in a sense. This means that the caller will not be able to get through to you and your phone will simply not acknowledge they ever tried to make contact.
The caller will have the opportunity to leave a voicemail but you won’t know it unless you check your phone’s voicemail app.
How can I know if a blocked number called me?
Sometimes we block phone numbers but we wonder if the caller has tried to reach us. If this is you, there’s really only way to tell if the user called you and that’s if they leave you a voicemail.
As mentioned previously, you won’t be notified about the voicemail from the caller so you will need to check your phone’s voicemail app.
If I block a phone number from calling me, will I still get text messages?
No. At least, not in your phone’s native text messaging application. The other user can still message you on other platforms like WhatsApp, social media, etc.
If you want texts from the other person you’ll have to unblock them entirely.
Use Your Smartphone’s Full Features
Most users don’t actually know the full power of their smartphone devices. Since we are practically carrying small computers in our pockets, it’s best to learn how to use all of the features at our disposal.
This article has shown you how to control the calls you want to receive. There is so much more to explore and use, so don’t stop here.