How to View All Blocked Numbers on Your iPhone
At one time, blocking phone numbers was a difficult task. As technology has become more user-friendly, Apple developers added the ability to block phone numbers in the settings of your iOS device. Along with adding numbers to your block list, you can also remove them.
This article will walk you through the steps to see any numbers you’ve blocked and give you some helpful tips along the way.
How to View Blocked Numbers on an iPhone
If you have a number calling or texting, you can choose to add it to the blocked numbers list. This means your phone will not ring or notify you of any communications from the offending number. Perhaps you want to check if someone is blocked, or you want to unblock someone. Fortunately, you can find everything you’re looking for with a few taps of the screen.
How to View All Blocked Numbers
Finding the blocked numbers list on your iPhone only takes a few steps. If you follow the method below, you will see numbers that can’t text, call, or FaceTime you. Here’s how to find them:
- Open the Settings on your iPhone. Then, tap on Phone.
- Scroll down and tap on Blocked Contacts.
- Here, you will see your blocked number list.
Note: You can quickly remove numbers from the list by tapping Edit and tapping the red minus sign next to the number.
As you can see, it only takes a few taps to see your blocked numbers.
How to See Blocked FaceTime Contacts
All calls, texts, and FaceTime communications cease when you block a number on your iPhone. But, if someone you’d like to block has a different FaceTime address than their phone number, the blocked contact will appear under the FaceTime settings.
If the contact, number, or email doesn’t appear using the methods above, try this:
- Open the Settings on your iPhone and tap on FaceTime.
- Scroll down and tap on Blocked Contacts.
- Here is the list of numbers who are unable to FaceTime you.
Note: If you’d like to let a number or email contact you via FaceTime, tap Edit, then tap the red minus sign next to the contact.
You can now see everyone you’ve blocked from using FaceTime to contact you.
How to See Blocked Messaging Contacts
You can also see your blocked numbers by following these steps:
- Open the Settings on your iPhone. Tap on Messages.
- Tap on Blocked Contacts.
- Here you will see all the numbers and emails that can’t send you texts or iMessages.
Note: If you’d like to let one of the numbers on the list text you, tap Edit and tap the minus sign next to that number.
Now, you can see a complete list of phone numbers and emails that can’t contact you.
How to See Blocked Contacts – Email
Lastly, you can see everyone you’ve blocked on your iPhone by following these steps:
- Open the Settings on your iPhone. Then, tap Mail.
- Tap on Blocked.
- Review the list of your blocked numbers and emails.
Note: If you want to remove one of the contacts, tap Edit and tap the red minus sign.
Simple Blocked Contacts Route to Remember
When in doubt, remember this simple order for accessing your Blocked Numbers:
Settings app -> Phone/FaceTime/Messages -> Blocked Contacts
Mail has slightly different wording for their menu option:
Settings app -> Mail -> Blocked
Quick Tips for Blocked Numbers on iPhone:
1. The Blocked Numbers list is the same across the different applications.
You don’t need to visit the Phone settings list and then Messages or FaceTime to add or remove users from the list. Following any of the methods above will show you all the numbers and emails blocked on your iPhone.
2. Incoming calls go directly to voicemail.
Did you know that putting someone on the Blocked list doesn’t necessarily keep you from hearing from them?
Their calls still go through. They’re just directed to your voicemail instead of ringing to your iPhone. If the Blocked user does decide to leave you a message, they’re hidden in the Voicemail section, and you won’t get a notification.
3. Blocked users who FaceTime or send Messages won’t know they’re blocked.
Talk about the cold shoulder!
Any users on your Blocked list who use FaceTime or Messages to contact you won’t receive an alert to tell them they’re blocked. Their calls also won’t appear on your Apple devices. They’ll just think you’re ignoring their communication attempts.
4. Mail contacts’ messages go straight to the trash.
If you blocked someone on your Mail app, their messages get a one-way trip to the trash can or trash folder.
Of course, you can check out what you’re missing by looking in the trash for that respective email account. But why would you?
Also, keep in mind that blocking emails works across Apple devices. If you put someone on your Blocked list on your phone, it also applies to your iPad and Mac.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to more of your questions about blocked contacts on iOS.
Do I have to add a phone number to my contacts to block it?
No. To block a phone number, simply tap on the ‘i’ icon (from the message or call log) and scroll down to tap on Block. You can do this for any phone number that texts or calls you.
What happens when I block a contact?
When you block a contact, all communications go to voicemail or fail to appear at all. The user will not know that they are on your blocked number list. If the contact calls your phone number, it will go straight to voicemail.
Unblocking with a Swipe
Many of the users on your Blocked Numbers list probably deserve it, right?
But if they’ve earned their way back into your good graces, you can reverse the process with a simple left swipe.
Yes, that’s all it takes to invite these users back into your world.
Whether you intended the exile to your Blocked list as temporary or permanent, just know that you have the power to end it. And all it takes is the tip of your finger.
Have you ever “unblocked” a number? Did you find the process simple enough? Let us know in the comments section below.