We live in a world full of techs, with many digital means of communication. However, the communication chain stops when someone blocks it, and blocking on each social media platform or device works differently. Many iPhone users often find themselves mulling over the question, “If someone blocked me, will they still get my texts on iPhone?”
Hence, in this article, I will show you what happens when someone blocks you on your iPhone and whether you can message that person or not.
What Is iPhone’s Block Feature?
The blocking feature on an iPhone is specifically designed to protect users from unwanted communication, whether it’s through calls, messages, or FaceTime. Once a user blocks you, your messages will appear to be sent on your end, but they won’t be delivered to the recipient’s phone. They won’t receive any notification of your message, and your text will not show up on their phone.
Being unable to see their online status or profile picture can be indicative of having been blocked. Interestingly, a nuance arises when an iPhone user sends a message to a recipient with an Android phone. In this case, the message, instead of an iMessage, is sent as a regular SMS and might get delivered to the recipient’s phone.
What Happens When You Attempt to Text a Blocked Contact on iPhone
Sending a text to someone who has blocked you on your iPhone results in a one-sided communication roadblock. The message is sent from your device but won’t be delivered to the recipient. Unlike some social media platforms, the recipient won’t be notified that you’ve sent them a message.
If you’re using iMessage to contact a blocked number, your message will remain blue, indicating it remains an iMessage. However, if you attempt to communicate with an Android user who has blocked you, the message may be sent as a standard SMS and might be delivered to the recipient’s phone.
A noteworthy exception exists wherein you can modify your caller ID to text someone who has blocked you on an iPhone, but it’s generally discouraged due to the violation of personal privacy.
How to Know if You Have Been Blocked on iMessage
Suspicion can arise if your messages on iMessage remain unanswered or you are not getting delivery verification. To confirm your suspicions, consider the following strategies:
- Call Them Directly: A basic yet effective method is to dial their number. If the calls go unanswered repeatedly, it might indicate you have been blocked.
- Analyze the Text Bubble Color: If the text bubbles in your conversation are green instead of blue, it indicates your messages are being sent via SMS rather than iMessage, possibly because you’ve been blocked on iMessage.
- Look for the Moon Icon: If there’s a Moon icon next to the person’s name in iMessage, it means they’ve activated Focus or Do Not Disturb mode, which could explain their non-responsiveness.
- Monitor Delivery Status: A lack of “Delivered” or “Read” acknowledgments under your messages might suggest that the recipient isn’t receiving your messages.
- Try Other Messaging Platforms: Platforms like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger can serve as an alternative to iMessage if you suspect a block.
- Check for Automated Responses: Hearing an automated message or being directed to voicemail when you call could be another sign that you have been blocked.
Bear in mind none of these strategies are infallible. There could be other reasons for the non-responsiveness, such as device issues or a full mailbox.
Can You Still Receive Texts From Someone You Have Blocked on Your iPhone?
If you’ve taken the step to block someone on your iPhone, you’ll effectively stop receiving any text messages from that person. The person you’ve blocked won’t receive any notification of the block, and their texts won’t reach your inbox. An exception occurs when an iPhone user blocks an Android user; they may send you text messages, but you won’t receive them on your iPhone. If you continue receiving texts from a blocked number, you should seek assistance from your carrier.
How To Text Someone Who Blocked You On iMessage/iPhone
There might be situations when you’d wish to send a crucial message to someone who has blocked you on iMessage. In such cases, there’s a workaround that might allow you to communicate with the person once again. However, please remember to respect the other person’s decision if they have chosen to block you. Here are two methods you might find helpful:
Method 1: Send Text via Email
This method involves using the recipient’s email address instead of their phone number to deliver your message.
- Open the ‘Messages’ app on your iPhone and navigate to your conversation with the person who has blocked you.
- Tap and hold on to any of your sent messages in the conversation until options appear.
- Tap on ‘More,’ followed by the little share icon at the bottom right.
- In the recipient field, type in their email address instead of typing in their phone number.
- Craft your message and then hit send. Your iPhone will deliver the text message as an email to their email address instead of their phone number.
Many Apple users have both their email and phone number tied to their Apple ID, enabling them to receive text messages on either. Therefore, this method potentially bypasses the block and delivers your message to their email.
Method 2: Send iMessage Using a Different Email Address
This strategy involves changing your iMessage settings to send messages from a different email address.
- Navigate to ‘Settings’ on your iPhone.
- Scroll down and tap on ‘Messages.’
- Under ‘iMessage,’ tap on ‘Send & Receive.’
- You’ll find the option “IMessage can reach you at,” where you can add a new email address associated with your Apple ID.
- Below, you’ll see the option “Start new conversations from,” where you should also select your new email address.
By configuring these settings, you’re setting up your iMessage to send new messages from an email address the recipient might not have blocked. However, it’s important to remember that this gives you one last shot to communicate, as the recipient can also block this new email address.
To initiate a new conversation after this setup:
- Head back to the ‘Messages’ app.
- Tap on the new message icon at the top right.
- In the recipient field, type in the phone number or email address of the person who has blocked you.
Following these steps, your message will be sent from your new email address to their phone number or email, potentially bypassing their block.
Remember, these methods should be used responsibly, allowing you for important communication rather than as a means to violate another person’s privacy or preferences.
Apple’s commitment to user privacy and control is evident in its block feature on the iPhone. Understanding how it works and its implications can help you navigate your communications and manage your privacy more effectively. Remember, while the block feature is powerful, respecting others’ boundaries, and digital spaces is integral to being a responsible digital citizen.