Unlike iPhones, Android phones do not provide a “delivered” message notification when texting. This means that even iPhone users won’t see a “delivered” notification when texting an Android user. This can make it challenging to determine if someone has blocked your texts on an Android device.
So, let me show you how you can find out if someone has blocked you or not.
How Blocking Works on Android
When a number is blocked on an Android phone, the blocked person will not receive any notification and cannot contact the person who blocked them. Text messages from blocked numbers are delivered to a separate inbox, and notifications for these texts will not be seen. This is a privacy feature designed to protect the user from unwanted contact.
How to Find If Someone Has Blocked You?
If an Android user has blocked you, your text messages will still go through but won’t be delivered to the recipient’s main inbox. To check the status of a message, you can tap and hold it and select “view message details.” If the message was not delivered, it may show as “pending” or “none.”
However, if you’ve been blocked, you won’t see any notification or status update indicating this. Your best bet to confirm if you’ve been blocked is to send a text and hope for a response. If you don’t receive a response after a reasonable amount of time and you know the person is typically responsive, it’s possible you may have been blocked.
Here are detailed methods to find:
Method 1: Delivery Receipts
Delivery receipts are one of the easiest and most direct ways to check if your messages are reaching the intended recipient. If you have this feature activated and suddenly stop receiving receipts, it could signal that your texts are being blocked. However, a lack of delivery receipts might also imply other technical issues, so this method alone can’t provide a conclusive answer.
Method 2: Make a Phone Call
Another straightforward way to identify if your messages are blocked is by making a phone call. If your texts aren’t going through, but your calls are getting connected, this discrepancy could mean the recipient has chosen to block your texts. However, keep in mind that different carriers and devices may handle text and call blocks differently, so this isn’t a definitive indicator.
Method 3: App Settings
Your messaging app settings can offer clues about whether someone has blocked you. For instance, in the standard Android Messages app, there’s a path you can follow: “Settings” > “Block numbers and messages” > “Blocked messages.” Finding the suspected contact’s thread there could indicate that your texts have indeed been blocked.
Method 4: Third-Party Apps
The market is rife with third-party apps that promise to retrieve blocked messages on Android. While these apps might offer a solution, their reliability varies, and they may potentially harm your device. Therefore, they should only be considered as a last resort and used at your own risk.
Method 5: Contact Your Carrier
If you’ve tried the above methods and still are in a quandary, reaching out to your carrier could provide some answers. While privacy policies may limit the extent of information they can disclose, they can still advise on whether the issue lies with your messaging service or if it’s likely that the contact has blocked you.
Remember that these methods, while potentially helpful, are not fail-safe. There could be various reasons beyond text blocking causing delivery issues, such as network problems, device malfunctions, or the recipient’s settings. Therefore, while it’s reasonable to investigate, one should be careful not to jump to conclusions. Always consider alternative explanations before assuming that your texts have been blocked.
How to Block a Number on Android
If you wish to block a number on your Android device, you can do so by going to your recent calls, tapping the eye icon, and selecting “block this caller.” Numbers and emails can also be added to the block list in your phone settings. This will prevent the blocked number from contacting you, and their messages will be delivered to a separate inbox.
While it can be frustrating not knowing if your texts have been blocked, it’s important to respect the privacy and decisions of others. If you suspect you have been blocked, the best course of action is to reach out through a different communication method or give the person some space. Remember, communication is a two-way street, and respecting the boundaries set by others is important.