Will a Text Message Be Delivered if You are Blocked on iPhone?

By Moses Johnson - Managing Editor
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When you send an iMessage to another iPhone user who blocked you, the iMessage won’t be delivered. From your end, the Message app will say "Sent as Text Message" underneath a green bubble, indicating it was sent as an SMS message. But was it really delivered?

What is message blocking on iPhone

You can block text messages on your iPhone from any number that you don’t want sending you messages.

Blocking in iPhone encompasses the FaceTime, Phone and Messages apps. In other words, it is a systemwide change excluding third-party apps with similar messaging capabilities. This means that when someone blocks your number on their iPhone, you can’t call, text, or FaceTime that person.

Here’s how to block messages on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.
  2. Open the text message from the number or contact you wish you block.
  3. Tap the number or contact at the top of the message.
  4. Tap the info icon, which is a blue "i" in a blue circle.
  5. Tap the words "Block this caller" at the bottom of the next screen.
  6. Tap the red words "Block Contact" on the pop up message to confirm.

If you’ve done it right, the contact will now have the words "Unblock this Caller" at the bottom of the screen, and your phone will prevent any calls or texts from coming through.

Will your messages be delivered if you are blocked on iPhone?

So the question is whether the recipient who blocked you in Messages on the iPhone would receive your iMessages or SMS messages. The answer is no, not via the Messages app. Even if you get a notification saying "Sent as Text Message," this is somewhat deceptive. Your message was sent but not delivered. When you text someone who has blocked your number on iPhone, your texts go nowhere. Your messages will still look like they’ve been sent. But the recipient won’t receive any of them, and so they can’t respond.

Will you get messages from the person who blocked you?

The blocker, however, will still be able to text you on their end, and youll receive their messages, assuming you did not block them.

When blocked, you won’t be informed that you’ve been blocked. However, if you’re used to seeing blue iMessage text bubbles but they are suddenly green, it can be an indication you’ve been blocked. Also, if you try calling the person and the call goes right to voicemail or rings once (or a half ring) then goes to voicemail, that’s further evidence you may have been blocked.

How to text or call someone who blocked your number

As I stated above, if you are blocked, you will not be able to call (regular phone and FaceTime), and your messages won’t be delivered if you are blocked on your iPhone. However, there are still ways to reach them if you really need to contact the person who blocked your number. You may want to do this if you think that your number was blocked accidentally or if there is something very important. And, lastly, before proceeding, think carefully if you deserved the blocking. If you deserve it, do not try any of the steps below.

Use other messaging apps

You can contact someone who blocked you on iPhone via third-party apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, or Instagram, assuming they haven’t blocked you there as well. They will see your message when they’re back online, but they may not respond. In that case, make the message you send them count, but be polite if you want to get to the bottom of why they blocked your texts and calls.

Mask your number

You can call someone who blocked your number on iPhone by hiding your number when calling them.

To do this, dial *67 before you type in the phone number.

Turn Caller ID off and try calling the number

Similarly, by disabling caller ID in your phone’s settings, you can call someone who blocked your number on iPhone.

On iPhone, you can disable caller ID (assuming your carrier allows it) by opening your phone’s settings and navigating to Settings > Phone > Show My Caller ID and disabling it.

Try a different number or device

You may be able to call the person on a different number, or with a different phone entirely.

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By Moses Johnson Managing Editor
Moses Johnson is the Editorial Director of GeeksModo.com, who has a keen eye for news, rumors, and all the unusual stuff around Apple products. Moses is commonly referred to online as The Professor, with decades of experience in tech under his belt.
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