A 5-Step Strategy to Know If Someone Blocked You on iMessage

Do you think someone has blocked you on their iPhone? Here are a few ways you could try to check if you're blocked.

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This is a 5-step strategy to know if someone blocked you on iMessage.

iMessage, one of the best messaging apps, allow iPhone users to keep in touch with family and friends. But there might be times when you run into issues and get no reply from your iMessages.

Then, you wonder if something is wrong with their phone because your iMessages were not delivered. Did they block your number? But how do you know if someone blocked you on iMessage?

This is exactly what you’ll learn in this article. A step-by-step guide with 5 actionable tips on how to tell if someone has blocked you on iMessage. We’ve got a lot to cover in this guide, so let’s get started.

  1. Check iMessage bubble color
  2. Check iMessage delivery notification
  3. Check iMessage status updates
  4. Call the person who blocked you
  5. Turn off caller ID and call the blocker

Click the links above to jump to a specific section, or continue scrolling to learn who blocked you on iMessage.

How to know if someone blocked you on iMessage

Apple doesn’t let you know when someone blocked you on iMessage. Can you imagine getting a notification on your phone about someone blocking you on iMessage? Ouch! That surely would make matters worst. So, Apple let you figure this out yourself.

Luckily there’re many clues that can help you out. Read on to find out.

1. Check iMessage bubble color

iMessages normally appear in blue text bubbles (messages between Apple devices). If you’ve enabled “Send as SMS” on your iPhone, when iMessage is not available your messages will be sent as SMS. Keep in mind Carrier messaging rates may apply.

Screenshot of iMessage and SMS
Screenshot: Gardy Philogene/Gotechtor

If you know someone has an iPhone and suddenly text messages between you and that person are green. This is a sign he or she has probably blocked you.

Perhaps the person doesn’t have cellular service or data connection or has iMessage turned off, so your iMessages fall back to SMS. We cannot be entirely sure, so we’re moving onto the next step.

2. Check iMessage delivery notification

When you send an iMessage, a “Delivered” message will appear below it that lets you know the other person has received your message.

You may see a “Read Receipts” of your iMessages that let you know the other person has opened up the Messages app and tap on their conversation thread. But that option is not on by default. Unless the other person has turned it on, you’ll not get that tiny gray notification.

If you don’t see “Delivered” or “Read” notification appear within the iMessage conversation, then they may have blocked you. As mentioned above, their phone may be out of service or without a Wi-Fi connection.

Wait a few hours, or even a day, and try to text again and see what happens. If you still don’t see the status of your iMessages after multiple attempts they sure have blocked you.

Note: If the person you think has blocked you set his or her phone to “Do Not Disturb” mode, you’ll still get delivery notification.

3. Check iMessage status updates

We conducted a little experiment. We used two iPhones which one has blocked the other on iMessage. Then, we sent messages from the blocked iPhone before and after the block happened. Here’s what we found.

When checking the status of the previous messages before the block occurred, there’re delivery notifications such as “Delivered” or “Read” within the messages thread. All the messages the blocked iPhone have sent afterward have no notifications. They just remained blue in the conversation thread.

What happened when you got blocked on iMessage
Screenshot: Gardy Philogene/Gotechtor

As you can see from the above picture, the first message (blue bubble) is an iMessage with a delivery notification below it (Delivered). We sent this message before the other number blocked us.

The following two messages (green bubble) are SMS with notification indicating they were sent as “Text Message”. This is because the blocked number has used the “Send as Text Message” feature on their iPhone. To do that, you long press on the message bubble and tap “Send as Text Message” from the pop-up menu.

If this wasn’t the case, there wouldn’t be any notification below the messages, and they would have been iMessages (blue bubble) instead of SMS (green bubble). Anyway, the person who has blocked you will never receive any of your messages whether you’ve enabled this option.

4. Call the person who blocked you

So you still got no answer from your texts, and there’s no delivery verification either. What to do next if you don’t want to text them. Try to call the person who you think may have blocked you.

We run a little experiment with a blocked number on iMessage. When calling from the blocked number, the phone would ring briefly (just one time). Then, the automated Voicemail system let us know the recipient is not available and took us straight to voicemail.

Blocked Messages folder in Voicemail list
Screenshot: Gardy Philogene/Gotechtor

The blocker will get no notification about the blocked number’s call and voicemail. However, he or she will still receive the voicemail. It will appear in the “Blocked Messages” folder at the very bottom of their Voicemail list.

5. Turn off caller ID and call the blocker again

If you still have a doubt that they’ve blocked you, try to call the blocker while hiding your number. To make an anonymous call on your iPhone, add *67 before the ten digits number, then hit the call button.

You could also go to Settings > Phone > Show My Caller ID. Then, toggle off the button next to “Show My Caller ID” to hide your number when making phone calls. Depending on your carrier you may not have this option. So, you’d have to use *64 each time you want to hide your number.

Deactivating Show My Caller ID on iPhone
Screenshot: Gardy Philogene/Gotechtor

If the phone rings two or more times, they’ve definitely blocked you. The receiving device will see “No Caller ID”. Obviously, the blocker may not pick up the call. After all, most people don’t pick up anonymous calls nowadays.

Wrap Up

Now that you’ve learned how to know if someone blocked you on iMessage, we’d suggest you to move on or speak to the person directly. Never harass him or her.

Whether that person was a friend or an ex, dust yourself off and move on. After all, life goes on.

If you know other methods that we left out, please share them with us in the comment section below.

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  1. Messages is the name of the app.
    It is used to send iMessages or SMS/MMS

    “After all, most people don’t pick up unanimous calls nowadays.”

    Anonymous, not unanimous.

  2. Can we clarify the first example? You said the image is because the phone was blocked after the blue message. But it also says following the blue message, the blocker had changed the setting to SMS. Will the image be the same for either scenario: blocked or just changed message settings to SMS?

    1. Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by. If you send a message to someone that has blocked you, your message will be sent as an iMessage (blue bubble) with no notifications – you won’t know if it was delivered or not. However, if you’ve enabled the “Send as Text Message” feature, your message will be sent as an SMS using your cellular plan (kind of a fallback because your message didn’t go through). I hope that helps.

        1. Hey Jessica, your messages, whether they’re green or blue, will never be delivered to someone that blocked you.

  3. Hello! I sent a message that went from blue to green. On my iphone it says ‘sent as text message’, but on my Mac in imessage under the green bubble it says ‘delivered’. What does that mean and which do I trust? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Iain, thanks for dropping by. The message that went from blue to green could be the person’s phone is off, dead, out of range, has recently turned off iMessage, or has blocked you, then iMessage defaults to standard SMS/MMS texting protocol. You shouldn’t be getting a “delivered” message for that text. There is no “delivered” or “read” notification for SMS. I hope this satisfied your concerns.

  4. I contacted the person and we hung out after experiencing this and she told me that she dropped her phone in milk and it keeps receiving messages late and going straight to voicemail the other time I was told has no phone service

  5. I have been blocked by someone, so when I send a text message from my Iphone it will turn green. However when I send a text message from my synchronized Ipad the message will remain blue and gets a delivered status also on my Iphone. Any explanation for that?

    1. Hey Eric, are you sure that person has blocked you? Your messages won’t be delivered to someone who has blocked you regardless of what Apple device you’ve used. It seems you have iMessage turned off on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Messages > iMessage to check if iMessage is turned on for your iPhone.

  6. What does it mean if the messages I send (to someone with an iPhone) are green on my iPhone with only “sent as sms”, but they are green on my Mac and my iPad with the “Delivered” notification?

    1. Hi Shawn,

      Happy to have you in the comment section. 3 possibilities here:
      1. Your friend may not have iMessage turned on in Settings.
      2. You or your friend may have a poor internet connection at the time the message was sent.
      3. Try to call your friend. If you get one ring followed by a voicemail prompt, you may have been blocked.
      I’ve yet to see an SMS with the “Delivered” notification. Can you share a screenshot? (Make sure to blur or pixelate any sensitive information)

  7. The person I’m talking to had Android and then got iPhone. The iMessages has read receipts and then it seems they were turned off (But said Delivered). A few days later the messages were taking a long time time to go through (video and later pics) then were sent as text message but the rest of text and pics were blue and delivered. Then yesterday they all went to green. But it doesn’t say sent as text message it’s just green like when they had Android. That iPhone belonged to a relative because their Android was messed up—since it doesn’t say sent as text message does this mean they switched back to android and just haven’t gotten back to me yet?

    1. You can still respond, but I think it’s actually that they switched back to their old Android phone. Cause my other friends that have Android are showing the same thing—they don’t show “sent as text message” or anything under the green bubble. And pics are sending like they used to when they had Android before with the the green loading bar.

    2. Hi, that person probably blocked you or went back to Android. And also make sure to have a good internet connection otherwise your iMessages won’t go through and will fall back to SMS.

  8. Hi, so I’m trying to figure out if I was blocked. Sent message from my iphone and message was green and ‘sent as text’ but on my IPad the message is blue and says delivered. This happens on and off
    Thank you !

  9. Hi Kerry, happy to have you in the comments. It doesn’t look like you’re blocked. This is more likely a connection issue on either end. Does it only happen with this particular person? Did either of you recently switch from Android? A few things you can try: 1) have both of you turn iMessage off then back on again, 2) check if that person has iMessage receiving enabled for the number/email you’re sending an iMessage to, 3) make sure both of you have strong network connection when using iMessage. Let me know how it goes.

  10. Hey, I’m not sure if this person blocked me, so I texted them on imessage and my messages were delivered but all of a sudden they stopped delivering so I sent them a text message are tired calling them and it was ringing. Then after a while it will ring once then go to voicemail and after a while it will keep ringing. It’s ringing for now but my messages aren’t sending and it’s only text and the person that might of blocked me has their iMessage on, please help me

    1. Hey Sharon, happy to have you in the chat. You’re probably not blocked if the person’s phone rings normally before going to voicemail. Regarding, the messages sent as “text message”, that person may have iMessage turned off or is in an area with poor or no service. How do you know that person has iMessage turned on?

  11. You’ve been super helpful in your responses to others so I thought I’d pose my question here also. What if you have an iPhone and the person you’re texting has an iPhone, the message goes through as a blue bubble but after a while it turns to a green bubble showing “sent as SMS message”. If they have blocked you wouldn’t the send button at the end of the black text message field be green going forward or would it still appear blue after you start composing a new text? I hope that makes sense.

    1. Hey Rayne, good to have you in the comments. If the message goes through as a blue bubble then turns to a green bubble, you may have been blocked or the other person has iMessage turn off or has a poor internet connection.

      If the other person has blocked you by mistake and unblock you, but the messages will not turn blue, try to text in a group chat with that person or delete the chat and start a new thread.

      Regarding the green button at the end of the field, we’ve seen discrepancies with iMessage when someone got blocked and unblocked, signing out and signing back into iMessage may help fix this issue. Hope we clarify your concerns.

  12. I think I’m being blocked I sent a message last night it went through they read it and today I texted them it was green and said on top of the two texts sent as a texts and then I sent a pic it show it might have gone through and my last text it was green but there was no message for it just the green bubble on top of the last text said text message that’s it no sent as a text or delivered or read

  13. Good morning
    Ok so I searched my contact to text last night and the contact was lit up blue so I processed with my text message I sent it and the message showed up green saying sent as a text message so I go back to search that contact again and it was green .so I click on another contact and same thing blue so I sent the message to the different person and it sent blue with delivered..Then this morning I searched the first contact again and it was blue again so I sent another text this time it went through blue but no delivery was indicated I’m thinking this person is blocking me and unblocking me
    Does this make any sense

  14. I actually just went to check the messages and both are green now with sent as text message under both messages in green bubbles and now when I search the contact it’s green

  15. Hello, I’m trying to see if I’ve been blocked. My messages was blue with delivered. However, I sent another one and it’s green saying sent as SMS. Then the ones that follow are now just green with nothing. I’ve called and the phone rings it’s usual amount of times and then goes to voicemail. I even tried calling for another number. So does the person have their phone set on don not disturb or something when my number shows up?!🤔

    1. Hello Trenell, If when you call that person it doesn’t go straight to voicemail, you’re not blocked. The message bubbles turning green might be the result of another issue, such as poor internet connection or iMessage deactivated. If the person sets their phone to DND mode, you’ll still get the delivery notification. Wait for a few days before trying again. Good luck.

  16. If I sent a text message and it was blue and said delivered on day X. Then the person went to Mexico and I sent a text on day 3 the text is green with “sent as text “ for the first message and the other two messages on day 4 and 5 are green with just “Thursday 19:54”or “today 11:23” what can that indicate?

    1. Hi Kat, the person may not have internet access, which is required for iMessage to work. The last two messages that were sent without the “sent as text” notification is because of no cellular signal or Wi-Fi Calling, which depends on his/her phone’s carrier. I’d wait for a couple of days before texting the person back and see what happens. Hope that helps.

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