How do you know if someone blocked you on iMessage? It may not be possible to tell without asking the person, but there are a few ways you could try to check if you’re blocked.
iMessage, one of the best messaging apps, allow iPhone users to keep in touch with family and friends. In some cases, however, you might not receive a reply to your messages.
Then, you wonder if something is wrong with your iMessage because your messages were not delivered. Or maybe something is wrong with their phone. 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 five 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.
How to Know If Someone Blocked You on iMessage
If you send someone a text message using iMessage and your text bubbles suddenly change to green from blue, it’s a clear indication that they have blocked your iPhone number.
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1. Check iMessage Bubble Color
You may already know that a green bubble means you’re sending a regular text message instead of using iMessage, but it can also indicate that someone has blocked you.
iMessages normally appear in blue text bubbles (messages between Apple devices). If you’ve enabled “Send as SMS” on your iPhone when iMessage is unavailable, your messages will be sent as SMS. Keep in mind Carrier messaging rates may apply.
If you know someone has an iPhone and suddenly text messages between you and that person are green. This is a sign they’ve 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 since a green bubble doesn’t necessarily mean you’re blocked. So we’re moving on to the next step.
2. Check iMessage Delivery Notification
When you send an iMessage, a “Delivered” notification will appear below it, letting you know the other person has received it.
You may see a “Read Receipts” of your iMessages that let you know the other person has opened up the Messages app and tapped 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 a “Delivered” or “Read” notification appear within the iMessage conversation, they may have blocked you.
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 a 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 has sent afterward have no notifications. They just remained blue in the conversation thread.
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 a 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.
Otherwise, no notification would appear below the messages, and the messages 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. The next step should be to call the person you think has blocked you if you don’t want to text them.
We ran 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 was unavailable and took us straight to voicemail.
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 bottom of their Voicemail list.
5. Turn Off Caller ID and Call the Blocker Again
In case you’re still doubtful about whether you’ve been blocked, try calling the blocker while hiding your phone 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.
If the phone rings twice or more, they’ve 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.
Final Thoughts on How to Tell If Someone Blocked You on iMessage
Being blocked by someone on iMessage is such a terrible feeling, but it’s not the end of the world.
Let’s review all the ways to know someone blocked your number on iMessage:
- Check iMessage bubble color
- Check iMessage delivery notification
- Check iMessage status updates
- Call the person who blocked you
- Turn off caller ID and call the blocker
Now that you’ve learned how to know if someone blocked you on iMessage, we suggest you move on or speak to the person directly to resolve any misunderstandings. Never harass the person who has blocked you.
I know it’s frustrating and may not be what you want to hear, but this isn’t the end of the world.
Whether that person was a friend or an ex, dust yourself off and move on. After all, when one door closes, another opens!
Did one of these tips help you know if they blocked you on iMessage? Still not sure? Either way, let us know in the comments below.