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What happens when you block a number on Android?

Marking a number on an Android phone

If you were wondering what happens when you block a number on Android, this article will go into the details with you.

Look at some point you’ll find yourself in a situation where you have to use the block feature on your phone. Whether it’s an ex, complete strangers, or telemarketers, blocking someone is the best way to reclaim your peace of mind.

Now let’s find out what happens when you do so.

What happens when you block a number on Android?

First, we want to clear up any confusions you may have. The person you’ve blocked will never get any sort of official notification. Google respects your privacy and will not let the person knows that they’ve been blocked. Speaking of privacy, learn how to stop Google from tracking you on the web.

Incoming call on a Google Pixel phone. Gardy Philogene/Gotechtor

Simply put, when you block a number on your Android phone, the caller can no longer contact you. Phone calls do not ring through to your phone, they go directly to voicemail. However, the blocked caller would only hear your phone rings once before being diverted to voicemail.

Regarding text messages, the blocked caller’s text messages won’t go through. They’ll never have a “Delivered” notification with a timestamp. On your end, you’ll never receive their messages.

Now if it’s you that try to contact the blocked number, it’s a different story. Here’s what happens when you try to contact a blocked number on your Android phone.

You can still call and send text messages to the blocked number as you normally would. The recipient will receive your text messages and phone calls, but can’t call or message you. The block doesn’t go both ways, it’s one direction.

    1. Hi Santi, That shouldn’t happen. Once you blocked someone, that person cannot send you text messages anymore. Are you sure you’ve blocked that person?

      1. We have the same problem. We blocked him last winter and now we have started getting a text or 2 each day. It says he is blocked.

        1. Hey Pat, sorry you’re dealing with this right now. Try to block the number on the carrier side too. What provider are you using?

          1. How do you block someone from the carrier side? I use Verizon. I blocked an ex and am still getting texts.

          2. Hi Traci, Thanks for dropping by. If you wish to permanently block someone from your Verizon phone, you’ll have to sign up for the
            Verizon Smart Family plan ($4.99/mo). It lets you block up to 20 specific numbers permanently.

            Otherwise, you can block calls and messages from up to 5 specific phone numbers for free for up to 90 days in My Verizon app.

            I hope that helps.

      2. I have lots of blocked numbers on my android phone. But, I often hear a notification like I get when someone texts me, but it’s cut short (my notification is normal like a doorbell sound…2 “notes”, but I only hear one). Is this a text being blocked?

    1. Hey Tomys, it doesn’t seem like you’ve been blocked. Try to call that person from another number and see what happens. Let me know how it goes.

    1. Hey Ali, thanks for dropping by. Did you call someone that you’ve blocked or you think may have blocked you? Please clarify so I can better assist you.

  1. I’ve blocked certain numbers on my Android, but, I still hear a notification and get a message that a message has been sent to my spam and blocked folder many times. I’d rather not hear or see anything at all. Also, my text notification is like a doorbell (“ding dong”), and sometimes I hear the first note, but then it sounds like the rest is cut off… could this be a blocked text trying to get through?

    1. Hi Lynne! Thanks for dropping by. You may need to turn off notifications for blocked numbers. What Android phone do you have?

  2. I called there’s a long beep, then beeps twice, repeats then goes to VM. Could this mean I am blocked?

    1. Hey Jelly! This could mean a few things:
      1. You have been blocked.
      2. Their phone is on “Do Not Disturb” mode.
      3. Those beeps could be a ringback tone from your carrier attempting to connect your call. It usually goes to voicemail after one or two beeps when they cannot connect your call.
      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    1. Hi Lo! How did you block that number? If you did it the correct way, all incoming messages from a blocked number should be sent to the “Span & blocked” folder.

  3. I find blocking people, their message still goes to the blocked message area how can you block so the message does not appear at all?

    1. Hi Tess! Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about that. Maybe you can just delete them all without reading them. Hope that helps.

  4. You need to go to message settings and from there you choose “block numbers and messages” then you add the number or contact that you wish to block.

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