How to Block Someone on WhatsApp

Learn to unblock them, too

Person tapping the WhatsApp icon on a phone.

Since WhatsApp is so popular, chances are good that someone you don’t want to connect with might contact you through the instant messaging app. You can simply choose to ignore the unwanted messages or you can take it a step further and block the undesirable contact. 

You can easily block existing or unknown contacts and unblock them just as quickly, if you change your mind. Learning how to block a contact on WhatsApp  (or unblock them) depends on the type of phone you are using.

Blocking Known Contacts

When you block someone on WhatsApp, you will stop receiving messages, calls or status updates from them. The blocked users will no longer be able to view your status updates, last seen or online information. Here's how to block a contact on WhatsApp. 

iPhones

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap Settings and select Account.
  3. Tap Privacy
  4. Tap Blocked and then tap Add New.
  5. Select the name of the contact you wish to block from your contact list.

Android Phones

  1. Start WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Menu button. 
  3. Tap Settings and choose Account.
  4. Tap Privacy
  5. Tap Blocked Contacts and then tap Add.
  6. Select the name of the contact you want to block from your list of contacts.

Windows Phones 

  1. Start WhatsApp.
  2. Tap More and then choose Settings
  3. Tap Contacts and then tap Blocked Contacts.
  4. Tap the plus icon (+) on the bottom of the screen to select the name of the person you want to block.

Nokia S40

You can block a contact that is saved in your phone.

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to Options.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Choose Account and then select Privacy.
  4. Select Blocked Contacts and choose Add Contact
  5. Move to the name of the person you want to block. Select the contact to add them to your Blocked Contacts list. 

Blocking Unknown Numbers

You have the option of blocking people using unknown numbers or reporting the user for spam on WhatsApp, which also blocks the person from contacting you in the future.

iPhones

  1. Start WhatsApp and open the message you received from the unknown person.
  2. Tap Block.
  3. Tap Report and Block if you want to report the user for spam.

Android Devices

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap the chat with the unknown person to open it.
  2. Tap Block.
  3. Tap Report Spam if you want to block the user and report the person for spam, as well.

Windows Phones 

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Open the message you received from an unknown contact.
  3. Tap More.
  4. Tap Block and then tap Block once more to confirm.

Nokia S40

  1. Open WhatsApp and open the chat window from the unknown person.
  2. Go to the Options menu and select Block.

Unblocking Contacts

When you unblock a contact on WhatsApp, you will be able to receive new messages and calls from that person. However, you will not receive calls or messages sent from that contact while they were blocked. Here's how to unblock someone on WhatsApp.

iOS Phones

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap Settings and select Account.
  3. Tap Privacy and then select Blocked.
  4. Swipe left on the name of the contact you wish to unblock.
  5. Tap Unblock

Android Phones

  1. Start WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Menu button and choose Settings.
  3. Tap Account and then tap Privacy.
  4. Select Blocked Contacts.
  5. Tap and hold the contact's name until a menu pops up.
  6. Tap Unblock from the menu.

    Windows Phones

    1. Open WhatsApp.
    2. Tap More and choose Settings
    3. Tap Contacts and select Blocked Contacts.
    4. Tap and hold the contact you wish to unblock.
    5. Choose Unblock from the popup menu.

    Alternatively, you can send a message to the blocked contact and choose Yes on the prompt that appears asking if you wish to unblock the contact. 

    A blocked contact will remain in your contact list. You must delete the contact from your phone’s address book to remove that person from your WhatsApp contact list. 

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