How Do I Block or Unblock a WhatsApp Contact?

Someone annoying you? Stop unwanted messages from them

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 easily block existing or unknown contacts and unblock them just as quickly if you change your mind.

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, or last seen/online information. Here's how to block a contact on WhatsApp. 

Blocking a contact won't remove them from your contacts list. Delete the contact from your phone's address book to remove them.

  1. Open WhatsApp and select More Options in the upper-right corner. Select Settings.

  2. Choose Account.

  3. Select Privacy.

    Screenshots of Whatsapp Settings, Account, Privacy screens
  4. Scroll down and select Blocked Contacts.

  5. Select the Add icon in the upper-right corner. Search for or select the contact you want to block to block them automatically.

You can also block any contact from the chat window.

Open a chat with the contact. Select More Options, choose More, select Block, and then choose Block.

Alternatively, open a chat and select the name of the contact. Select Block and then choose Block.

Blocking Unknown Numbers

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

Messages from blocked contacts will not be delivered to you and the blocked contact will not be able to view your status updates or profile changes.

  1. Open the chat with the unknown phone number in WhatsApp.

  2. Select Block and then choose Block again.

You will have the option to report the number if it is spam.

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.

If you did not previously save a blocked contact's information on your phone, unblocking them will not restore them to your phone's contact list.

  1. Open WhatsApp and select More Options in the upper-right corner. Select Settings.

  2. Choose Account.

  3. Select Privacy.

    Screenshots of Whatsapp Settings, Account, Privacy screens
  4. Scroll down and select Blocked Contacts.

  5. Select the contact you want to unblock and select Unblock (contact name). You can now send and receive calls, messages and status updates to and from the contact.