How to Know If You've Been Blocked on WhatsApp

Figure out if a contact blocked you on this popular messaging platform

WhatsApp is a popular messaging platform where users share instant messages and multimedia files and make voice calls. If a WhatsApp contact doesn't respond to your messages, they may be busy, may be ignoring you, or may have blocked you. WhatsApp doesn't notify you. However, there are clues that a contact blocked you to stop receiving your messages, calls, and status updates.

These steps apply to the most recent version of WhatsApp and work on all devices that run the app. Some of these steps are also relevant to WhatsApp Web.

WhatsApp is intentionally ambiguous about blocked status to protect the blocker's privacy.

Check Your Contact's Last Seen Status

If you're wondering if you've been blocked, the first clue is to check the user's Last Seen status. Last Seen status refers to the last time the contact used WhatsApp. Here's how to check:

  1. Find and open a chat with the user.

    If a conversation isn't open, find the user's name and create a new chat.

  2. The Last Seen status is visible under the user's name. For example, last seen today at 10:18 a.m.

    Last Seen info in WhatsApp
  3. If you don't see anything under the user's name, it's possible they blocked you.

    A person who may have blocked you on WhatsApp
  4. A lack of a visible Last Seen status isn't necessarily an indication that you've been blocked. WhatsApp has a privacy setting that allows users to hide their Last Seen status, so this isn't definitive evidence.

Check the Checkmarks

Since the lack of a Last Seen status isn't enough evidence that you've been blocked, the next step is to look for the checkmarks on your message.

Messages sent to a contact who blocked you always show one checkmark (indicating that the message was sent), and never show a second checkmark (confirming that a message was delivered).

A "message received" check in WhatsApp

On its own, this could mean the user lost their phone or can't connect to the internet. But combined with a lack of a Last Seen status, the evidence is piling up that you've been blocked.

No Updates to Their Profile

When someone blocks you on WhatsApp, you won't see updates to their profile photo. On its own, this isn't a huge clue, since many users don't have a profile picture or rarely update it. But combined with a lack of a Last Seen status and undelivered messages, it's another indication you've been blocked.

You Can't Call Them Using WhatsApp

If you've been blocked, any calls you attempt to place won't go through. If you can successfully place a call, you're not blocked. The call may not connect, or it may ring but result in an unsuccessful call message.

Screenshot of WhatsApp unsuccessful call message

Combined with a lack of a Last Seen status, undelivered messages, and no profile updates, an inability to place a voice call is more evidence that you've been blocked.

You Can't Send a Group Message

If a user blocks you, you can't add them to a group message. If you can, then regardless of the other evidence, you haven't been blocked.

When creating the group message, it may seem as if you successfully added them, but when you open the group chat, they don't appear in the participants list. If you add them through the Add Participants section of the group chat, you get a Can't add participant error.

Participant adding errors in WhatsApp

The Verdict

If you see all the indicators above, your WhatsApp contact likely blocked you. If you've been blocked, there's no way to unblock yourself. Your best course of action is to either move on or reach out to the person to find out why you were blocked.