How to Tell If Someone Blocked You On iPhone

Not getting through? You might be blocked

Illustration of a sad person looking at a BFF on a phone
Derek Abella @Lifewire

Unfortunately, there isn't a foolproof method for finding out if someone is blocking your calls on their iPhone outside of getting your hands on the phone and checking the list of blocked numbers, but there are some definite signs that can hint that they've blocked you.

Not using an iPhone? You can also learn how to know if someone blocked your number regardless of your phone type.

The Best Way to Tell If Someone Blocked You Is to Ask Them

If your calls have gone unanswered and your texts never get a reply, it's best to just ask them outright: Did you block me on your phone? There's a chance they did and didn't mean to.

If you're uncomfortable asking them if they've blocked you, try these ideas.

How Many Times Did Your Call Ring?

The biggest indicator of a blocked call is a single ring that goes to voicemail. However, this doesn't mean you're definitely being blocked, so it's good not to jump to conclusions.

If the other person is using their phone at that moment, especially if they're talking to someone else, they can choose to accept or decline the call. This can explain a call that quickly goes to voicemail. Another possible straight-to-voicemail situation is if the other person's phone is turned off or the battery is drained. 

The iPhone also has a Do Not Disturb mode, but if the recipient has this turned on, the phone call should still ring through before going to voicemail. If you're getting only one ring and then you're hearing their voicemail message, it probably isn't because of Do Not Disturb.

Try Sending a Text Message

The iPhone has the ability to send read receipts, which means it will let you know if the person actually read the message. Not everyone has this turned on, so it's also not a definite way of telling if you're blocked, but it is a good way of finding out if you're not blocked. 

When you send a message to a friend that has you blocked, the status will quickly turn to Delivered on your side, but your friend will never receive the message. Because of this, they can't actually read your message. Check back after an hour or so; if the status has changed from Delivered to Read, they're not blocking you.

You could also use a free texting service to send the text. If they respond to that message and not yours, it could mean that they never received yours because they've blocked you.

Try Calling With Caller ID Disabled

Here's a sneaky trick. You can actually disable Caller ID. In North America, you can do this by dialing *67 in front of the phone number, such as *675551239870. You should do this immediately after having the phone call go to voicemail after a single ring to see if they answer the "unknown" call.

If you're outside of North America, you can check the Caller ID Wikipedia page for the codes to disable it. Not all countries allow Caller ID to be disabled, and even in countries that allow it, it can't be deactivated on calls to emergency numbers such as 911.

You can also disable Caller ID by opening Settings on the iPhone, scrolling down to Phone and turning Show My Caller ID off. However, it's far easier to just use the one-time code. 

Also, please know that this still doesn't mean your friend has without a doubt blocked you. Many people refuse to answer calls without Caller ID, and even if it rings once and goes to voicemail, he or she may have immediately declined the call.  

The Sneakiest Way to Tell If You're Being Blocked Is to Call in Person

The next time you see the person in question, try calling them. This works best if you're with a group of people and the person has their phone out. If you call and there's no indication on the phone or from your friend that the call in being placed, they probably have you blocked.

Remember, a phone in a pocket or in a purse may be on vibrate mode, which is why it's important to catch the recipient while the phone is out.