How to Tell If Someone Blocked You On Facebook Messenger

Think you're still friends with someone? Maybe not!

Messenger App
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It's a common problem in today's Digital Age: you think you're friends with someone, only to have the sneaking suspicion they've blocked you on Facebook Messenger. This guide explains how to check whether you have been blocked on Messenger but not on Facebook, including methods for checking on a smartphone or tablet, or on a personal computer. Either way, the process is easy, and even though there's no direct way of seeing explicit confirmation that someone blocked you, there are several tell-tale signs to kook for that are just as good.

How to Tell If Someone Blocked You on Messenger: Mobile Version

Sending a message on Messenger
You can test whether someone has blocked you on Messenger by trying to send a message.

The easiest way to check whether you've been blocked on Messenger but not on Facebook is to use its mobile app and check whether a message to them gets through. If it doesn't, you can then check whether they're still on Facebook: if they are, then they've blocked you on Messenger only.

  1. Open the Messenger app
  2. Tap the Search bar at the top of the screen
  3. Type your friend's name into the search bar
  4. Tap your friend's name when it appears in the search results
  5. Type your message in the text box near the bottom of the screen
  6. Tap Send, the blue paper-airplane icon on the right of the text

If the message is sent as normal, your friend hasn't blocked you on Messenger. However, you may be told "Message Not Sent" and that "This person isn't receiving messages at this time." This means either: a) you've been blocked on Messenger but not Facebook or b) you've been blocked on Facebook itself or c) your friend has deactivated their account.

Checking Facebook
You can check whether someone has blocked you on Facebook by searching for their profile.

As such, you need to take the following steps in order to determine which of these possibilities actually applies:

  1. Open the Facebook app
  2. Tap the Search bar at the top of the screen
  3. Type your friend's name into the search bar
  4. Tap Search in the bottom-left of the virtual keypad

If your friend appears after typing their name, then they've blocked you on Facebook Messenger, without blocking you on Facebook itself. But if your friend's account doesn't appear in a search, this doesn't necessarily mean that they've also blocked you on Facebook, since they may have deactivated their account.

To check whether their account is no longer active, you can do one of two things. Either you ask a friend to check whether they're still on Facebook, or you create a new, additional Facebook account and check yourself. If they can be found this way, then they've blocked you on Facebook and Messenger, while if they can't be found, then they've closed their Facebook account.

How to Tell If Someone Blocked You on Messenger: Desktop Version

Checking Messenger on a computer
You can also use your computer to check whether someone's blocked you on Messenger.

The same basic methods apply when using your computer to check whether someone blocked you on Messenger, although the steps are a little different.

  1. Type messenger.com into your browser's address bar and press Return
  2. Once logged into your Messenger account, click the New Message icon in the top-right corner of the left-hand column
  3. Type the person's name into the search bar at the top of the right-hand column
  4. Click the person's name once it appears. Your conversation with them should now appear
  5. Type a message in the bar at the bottom of the conversation box
  6. Click the Send button

After clicking the Send button, you may then receive a message (in red) which reads, "This person isn't available at the moment."

Once again, this doesn't necessarily mean they've blocked you on Messenger, since they could have either blocked you on Facebook or deactivated their account.

To eliminate one of these possibilities, you should take the following steps:

  1. Type facebook.com into your browser's address bar and press Return
  2. Click the search bar at the top of the screen
  3. Type in the person's name

If the person's name appears, then it means they've blocked you on Messenger without blocking you on Facebook or closing their Facebook account.

But as above, if their name doesn't appear, you then need to ask a friend to check for their Facebook account, or create a new account so that you can check for yourself.