How to Unblock a Number on iPhone or iPad

Ready to take their call again?

women on phones

FG Trade/E+/Getty Images


The iOS platform lets you block a contact — using a phone number or email address — from calling, texting, or FaceTiming you. Reversing the process is simple.

The procedure detailed below has been tested using iOS 12. Functionality is similar for all currently supported versions of iOS.

How to Unblock a Number on iPhone or iPad

Steps to follow to unblock number on iOS.
These steps are for iPhone, but the steps for the iPad are nearly identical.
  1. Tap Settings > Phone. On an iPad, which doesn't use the Phone app, tap Settings > Messages or Settings > FaceTime instead.

  2. Tap Call Blocking & Identification. (Tap Blocked in Messages or FaceTime, instead.)

  3. Find the number you want to unblock in the Blocked Contacts list. Swipe right to left across the number to reveal the Unblock button.

  4. Tap Unblock.

How to Unblock a Number With Your Phone Company

Using the feature built into iOS to block a contact is simple and quick, but it's not the only way to block numbers. Most phone companies also offer a service — sometimes for a fee, sometimes free — that blocks phone numbers. If you've blocked phone numbers this way, the steps in the section above won't work for you. Those only apply to numbers blocked right on your Apple device using iOS features.

If you've used your phone company's call-blocking service, and now want to unblock a number, call your phone company (or try their online help or, depending on the company, their iPhone app) and they'll be able to help.