How to Unblock a Number on iPhone or iPad

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Whether it's a telemarketer, a text spammer, a friend we're on the outs with, or an ex we never want to hear from again, everyone has at least a few phone numbers they want to block. Luckily, the iOS – the operating system that runs on the iPhone and iPad – makes blocking phone numbers easy. In fact, it lets you block a contact, using a phone number or email address, from calling, texting, or FaceTiming you (learn how to block a contact in How to Block Calls and Texts on iPhone).

But what happens when things change and you want to talk to that person again? In that case, you need to learn how to unblock someone on your iPhone or iPad. Luckily, it's a simple process that requires just a few taps. If you have an Android device, here's how to unblock a number on Android.

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.

Unblocking a contact on your iPhone or iPad is easy, but there are actually three ways to do it. They're all contained in the Settings app, but every app that lets you block a number – Phone, Messages, and FaceTime – each has its own number blocking section. What's great, though, is that numbers and contacts that are blocked show up in all three sections, so you can unblock from any of them and have the changes appear in all of them automatically. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Phone (or Messages or FaceTime. On an iPad, you can only choose Messages or FaceTime, since the Phone app doesn't exist on iPad).
  3. Tap Call Blocking & Identification (in Phone settings, or Blocked in Messages or FaceTime).
  4. Find the number you want to unblock in the Blocked Contacts list.
  5. Swipe right to left across the number to reveal the Unblock button.
  6. Tap Unblock.
  7. The number disappears from the list and is now unblocked.

How to Unblock a Number With Your Phone Company

Using the feature built into the 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 the iOS's feaures.

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.