How to Unblock a Number on iPhone or iPad

Ready to take their call again?

The iOS platform has several ways to block a contact using a phone number or email address. When a contact is blocked, that contact cannot call, text, or FaceTime you. Reversing the process is simple.

Instructions in this article apply to iOS 12 and iOS 11. Functionality is similar for all currently supported versions of iOS.

How to Unblock a Number on iPhone or iPad

If you previously blocked a contact, here's how to remove that block so that the contact can call and text you:

  1. Tap Settings > Phone. On an iPad, which doesn't use the Phone app, tap Settings > FaceTime.

  2. Tap Call Blocking & Identification.

  3. In the Blocked Contacts list, swipe right to left across the number, then tap Unblock.

    Phone, Call Blocking & Identification, Unblock buttons in iOS Settings

Unblock People Who Text You

If you blocked someone in Messages to prevent the person from text messaging you, unblock the number in the Messages app on iPhones or iPads.

  1. Open Settings and tap Messages.

  2. Scroll down and tap Blocked.

  3. Swipe right to left on the number you want to unblock and tap Unblock.

    Messages, Blocked, Unblock buttons in iOS Settings

Unblock Callers in Your Contacts List

If the blocked number belongs to someone in your Contacts list, unblock the number from their listing in Contacts. Scroll to the bottom of the person's contact information and tap Unblock this Caller.

How to Unblock a Number With Your Phone Company

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

If you used your phone company's call-blocking service and want to unblock a number, call the phone company or try its online help or iPhone app (if there is one). The phone company can unblock the number for you.