How to Unblock a Number on iPhone or iPad

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The iOS platform gives you several ways to 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

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

  2. Tap Call Blocking & Identification.

  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.

    iPhone settings showing path to unblock a number
  4. Tap Unblock.

Unblock People Who Text You

If you blocked someone in Messages to prevent the person from text messaging you, you can 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 settings showing unblock option

Unblock Callers in Your Contacts List

If the blocked number belongs to someone in your Contacts list, you can 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 also 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 now want to unblock a number, call your phone company or try its online help or iPhone app (if there is one). Your company can unblock the number for you.