When you block a number on your iPhone, it effectively prevents you from receiving text messages and calls from that specific number. Your iPhone won’t save any text messages from the blocked number, and the blocked contact won’t be notified that their number has been blocked.
Here’s a more detailed explanation of what happens when you block and unblock a number on your iPhone:
Blocking a Number
- Prevention of Communication: Blocking a number ensures that you won’t receive text messages, phone calls, or FaceTime calls from that contact. This is especially useful for dealing with spam, unwanted telemarketers, or individuals you wish to avoid.
- No Message Storage: Your iPhone will not store any text messages or voicemails received from the blocked number. This helps keep your device clutter-free and ensures that blocked messages do not take up storage space.
- Invisible to the Blocked Contact: The blocked contact won’t be aware that their number has been blocked. They may realize it when you consistently do not respond to their messages or calls, but it won’t be indicated to them that they are blocked.
If You Unblock a Number on iPhone What Happens?
- Restoration of Communication: If you decide to unblock a number, you can start receiving text messages, phone calls, FaceTime calls, and any other forms of communication from that contact once again.
- Message Retrieval: Unfortunately, unblocking a number does not grant you access to the text messages or voicemails that were sent while the number was blocked. These messages are discarded by your iPhone upon receipt, and there is no archive or recovery option for them.
- Recovery for Future Messages: After unblocking, you can receive all forms of communication from the contact moving forward. This includes SMS and iMessage messages, as well as calls and FaceTime requests.
How to Block/Unblock a Number on Your iPhone
Blocking a Number:
- Open the Messages app or navigate to your call log if you want to block a specific caller.
- Select the number or contact you wish to block.
- Tap the ‘ⓘ’ (info) icon next to the selected number.
- Scroll down and choose ‘Block this Caller.’
- Confirm by selecting ‘Block Contact.’ This will block the contact across all default calling and messaging apps.
Unblocking a Number:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Go to ‘Phone’ settings.
- Select ‘Call Blocking and Identification.’
- Swipe left on the number you want to unblock from the list of blocked numbers.
- Tap ‘Unblock.’
It’s important to note that if you have blocked contact on other messaging platforms like WhatsApp or third-party chat services, you will need to unblock them individually on each of those platforms as well. Unblocking on your iPhone only affects default calling and messaging apps.