What Happens When You Block A Number On iPhone

Whenever you feel like you are being bothered by any person that should not be allowed, you are given the option to block that particular contact.

Blocking troublesome phone numbers will assure you that the blocked caller will not be able to reach you anyhow (including text messages), and you will not get any notification even from that contact. There is a different impact on different apps of the blocked contacts. 

what happens when you block a number on iPhone? In this article, you will learn about the impact of blocking on several apps and how to block contacts.

Just follow the steps to block the contact and access the blocked list if you require it.

What Happens When You Block A Number On iPhone Or iPad? 

Blocking any unknown number will impact differently in different apps. One thing will remain: your device will not respond to the blocked contact in many cases, and you can still access them on your Apple devices. 

The impact on different devices is as follows:

SMS Or iMessage

SMS Or iMessage

Once you block the contact, they will be unreachable to you via SMS or iMessage. No one message will be reached to you from the blocked contact, no matter what. 

The text will be shown as “Delivered” on the blocked person’s device, but your device will not receive it in your regular inbox. The SMS and MMS messages you send to the blocked contacts will be delivered.

Phone Calls

Phone Calls

Like SMS or iMessage, no calls will be received from the blocked contact. Neither will you get any ring on your device nor any notification and call attempt device’s call log. The call from the blocked contact will get diverted to your voicemail. 

No notification for the voicemail and no Voicemail tab in the Phone app at the top of your device will appear. 

To access the voicemail, you have to go to the “Blocked Messages” section located at the bottom of the voicemail tab of your iPhone’s voicemail inbox. 

FaceTime Audio And Video Calls

FaceTime Audio And Video Calls

There will be no activity or disturbance on your device whenever any blocked contact tries to reach you via FaceTime audio and video calls. Neither any notification nor any ring will appear on your device. But you can contact blocked contacts via FaceTime audio and video calls.

Mail And iCloud

Mail And iCloud

The blocked contact will not be able to send emails in the Apple Mail app as iOS blocks email addresses associated with the contact. The emails you get blocked contacts are marked or flagged—so those emails carry a flag/block icon. 

There will be a notification message that will say, “This message is from a sender in your blocked list.” whenever you open an email.

If you don’t want your inbox to be flooded with blocked contacts emails, you can follow the steps:

  • Tap on Settings.
  • Go to Mail.
  • Select Blocked Sender Options.
  • In the “Actions” section, choose to Move to Trash.

The above process will shift the emails from the blocked contacts to the Trash folder in the Mail app.

Note: Blocking anyone on iCloud is very much similar to that on Gmail

How To Block A Number On iPhone? 

Different ways to block any contact to reach you are as follows:

1. From The iPhone’s Phone App

Steps to be followed to block contact through iPhone’s phone app are given below:

  • Go to the Phone app.
Go to the Phone app.
  • Open the Recents tab.
  • Select the number you want to block.
  • On the right side of the screen, choose the encircled i (or the info icon)
On the right side of the screen, choose the encircled i (or the info icon)
  • Tap on Block this Caller present at the bottom of the next screen.
Tap on Block this Caller present at the bottom of the next screen.
  • The contact will now be blocked.

2. From The iPhone’s Messages App

You can also block any contact from the Messages App if you get an unreasonable text from any person you don’t want to. The steps to be followed are:

  • Open Apple’s Messages app.
  • At the top center of the conversation, select the sender’s information.
  • Go to Info.
  • Tap on Block this Caller present at the bottom of the next screen.
From The iPhone's Messages App

How To Manage Blocked Contacts On iPhone?

You can access the blocked contact list in iOS as it maintains the complete record in iPhone’s Settings menu. Ways to visit that list are as follows:

  • Tap on Settings.
Tap on Settings.
  • Select Phone.
  • Go to Blocked Contacts

You can also go through the process given below:

  • Tap on Settings.
  • Select Messages.
  • Go to Blocked Contacts.

One more to access the block list is:

  • Tap on Settings.
  • Select Mail.
  • Go to Blocked.

In case you want to delete any blocked contact or email address from the blocked list, follow the given steps:

  • Go to  Edit.
  • Next to the number, there will be a  red minus button. Tap on it.
  • Choose Unblock
  • Select Done after deleting to save the changes.


In conclusion, you can block any contact which is bothering you in any way via mail, messages, calls, etc.

There are different impacts on different apps, but one thing in common is that you will not receive any ringer or notification from the blocked contact side if they try to contact you repeatedly. 

The steps are also explained on how to block the contacts, and you can even access it through the block list if you require any changes. You can contact them any time and even deliver messages and calls to blocked contacts, but they cannot. 

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