How to Block Someone on WhatsApp and What Happens When You Do

<p class="heading_excerpt">Want to block someone on WhatsApp but not 100% sure what it involves? Here's what to know...</p>

        Have you had the final straw and it's time to block someone on WhatsApp? It's pretty easy to do. However, some restrictions take effect when you block people on the app that affect both you and the blocked contact.

        Here, we take a look at how you can block a contact on WhatsApp and what happens when you do, as well as how to unblock someone if you change your mind...

                How to Block Someone on Whatsapp

        It's relatively easy to block someone on Whatsapp and only takes a few steps.


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        Just open up WhatsApp on your mobile device and do the following to block an unwanted contact:

                    Tap the contact you wish to block. If you can't see the contact, use the search icon at the top-right corner of the app.

                    Next, tap the three vertical dots at the top-right corner.

                    From the drop-down, select More.

                    Then select Block.

                    From the options that pop up, select Block. Or tap Report and Block to both block and report the contact.

        The report option can come in handy when you recognize WhatsApp spam.

                    How to Block Someone Using WhatsApp Web

        You can also block people if you use WhatsApp Web on your PC. It's pretty different from the mobile option steps but has the same effect.

        To block someone via WhatsApp Web on your PC, use the following steps:

                    Click the three horizontal dots on the WhatsApp chat list.

                    Next, select Settings.

                    Select Blocked.

                    Then, choose the Add blocked contact option.

                    Select the contact you wish to block or use the search bar at the top of that menu to search for the contact. Select the person you want to block.

        This will block the contact from contacting you.

        Related: Tips to Make WhatsApp More Secure and Private

                What Happens When You Block Someone on WhatsApp?

        Before you take the step of blocking a person on WhatsApp, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Firstly, when you block someone on WhatsApp, they can't check if you've blocked them.

        Other effects of blocking someone on WhatsApp include:

                    Messages you send to each other don't get delivered.

                    You can't see each other's profile pictures.

                    You can't see status updates from each other after you block someone.

                    Blocking a person without reporting them doesn't clear your previous conversations with them. If you unblock them, you can always continue your chat from before you blocked them.

                    You can't add each other to WhatsApp groups.

                    When you block and report a contact, WhatsApp clears all your conversations with the person as well. Unblocking that contact doesn't restore your previous chats.

                    You won't see their "last seen" timestamp anymore and they can't see yours.

                    You can't call each other on WhatsApp.

        If you change your mind, you can unblock a contact.

        If you want to unblock the contact you've just blocked, tap on the conversation. You'll see text that says "You blocked this contact. Tap to unblock"---so just tap to unblock. A menu will pop up and you can select Unblock.

        Alternatively, you can access a list of blocked contacts and unblock any of them.

        To do this, tap the three vertical dots at the top-right corner of the chat list homepage. Next, select Settings.

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        In the settings menu, tap Account and then Privacy. Scroll through the options and select Blocked contacts. Select the contact you wish to unblock and tap Unblock.

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                     How to Unblock Someone via WhatsApp Web

        To unblock a contact on WhatsApp using WhatsApp Web, click the three dots icon above the chat list. Select Settings. Next, click Blocked to load a list of contacts you've blocked.

        Click on the contact you wish to unblock and select Unblock.

                Things to Remember About Blocking on WhatsApp

        Blocking someone on WhatApp doesn't ensure that they can't contact you through other means.

        Although they can't send you direct messages, if you are already in a WhatsApp group together, you will still be able to see each others' messages in the group.

        You should also remember that people you block on WhatsApp still have your contact number, so you can't stop them from calling you directly.

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        Idowu Omisola
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            Idowu Omisola is a passionate tech writer, a programmer, and a chess player that loves to break away from routine. His passion for showing people how to solve various tech problems motivates him to keep writing more.

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