How to tell if someone has blocked your number on iPhone
There’s a scene in the second last installment of the Harry Potter movies where the minister of magic comes in and says “these are dark times.” The minister is talking about the return of the Dark Lord and how it doesn’t bode well for the mankind. In this digital era, these “dark times” are often lurking in form of cyber attacks, malware threats or in a very non-threatening — yet hurtful — way: being blocked by someone without getting know.

Blocking someone on an iPhone is as easy as it is to contact them. While it is a convenient feature for the user who is blocking someone, the same feature may leave the person who has been blocked a bit flummoxed after being unable to contact them. Readers must note that there is no absolute way to be sure if you have been blocked by a particular iPhone user (apart from the contact telling you this, of course) but there are signs that can sort of confirm that indeed you have been blocked. If you are in a situation where you feel that you have been blocked by someone but are not sure try these steps:


Call the contact

This is the first and obvious thing you need to do to check if you have been blocked by an iPhone user. We blocked both an iPhone user and an Android user and in both cases heard the message saying “The number you are trying to reach is busy. Please call again later.” While this may be a one-off case, but if this is the only message you hear every time you call them, then there is a good chance that you have been blocked.


Send them a message

The next obvious step to send an SMS to the contact you think has blocked you. Once you send a message look for the delivery status. Again, we tried it for both the iPhone user and an Android user and the results here varied. While in case of iPhone we didn’t get the ‘delivered’ status in the iMessage chat window, but in case of Android, the message chat showed that the message was delivered. Therefore, this way of checking whether or not you have been blocked becomes particularly difficult in case you are an Android user.

As we mentioned, these aren’t foolproof methods of finding out if you’ve been blocked but can give you a fair indicator if someone has blocked your number on iPhone.