How To Know If Someone is Declining Your Calls

When you make a phone call you will hear ringing on your end to let you know that the phone call is connecting. Depending on whether the person answers on the other end, or it goes to voicemail may make you wonder if they’re declining your calls.

The number of rings vary by provider and also personal settings. Some people use longer ring tones to give them more time to answer.

Knowing if Someone Declined Your Call

There are few tell-tell signs that someone is declining your call. There is a difference in the way a phone responds if you’ve been blocked, the phone is off or in airplane mode, or if they’re simply declining your calls.

The Number of Rings

One sign that your phone calls are being ignored is how many rings before it goes to voicemail. Generally, the feedback ringtone will go through several cycles before the voicemail message comes up.

If upon placing the phone call, it rings only once or twice and goes to voicemail then your calls are probably being declined. This is because the recipient of the phone call has manually clicked the “decline” call option on their phone.

The Number of Times You’ve Called

This can be another sign that your call is being declined. If you’ve called two or three times in a row (albeit slightly annoying), and the recipient still doesn’t answer; odds are they’re busy and ignoring your calls.

If the person you’re trying to reach usually answers your calls but suddenly isn’t it’s probably because they’re busy. Give it a few hours and try to reach them again.

There are many indicators that recipients are blocking phone calls. It is best to use your judgment but the above-listed signs generally point to declined phone calls. There are other ways a person can avoid your phone calls without declining them.

Blocking Calls

Blocking calls is different than declining calls because your phone call never gets through to the other person. This is a feature that is built into the software of most phone models. If a user goes into their contacts and selects the information option (small ‘i’ with a circle around it) next to your name they can set your contact as “Blocked.”

If you’re looking to block a contact from calling your phone number check out How to Block Phone Numbers & Calls.

From that point on the recipient will no longer be alerted to incoming phone calls. This will affect text messages as well. Any form of communication that comes to that phone number will be stopped.

Knowing if Your Phone Calls are Blocked

Having your phone number blocked is similar to their number being disconnected from the network. You will receive an error stating “We’re sorry, but the party you’ve reached is not in service” or something of that nature.

If your number has been blocked you will not be notified. The best way to test this is to call from another phone number or a calling application such as TextNow.

If the contact answers their phone; this means your contact has been blocked. If they do not answer the phone and it continues to go to voicemail they are probably having an issue with their cell phone.

The Phone Call is Going Straight to Voicemail

Concerns may arise when you attempt to make a phone call and it goes straight to voicemail. If this happens it’s usually for one of two reasons:

  1. The phone is not on – either the battery died or the person has turned their phone off
  2. The phone is in airplane mode – Airplane mode is a function the phone’s owner will use to disconnect it from the service
  3. The phone is in Do Not Disturb – Do Not Disturb can be set for all contacts or just a few. To allow communications for emergencies Do Not Disturb features usually allow a contact to get through after three back to back phone calls.

If this person would normally take your call, any of these is a potential sign that they are declining to take your call.

How to Get Through

If you both have iPhones, try texting them. If the text is marked as “Delivered,” that means their phone is not off or in airplane mode. If the text is not delivered it’s likely that their phone is just off or not accessing the network.

If attempts to contact a recipient are unsuccessful you can attempt to contact that person through Social Media such as; WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or even LinkedIn.

As far as avoiding messages go; WhatsApp and Facebook messenger will show whether a message has been delivered or read.

Call from a spoofed “friendly” number

For those who are unable to reach a specific contact another option is called “Spoofing.” Using free applications and software that is downloaded from the internet you can create an account and call the number in question.

Unlike using TextNow or another calling application, spoofing allows you to mimic another phone number on the caller ID. This could be your contact’s friend or even a relative.

Spoofing is a technology that is being phased out by the FCC so it may not work much longer. With new applications provided by cell phone companies, your contact may be alerted that something is not right with the phone number.

Will someone know if I declined their call?

Although they won’t receive any flashing red lights saying “this caller is ignoring you!” Most users can deduce based on the activity of your phone that they’re being ignored.

What if the call doesn’t go to voicemail?

If their phone only rings once then hangs up without going to voicemail, they’re likely not ignoring your phone calls. This behavior can usually be attributed to a network error. Try rebooting your phone or checking down detector for network issues.

How can I decline a call without being noticed?

Your best bet, let it ring and go to voicemail. Fortunately, most smartphones will silence the call without declining it if you tap the volume buttons on the side.

What does the ‘Send Message’ option do?

If you’re declining someone’s call both Android and iPhone models have a ‘Send Message’ option. To avoid confrontation later, tap on this (it will silence the call) and send the caller a message that you’re busy.

Waiting it Out

One of the best things you can do if you suspect that someone is declining your calls is to wait. The recipient may be busy or perhaps they’re having trouble with their phone. Some of the methods listed above (although successful) may prove to get you blocked if you aren’t already.

If you’ve tried several times in one day to contact someone with no success, it may be best to wait a few days if it isn’t urgent to communicate with them. If it is urgent then it may be best to contact a friend, family member, or close colleague of that person.

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