Most of our communication in 2019 comes through texting, whether you’re using basic SMS or a more advanced client like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Whether you’re chatting with your friends in a group chat or updating your parents on your new job, texting is an easier and more straightforward form of communication than placing a phone call. Of course, you may run into a situation where you’re forced to block a number you don’t want texting you, or you begin to wonder if someone has blocked you when they stop replying to your texts.
Navigating the wide range of social norms and changing habits of friends and contacts is a never-ending process. The speed at which social media has allowed us to change habits, methods of communication, and what annoys or pleases us is simply amazing. If you’re able to keep up with it all, you’re in the minority. If you occasionally find yourself puzzled at what’s going on in the world, you’re not alone.
We all know you can block someone’s number from calling and texting you, but can you tell if someone blocked you from just texting them?
You definitely aren’t the first person to wonder this. Let’s take a look at whether or not you can tell if someone blocked you from sending them text messages.
Can You Tell if Someone Blocked Your Texts?
First and foremost, can you tell if someone blocks you from sending texts?
Unfortunately, if you use standard SMS on your phone, the answer is no. You cannot tell if someone blocked you from sending text messages. The only way to know is if they tell you, you never receive a reply, or you try calling them.
You cannot currently block a number from calling you and not from texting you. It’s a blanket block. If your number has been blocked from texting, it will also be blocked from calling.
If you call the number and hear a number unobtainable message, you’re probably blocked. The exact message differs depending on the network but it might be something like, “Sorry, it has not been possible to connect your call.”
If you’re still able to call other numbers like normal but aren’t able to connect with one person, you might have been blocked.
Text messaging has no such way of detecting if your number has been blocked or not, so you never really know unless you use other methods.
Text Messaging vs. Chat Apps
Cell networks are not configured to report back to the sender when delivering SMS. The data layer was added to the legacy voice layer when mobile devices first began demanding data as well as voice. Cell networks were never designed for the kind of feedback necessary to allow you to know if your message was delivered or not.
When sending a text message, you compose and send the message on your phone, the phone OS packages it up so the cell network can understand it, and then the message is sent. The closest receiving cell tower acknowledges your message and adds a mark to your account to keep track of how many SMS you have sent for billing. That is the only feedback mechanism currently available in the cell network.
Purpose-built messaging networks such as iMessage, WhatsApp, and Telegram do things differently. They had the advantage of a clear plan before building their network and ‘feedback to sender’ was one of the key elements they all wanted to include.
Cell networks evolved whereas chat networks could be built from the ground up with the primary vision in mind. That’s why you see ‘Delivered’ or ‘Read’ when you send messages using these apps. It’s also why third-party chat apps tend to offer more features and a better experience than factory-installed SMS messaging apps.
You may use the data network of your cell company but the messaging is controlled by the servers owned by the chat app.
Has Someone Blocked You From Texting Them?
You only have a few options to find out if someone blocked you from texting them. You could try messaging them through WhatsApp, iMessage, Telegram, Snapchat, Facebook or one of the numerous other applications that use your phone number to enable communication.
Message the person on a different medium to see if they answer. If you see a ‘Delivered’ message or equivalent but get no reply, it’s a sign that you may be being ignored.
You could also call them. As I said earlier, iOS and Android blanket block numbers so if you call and receive some kind of caller unobtainable message, you may have been blocked. This is probably the easiest way to check whether or not someone has blocked your number.
Then there is the trick I usually suggest to people who think people are ignoring them or have blocked them. Call the person from a payphone or call or text from a friend’s phone. You can call from your home landline if you like and withhold the number but not everyone answers those. If the person answers the call and not yours, it’s a sure sign.
The advantage here is that if they pick up, you now have the opportunity to ask them what’s going on. Discuss your suspicions calmly and nicely and you might get a straight answer. Even if you don’t get one, you kind of know already by the fact they answered that call or text message. What you do next is entirely up to you!
It’s not uncommon to run into a situation in which you need to block someone’s number or you’re worried someone might have blocked your number.
If you’re wondering whether or not someone blocked your phone number, there is, unfortunately, no surefire way to check. However, by using one of the other methods mentioned in this article, you might still be able to get an answer.
Do you know any other ways to tell if someone blocked you from texting them? Tell us about them below if you do!
Also, be sure to check out our piece on How to Forward Text Messages to Your Email if you found this article helpful.