How To Tell if Someone Blocked You on Whatsapp [October 2019]

Posted by Heather on October 22, 2019

One of the best messaging applications used worldwide is WhatsApp. You can send messages and have group chats via Wi-Fi with your friends and connections all over the globe. WhatsApp uses your wireless internet connection instead of using your mobile data.

So wherever you go, if a Wi-Fi connection is available you can continue using WhatsApp to stay in touch and text everyone. It’s super handy for people who want the capabilities of an instant messenger without all of the extra frills. It looks and acts as closely to normal SMS as possible, but gives you the freedom of messaging over WiFi.

While it’s a great service, it doesn’t always work as expected. Some people may find that they’ve tried messaging one of their contacts, only to find that they aren’t responding anymore. There are a few possibilities as to why someone on Whatsapp isn’t responding; they could be busy, have deleted the app, or deleted their WhatsApp account altogether. It’s also possible, however, that you may have been blocked.

Some indicators will let you know if someone has blocked you through the WhatsApp application. In this article, we’ll go through all of the different possibilities to see if that’s what has happened to you.

Contact Information is Missing

You may notice that you no longer see some contacts last seen or online status in the chat area. That’s a pretty good sign that the person has blocked you. The person may have also changed the privacy settings for his or her WhatsApp account, which is why it’s now hidden from you.

Maybe you’ve configured your privacy settings not to show the last time you’ve been online or when you were last seen in WhatsApp. When you make strict privacy changes like these to your own WhatsApp profile, you won’t be able to see your contacts last seen information either.

If you’ve checked your privacy settings and they are viewable by others and the last time you spoke to said contact theirs were visible, the odds are pretty good that you’ve now become blocked.

No Profile Updates

Another indicator that you may have been blocked is that you stop seeing profile updates for this person. WhatsApp has story sharing features, like Snapchat and Instagram, that users can post to let their contacts know what they are up to. You can also check for things like if a person has changed their profile picture, their bio, and so on.

If you stop seeing these updates for one of your contacts (meaning that you check their profile regularly for a few weeks and none of these things change) then it means that you have either been blocked or that they are no longer using the app. It’s hard to say for sure that they have blocked you with this indicator (it’s actually a better indicator that they have just stopped using the app) but it could mean that you are blocked.

Just remember that some people don’t update these things anyways (most people just leave their bio as the default), so it’s completely possible that they just don’t update their information.

Checkmarks and Their Meanings

Have you been sending a person messages and only notice one checkmark beside it? That means your message has gotten sent but not received and read by the recipient. Here’s what all checkmark icons tell you.

  • One grayed checkmark means your message has gone through the sending process but hasn’t been delivered yet.
  • Two grayed checkmarks mean your message was sent and delivered to your contact.
  • Two blue checkmarks mean that the message has been sent, received, and viewed.

If you’re noticing only one gray checkmark next to messages you’ve sent, then it’s a good chance you are on the block list of that individual. This means that your message is being sent to that person, but for some reason, it’s not being delivered to their phone. Sometimes this happens because your recipient has poor reception or their phone is off. If a second checkmark never appears, though, it’s safe to assume that they have blocked you, which prevents your message from ever being delivered (unless they unblock you).

Are You There?

Another feature offered by WhatsApp is the ability to make phone calls. It works just like regular phone calls, except that it uses WiFi instead of cellular reception. Like the rest of the app, making phone calls on WhatsApp is completely free.

This means that if you call one of your contacts, it should ring and be answered the same way that any phone call is. If you are blocked, however, the phone will ring briefly before automatically disconnecting. This is similar to when you call someone whose phone is off and you get sent directly to voicemail.

If you’ve tried calling a contact on Whatsapp multiple times at different points in the day/week, this is another good indicator that you have been blocked by this person. For extra assuredness, try calling another one of your WhatsApp contacts.


It’s a pretty good indicator that a WhatsApp user has blocked you when all four of the above events for being blocked have been met. Those four combined would lead us to believe a block has been put in place.

Only ever see one checkmark when you send a message? You’ve not seen any profile updates for a user in a while and you know they are active? The person you’re trying to reach suddenly has no contact information appearing what so ever? Finally, you try calling your WhatsApp buddy and the call doesn’t go through. At this point, it’s a safe bet to assume you’ve been blocked by that person.

Don’t jump to conclusions, though, as these are only possible indicators that you’ve been blocked. It’s always best to try talking to the other person in person or via another platform, like email or SMS, just to be sure that you aren’t overreacting.

It’s also possible that your contact has changed their privacy settings or taken a WhatsApp hiatus. If you keep trying to reach a person through WhatsApp to no avail, then you might as well quit while you’re ahead. Sorry, they just don’t want to talk to you, so instead of telling you that, they blocked you. No worries though, we’re sure you’ve got plenty more friends to share your stories and mishaps about life, so, just let it go.

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