How To Tell if Someone Blocked you in WeChat

Think someone is avoiding you on WeChat? Want to know if you have been blocked or muted? This tutorial will show you how to tell if someone blocked you in WeChat. I’ll also show you how to block them back should you want to.

WeChat is huge and apparently has over a billion monthly users. It began in China and moved to the West and is taking the US by storm. Usually Asian apps don’t do so well here because of the cultural differences and the very different ways we interact and use apps. WeChat has sidestepped that by appealing to a global audience and is growing fast.

As WeChat is a social network, it comes with the usual social media anxieties. One of which is the fear of being blocked and ostracized from a social group. WeChat offers the same opportunities and the same challenges as other social networks in that regard.

Has someone blocked you in WeChat?

As with most social networks, WeChat doesn’t alert you if someone blocked you. It knows that those kind of notifications would either stop people blocking others who annoy them or create more serious situations if someone wanted to confront you about it.

There are ways to find out if someone has blocked you though.

Sending a message

If you send a message in WeChat and you see a message rejection, chances are you have been blocked. If you see ‘Send a Friend Request’ they have blocked and deleted you.

Checking for updates

If someone suddenly goes silent in WeChat where you would usually see daily or hourly updates, you may have been blocked. Select their profile and check out their latest updates. If you see recent Moments or posts, you may not be blocked. If they suddenly cut off a while ago but the person still uses WeChat, you’re likely blocked.

Blocking in WeChat

If you’re on the other side of the fence and need to block someone, think carefully first as it is quite drastic. You can mute someone instead if they are oversharers. You will still get to see their Moments and should still be able to interact with them. This could stop any social awkwardness in the future.

You can mute notifications easily through Settings and Notifications. You can also mute individual chats by selecting the three dot menu icon and selecting Mute Notifications. This can be more effective than blocking.

If you do need to block someone though, do this on an Android phone:

  1. Select Contacts within WeChat.
  2. Select the person’s profile.
  3. Select the three dot menu icon in the top right.
  4. Select Block from the slider menu.
  5. Confirm by selecting OK.

This will block the person and stop their updates and Moments appearing in your feed. It will also prevent them seeing your own updates and Moments.

If you use iPhone, you need to do this:

  1. Select Contacts within WeChat.
  2. Select the profile of the person you want to block.
  3. Select the three dot menu icon in the top right.
  4. Select Profile Settings and select Block.

The end result is the same for iPhone as it is for Android.

Handling toxic people on social media

Social media has changed society in many ways, most of them negative. If you come up against a particular jerk who won’t leave you alone or are left awful comments or are generally bullied on social media, what can you do?

Don’t feed the troll

The first, and most important, thing to do when handling toxicity on social media is to not retaliate. Do not feed the troll. Don’t give them any more airtime or the satisfaction of knowing they got under your skin. If it was accidental, you can both quickly move on. If it was a genuine jerk, not feeding their need for feedback after an action can cause them to move on to easier prey.

Easier said than done when every fiber of your body wants to destroy them online or respond to clear your name. But don’t as it never ends well.

Block power

If you come up against a persistent jerk, block them using the methods in this tutorial or others on TechJunkie. Life is too short to waste any time on negative people or those who don’t enrich your life.

Social media isn’t real

Aside from hanging out with your friends, the rest of social media is not real. People are never as cool as they make out, their lives are never as interesting and products are never as awesome as they seem. If you remember that social media isn’t real, you can also realize that it has no real power over you and neither do toxic people. Your genuine friends will always be there, the rest can get on with their own lives.

I’m not going to pretend that handing toxicity on social media is easy because it isn’t. However, the same as in real life, toxic people only have power over you if you let them. Remove that power and they are just another annoying voice in a sea of millions of other voices. Good luck out there!

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