How To Unblock Someone on Facebook?

Facebook. A useful social network that has changed the way we communicate with each other, keep family updated, share ideas, events and stories. Or a denizen of wastrels and those who want to overshare their lives with people who just don’t care. However you view Facebook, there is no doubt that it has completely changed the online landscape.

People can be quite different online than in real life. We have all heard horror stories of how people behave on social media and how sensible they are IRL. It is just the way people are when they have the partial anonymity of distance and networks between them. That’s why most social networks have ways to control who can contact whom within their network.


Unblocking on Facebook

There are a multitude of reasons you might block someone on Facebook. They could be annoying, trolling, oversharing or they may be a scammer or worse, an ex-partner. Regardless of the why, here is the how.

  1. Click the little padlock icon in the top right of your Facebook page.
  2. Select How do I stop someone from bothering me?
  3. Select View All Blocked Users.
  4. Click Unblock next to the person you want to reunite with.

You may have to become friends with them again so send a new friend request if that’s the case. Otherwise you can now begin chatting with them as usual.

If they become tiresome again or you want to know how to block someone on Facebook, read on.

How to block someone on Facebook

If you are reading this to figure out how to unblock someone, chances are that you already know how to block them. However, if you don’t know how to do it, it is actually very simple.

  1. Click the little padlock icon in the top right of your Facebook page.
  2. Select How do I stop someone from bothering me?
  3. Add their username or email address into the little box and hit Block.
  4. Confirm the block when prompted.

That person will no longer be able to contact you through Facebook. There is nothing stopping them contacting you via other means or by using another Facebook account though.


What happens with a blocked contact?

Once you have blocked someone, what can you see and do with them? Blocking stops that person contacting you directly but does not remove everything they have created or shared. You will still see any historical messages in your timeline and in mutual friend’s timelines.

You will also see them in mutual friend’s messages, stories, images, events, groups and games. Depending on how involved this person it within your circle, you may still see quite a lot of them, just not in direct contact. This is fine if the person is trolling or being generally annoying but not so much if they are an over sharer.

What block does do is stop the person from seeing your timeline, tagging you in images, inviting you to join a group, play games, attend events and other direct invitations. They will also not be able to start conversations with you or add you as a friend.

If the blocked person tries to access your timeline or contact you within Facebook, they see an error message reading something like ‘Sorry, this content isn’t available at the moment. The link you followed may have expire or the Page may only be visible to an audience that you aren’t in.’ Notice it doesn’t directly reference a block? Nobody talks about the elephant in the room.

Hide or unfollow on Facebook

A less confrontational way to cope with over sharers is just to hide their content or unfollow them. To hide a post, just click the down arrow next to their post and select Hide post. This will remove it from your timeline. You then have the option to ‘See less from this user’ which might help somewhat before unfriending or blocking them.

Unfollowing is another way to deal with people you don’t want to deal with. Just click the down arrow next to their post and select Unfollow User. Confirm if required and you will see less of what they have to say. You will still be friends and they ‘should’ be none the wiser. You will just see fewer of their posts, invites and entries on your timeline.

Have you have any negative experiences with people on Facebook? How many are in your block list? Have you unblocked anyone and repaired relations with them? Share your Facebook experiences below!

Posted by Jamie on December 7, 2016

4 thoughts on “How To Unblock Someone on Facebook?”

Andree says:
I had to block a certain person because she was harassing me. Enough already.
Sheilah F Green says:
I need to unblock someone but I do not have the padlock in the upper right hand of the home page. Help!!
Robin says:
I am having the same problem with unblocking someone. I clicked on the unblock button, and it does nothing!!
Julia says:
I need too unblock some one who was on my fb
Tracy Blazier says:
I have blocked some people who I want to unblock now…but when I go to my settings & click on the unblock thing, it DOES NOT WORK! Did you get yours to work? I really need to unblock some people!!! Thanks!
Doris Simmons says:
Did you ever get an answer? I’m having the same problem

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