How to View All Blocked Numbers on Android
You live a busy life. The last thing you need is sales calls, or even worse, calls from scammers. But they can happen from time to time.
That’s why the Block feature on your phone is a great help. It filters out unwanted calls without you having to pause your life to deal with them time and again.
What happens, though, if you accidentally put an unknown phone number on your block list?
Well, there’s an easy way to find out, and an easy to remedy it.
Viewing Blocked Numbers from the Phone/Contacts App
There are a few ways to check out your Blocked Numbers list on an Android phone. Each phone UI may have a slightly different version of these instructions. But generally, one of the simplest ways to view your blocked list is to follow the instructions below:
Step 1 – Open Phone/Contacts App
First, go to your phone’s Home screen and open your Phone app. It’s usually a telephone receiver icon, unless you personalized it to something else.
Some Android phones don’t have a separate Phone app. Tapping on this icon may automatically bring up the Contacts list with a keypad for dialing out in the corner. That’s fine for these purposes.
Step 2 – Go to Phone App Settings
The next step is to go to the Settings for your phone. This also works if you’re on your Contacts list.
Simply tap on the three stacked lines in the top right-hand corner of the screen. The Settings icon may also appear as three vertical dots.
When you tap the three lines or dots, you’ll see another menu appear. This is the Settings menu for your phone. Scroll down until you get to the Blocked Numbers option and select it.
Some Android phones call this same feature Call Blocking or something similar. Tap on the listing that contains the word Block or some variation of it.
Step 3 – View Your Blocked Numbers List
These are the blocked numbers on your phone.
As you can see, you can also add numbers to the list manually by tapping on the Add a Number option. You won’t receive calls or texts from any number appearing on this list. But if you see a number that was accidentally added, there’s an easy fix for it.
Tap on the “X” to the right of the phone number to remove them from the Blocked numbers list. Your phone may ask you to confirm the block removal first. Confirm the removal and you’ll start receiving calls and texts from that number again.
Viewing Blocked Numbers from the Text App
Another way to view your Blocked Numbers is through your Text app.
Tap on the Settings menu in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. It’s usually represented as three lines or three vertical dots.
When you open the new Settings menu, you’ll see a list of options.
If your phone has Spam Protection, you may see an option to view Spam & Blocked. Click that to see potential spam messages and the phone numbers associated with them.
You can dive further into your Blocked Numbers from this list by tapping on the Settings icon again and selecting Blocked Contacts.
If you don’t have the Spam Protection feature, your phone may simply have the Blocked Contacts option. Tapping on it brings you back to the same page that you see when viewing via your Phone app.
With Great Power…
One last word about putting numbers on your Block List:
That contact can’t call or text you, but it works both ways.
You can’t call or text them either.
Before you decide to banish someone to that Blocked Numbers list, think carefully. Are you certain the number belongs on that list?
Banishing someone may be an easy solution for the moment. But you might miss out on potentially important calls in the future.
Have you ever had to block a number on Android? Did you use the methods outlined above? Let us know in the comment section below.