How to Block Someone on WhatsApp on iPhone and Android

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If you don’t want to hear from someone, block yourself (Picture: Getty)

WhatsApp can be a great tool to keep in touch with friends, family and work colleagues.

It can also be a lot to keep up with as numerous group chats as well as one on ones pop up.

Sometimes you might find someone you really don’t want to talk to—perhaps a buddy you’ve fallen out with or who has opposing views on something—who suddenly and unnervingly blows up your phone.

Or even more unfortunate, someone randomly sends you inappropriate messages out of the blue.

Luckily, WhatsApp has a simple “block” feature – meaning said person can no longer make unwanted contact via messages or calls. You also cannot see any status updates.

Sounds appealing? So how do you go about blocking someone? Here’s how.

How to block someone on WhatsApp

If you have WhatsApp on your iPhone, first open the “Chats” tab.

Tap the chat with the person you want to block and click their name/number at the top of the screen.

How to block someone on WhatsApp

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Note that sometimes when you block someone who isn’t in your contacts, only their number will appear.

You will then be taken to her profile. Just scroll down until you see “Block”. [Name/Number]’. Click, done.

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Android users have three dots, like a vertical ellipse, in the top-right corner of the screen when they open the app.

Tap it, then tap Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts.

Once you are on the Blocked Contacts page, you can click the “+” button to add the contact you want to block.

How to unblock someone on WhatsApp

To unblock someone, repeat the steps above for your iPhone or Android device.

On iPhone, you should see “Unblock” on the profile page [Name/Number]’. Click on it and you’re good to go.

For Android, you can unblock people through blocked contacts. Easy.

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Justin Scacco

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