How to Unblock a Number on iPhone or iPad

This article describes the steps necessary to unblock a contact on an iPhone or iPad. Directions pertain to iOS 11 and later (and iPadOS 13 and up). The specific menu names may vary slightly between OS versions, but the fundamental procedures remain the same.

How to Unblock a Number on iPhone or iPad

If you have previously blocked a number on your iPhone or iPad, here’s how to unblock it so the contact can once again call, text, and FaceTime you:

  1. Tap Settings Phone. On an iPad, which doesn’t use the Phone app, tap Settings FaceTime.

  2. Tap Blocked Contacts (on older versions of the OS, tap Call Blocking & Identification).

  3. In the Blocked Contacts list, swipe right to left across the number, then tap Unblock.

    Phone, Call Blocking & Identification, Unblock buttons in iOS Settings

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How to Unblock People Who Text You

If you blocked someone in Messages to prevent them from sending you text messages, you can unblock their number in the Messages settings so they can send you text messages again.

  1. Open Settings and tap Messages.

  2. Scroll down and tap Blocked Contacts (on older OSes, this is just Blocked).

  3. Swipe right to left on the number you want to unblock and tap Unblock.

    Messages, Blocked, Unblock buttons in iOS Settings

How to Unblock Callers in Your Contacts List

If the banned number belongs to a contact in your Contacts list, remove the block from the contact’s Contacts entry. Find the person’s entry in the Contacts application. Tap it.

Finally, navigate to the bottom of the contact’s details and tap Unblock this Caller.

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How to Unblock a Number With Your Phone Company

Using the iPhone and iPad’s built-in call-blocking tool to block a contact is quick and easy, but it’s not the only option to block numbers. The majority of phone companies offer a service, sometimes for a cost and sometimes for free, that allows you to block unwanted phone numbers. If you have banned phone numbers in this manner, the previous methods in this tutorial will not function. They only apply to numbers blocked by your Apple device’s native features.

If you have utilised your phone provider’s call-blocking service and wish to unblock a number, call your phone company or use its online support or iPhone app (if there is one). The phone company can help you unblock the number.


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