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    Imagine the following scenario. There is an upcoming event you don't want to go to alone. It could be a concert, just a regular party or something else. You suddenly remembered a friend you haven't heard from in a while. This event is the perfect opportunity to meet you again.


    However, once you dialed that friend's phone number, you received an unfamiliar autoresponder message. Maybe you were transferred directly to the answering machine only after a couple of rings? Anyway, now you have a question on your mind: was I blocked by this person or is it just a coincidence?



    Of course, the best thing to do here is to ask the person directly, face to face or via social media, but sometimes that's not possible. This article will show you the clues you can use to recognize if your phone number has been blocked or not.

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    1) Receive unusual or unfamiliar reply messages during the call

    It is important to know that there is no standard voice message that will be played when someone blocks your phone number. In other words, you will probably never hear "The person you are looking for has blocked your number".


    However, you can still tell if someone has blocked you from the type of autoresponder message you hear.

    In case you have heard an automatic voicemail that you have never heard before, when you tried to call someone, it is likely that your number has been added to that person's block list.

    The message you will hear when this happens depends on your cell phone provider and even your phone.




    It is not easy to recognize these voicemails and know if you are receiving them for other reasons or not, but some automated messages may serve as proof that you have actually been blocked.

    If you've heard some of the following auto replies, we've got bad news for you:

    1. "The person you are calling is not accepting calls at the moment."
    2. "The number you are calling is temporarily out of order."
    3. "The person you are calling is unavailable."

    The best way to know for sure is to call after a few days and check if it's the same message. In case you hear the same message every time you call, you've probably been blocked.


    NOTE: Receiving the same autoresponder message multiple times in a row may not necessarily mean that you have been blocked. You may hear the same voice message if that person is overseas, the network infrastructure has been damaged, too many people are calling at the same time, etc. With that in mind, you shouldn't immediately jump to conclusions.

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    2) Be redirected to voicemail and the number of rings

    In case you were redirected directly to voicemail only after hearing a ring or no ring, it is likely that your phone number has been blocked.

    Normally, the call will be transferred to voicemail after the person you are calling does not answer. It happens even if the person refused your call.


    However, if you get a voicemail message even after a couple of days trying to call the same number, you can very well assume that your number has been blocked.


    This occurs when the person you are trying to call uses the phone lock feature. Most of today's smartphones have this feature available in their Settings app.

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    3) Listen for the busy tone

    It's more than possible that your phone number has been blocked if you constantly get busy signal (or even fast busy signal) before your call is dropped. Try calling for a few days in a row and see if you hear the busy signal every time. If so, you can assume that you have been blocked.

    4) What can you do if your number has been blocked?

    Frankly, there isn't much you can do. If the person you are calling has blocked your number through their provider or through their phone capabilities, there is nothing you can do.

    The only thing you could do is check to know for sure if your number has been blocked or not. The best way to do this, after checking the clues mentioned above, is to call the same person from a different number. If everything works when you call from a different number, then my friend you have definitely been blocked.

    Call the person with a masked number, (in Spain from mobile it is # 31 #, from landline it is * 67 #) dial the country-specific blocking code followed by the caller's number, this call will confirm the status of the number you are contacting.


    • If the tone sounds as usual (for example five or six times), it means the your phone number has been blocked.
    • If the call ends with a beep and is sent directly to the answering machine, the called number is unreachable. So it could be that the contact is truly unreachable.

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    5) How to hide your phone number on Android

    1. Open Dialer> Settings> Calls> Additional Settings.
    2. There are some options like caller ID, call forwarding etc. click on Caller ID.
    3. You will see three options: Default Network, Hide Number and Show.
    4. Select Hide number and click OK and restart the phone.
    5. Now try calling the same contact again. If the call goes through and the ringer rings normally (more than once), you can be sure that the contact has blocked your number.

    6) How to hide your phone number on iPhone

    1. Settings on your iPhone, tap on phone and then show my identity.
    2. Disable this option by tapping the slide button, so that it turns gray.
    3. Now try calling the same contact again. If the call goes through and the ringer rings normally (more than once), you can be sure that the contact has blocked your number.

    Conclusion - Have you been blocked?

    Now that you know how to check if your number has been blocked or not, you can avoid unpleasant situations. So, did you recognize some of the cited clues? Do you have an alternative method to find out if the number has been blocked or not? Feel free to tell us all in the comments section below.


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    Further Reading:

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