WhatsApp is being used by over 200 million users in India and while this is huge number compared to any other instant messaging app. WhatsApp is indeed trying to keep up with other apps and rolling features like WhatsApp Payments and others. With WhatsApp, the biggest fear, however, is whether the receiver has read the messages or was it even delivered? Then there’s the worst fears of all – have you been blocked? Unfortunately, WhatsApp doesn’t notify you when you’re blocked by someone. WhatsApp won’t notify the person if they have been blocked. But there are ways to find out if someone has blocked you. Blocking is a very handy tool on WhatsApp that can help you stop receiving messages, calls and status updates from certain contacts by blocking them.
Have you been blocked on WhatsApp? Well, there’s no way WhatsApp will notify you when a contact blocks you on the messaging platform but there are some indicators that can help you. WhatsApp has slowly replaced your traditional text messages in a good way. The app not only offers you ways to share messages but also multimedia and documents like PDF, word files and more. With WhatsApp, the biggest fear, however, is whether the receiver has read the messages or was it even delivered?
There are some indicators that you may be blocked on WhatsApp. Like you can no longer see a contact’s last seen or online in the chat window. For those unaware, Online and last seen on WhatsApp reveal if your contacts are online, or the last time they were using WhatsApp. Also read: How to check if someone blocked you on Facebook
WhatsApp Last Seen
Being online on WhatsApp means that the contact has WhatsApp open in the foreground on their phone and is connected to the Internet. However, it does not necessarily guarantee they have read your messages. Last seen on WhatsApp refers to the last time the contact used WhatsApp. Through the privacy settings of the app lets users control who can see their last seen. WhatsApp users should note that they cannot hide online.
There are a few reasons why you may not be able to see a contact’s last seen like they may have set their privacy settings to hide this information; you may have set your privacy settings to not share your last seen. Interestingly, if you do not share your last seen, you cannot see other people’s last seen. Lastly, you may have been blocked.
No Profile Change Visible
Another indicator is you do not see updates to a contact’s profile photo. Messages and status updates sent by a blocked contact will not show up on your phone and will never be delivered to you. Additionally, your last seen and online information will no longer be visible to contacts you have blocked. Also, your status updates will not be visible to any blocked contacts. Any changes made to your profile photo will no longer be visible to contacts you have blocked.
It’s worth mentioning that blocking someone will not remove the contact from your contact list, nor will it remove you from the list on this contact’s phone. To delete a contact, you must delete the contact from your phone’s address book.
Send WhatsApp Messages
Another important indicator whether you have been blocked is when any messages sent to a contact who has blocked you will always show one check mark (message sent), and never show a second check mark (message delivered).
No WhatsApp Call allowed
One of the important indicators that you have been blocked by a contact is when you try to make a call. Any calls you attempt on WhatsApp to place will not go through.
Try to add the person to a Group
If it’s still not clear whether you have been blocked or not, another important indicator is Group. Try to add the contact to a Group, if you get errors on adding the person then you may have been blocked. In case you have been blocked then you will get an error saying, “Couldn’t add XYZ (contact name).”
How to block a contact on WhatsApp
- Tap the Menu Button > Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked contacts.
- Tap Add
- Select the contact you wish to block from the list.
How to block an unknown number on WhatsApp
- Open the chat with the unknown contact.
- Tap Block.
Alternatively, if you think that the message is a spam then you will also have the option to Report spam, which will report and block the user.
How to unblock a contact on WhatsApp
- Tap the Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked contacts.
- Tap and hold the contact’s name.
- Tap unblock from the pop-up menu.
Alternatively, WhatsApp users can also simply send a message to the contact you blocked and you will be prompted to unblock the contact.
WhatsApp last month confirmed that it now has 1.5 billion monthly active users worldwide which exchange almost 60 billion messages in a single day. The figures were revealed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during earnings call. Even WhatsApp Status feature now has 300 million daily active users. The company hasn’t updated the figures for the Indian market but WhatsApp was revealed to have over 200 million monthly active users in the country.
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