We live in an age where everyone is communicating via text messages, but that same technology also makes it easy to ignore someone. We've all been there – you pluck up the courage to send someone a text, but the message just never seems to deliver and then you're left wondering why for hours on end.
One of the reasons is that they've blocked your number, but how can you tell if that's definitely the case? Well, unfortunately, there is no definitive answer, but we're going to explore several different ways to investigate the issue.
1. Using iMessage on an iPhone
Now, iMessage is an Apple feature which makes text messaging very seamless and enjoyable. But, to utilize the feature, both parties need to have iMessage enabled, and you also need some sort of connection – Wi-Fi or cellular data. So, when you're using iMessage, you'll notice that underneath the text it will either say 'Delivered' or 'Read'.
But, before that happens, you'll have a sending bar towards the top of the screen. If that sending bar stops progressing towards the end and no 'Delivered' tag appears underneath your message, then that means it hasn't gone through to the other device.
This doesn't automatically mean they've blocked your number though. If they're in an area where they don't have connection or service iMessage won't work. Alternatively, their iPhone may have run out of battery, or they may be busy, so they've turned it off. However, if none of them are correct, then there's a strong possibility you've been blocked.
What If You're Not Using iMessage?
If you don't possess an iPhone, or if you're just opting to text without iMessage, then you'll never have that 'Delivered' sign anyway. Instead, you'll just be sending basic text messages which don't require any type of connection. However, you will still have the sending bar at the top, and if the sending procedure doesn't complete, then your number may have been blocked by the other person.
2. Send Multiple Messages to Your Friend
A simple way to try and find out whether someone has blocked you is to send multiple messages over a 24-hour period. Either you'll eventually receive a response, or you'll continue to be ignored. That means they don't want to speak, or they've blocked your number, but either way you'll know to stop wasting your time and energy.
3. Psychological Trick May Work
People will often succumb to a clever mind game, so before giving up, you may want to try one. This is what you could do – send a text message saying something along the lines of, “Hey, I don't know who she/he is, but she's/he's asking for your number!? Should I give it to them!?”
If they still aren't curious enough to reply, then you can probably assume that you've been blocked by them.
Ultimately, you'll never know if someone's blocked you unless they literally tell you that they've blocked you. But, if you try the tips above, you'll have a stronger idea! Need to know more about whether you have been blocked on SNS? The following links may help: