While it is possible to block someone on WhatsApp, there is no built-in tool inside WhatsApp that can tell when a user has been blocked, albeit there are some indicators that can imply that another user has blocked you.
However [some of the scenarios generated by] these indicators may be due to other reasons besides blocking. The reason for this state of uncertainty is because, to protect users' privacy, WhatsApp designers have purposely decided not to include a feature that explicitly tells whether or not someone has been blocked.
In this post, we will chat about these likely [yet mostly uncertain] WhatsApp indicators that serve as clues to help know if you've been blocked.
Part 1: How to Know If Someone Blocks You on WhatsApp
1Look Out for the Word "Online"
If you suspect that a WhatsApp user has blocked you, one way to confirm or dismiss your suspicion is to check for the word "online" at the top section [beside the person's profile picture] on the chat window. However, you'll only see this word if the person has WhatsApp on their phone.
So if you don't see the word, it could be that the user does not have WhatsApp open but has not blocked you or has WhatsApp open but has blocked you.
2Check for the User's "Last Seen" Timestamp
The" last seen" timestamp shows the last time the user opened WhatsApp on their device if they are not currently online. So instead of "Online," you'll see "last seen" in the exact location on the chat window. If the Last seen feature is missing, it could be because the user has removed it for privacy reasons or because they have blocked you.
3Watch out for Profile Updates
Visit the suspected blocker's profile page to see if there are any changes or updates in their status or profile picture [or both]. If you feel the user has updated their profile, but such an update is not reflected on the user's profile page, it could be a sign that they have blocked you.
4Check for Two Check Marks Beside a Sent Message
Upon sending a message to a user that is yet to block you, you'll notice the usual two checkmarks beside the timestamp [meaning that the message was delivered]. But any message you send to a user that has blocked you will yield only one check mark [meaning that the message was sent but is yet to be delivered].
However, other situations can also bring about only one checkmark. For example, if the recipient's phone is not working or if they have uninstalled WhatsApp.
5Attempt to Call the Person Via WhatsApp
If you try to call the person and no ring tone emerges, they could have blocked you. However, there is also an air of uncertainty here because a non-ringing call can mean that your caller has disabled voice calls in their privacy settings.
Part 2: How to Block a Phone Number
Steps to Block a Phone Number on Your Contacts List
Launch WhatsApp and tap on Settings.
On the Settings page, Tap on Account > Privacy > Blocked contacts.
Tap on the human beings icon at the top right corner of your phone to view your contacts list, and then tap on any contact on the list to block them. You can also open the contact's chat window and tap on the three vertical dots in the top right corner.
From the drop-down menu that appears, select More and then tap on Block
Tap again on BLOCK in the small window that pops up to block the contact
Steps to Block a Phone Number That is Not on Your Contacts List
Open your WhatsApp chat window with the unsaved phone number and tap BLOCK.
Tap again on BLOCK in the small window that pops up to block the contact.
Part 3: How to Block Access to WhatsApp
If your children are addicted to communicating on WhatsApp, you may block WhatsApp on their mobile devices.
The features-rich AirDroid Parental Control will not only help schedule WhatsApp usage and monitor WhatsApp activities for your kids but will also help you track the current or real-time location of their favorite WhatsApp phones.
Blocking or restricting specific apps like WhatsApp
Set a schedule for when and how long your children can access WhatsApp
Monitor WhatsApp incoming messages and online activities
Track your kids' real-time location and set geofences
Monitor what is happening around your children
Installation and Usage of AirDroid Parental Control App
AirDroid Parental Control App keeps kids safe online and offline and is a significant upgrade on online WhatsApp trackers because of its vast capabilities and superior technology. Below are the steps to download, install and use the it.
Step 1. Go to the Google Play or App Store on your chosen parental device. Download and Install the latest AirDroid Parental Control App.
Step 2. Launch AirDroid Parental Control on your device. You will then be taken to a Sign Up page with a form. Create your account by entering your details and then logging in.
Step 3. Download AirDroid Kids on your child's phone. After installation, launch AirDroid Kids. You will be asked to enter some settings via a form. Then enter the binding code shown on the parent's phone to bind the devices.
From now on, you can schedule WhatsApp usage and monitor WhatsApp activities.
Tip: Before linking your children's phones to any third-party parental control software, it will be a sage idea to discuss it with them and obtain their consent to avoid any conflict. However, you can still use the app since it will be stealthy if you can't make it.
Whether scheduling WhatsApp usage, monitoring WhatsApp activities, or tracking a mobile phone, the AirDroid Parental Control Software can make a real difference. The easy-to-use and user-friendly AirDroid packs many exciting features that ensure a memorable user experience. Subscribe to the AirDroid Parental Control App today to ensure your children chat safely on WhatsApp and other platforms!
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