How to block a WhatsApp contact

WhatsApp is popular in South Africa and abroad, with over 1 billion people using the messaging app in 180 countries.

When you meet someone you want to communicate with, chances are high you exchange phone numbers and chat on WhatsApp.

Unfortunately, not all contacts are ones you want to stay in touch with – and there comes a point where you decide to block them.

Detailed below is how you can block and unblock a WhatsApp contact on Android and iOS devices.


Android

Blocking

In WhatsApp, go to Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts.

This page displays all the contacts you have blocked.

Tap Add in the top right. Select the contact you wish to block from the list.

To block a number that is not saved in your phone, open the chat with the unknown contact then select Block.

Unblocking

Go to Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts.

Tap and hold on the contact’s name, then select Unblock from the pop-up menu.

You can also send a message to the contact you blocked and you will be prompted to unblock the contact.

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iOS

Blocking

To block a contact not stored in your phone’s address book, go to the chat for that person, tap on the number for that person at the top of the chat, and then tap Block Contact.

To block a contact in your phone’s address book, go to WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked, then tap the Add New button.

Unblocking

To unblock a contact, open the Blocked list with the steps above, slide your finger to the left on the contact you wish to unblock, then tap the Unblock button.

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