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How to block a number on WhatsApp

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Judit Llordes
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Many friends have written to me asking if it is possible block a number on WhatsApp. The answer is "nì", in the sense that we can block a person we have as a contact in the smartphone address book and in the WhatsApp address book to avoid disturbing us but it is not allowed to preventively block a number that is not part of our address book.

Would you like to know more? No problem, I'll settle you immediately. Below you will find step-by-step instructions on how block a number on WhatsApp using the Android, iPhone and Windows Phone versions of the application. This is an extremely simple operation, so do not worry, you will succeed without problems even if you are new to the world of smartphones (or simply you are a late-breaking WhatsApp user).



However, keep in mind that when you block a person on WhatsApp, they do not disappear from your contacts but can no longer contact you. This also means that he is not allowed to view your current status (so he cannot know if you are online or if you are disconnected from WhatsApp), he can no longer send you messages and he can no longer call you using the appropriate function of the service. Not bad, right? So do not waste any more time and find out how to put "out of the way" all the annoyances you have had the misfortune of meeting on WhatsApp.

Block a number on WhatsApp for Android

If you use an Android smartphone you can block a person on WhatsApp simply by going to the section Chat of the application (it is the default that appears when opening the application) and tapping the name of the "bother" to open the dedicated chat.


At this point, pigia sul pulsating [...] located at the top right and select the item first Other and then that Block from the menu that opens. You will be asked to confirm your wish to block the user: press OK And that's it. In case of last minute second thoughts, you can unlock it by pressing again on More> Unblock.


Easy, right? However, know that there is also another way to block the annoyances in WhatsApp for Android. If you want to try it, go back to the main application screen, press the button [...] collocato in alto a destra and seleziona la voce Settings give the menu to compare.

Then "tap" on the icon Accounti went his Privacy and select the item Contacts blocked from the screen that opens. Finally, press the button with thelittle man (top right) and select the name of the person to block.

If you have second thoughts - don't worry - you can retrace your steps and unblock a contact you previously blocked. All you have to do is go to the menu Settings> Accounts> Privacy> Blocked contacts of WhatsApp and press first on the name of the person to be unlocked and then on the button Unblock [Name Surname] which appears in the center of the screen.

Do you have a friend who is a little too petulant, who often annoys you with messages and calls, but would like to avoid blocking him on WhatsApp? In this case you could opt for a more "soft" solution and silence the notifications coming from his conversations, so he can continue to contact you but you will not be disturbed by sounds or vibrations of the mobile phone.


To "silence" a person on WhatsApp, go to the tab Chat of the application, select his name and press his name in the conversation bar located at the top. At this point, move up ON the levetta silent, choose how long to not receive audio notifications (or vibrations) from the selected contact: 8 hours1 weeks o Everlasting e pulsing sul pulsating OK. If you don't even want to receive text notifications, uncheck the item Show notification.

If you have second thoughts, you can easily retrace your steps by moving up OFF the relative levetta all'opzione silent. As you have seen, this procedure for "blocking" a contact, simply silencing notifications, is very simple.


Block a number on WhatsApp for iPhone

Now let's see how to block a number on WhatsApp for iPhone. Also in this case - as well as on Android - there are two possible ways to go.

The first is to go to the card Contact info to block the desired person. To do this, first open the WhatsApp application and, from the home screen of the application, tap on name of the person to be blocked to open their conversation.

At this point, tap his name in the menu bar at the top and scroll down until you find the item Block contact.

By tapping on the item Block Contact in fact, a small drop-down menu will open with two items: Block e Report as Spam and Block. The first option will allow you, in the traditional way, to block the user to stop receiving his messages; the voice Report spam and block it is to be used as a last resort, in case you encounter a user who continuously sends unwanted messages on WhatsApp.


If you change your mind, once you've blocked a contact on WhatsApp, you can unblock it just as easily. When a user is blocked on WhatApp, in the tab Contact Info of WhatsApp the writing will appear Unlock, instead of Block. By tapping on it you can unlock the previously blocked contact.

The second procedure, on the other hand, requires you to go to the card first Settings (at the bottom right of the WhatsApp home screen you will find the icon with the gear symbol) and then in the menu Account> Privacy> Blocked. Here is a button, Add, which, if pressed, allows you to select a contact and block it.


In case you change your mind, no problem, you can unblock a contact by returning to the menu Settings> Accounts> Privacy> Blocked of the application, swiping your finger from right to left on the name to be “reactivated” and pressing the button Unlock that appears from the side.

Do you want to disable notifications for a WhatsApp contact without blocking it? This can also be done. Go to the tab Chat of WhatsApp and presses on the chat relating to the name of the person to be "silenced".

At this point, tap on its name from the menu bar at the top to go back to the tab Contact info. Now scroll until you find the option silent from the screen that opens and, by tapping on it, choose whether or not to receive notifications for 8 hours1 weeks o Everlasting. This setting only affects audio notifications. To more radically deactivate the notifications of a person or a group, read my guide dedicated to the topic, entitled How to mute a group on WhatsApp.

In case of second thoughts, press again on the voice silent present in the contact card that you had "silenced" earlier and select the item Unmute Volume from the box that appears.

Block a number on WhatsApp for Windows Phone

You have a Widows Phone smartphone and would like to know how to block a number on WhatsApp? No problem, I can explain it to you in no time. You will see that, if you follow my instructions to the letter, you will be able to stop this annoying nuisance in no time at all.

To block a number on WhatsApp, using a Windows Phone device, go to the main application screen as usual. Once in the section Chat, tap on the name of the person you want to block, thus opening the screen relating to the conversation of that particular person. At this point, to block the number on WhatsApp, tap on its name on the screen at the top. As for Android and iOS devices, this procedure allows you to access the section with the contact information which, in this case, on Windows Phone is called Profile.

To block the person you will now have to tap on the three dots symbol [...] that you find in the lower right corner. From the menu that opens, now tap on the item Block. Then confirm your intentions that you want to block the desired user by tapping on the item Block from the menu that will open at the top, corresponding to the item Are you sure you want to block [username] ?.

Have you accidentally blocked a person on WhatsApp and then thought about it again? Don't panic. Just log in to the section again Profile of that particular user and tap on the item again Block. At this point a new menu will appear which, corresponding to the item Are you sure you want to unblock [username]?, it will ask you to press on the item Unlock, to unlock the person.

In case you want to disable notifications for a WhatsApp contact, silencing it, without blocking it, you can do it in an equally simple way, even on Windows Phone devices. I'll explain below how to do it, step by step.

First open the WhatsApp application and go to the main tab, the Chat of WhatsApp. Press on the chat relating to the person you want to silence, thus avoiding receiving their notifications.

Now you just have to tap on his name from the bar at the top of the screen you see and you can go back to the contact information tab. Now scroll down until you find the option silent. If you simply tap on it, you can independently choose whether or not to receive notifications for it 8 hours1 weeks o Everlasting. This setting only affects audio notifications. However, if you would prefer to deactivate the notifications of a person or group present on WhatsApp in a more radical way, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to the subject, entitled How to silence a group on WhatsApp. You will find all the information you are looking for on how to perform the procedure.

If you have second thoughts, don't worry, you can always go back and restore everything as before. Press on the voice again silent that you find in the contact card that you had "silenced" previously and select the item Disabled from the box that appears.

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