How to remove a number from your block list in Android and iPhone

This does happen to everyone. Imagine you have blocked someone on your Android or iPhone and now want to reconnect with them once again. Are you wondering how to remove a number from your blocked list and communicate with it once again? We will find the best ways to do it.

There can be several reasons that prompt you to block a number on your Android or iPhone. I was too annoyed with the robocalls to block almost all these unfamiliar numbers. Or maybe you have a contact who is sending an unlimited number of memes that make no sense.

Whatever be the reason for blocking a number, it isn't uncommon to notice that in your zeal to get rid of the unwanted calls, you may have blocked a number that did not deserve being blocked. But wait. You need not worry. It is extremely easy to unblock a blocked number and establish the communication with your contact once again.

Let us explore how to unblock a blocked number on Android and iPhone, respectively.

Why unblock a blocked number?

Well, there are times when we block a number in a fit of annoyance or rage. Of course, when we block a number, we definitely want to avoid hearing from the person or the organization anymore.

However, there are instances where we may wish to unblock a number. Some of these possibilities can include
  • You might have blocked a number by error
  • Even when you were unhappy with the person or organization, now you want to re-establish the contact with them
  • You have realized that you are missing the important updates (be it about health, news or anything else that matters to you) after blocking the said number.
  • You have realized that the blocked number is not that bad after all.

How to unblock a blocked number on Android?

Since the settings and other options on an Android phone depend on the manufacturer and custom skin used by them, the methods may not be similar across all devices. We will provide the general method which should work on most of the smartphones. For specific information which is not contained in this article, you may need to consult the instruction manual on your device.

If you are using the default Google Phone app

If you are using the Google Phone app as your dialer app, you can follow the method here below to unblock a blocked number.
  • Launch your Phone app
  • Tap on the three-dot menu at the top right corner.
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  • Tap on Settings
  • Scroll down and locate Blocked Numbers
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  • You will get a list of the numbers you have blocked in the past. If you do not find this option, you can select Settings, then Call blocking
  • Go through the list of blocked numbers and tap on the X button in front of the number you wish to unblock.
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  • On the next screen, tap on Unblock

If you are on Samsung devices

Samsung Galaxy devices use slightly different methods when it comes to handling blocked numbers. If you are on the latest version of Galaxy device, you can follow the steps here below -
  • Go to Settings app on your phone
  • Using the Search feature on the Settings app, search for Call Settings
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  • Under Call Settings, tap on Block numbers
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  • On the next screen, you should find the list of blocked numbers. Tap on the Minus sign in front of the number that you wish to unblock.
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That does it and the number will be unblocked.

The methods will be similar to those used on almost every other Android device. Look into the settings app to find the exact steps to unblock the blocked numbers.

How to unblock blocked numbers on iPhone?

As with the Android device, several ways exist to unblock a blocked number on the iPhone. We will check a couple of methods to help you reconnect with the blocked number.

Unblock a blocked number from your recent calls list

This method will be a good option if you have blocked an unsaved number. Even when you have not saved the number, it should be available in the Recents list. You can unblock the number from the recent list if you remember it.

To do this, follow the steps here below -
  • Open the Phone app on your iPhone
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the Phone app, tap on Recents tab
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  • In the recent tab, find the number that you wish to unblock. Tap on the "i" icon in front of the number.
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  • The history for the selected number should now appear. Scroll down and tap on Unblock this caller
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That would do it, and the selected number will be instantly unblocked.

Unblock a saved number

If you have saved the blocked number, you should find it in your Contacts list. You should be able to unblock it easily from there.

Follow the steps here below -
  • Launch the Phone app on your iPhone and then tap on Contacts at the bottom of the page.
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  • Find the contact that you wish to unblock and tap it.
  • This will open the info screen for the saved number. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Unblock this caller
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That would do it, and the number will instantly be unblocked.

In Conclusion

If you have blocked a number on your Android or iPhone, you need not worry about how to unblock it. Even if you have blocked a number by error, it is very simple and easy to unblock it without hassles. We assume that the steps and methods that we have outlined in this compilation will help you reconnect with your blocked numbers easily.


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