How to Unblock a Number on the iPhone

Learn how to find blocked numbers on the iPhone and unblock someone on the iPhone. Unblocking a number on your iPhone couldn’t be easier, thanks to the forward thinkers at Apple who knew that the handy block feature should not be permanent. That’s because it’s easy to block someone accidentally or unknowingly. Maybe you were blocking robo-callers or spam texters and blocked a contact by mistake. Or maybe you intentionally blocked a friend or colleague and now you want to undo that. Or maybe you’re having trouble calling a contact, or vice versa, so you want to see the blocked numbers on your iPhone and check to see if that number is on it. Here’s how to do it.

Related: How to Know If Someone Blocked Your Number on Their iPhone

How to Find Blocked Numbers on Your iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap either Phone, Messages, or FaceTime (any one of these will work.)

  3. Scroll down and tap Blocked Contacts. This will take you to your blocked list.

How to Unblock a Number on the iPhone

You can easily unblock one number or several numbers at once in the Blocked Contacts list.

  1. Tap Edit in the upper right corner of the Blocked Contacts list.

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  2. Tap the red minus symbol to the left of the phone number or email address you want to unblock, then tap Done.
  3. Alternatively, you can swipe left on the phone number or email address you want to unblock, then tap Unblock.

Unblock a Number from the Contacts App on the iPhone

You don't need to go to the Blocked Contacts list to unblock a single contact. It may be easier to open their contact card within your Contacts app, where you also have the ability to unblock. Here’s how to do it. 

  1. Open the Phone app and then open the Contacts tab (or Recents tab) at the bottom or open the Contacts app.

  2. Find the contact you're looking for and tap on their name to open their contact card.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of their contact card and tap Unblock this Caller.

You might also be interested in how to know if someone blocked your number.

Can You Unblock a Deleted Contact?

If you deleted a contact after originally blocking them and now you want to get their number back, you may still be able to do so. If you only deleted it from Contacts, it may still appear in your Recents call log or your Voicemail log. If you deleted the contact from these logs too, you may need to call your phone company to retrieve their call log, which will list incoming and outgoing calls by date and time.

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Cullen Thomas

Cullen Thomas is a Writer and Producer at iPhone Life, creating tips and guides to help users unlock the full potential of their iOS and iPhone. In addition to writing countless tip-of-the-day articles and many detailed guides, Cullen has spent nine years as an instructor in media and communications at Maharishi University, lecturing on technical and artistic subjects ranging from camera and audio hardware to story-plotting to how to manage a film crew. Cullen answers questions daily about iPhones and iOS as part of the Ask an Editor insider service, and designs curriculum for iPhone Life’s online classes. As a frequent contributor to iPhone Life magazine and occasional guest on the iPhone Life podcast, Cullen likes to talk about security and privacy news, tech, gadgets, and apps, even if nobody asked.

Cullen holds a master’s degree in Cinematic Arts from the David Lynch School of Cinematic Arts. Cullen also holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Maharishi University, one in literature with an emphasis in writing and the other in Communications and Media. Cullen’s short fiction has been featured in anthologies from Amphibian Press and TANSTAAFL, and Cullen co-owns a game design company, Thoughtspike games, which builds thought-provoking puzzle games. Cullen is a sci-fi author, a coffee connoisseur, and an iPhone expert.