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Blocked Messages and How To Retrieve Them

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If someone reaches out to you without your consent, you can prevent them from contacting you again. That option is called “Blocking.” Blocking someone makes it so that you won’t receive their messages even if they do text you. This can offer a lot of peace of mind in many scenarios where you don’t want to be contacted by someone for any reason. 

However, there are circumstances where retrieving those blocked messages may be very important for one reason or another. While there aren’t always easy ways to retrieve blocked messages, it is sometimes possible. 

Here is how blocking works in terms of text messaging and how you can go about trying to retrieve them. Not all phones allow this, but here are the best things you can do to try. 

What is Blocking?

Fundamentally, blocking a smartphone feature allows the user to simply not receive messages from certain contacts or numbers. It’s very helpful for enabling people to have peace of mind, without the intrusion of numbers they don’t want to hear from. It blocks both text messaging as well as calling, so the person who is doing the blocking will be able to rid themselves of unwanted contact entirely.

Generally, the blocked person won’t have any idea that they are blocked, other than their messages aren’t going through and aren’t responded to. While it can be confusing for the blocked person, your comfort and safety is far more important.

Blocking also works very well when dealing with scammers or spam text senders. These people will often send high volumes of texts, messages with dangerous links in them, or even both. Getting rid of these people and making sure they can’t contact you is as simple as blocking them. It’s a very easy process, and it can save you many headaches as time goes on. 

How Community Leaders can Block Numbers

On Community, blocking works similarly. Just scroll to the person in the Community, and select the “Block” option. This will make it so that that person can no longer send or receive messages. 

The Member will not receive an unsubscribe message, but they will show up as being blocked in the Leader’s Community app. This person will not be able to rejoin the Community they were blocked from.

However, the Member is still subscribed to other Community phone numbers they’ve texted, and they can still join other Communities.

How To Block Text Messages

Blocking text messages is generally very easy to do. There are unique ways to do it with both iPhones and Androids, even though the general concepts behind doing it are very similar. 

On iPhone, follow these steps to block text messages: 

  1. Open up the Messages app, and then open the text message thread from the contact or number you want to block. 
  2. Tap the contact or phone number at the top of the screen, and then from that drop-down menu, press the info button. 
  3. This should open up the details screen. Near the top-right corner of the screen, there is another button that says info. Press that button. 
  4. This should bring you to the contact screen for the contact or number. Scroll to the bottom of the screen, and find the button “Block this Caller” in red type. 
  5. After this, a pop-up will show up asking if you are sure that you want to block that caller. Select “Block Contact.”
  6. The caller will now be unable to text, call, or FaceTime you. 

On Android, follow these steps to block text messages: 

  1. Open up the Messages app, and then open the text message thread from the contact or number you want to block. 
  2. Locate the three-dot menu at the top right corner of the screen, press it, and then select “Details.” 
  3. On this details page, press “Block and Report Spam.”
  4. A pop-up window will appear, double-checking that you want to block them. It will also ask if you want to report this number or contact it as spam. Select what you want to do, and then press okay. 
  5. The number will now be blocked from your phone and will be unable to call or text you. 

How To Retrieve Blocked Messages

When it comes to retrieving your blocked messages, the methods for doing this are unique between iPhone and Androids due to the different ways they deal with blocked messages. 

Android phones move all blocked messages into a folder on the phone called “Spam and Blocked.” That means that the phone is still collecting messages from the blocked people; they just aren’t notifying you. This can be a lifesaver in needing those blocked messages for various reasons after the fact. 

For Android phones, this is how you can retrieve blocked messages. 

  1. Open the Messages app, and click the three dots on the top right corner of the screen. 
  2. From that drop-down menu, choose “Settings.” From there, tap on “Block numbers and messages.” From there, go to “Blocked messages.” 
  3. From there, all of your blocked text threads will be there. 
  4. To retrieve a message thread with all of its messages, press and hold on to the conversation. After that, it will highlight the conversation. 
  5. With the highlighted messages, three dots will appear at the top right corner of the screen. Tap those dots. 
  6. A drop-down menu will appear. Select the option “Restore.”
  7. Your messages will now be retrieved, and this number will be able to call and text you again. The messages sent while the number was blocked will be in the Messages app, just like a regular thread. 

For iPhones, there is no way to retrieve blocked messages, so your phone will not get weighed down by all of the messages inside the phone but blocked. However, that also means that the iPhone doesn’t collect blocked messages that you can access later. 

If you want to ensure that you will still receive messages from someone, the best option is to unblock them. You won’t receive previously sent messages, but you will be able to receive all of the messages that are sent in the future. 

Here is how to unblock numbers on an iPhone. 

  1. Open up the Settings app, and go down to the “Phone” settings location. From there, scroll down to “Blocked Contacts.” 
  2. This will show you a list of all the contacts that your phone has blocked. On the top right corner of the screen, select the “Edit” button. 
  3. This will put a red button next to all of the contacts. Tap that button, and then tap “Unblock.”
  4. The contact will now be unblocked, and your phone will start being able to receive texts, calls, and Facetimes from them again. 

This is the best way to ensure that a caller can still contact you and retain all of the messages that they send you. 

The Downside of Bulk Communications

The modern world of communication is an incredible thing. As a whole, humanity and civilization have never been more interconnected than they are right now. However, one of the downsides of reaching out to anyone at any time is that anyone can also reach out to you whenever they want. 

Sometimes, these interactions can be unwelcome and unappreciated by the recipients. That is one of the few downsides of having massive amounts of communication available at all times.

How Community Can Help Manage Communication

Community is a bulk messaging service based on direct messaging between you and your audience. It creates a sense of community and personalization with your Community Members and can be a large step forward in creating a genuine audience. 

If you are looking for the next step in creating genuine connections with your audience, Community is here to help. Check it out, and get your number today


Sources:

How to Block Text Messages on an iPhone, and Unblock Them | Business Insider

How to Block Text Messages on Any Android Phone | Business Insider

How to remove someone from the blocked list on your iPhone or iPad | iMore

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Other Leaders on Community include: Slutty Vegan; UNWRP; We're Not Really Strangers; Bobby HundredsThe Shade Room; Patrisse Cullors; Kerry Washington; and more

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