The 5 Main Steps To Unblock Messages On Android

Have you ever decided to unblock messages from a blocked number on your Android device? In this article, we will teach you how to do so on Android phones from different brands.

What happens when a number is blocked on Android?

When you block a number on an Android device, your phone will not ring if you receive a call from that number. Also, if you get a message from that number, it will be sent directly to your spam box, and it will then not let let the other person know that you’ve read their text message. Thus, by blocking a phone number, you effectively cut off all calls and SMS from that number unilaterally.

Occasionally, some numbers may be incorrectly blocked. You may, however, unblock texts and phone calls from such numbers. In the following, we will walk you through the process.

How do we know which numbers are blocked on the phone?

To begin, find your phone’s list of blocked numbers. Keep in mind that while we cannot prescribe a general solution for all phones, the procedure is relatively similar. Therefore, follow the actions outlined below:

1- First, open the phone dialer app.

2. Then go to the “Settings” menu, find the settings toolbar, and open it.

3. In the settings section, there is a subsection titled “Blocked Numbers,” tap on it.

Now you will see the list of blocked numbers.

How to unblock messages on Android?

If you want to unblock messages from a number, follow the steps below:

  1. First, open the Messages app on your Android device.
  2. Then tap on the three vertical dots.
  3. Enter the Settings menu. In this section, depending on the Android version, you may encounter different modes. In either situation, you should look for the option “Blocked numbers and messages.”
  4. Next, tap “Blocked Numbers.”
  5. There is probably a + or – sign in front of the number you want to unblock messages from; clicking on the symbols will unblock the number.
  6. You will now be notified everytime that phone number sends a message.

How to unblock calls on Android?

To unblock numbers and receive voice calls, you must follow the same steps as in the previous section, except that you must navigate to the dialer app.

  1. Open the phone dialer application
  2. Tap on the “three vertical dots.”
  3. Enter the Settings menu
  4. Choose the “Blocked Numbers.”
  5. Tap + or – sign next to the blocked number.

How to unblock messages from unknown numbers on Android?

Android allows you to block all unknown numbers that are not saved in your phone’s contacts. If you enable this option on your phone, you will not receive messages from new numbers. To disable this feature, follow the steps below.

  1. Run the Phone dialer app.
  2. Find the Settings menu and tap on it.
  3. Disable the “Block unknown messages” option.

It is worth noting that if you want to block calls from unknown numbers for any reason, you can do the same steps.

Unblock messages on all types of Android phones

As mentioned earlier, the way to unblock messages and numbers is similar on different types of Android phones. However, in this section, we’ve collected instructions on how to unblock messages on phones from Google, Samsung, and HTC.

Unblock messages on Google phones

  • Open the phone dialer app.
  • Tap on the “Three Vertical Dots” icon.
  • Enter Settings.
  • Choose “Blocked Numbers” .
  • Unblock messages from the specified phone number.

Unblock messages on Samsung phones

  • Run phone dialer app.
  • Navigate to “Settings”.
  • Choose “Blocked Numbers.”
  • To unblock messages sent from that number, tap the – sign.

Unblock messages on HTC phones

  • Open phone dialer app.
  • Tap on the square icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • To access the list of blocked numbers, choose “Blocked contacts.”
  • Tap on “unblock contact.”
  • Confirm by tapping “OK.”

Can we unblock messages while the phone number is still blocked?

Yes, most new phones have this feature; however, both text messages and phone calls are blocked simultaneously in some of them.

Is this feature also available in older versions of Android?

Phones running older versions of Android must install an app that manages calls and messages in order to block and unblock texts from unwanted numbers. However, in recent versions, this feature is already available.


Although blocking messages and phone calls is a basic feature, it is a highly handy one on phones. Furthermore, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for unblocking messages on Android phones. Still, the steps necessary to prevent incoming calls and messages from unwanted numbers are similar on nearly all Android devices.

In short, To find the list of blocked messages or calls, open the Messages app and then go to Settings. Then, hit the – sign in front of the number.

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Farhad Pashaei

For the past seven years, I've been tinkering with power banks, smartphones, laptops, printers, and writing reviews about them. When I'm not writing, you can bet I'm devouring information on products that are making their first foray into the market, demonstrating my unquenchable thirst for technology.

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