How to block someone on WhatsApp without opening their message

Learn how to block someone on WhatsApp without opening and reading their message with this step-by-step tutorial. The steps also work for unknown numbers.

The steps on this page work for all Android phones, such as Samsung, Lenovo, Motorola, OnePlus, ASUS, Nokia, Google, Sony, LG, and other Android smartphones.

Block an unknown number

Below, you'll find steps for blocking a phone number on WhatsApp that's not on your contact list

The trick is to add this number as a contact, block the contact on WhatsApp, and then delete the contact from your phone.

Steps

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Press and hold the message until options appear at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap on the three-dot menu button located in the top right corner.
    Three-dot menu icon in WhatsApp
  4. Tap on Add to contacts.
    Add to contacts option in WhatsApp
  5. Tap on Create new contact.
    Create new contact option in WhatsApp
  6. Enter any name you want.
  7. Tap on Save.
    Save contact
  8. Go back to WhatsApp.
  9. Tap on the three-dot menu button located in the top right corner.
    WhatsApp menu button
  10. Tap on Settings.
    Open WhatsApp settings
  11. Tap on Privacy.
    Open WhatsApp privacy settings
  12. Tap on Blocked contacts.
    WhatsApp blocked contacts
  13. Tap on the “+ contact” icon located in the top right corner.
    WhatsApp blocked contacts add contact button
  14. Tap on the contact you've just created.

The number is now blocked on WhatsApp.

You will no longer receive calls or messages from this number.

You can now also delete this contact from your phone if you want.

If you delete this contact from your phone, the number will still be in your WhatsApp “Blocked contacts” list.

To unblock someone, you open settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked contacts > tap on their name or phone number > Unblock [name] or Unblock [phone number].

Block a contact

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap on the three-dot menu button located in the top right corner.
    WhatsApp menu button
  3. Tap on Settings.
    Open WhatsApp settings
  4. Tap on Privacy.
    Open WhatsApp privacy settings
  5. Tap on Blocked contacts.
    WhatsApp blocked contacts
  6. Tap on the “+ contact” located icon in the top right corner.
    WhatsApp blocked contacts add contact button
  7. Tap on the contact you want to block.

The contact is now blocked on WhatsApp.

This contact will no longer be able to call you or send you messages.

To unblock someone, you open settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked contacts > tap on their name > Unblock [name].