How to block someone on WhatsApp without opening their message

This tutorial will show you step by step how to block someone on WhatsApp without opening and reading their message. 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.

How to block an unknown number on WhatsApp without opening the message

Below, you'll find steps for blocking a phone number on WhatsApp that's not on your contact list without opening the message.

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

1. Open WhatsApp.

2. Long-press on the message until options appear at the top of the screen.

3. Tap on the three-dot menu icon 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 menu button.

For some Android devices, the WhatsApp menu button is a physical button on your smartphone located at the bottom left or bottom right, and for some devices, the menu button is in the upper right corner of your phone's screen. The icon for the menu button will look different on different phones.

whatsapp menu buttons on android

10. Tap on Settings.

Open WhatsApp settings

11. Tap on Account.

Open WhatsApp account settings

12. Tap on Privacy.

Open WhatsApp privacy settings

13. Tap on Blocked contacts.

WhatsApp blocked contacts

14. Tap on the “+ contact” icon located in the top right corner.

WhatsApp blocked contacts add contact button

15. 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].

How to block a contact on WhatsApp without opening the message

1. Open the WhatsApp app.

2. Tap on the menu button.

For some Android devices, the WhatsApp menu button is a physical button on your smartphone located at the bottom left or bottom right, and for some devices, the menu button is in the upper right corner of your phone's screen. The icon for the menu button will look different on different phones.

whatsapp menu buttons on android

3. Tap on Settings.

Open WhatsApp settings

4. Tap on Account.

Open WhatsApp account settings

5. Tap on Privacy.

Open WhatsApp privacy settings

6. Tap on Blocked contacts.

WhatsApp blocked contacts

7. Tap on the “+ contact” located icon in the top right corner.

WhatsApp blocked contacts add contact button

8. 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].


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