Friends are undeniably the most necessary parts of our lives. All of us have friends; only some of our circles are significantly larger than others. But regardless of where you have ten or fifty friends, are you completely, brutally honest about how you feel about them with all of them? It’s highly unlikely.
While you could be close enough with one or two friends to be able to stay completely truthful to them, such a thing cannot be practiced openly and for a good reason. This is because all of us are humans and have flaws, but if someone else confronts us about these, we might not like it. The same is true about your friends. Even if you find some of them to be a little annoying or overbearing, you often refrain from pointing that out in order to save them from the hurt.
A digital example of it is wanting to cut people off from our social media handles without letting them know about it. Actions such as muting, archiving, and restricting are designed for exactly this purpose. But what about blocking others? Is it an action that can be kept from the person you’re doing it to?
That’s what we’re going to talk about in our blog today. Stick with us if you want to know more about how blocking works on WhatsApp and the possibility of doing it without the next person knowing.
How Does Blocking Works on Whatsapp?
What does it mean to block someone on WhatsApp? Simply put, blocking is an act of severing all ties with the person in question. So, if you’ve blocked someone on WhatsApp, it indicates that you have no desire to engage or entertain this person on the platform at all, and want to take away all means of doing that from them.
So, what changes when you block someone on WhatsApp? Well, first and foremost, they’ll stop seeing your display picture, about, and active status (they’ll never find you online, even when you are). Moving ahead, they’ll also not be able to see any status you upload, no matter the customized setting.
Lastly, any messages and calls (both audio and video) you send their way will never go through. All the messages they send you will forever have just a single grey tick, never double-ticks or blue ticks. And when they call you, it will always show Calling to them, and never Ringing, even if you have a stable internet connection, which is the usual requirement.
Can You Block Someone on Whatsapp Without Them Knowing?
Yes, you can block someone on Whatsapp without them knowing as they’ll receive no notification about it from the Whatsapp team. However, just because someone else wouldn’t tell them doesn’t mean they can’t figure it out on their own.
And if you talk with them on Whatsapp often, there’s a strong possibility that they’ll do the figuring out within the first 2-3 days of you blocking them.
Wondering how they will do that? Let’s talk more about it in the next section.
Signs that could tip them off:
Here are some major signs that could tip this person off about being blocked on WhatsApp, most of which you can gather yourself from the last section. Here you go:
- Your display picture will be invisible to them.
- Your activity (online) status and about will also not be seen by them.
- They will be prohibited from seeing any status you upload.
- All their messages to you will show only a single tick forever.
- Any time they call you on WhatsApp, the call will never go through.
And if you’ve been talking to someone on WhatsApp continually, even one of these signs is enough to tip you off; the same is true for the next person.
How to Block Someone on Whatsapp Without Them Knowing
So far, what we’ve gathered about the issue at hand is this: blocking someone on WhatsApp without them knowing is impossible because even though WhatsApp will not tell them about it directly, there are many other ways for them to figure it out on their own.
So, if you’re not okay with them knowing about it, then perhaps you should forget about blocking them at all. However, if you’ve made your peace about it and are ready to move forward with it, here are the steps you’ll need to follow to block and unblock someone.
If you’re an Android user trying to block someone on WhatsApp for the first time, these steps will help nudge you along:
Step 1: Launch WhatsApp on your smartphone. On the Chats tab that you land on first, scroll through your chat list to find your conversation with the person you want to block.
Do you have far too many chats and can’t seem to find the one? Luckily for you, another quicker way of doing it is by typing their name in the search bar on top and hitting enter. And when their name appears in the search list, tap on it to open their conversation in full view.
Step 2: Once their conversation is opened on your screen, tap on the three-dots icon provided at the top right corner of your screen, next to their name and profile picture thumbnail.
Step 3: As soon as you do, a pop-up menu will appear listing various options like View contact and Mute notifications. At the bottom of this menu, you’ll find a More option with a right-facing arrow next to it; tap on it.
Step 4: Next, you’ll find another menu; on this menu, Block will be the second option listed. Tap on it, and when asked to confirm your action, do so. This person will now be blocked on your WhatsApp.