Ever since WhatsApp introduced the option to block contacts, users have been curious about whether or not the person they blocked can actually tell that they have been blocked. It’s a common concern, especially when dealing with sensitive situations or difficult individuals. In this article, I will delve into the intricacies of blocking someone on WhatsApp and explore whether or not the blocked person can see that they have been blocked.
What happens when you block someone on WhatsApp?
When you block someone on WhatsApp, several things happen. First and foremost, the blocked person will no longer be able to send you messages or make calls to your WhatsApp number. Their messages will not be delivered to you, and their calls will not reach your phone. From your end, their messages will appear as if they were never sent, and their calls will simply not go through.
Additionally, WhatsApp will remove the blocked person from your contact list, and they will no longer be able to see your profile picture, status updates, or last seen timestamp. It’s worth noting that if you have blocked someone, their messages sent to you prior to the block will still be visible to you, but their new messages will not.
Can someone see when they have been blocked?
Now, let’s get to the heart of the matter. Can someone actually tell if you have blocked them on WhatsApp? The answer is both yes and no, depending on how observant they are and the specific features they pay attention to.
Firstly, the most obvious indication that they have been blocked is that their messages will no longer be delivered to you. If they send you a message and it only shows a single grey tick, it means that the message was successfully sent to WhatsApp’s servers but not delivered to you. This could be a sign that they have been blocked, especially if you were previously receiving their messages.
Secondly, the blocked person may notice that they can no longer see your profile picture, status updates, or last seen timestamp. If they are particularly attentive, they may realize that they can no longer view your updates or check when you were last active on WhatsApp. However, it’s important to note that these indicators can also be affected by other settings, such as privacy settings, so they are not foolproof evidence of being blocked.
It’s also worth mentioning that if the blocked person tries to call you, they will hear a single ring followed by a busy tone. This could potentially clue them in that they have been blocked, especially if they used to be able to call you without any issues.
In conclusion, while there are a few indicators that someone can use to speculate whether or not they have been blocked on WhatsApp, there is no definitive way for them to know for sure. WhatsApp has intentionally designed the blocking feature to be discreet, protecting users’ privacy and allowing them to avoid unwanted interactions without causing unnecessary drama or confrontation.
So, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to block someone on WhatsApp, rest assured that they will not receive any direct confirmation of the block. However, it’s always a good idea to be mindful of your online interactions and use blocking as a last resort when dealing with difficult individuals.
Remember, your privacy and peace of mind are important, and WhatsApp’s blocking feature provides a way for you to maintain that. Use it wisely and responsibly.