Unblock a Phone Number on Android
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How to Unblock a Phone Number on Android [3 Easy Methods]

Do you not want to hear from a person ever but had a change of heart? You might be wondering how to unblock numbers on your phone. In this article, we can show you how!

As we stated, for one reason or another, you may have blocked someone’s phone number on your Android device. 4

No worries, We’re not judging! Because seriously, we’ve all been through that.

But now you changed your mind and need to unblock it… and you haven’t quite figured out how to do it… Oh no!


Cases like this are quite common. However, things can be more troublesome for Apple phone users who recently switched to Android.

Worry no more! If you don’t know how to unblock numbers on your Android smartphone, we’ve got you covered.

This tutorial will take you through unblocking a phone number on your Android phone. I’ve taken the liberty of listing down the steps on how to do it, so dig in.


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These are thee methods to unblock a phone number on Android devices.

  1. Through Android phone app
  2. Through third-party apps
  3. Factory reset

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There may be several ways to unblock a phone number you’ve blocked from your phone in the past, but it mainly varies because of the different user interfaces that manufacturers of Android devices use.

With that said, we’ve listed down the 3 easiest ways to do it because, let’s face it, it will boil down to these methods of unblocking a phone number on your Android device.

So without further ado, go through these 3 methods and see which one applies to your Android smartphone.

Unblock a Phone Number Through the Android Phone App

In the olden days of Android Jelly Bean and other ancient Android versions, blocking a phone number was pretty difficult to do. Not so today, as newer versions of Android have made it very easy to block or blacklist a number from the phone app.

Most Android phones have call-blocking features with the Phone app.
Most Android phones have call blocking features with the Phone app.

Here are the steps to unblock a phone number from the Android phone app, for Android phones using Android Lollipop or newer.

Step 1: Open Phone App

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Open phone app

This is the easiest step you will do on this tutorial. The Android phone app is the one you access to make calls to someone. Tap on the Phone app icon to open it.

Step 2: Access The Phone App’s Settings

From the Phone app, the Settings is usually where the blocked numbers are stored. You can access those numbers from the Phone app’s settings, which you can open by tapping on the “three dots” or kebab menu.

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Go to phone app settings

Depending on your Android version or phone’s brand, this menu button will usually be on the top right or bottom right of your screen.

Step 3: Open The Blocked Numbers List

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Open the blocked numbers list

From the Settings menu, you can tap on Blocked Numbers to open up the list of the numbers you have blocked in the past.

Step 4: Locate And Unblock The Number

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Locate and unblock the number

From the list of blocked numbers, locate the number you need. Either you tap on an “X” icon to unblock it, or tapping on the number will bring up options for you to unblock a said number. This depends on the Android version of the device you are using.

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Tap Unblock

The phone’s Android OS will usually ask you to confirm the unblocking. After unblocking the number, that person will now be free to message and call you.

Unblock a Phone Number Using 3rd Party Apps

Back in the day when blocking a phone number was not pretty easy, one would have had to use an app to do it. There are a few apps that allowed you to block phone numbers, and most of these are phone book or contact list apps.

All you have to do is access the app’s blocked list to unblock the said phone number. Here are some of the apps that allowed you to block phone numbers.

Truecaller: Caller ID, Spam Blocking & Call Record

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You might have used the popular Truecaller app to block numbers.

Truecaller is one of the most popular contact list apps on Android. The app allows you to identify unknown numbers and also allows you to block them via the app’s spam list.

To unblock a phone number you blocked using Truecaller, just access the “My Block List” menu, locate the needed number and unblock it from there.

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Mr. Number – Caller ID & Spam Protection

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Much like Truecaller, Mr. Number also blocks unwanted numbers.

This app is useful because like Truecaller, it is able to identify telemarketer numbers from its user-submitted information.

If you blocked a number on this app, you can access the app’s blacklist and locate the number you want to unblock.

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Call Control – SMS/Call Blocker. Block Spam Calls!

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Call Control is a robust call blocking the app.

This app is another useful one because it has a lot of data from user submissions on which numbers telemarketers use to make cold calls.

The app also has a robust call blocking feature, so you may have used it at one time or another. Access the app’s blacklist and locate the number you want to unblock so the blocked person can start communicating with you again.

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Factory Reset – As Last Resort

If the blocked number is really important and you’ve tried various ways to unblock it including our recommended ways and nothing seems to work for you, as a last resort, doing a factory reset of your Android device will surely get the job done. However, this will delete everything on your phone including call logs, messages, photos, videos, apps, and other crucial information. On the other hand, you refreshed your phone back to how it was when you first bought it.

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Factory reset phone

NOTE: Surely, there are other ways to unblock a phone number on your Android phone if all else fails. We do not recommend performing a factory reset unless otherwise, it’s your last choice and every possible way have been exhausted. In most cases, the first method should get the job done 90% of the time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you unblock a phone number?

Of course, you can! You just need to go through your settings a little bit. Here, we’ll guide you through that!

Are there apps that unblock phone numbers?

Thankfully, there are apps that can block unwanted calls and unblock them whenever you please! If you want to know what these apps are, we listed some here!

Why can’t I unblock phone numbers?

Blocking and unblocking phone numbers differ from phone to phone. Things that might’ve worked for others might no work for you. Now, this list is a guide to what you can do.

What happens when you block a number on Android?

Blocking a number on your Android phone prevents the caller from contacting you. Calls do not ring through to your phone; instead, they are routed to voicemail. On the other hand, the blocked caller would only hear your phone ring once before being sent to voicemail.

Can you see if a blocked number has tried to text you?

When you block someone from texting you, their texts are ignored. They won’t be notified that they’ve been blocked, and their communications will appear to have been sent.

Conclusion: Unblocking Phone Numbers on Android is Easy

Unblocking a phone number on Android is a skill you must learn because, as with all things in life, we will need it sooner or later. You may have patched things up with your ex or have a telemarketer friend whose number you accidentally blocked.

Whichever the case, I hope this tutorial has helped you master this task. It’s easy once you know it. If I’ve missed something, don’t hesitate to let me know through the comments.

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  1. I remember downloading an app to block someone, n then I uninstalled the app, how do I unblock that person?

    1. If none of the above strategies work for you, you probably need to download the app again and use it to unblock them. If you can’t remember the name of the app, you can find a list of the apps you’ve downloaded, even if they aren’t still on your device, in the Play Store by going to “My apps & games” under “Apps & games,” then looking under “library.”

  2. Thank you for such a wonderful article! My mother (who lives in another state) accidentally blocked my number and wanted to know how to unblock it. I have a Windows phone and her an Android, so this will greatly help!

        1. I accidentally blocked my voice mail number on my tracfone android 9 phone. How do I unblock it? HELP PLEASE. Thanks

  3. Every time My husband calls me, his call will not come thru. It rings One time then goes to vm. Then I will get a notification that a blocked number tried to call. BUT HE IS NOT ON MY BLOCK LIST.. How can I get him off this imaginary block list.

  4. Is there any way to completely remove all the blocked numbers at one time without having to select the minus symbol on each individual one? It takes 15-20 seconds to remove each one individually right now as my current blocked list is quite large. SAMSUNG Galaxy S7, Android 8.0 Oreo OS

  5. The number i want to unblock is not on my block list…i have tried everything but cant get it unblocked….help

  6. Your app appeared to Ne my answer…sadly nothing l have done following directions has worked…eg l don’t have dots on top left corner of my phone..
    Have spent one and a half hours at this…
    Guess l will have to go to my outlet for help…

    1. So sorry to hear about that. I hope your problem gets solved. But if you have any questions regarding the methods and which ones you’ve tried, we’d be glad to help.

  7. Hi,
    While an incoming call, I am not able to see the caller’s number on my E4 plus screen.
    How to reset caller ID, so that I can see who is calling, please ?

  8. Hi There, I have a slightly antiquated Galaxy Grand Prime SM-G530W on lollipop 5.1.1.

    Somehow I set the phone to block any number coming up “Private Number’ which isn’t the best as I’ve missed a few legitimate calls from that title. I’ve checked forums, etc, phone settings through & through and no dice.

    I DO NOT want to factory reset…… is there any option other than that for me?

    Thanks in advance.

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