So for one reason or another, you may have blocked someone’s phone number on your Android device. No worries, We’re not judging. We all have those times. But now you need to unblock it, and you haven’t quite figured out how to go about it.
Cases like this are quite common and things can be more troublesome for Apple phone user who recently switched to Android. If you don’t know how to unblock a number 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.
How to Unblock a Phone Number on Your Android Device: The Easiest and Fastest Way
So there may be a number of ways to unblock a phone number that 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 the Android smartphone you are using.
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.
Here are the steps to unblock a phone number from the Android phone app, for Android phones using Android Lollipop or newer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mr. Number – Caller ID & Spam Protection
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.
Call Control – SMS/Call Blocker. Block Spam Calls!
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 that the blocked person can start communicating with you again.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Unblocking Phone Numbers on Android is a Necessary Part of Modern Life
Unblocking a phone number on Android is a skill you have to learn because as with all things in life, we will have need of 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.