How to unblock in WhatsApp

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You need to know how to unblock in WhatsApp. If you’ve ever had a disagreement with someone or just needed some time away, you might have decided to block someone on the messaging app.

But, second chances are a beautiful thing. And once you know how to unblock someone in WhatsApp, you’ll be able to hand them out when you're ready to speak to that person again. 

Let's look at how it works in practice. In this case, Tom's Guide How-to Editor Pete Wolinski and I had yet another disagreement about commas. So, I blocked him.

But time has passed, things have mellowed and I’m ready once more to be the good guy and forgive him. This is how I went about unblocking Pete in WhatsApp. 

How to unblock in WhatsApp 

Note: I performed this on my Android phone but the process is identical for iPhones too. 

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap search  
  2. Search for the blocked person  
  3. Tap the bubble below the chat and then tap unblock 

1. Open Whatsapp and tap search

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Open Whatsapp and then tap on the search function at the top of the screen.

2. Search for the blocked person

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Type in the name of the blocked person and tap on their profile.

3. Select the bubble and then unblock

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Tap the bubble below the last message sent or received and then tap Unblock when prompted.

There you go, now you know how to reinstate someone when you're ready to reconnect. Just remember that you can always re-block someone if they start to become abusive or hurtful on the messaging platform. 

If you want to be a WhatsApp wizard and make the most of the messaging service,  check out our guides on how to use Whatsapp group video calling, how to Make Voice Calls on WhatsApp or how to use WhatsApp on Apple Watch. Of course, if you suspect you've been blocked by someone, you can check for yourself with how to tell if you’ve been blocked on WhatsApp.

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Andy Sansom
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Andy is Tom’s Guide’s Trainee Writer, which means that he currently writes about pretty much everything we cover. He has previously worked in copywriting and content writing both freelance and for a leading business magazine. His interests include gaming, music and sports- particularly Formula One, football and badminton. Andy’s degree is in Creative Writing and he enjoys writing his own screenplays and submitting them to competitions in an attempt to justify three years of studying.