Checking whether you’ve been blocked by a WhatsApp contact is a common concern for many users. Understanding how to perform this check has become increasingly important. It’s worth noting that the method for doing this has evolved, requiring a different approach. In the following sections, we’ll walk you through the updated process.
WhatsApp prioritizes user privacy, making it crucial to ensure the reliability of its services. Nevertheless, experts often find ways to perform actions that aren’t explicitly promoted by the platform.
The Initial Steps:
The initial steps for verifying if a contact has blocked you remain consistent, but there comes a point when you need to adjust your approach. This adjustment doesn’t significantly complicate the process. So, if you’re curious, concerned, or unsure about being blocked by someone, you can still carry out the verification.
Open the WhatsApp application and tap the pencil icon located in the upper right corner of the screen.
Select “New group” from the menu.
Choose the contact of the person you suspect might have blocked you. If there’s no contact photo, it could be an initial indicator of a block, but it’s not conclusive.
Tap “Next” in the upper right corner.
Enter a group name (optional) and configure any other options you desire, such as enabling or disabling temporary messages.
Here’s Where It Changes:
Now, let’s get into the recent changes in the process. After following the initial steps, click on the “Create” button. In the past, the process would display an alert message on the screen that provided immediate confirmation of the contact’s status. However, due to recent changes, you now proceed to create the group, and the confirmation of whether you are blocked or not comes later.
To determine if you’ve been blocked:
After creating the group, slide the screen down.
Check the “Participants” section.
If the person you added to the group appears in the list of participants, it means you are not blocked, and the group is available for use. However, it’s essential to be aware of another factor that has changed. It’s possible that you couldn’t create the group with that person, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve blocked you on WhatsApp. Why? WhatsApp offers an option that allows users to customize who can add them to groups.
Customizable group invitation options include:
My contacts except…
This feature might have led you to believe you were blocked when, in reality, the person was only preventing you from adding them to groups. While this adds complexity to the process, it’s worth noting that most users tend to leave the default setting (“all”) unchanged, making the tutorial still relatively reliable.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that performing this check may result in creating multiple groups with people you suspect have blocked you. It’s not the most convenient or discreet method, but it’s better than having no way to check at all.