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Do you want to start getting calls and text messages from someone who you once blocked on your iPhone? Unblock their phone number on your iPhone, and they’ll be able to contact you again. We’ll show you how.

Unblock an Unsaved Number on iPhone

If you haven’t saved the blocked person’s phone number on your iPhone, but you have their number in the “Recents” tab of the Phone app, you can use that tab to unblock the number.

To start, open the Phone app on your iPhone.

At the bottom of the Phone app, tap the “Recents” tab.

Tap "Recents" in the Phone app on iPhone.

In the “Recents” screen that opens, find the number that you want to unblock. Then, next to that number, tap the “i” icon.

Your selected phone number’s history page will open. Here, scroll down the page and tap “Unblock this Caller.”

Tap "Unblock this Caller" on a phone number screen on iPhone.

Your iPhone will instantly unblock the selected phone number.

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At the bottom of your screen, you’ll now see “Block this Caller” instead of “Unblock this Caller.” This indicates that the phone number was successfully unblocked.

The selected phone number successfully unblocked on iPhone.

Unblock a Saved Number on iPhone

If you’ve saved the blocked person’s phone number on your iPhone, you can find them in “Contacts” and unblock them from there.

To do so, launch the Phone app on your iPhone. Then, tap “Contacts” at the bottom of the app.

Tap "Contacts" in the Phone app on iPhone.

On the “Contacts” screen that opens, find the contact that you want to unblock and tap it.

Tap a contact in "Contacts" on iPhone.

Your selected contact’s details page will open. Here, scroll down the page and tap “Unblock this Caller.”

Tap "Unblock this Caller" on the contact page in iPhone.

And your iPhone will immediately unblock the selected contact!

Bonus Tip: View All Blocked Contacts on iPhone

If you’d like to review all of your blocked contacts, you can access a menu in Settings that displays a list of all blocked numbers.

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To access that list, first, open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Scroll down the Settings menu and tap “Phone.”

Tap "Phone" in the Settings app on iPhone.

On the “Phone” screen, tap “Call Blocking & Identification.”

Tap "Call Blocking & Identification" in "Phone" settings on iPhone.

You can now see a list of all your blocked contacts.

Blocked contacts list on iPhone.

To unblock someone from this list, tap “Edit” in the top-right corner of the current screen. Then, find the contact to unblock and tap the red “-” (minus) sign beside their name.

Tap the minus sign beside a blocked contact on iPhone.

Tap “Unblock” next to the contact’s name, and then tap “Done” in the top-right corner.

Tap "Unblock" then "Done" for a blocked contact on iPhone.

And your contact is now unblocked!

iPhone makes it easy to block and unblock people, and you should use this feature to keep any annoyances out of your life.

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