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HOW TO MESSAGE A PERSON WHO BLOCKED YOU ON WHATSAPP

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If someone blocked you on WhatsApp, there’s a good chance that your contact just doesn’t want to hear from you. For that reason, these methods are only to be used to contact someone who has blocked you on WhatsApp in case of a family emergency or other critical life-threatening or health-related issues.

With that word on harassment out of the way, there are three basic methods for sending a message to someone who has blocked you on WhatsApp. None of these methods is foolproof, and if the person really doesn’t want to hear from you, they’ll be able to block these methods as well, but at least you’ll get to send your one message.

SENDING A MESSAGE THROUGH SMS

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The first method is an obvious workaround, but one that many people forget all about. While millions of people around the world have moved away from using SMS to contact their friends and family, every single smartphone still comes with the capability to send to an SMS number. Since WhatsApp contacts rely on using your device’s phone number to add and store users in your device, it’s incredibly simple to switch over to your device’s SMS app and send a text to the contact that blocked you on WhatsApp. If you had them as a WhatsApp contact, you have their phone number. While there’s a good chance that you could be blocked entirely, both on and off WhatsApp, it’s still worth trying to send a basic text to the user that you’re trying to contact.

Of course, if the person has blocked you on WhatsApp and their SMS messaging app as well, that’s probably a bit of a hint about whether they want you to keep trying or not.

GROUP MESSAGING

The next method is through the use of group messages on WhatsApp. This is probably the most stable of the three options for contacting a blocked user on WhatsApp because there’s really no way to block a user who is contacting you in a group message. While you can easily block an individual personally, stopping all communication between you and that person, there’s no way to block a user within a group chat in WhatsApp. This seems like an odd omission on the part of WhatsApp, but it’s something you can use to your advantage and message someone who blocked you on WhatsApp.

To take part of this workaround, you’ll need a friend willing to start a group chat involving both you and this other person, who happens to be in contact with the user who blocked you on WhatsApp. (You can also do this with the new account that you set up in the third option, presented below.) Once you’re pulled into a group chat, you’ll be able to communicate with the other user. The user who originally blocked you on WhatsApp can leave the group and can mute notifications from the group chat, but you’ll again be able to send at least one message. It’s a bit strange that group messages still allow blocked users and the contacts that blocked them to speak with each other, but it’s a valid way to make a last-ditch effort at conversation.

CREATING A NEW ACCOUNT

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The third option is to create a new WhatsApp account. WhatsApp relies on your phone number to add and message contacts on the service. At the same time, WhatsApp also gains access to contacts from your device’s contacts list, whether or not your device uses the same phone number as your account. So what you can do is create a secondary account by using a secondary phone number. This relies on you already having the other person’s contact information saved in your phone, as well as your ability to sign up for a service like Google Voice.

The first thing you need is an alternate phone number. There are plenty of applications that can give you new or temporary phone numbers, and one of the most popular is Google Voice. When you sign up with your Google account, you’ll be given a new number based on your location. Unfortunately, Google Voice can only be registered from the United States right now. There are guides online to helping you gain access to Google Voice numbers outside the United States, as well as popular alternate number services that are based around your country of origin. If you’re outside the United States and do not have the ability to use VPN and IP masking to sign up for Google Voice, feel free to select your favorite secondary number service from any reputable site online. There are lots.

Once you’re armed with your new number, you’re ready to begin setting up a new WhatsApp account. We’ll be using the Android version of WhatsApp to test out this service, so keep in mind that your mileage may vary on iOS or any other operating system.

Start by logging out of your WhatsApp account completely. Alternatively, you can uninstall the application and reinstall it from the App Store or Play Store to guarantee a fresh slate. Once you’ve reached the login screen for WhatsApp, it will ask for your phone number to register your account and verify your device. Instead of entering your current phone number, enter the secondary number you created through Google Voice or whatever app service you chose. Hit the “Next” icon, and WhatsApp will alert you to the number they’re going to verify. Make sure you entered your number correctly. Once you’ve ensured the correct number has been entered into your device, hit “OK” to continue to the next step.

After this, WhatsApp will give you a prompt to automatically detect your verification code via SMS messages. While this is typically an easy method to skip, do not allow WhatsApp to do this. The text is going to your Google Voice number and not to your device’s SMS inbox, so WhatsApp won’t be able to detect the code from within your phone. Instead, click “Not Now” to send the code. Once you’ve received it inside your alternate inbox, enter the six digits into the field on your device. Your device should automatically verify the number. You’ll be asked to input a name for your WhatsApp account (this can always be changed later; it isn’t a username), and once this is done, you’ll be brought to your new inbox.

Despite using your alternate number, you can still view your contacts automatically from within the device, though take note that they won’t see your name in your account unless you give them your alternate number or you start messaging them through the service. Once you’ve reached this point, you can begin to message the user who blocked you on WhatsApp. It’s worth noting, of course, that once that user figures out you’ve created a new account, you could very easily be blocked again, so choose your words carefully before communicating with them. Note also that you could use this secondary account to create a group chat between the secondary account, your primary account, and the person you wish to contact.

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We really cannot stress enough how important it is to only use the above strategies only during emergencies. If someone has blocked you on WhatsApp, there’s almost certainly a good reason for it, and you should take heed and not try to contact the person in any way. It is vital to respect that person’s decision and action. Otherwise, you could end up annoying them even more. That said, we’ve all had former friends or estranged family members leave our lives only to need to contact them to inform them of something serious or important unrelated to the relationship between you and them. In that case, this can be an incredibly helpful workaround. Likewise, we hope this guide helps show someone who has blocked you on WhatsApp the ways that these blocks can be worked around if only to help people put the extra work in place to keep their blocked users actually blocked. WhatsApp is the main tool of communication for so many users around the world, and we hope that this guide will help keep things a bit safer for everyone.

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