Nowadays, people can be so disruptive and have no limitation in the way they call others. For this reason, you can block such phone numbers if you are unnecessarily disturbed or receive unwanted calls. This feature has been around for a while, and Android has it integrated into the phone app, just like other smartphone operating systems.

Unblock a number on Android to place a call
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If necessary, you can block calls from a known number or a private number. This will disconnect all incoming calls and text messages from the person, and your phone number will no longer be available to them.

Now, what happens when you need to unlock a blocked number on Android? Now you can receive calls and messages from that number again. However, some users get stuck when trying to unblock a number on their device. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of methods to unblock a phone number on Android, which are described in detail in this article.

How to see blocked numbers on Android?

You may want to check the list of blocked numbers on your Android phone from time to time to see if there is someone you want to unblock for some reason.

This is a little different on Android phones, as some of them have a different interface design. However, searching for blacklisted numbers follows the same logic regardless of the Android phone you use.

Follow these steps to find blocked or blacklisted phone numbers on your phone:

Step 1: Go to the Phone App on your Android phone

Step 2: At the right-hand corner of your screen, click on the Settings icon( this may be in the form of three dots on some Android phones, and you may have to select Settings on the resulting menu after clicking on the three dots)

Unblock a number on Android via phone call settings

Step 3: Then click on Blocked numbers and select Blacklist/Blocklist to see the list of numbers you’ve blocked on your phone

Unblock a number on Android blacklist

Tips: On this settings page, you can easily regulate the calls and messages reaching your phone. Also, you can specify that only unknown numbers will be blocked automatically, while saved contacts will not be blocked.

3 ways to unblock a number on Android.

There are several methods to unblock a phone number on Android, depending on which one you prefer. Here we present to you the three best methods to unblock a number on Android phones:

Method 1: Unblock numbers on Android using Phone app

On Android, unblocking numbers via the phone app is still the easiest and most accessible method that can be used. However, this can also be achieved through two different techniques, which will now be discussed.

I. Unblock a number on Recent calls or Contact list

If you wish to unblock a number on Android, you can effortlessly do this through your Recent calls list:

Step 1: Open the Phone app and select Recents.

Step 2: Click the details icon in front of the number you wish to unblock( on some Android phones, merely clicking on the number you wish to unblock will show its details)

Unblock a number on Android via call details

Step 3: Then hit the three-dot icon at the top right corner of the phone number’s profile page

Step 4: Click Block number and confirm the action by selecting Block on the resulting window.

Unblock a number on Android via call log

This method can be used to unblock only one number at a time, whether it is stored or unsaved. You can also unblock a saved number from your contact list by performing the same steps.

II. Unblock numbers via blacklist

It can be exhausting to unblock one number at a time. Therefore, this method is best for you if you want to unblock several numbers at once. To do this:

Step 1: Open the Phone app on your device and select Recents.

Step 2: Click on the Settings icon at the top right corner of the Recents page.

Unblock a phone number on Android via phone call settings

Step 3: Select Blocked numbers and click on Blacklist/Blocklist.

Step 4: On the list, click the delete icon/minus sign in front of the number(s) you wish to remove from the blocklist.

Step 5: Then select Remove to start removing to start receiving calls and messages from the number(s).

Unblock a number on Android by deleting from blacklist

Note: As mentioned earlier, the technique may differ for other Android phones. The procedures serve as a guide for accessing the list of blocked numbers on any Android phone and removing the selected numbers from the list.

Method 2: Unblock phone numbers with third-party apps

Third-party apps like Truecaller are also used to manage incoming and outgoing calls on Android. Some of us use such apps as the default calling apps for our Android phones. If you use Truecaller as your default phone app, you can unblock a number on Android by following these steps:

Step 1: Open Truecaller on your Android phone.

Step 2: Click on Blocking at the bottom of the page.

Step 3: Then scroll down and select Manage block list.

Unblock a number on Android via Manage Truecaller

Step 4: This will reveal all the numbers you’ve blocked on the device, click on the minus sign at the front of the number you wish to unblock.

Step 5: Click on YES to confirm the process.

Unblock a number on Android

Method 3: Factory Reset

This approach should be taken only as a last resort. For example, if you have your smartphone data backed up somewhere and can easily access it when everything on your device has been deleted, you can perform a factory reset. Factory reset will return your phone to its original state, and everything will appear as new. In this case, all the numbers that were blocked on your phone before the process will be unlocked again. Follow the steps below to reset the phone to factory settings:

Step 1: Open Settings on your Phone

Step 2: Click on System and select Reset options.

Step 3: Then tap Erase all data (factory reset).
Step 4: Follow all other on-screen prompts to complete this process.

Summing it all up, any of these methods can be used to unblock a number on Android, depending on the one that best fits your situation.

FAQs about Unblocking Phone Numbers on Android

Yes, you can call a blocked number on Android. This means you can still can a number that has been blocked whenever you want to but can from the other end won't be processed till you unblock such a number.

If you're looking for how to unblock blocked text messages on your Android phone, do this:

Step 1: Go to your Messages app

Step 2: Click on the three-dot icon at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Select Spam & block from the options, this will show all the block texts on your device

Step 4: Then click on the text you wish to unblock and hit Not spam from the resulting drop-down menu.

There are a couple of easy ways to check your Blocked Numbers list on an Android phone.

  1. Open the Phone app
  2. Tap on the three dots icon on the top right.
  3. It should you the option to check the Blocked numbers list. The terminology might be different on different phones (Blocklist or Blocked numbers)
  4. You can unblock any number from here or add new numbers to the blocked list.

Again, there are a couple of ways to unblock a phone number on a Samsung phone. Here is the simplest way:

  1. Open the Phone app from the home screen.
  2. Tap Menu (three vertical dots icon).
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Select Blocked Numbers.
  5. Select the number that you wish to unblock by tapping the minus (-) sign next to it.

In order to unblock caller ID, follow these steps. It can vary slightly depending upon the manufacturer, but the general idea is the same

  • Open the Phone App
  • Open the menu by tapping More (3-dots icon) in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap Settings from the menu that appears
  • Tap Calls
  • Tap Additional Settings
  • Tap on Caller ID
  • Select Show number
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