How to block and report someone

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You can stop receiving messages, calls, and status updates from someone by blocking them. You can also report them if you think they are sending problematic content or spam.
When you block someone, the existing chat will remain in your chatlist. You can delete the chat completely if you want to remove it from your chatlist, or archive the chat instead. You can also unblock the sender to receive new messages from them.
You can’t block a group. Alternatively, you can exit a group and block the group admin. Learn how in this article.
If you feel you or anyone else is in immediate danger, please contact your local emergency services.

Block a contact or business

  1. Click
    on the chat with the person you’d like to block. You can also click
    at the top right of the Chats window.
  2. Click Block > Block. Uncheck the box next to Report to WhatsApp if you don’t want to report the sender.
  3. On the Delete this Chat? notification, click Unblock if you’d like to unblock the contact. You can also click Delete chat > Archive or Delete.

Block an unknown number

  1. Open the chat.
    • If you don’t have the contact saved in WhatsApp, click Block in the notification.
    • On the Safety tools notification, click Block > Block.
  2. Uncheck the box next to Report to WhatsApp if you don’t want to report the sender.
  3. On the Delete this Chat? notification, click Unblock if you’d like to unblock the contact. You can also click Delete chat > Archive or Delete.

Note:

  • Blocked contacts or phone numbers or will no longer be able to call you or send you messages.
  • If you're concerned about whether a blocked contact will know you're blocking them, read this article.
  • If you change your phone number and use the same WhatsApp account, your blocked contacts will stay blocked. Learn how to use the change number feature in this article.
  • If you set up a new WhatsApp account, you’ll need to manually block those contacts again.
  • Blocking a contact won't remove them from your contacts list, nor will it remove you from the list on the contact's phone. To delete a contact, you'll need to delete the contact from your phone's address book.

Unblock someone

  1. Click
    on the chat with the person you’d like to unblock. You can also click
    at the top right of the Chats window.
  2. Click Unblock {contact} or Unblock {phone number}.

Note:

  • If you unblock a contact or phone number, you won't receive any messages, calls, or status updates they sent you during the time they were blocked.
  • If you unblock a contact or phone number that wasn't previously saved in your phone’s address book, you won't be able to restore that contact or phone number to your device

Report someone

WhatsApp receives the last five messages sent to you by the reported sender or group, and they won’t be notified. WhatsApp also receives:
  • The reported group or user ID.
  • Information about when the message was sent, and the type of message sent such as an image, video, or text.
If you report a group, you’ll be removed from that group. If you’d like to rejoin a group you reported, the group admin will need to invite you again to the group.
  1. Click
    on the chat with the sender or group you’d like to report. You can also click
    at the top right of the Chats window.
  2. Click Report {contact} or Report {phone number} > Report and Block or Report.

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