How to block and report contacts

You can stop receiving messages, calls, and status updates from certain contacts by blocking them. You can also report them if you think they are sending problematic content or spam. If you feel you or anyone else is in immediate danger, please contact your local emergency services.
Block a contact
Blocked contacts will no longer be able to call you or send you messages. Your last seen, online, status updates, and any changes made to your profile photo will no longer be visible to contacts you've blocked. 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 must delete the contact from your phone's address book.
How to block a contact
  1. Open WhatsApp, tap
    more options
    > Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy > Blocked contacts.
  3. Tap Add
  4. Search for or select the contact you want to block.
Alternatively, from a WhatsApp notification on the lock screen:
  1. Tap
    on the WhatsApp notification to see more info.
  2. Tap Block.
    • If you'd like to also report the contact, check the box next to Report.
  3. Tap Block.
You can also block a contact from within the chat by tapping More > Block > Block, or by tapping the name of the contact > Block > Block.
How to block an unknown number
To block an unknown phone number, you have two options:
  1. Open the WhatsApp chat with the unknown phone number.
  2. Tap Block. You can also report the contact by tapping Report contact > Block.
Unblock a contact
  1. In WhatsApp, tap
    more options
    > Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy > Blocked contacts.
  3. Tap the contact you want to unblock.
  4. Tap Unblock {contact}. You and the contact will now be able to send and receive messages, calls, and status updates.
Alternatively, you can unblock a contact:
  • Search for the contact you blocked > tap and hold the contact name > tap Unblock {contact}.
  • Open the last chat from your contact and scroll to the bottom. Tap You blocked this contact. Tap to unblock.
Report a contact or group
WhatsApp receives the last five messages sent to you by the reported user or group, and they won’t be notified. WhatsApp also receives the reported group or user ID, information on when the message was sent, and the type of message sent (image, video, text, etc.).
If you report a group, you’ll be removed from the group. If you’d like to rejoin a group you reported, the group admin will need to re-invite you to the group.
How to report a contact
  1. Open the chat with the contact you want to report.
  2. Tap
    more options
    > More > Report.
    • Check the box if you would like to also block the user and delete messages in the chat.
  3. Tap Report.
How to report a group
  1. Open the group you want to report.
  2. Tap
    more options
    > More > Report.
    • Check the box if you would also like to exit the group and delete the chat.
  3. Tap Report.
You can also report an account by long pressing a single message.
  1. Long press an individual contact name, then release to open the menu.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the menu. Tap Block {contact name}.
Report a view once photo or video
  1. Open the view once photo or video.
  2. Tap
    more options
    > Report contact.
To learn more about view once, read this article.
Block and report feature callouts
Consider the following when using the block and report features.
  • 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 your contacts again.
  • If you're concerned about whether a blocked contact will know you're blocking them, please read this article.
  • 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.
  • You can’t block a group; however, you can exit a group and block the group admin. Learn how in this article.
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