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.
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. Press Options > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked > Add new...
  2. Search for or select the contact you want to block.
  3. Press Block.
You can also block a contact by selecting the chat with the contact in your chats list, then press Options > View contact > Block > Block. Or you can open a chat with the contact, then press Options > View contact > Block > Block.

How to block an unknown number

To block an unknown phone number, you have a two options:
  • Select the chat with the unknown phone number in your chats list, then press Options > View contact > Block > Block.
  • Open the chat with the unknown phone number, then press Options > View contact > Block > Block.

Unblock a contact

  1. Press Options > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked.
  2. Select the contact you want to unblock.
  3. Press Unblock.
Alternatively, you can unblock a contact:
  • Select the chat with the contact in your chats list, then press Options > View contact > Unblock.
  • Open a chat with the contact, then press Options > View contact > Unblock.

Report a contact

WhatsApp receives the last five messages sent to you by the reported user and they won’t be notified. WhatsApp also receives the reported user ID, information on when the message was sent, and the type of message sent (image, video, text, etc.).

How to report a contact

  1. Open the chat with the user you wish to report.
  2. Press Options and select View contact.
  3. Press Report and block or Only report.

Report a view once photo or video

  1. Open the view once photo or video.
  2. Press Options in the bottom corner.
  3. Press Report.
To learn more about view once, read this article.

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