How to Unblock Someone on Messenger

Without a doubt, Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular chat apps. You probably use it on a daily basis if you’re reading this. Like any communication methods, there are times when you just need to block somebody, for being particularly annoying or whatever.

After a while though, you might decide that the person/profile doesn’t deserve to be blocked any longer. Heck, you might even find a need to resume communication for selfish reasons. In any event, here’s a quick guide on how to unblock someone on Messenger, covering iOS, Android, and web browser.

Mobile Devices

The interface is pretty similar on iOS and Android. However, there are some small differences.

iOS (iPhones and iPads)

Step 1

Tap the Messenger app to launch it and select your profile picture (in the top left).


Step 2

Swipe down and tap People under Preferences to access more options. Blocked is the last one in the window, which will list everybody you’ve blacklisted.


Step 3

Tap on a contact that you’d like to unblock and hit “Unblock on Messenger.” A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm the decision. Tap Unblock again and you’ll be able to receive texts and calls from that contact.


The same window allows you to unblock someone on Facebook. As you might know, it’s possible to block someone on Messenger and still be friends on Facebook.


Step 1

Again, you start by selecting the profile image within Messenger Chats and navigate to People. From there on, the verbiage is slightly different.

Step 2

Select Blocked People to see the blacklisted profiles, and then you’d hit Unblock next to a contact’s name. Of course, Android also allows you to block/unblock that person on Facebook from the same window.

Browser Method

This method might involve more work but it’s a handy alternative. This is what you need to do.

Step 1

Log into Facebook on your favorite browser and click on the triangle icon to access the More menu.

more menu

Step 2

Choose Settings from the drop-down window and then the Blocking tab (located in the menu on the left).

manage blocking

Here you get the full blocking management portal. You are looking for “Block messages.”

Step 3

You’ll find a list of blocked contacts under “Block messages.” Just click on Unblock next to the person’s name to unblock. There won’t be a confirmation pop-up, so consider yourself warned.

How to Block Someone on Messenger

Here’s a quick recap on how to block a user on Messenger.

Messenger App

Access Chats and navigate to the one you’d like to block. Enter the chat thread and tap on the profile picture of the person you’d like to block. Then, swipe down and tap on Block for more options.


Select “Block on Messenger” in the following window and confirm your choice in the pop-up. Note that this action doesn’t block that person on Facebook.

The other way to do it is to tap on your profile picture within Chats, select People and then Blocked. Tap “Add Someone” and choose a person among your contacts.

Important Note

There is no option to block messages from pages and commercial profiles, at least it’s not called Block. After you tap on the page’s profile image, you’ll see Receive Notifications and Receive Messages. Tap on the button next to Receive Messages to toggle it off.

receive messages

Browser Method

There are two ways to block a person on Messenger here. Navigate to the Blocking tab (as described above) and enter the contact name in the box next to “Block messages from.”

Another option is to click on the Messenger icon, select the chat thread you’d like to block and click the gear icon. Select Block and you are done.

Lock, Stock, Unblock

So, who do you think deserves to be blocked or unblocked?

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