Do you think someone has blocked you on their iPhone? Here are some of the ways you can check.

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Clues that will give you an indication of whether or not you"ve been blocked

ByDavid Price, Macworld Editor

To test what happens to a blocked call, we blocked a number and monitored the experience on both phones. When calling from the blocked number, the caller hears either one ring, or no rings at all, but the other phone remains silent. The caller is then informed that the recipient isn"t available, and is diverted to voicemail (if that service is set up by the person you"re calling).

There doesn"t seem to be a reason why the number of rings varies, but if you hear two or more, you can be pretty sure you haven"t been blocked.

Note that you can leave a message if someone has blocked you, but the blocker will never be notified of the message. It does appear at the very bottom of their voicemail list in the Blocked Messenger section (if they"re on a carrier that supports visual voicemail such as O2 or EE), but most people probably won"t check there.

What happens to a blocked text message?

Texting someone who"s blocked you works as you would expect. The message sends as normal, and you don"t get an error message. This is no help at all for clues.

If you have an iPhone and try to send an iMessage to someone who has blocked you, it will remain blue (which means it"s still an iMessage). However, the person you"ve been blocked by will never receive that message. Note that you don"t get a "Delivered" notification like you usually would, but this in itself is not proof that you"ve been blocked. They could simply not have any signal, or an active internet connection, at the time you sent the message.

OK, so haveI been blocked or not?

The call is the best source of evidence to determine whether or not you"ve been blocked by an iPhone user. The key is that you will always be diverted to voicemail after exactly one ring - if they were declining your call, the number of rings would vary each time, and if the phone was switched off, it wouldn"t ring at all.

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Also keep in mind that Do Not Disturb will also cut you off after exactly one ring, so don"t get too worried if your calls aren"t going through at 3am. There is a Do Not Disturb setting that allows the user to specify that repeated calls are allowed through so you could always try again right away - just make sure your call is urgent, or they may block you for real this time!

Finally, we would like to repeat that this isn"t an exact science, so don"t make any angry scenes without knowing for sure. Also: chill out, relax, and try not to worry about it. If they"ve blocked your number, hey, who needs them?

(If your problem is the opposite and you have an iPhone and want to stop an annoying caller ringing or texting you, here"show to block a number.)

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David is a keen advocate for the Apple ecosystem, and enjoys offering advice to owners of the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. He occasionally ventures outside the Apple bubble to write about eReaders.