If you Block someone on WhatsApp can they see Old Messages

WhatsApp offers a blocking feature, which is probably a strong restriction that someone can apply on their contacts.

A lot of users ask a very common query about the restriction made to the accessibility of a chat. Users wonder if old messages can be accessed by the person in the contact list even after they are blocked.

Here, in this post, we will try to answer the same query. We will also try to provide some more details. So, if you are ready, let us dive right into the details.

If you Block someone on WhatsApp can they see Old Messages

Short Answer: Yes, if you block someone on WhatsApp, they can see your old messages, as the blocking feature doesn’t change how the older messages can be accessed.

WhatsApp allows a user to block a contact on the list. The blocking feature simply restricts the accessibility of a user. If you are blocked by someone in your WhatsApp contact list, you won’t be able to text or call them using the WhatsApp call feature.

Not only the calling and texting feature but the blocking feature also blocks one’s ability to see the profile picture and ‘About’ of the person who blocked them.

WhatsApp blocking feature restricts almost everything, but the messages that have already been shared with the blocked contact remain untouched. The older messages can be accessed at any point in time, even if they are deleted by the person who blocked them.

Apparently, the messages that have been deleted as ‘Delete for Everyone’ by the user who blocked will be deleted for the other person as well. Other messages will be available in the chat and can be accessed anytime.

If I block someone on WhatsApp can I see if they read my message

No, if you block someone on WhatsApp, you won’t know if they read your message.

After you block a contact on WhatsApp, you restrict their ability to see your last seen, online status, display picture update, status update, and also the read recipients for the messages that were sent before the contact was blocked.

But the same restrictions apply to you as well. And that’s why any updates from the contact you blocked won’t be visible to you. If you sent them some messages before blocking them, there is no way you will get to know if they read those messages.

And obviously, the same applies to the person who you blocked.

How to block someone on WhatsApp but still receive their messages

Well, it is not possible to block someone on WhatsApp and still expect to receive their messages.

The blocking feature, unlike the mute feature, restricts the blocked contact’s ability to text or make calls.

If you want to receive messages from a user without being disturbed by the notification triggered by their messages or status updates, you can try the Mute chat and Mute Status features.

Muting someone is easy on WhatsApp. Follow the steps provided below to mute a chat.

On Android -

Step 1: On WhatsApp, tap and hold the chat you wish to mute.

Step 2: Select the mute option at the top. It’s the classic volume mute icon.

mute chat in Whatsapp android

On iOS -

Step 1: On WhatsApp, tap and hold the chat you wish to mute.

Step 2: Select the ‘Mute’ option. Unlike the Android version, the mute option on iPhone appears at the bottom list.

mute chat in Whatsapp ios

After you select the option to mute the chat, you will be given the option to choose the time period, i.e., for how long the chat will be muted.

You can select the option per your need. Select ‘Always’ to keep the chat muted till you revert the changes.

mute notifications option in WhatsApp ios

If you wish, you can easily revert the changes by unmuting the chat.

Unmute someone on WhatsApp

On Android -

Step 1: On WhatsApp, swipe left on the chat you wish to ‘Unmute’.

Step 2: Select the ‘More’ option. It is the three-dot icon.

Step 3: Finally, select ‘Unmute’ from the given option.

unmute someone on WhatsApp iOS

On iOS -

Step 1: On WhatsApp, tap and hold the chat you wish to mute.

Step 2: Select the ‘Unmute’ option at the top of the screen.

unmute someone on WhatsApp Android


And that’s it, ladies and gentlemen. Now you know if you can see old messages in a WhatsApp if you are blocked.

We also discussed how blocking feature works and restricts the accessbility of a contact on WhatsApp.

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