How to Block iMessage on iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Block iMessage on iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Block Specific People on iMessage

To block specific people on iMessage, follow these detailed steps:

  1. Open the iMessage App:

    • Tap the iMessage app to start the process.
  2. Select the Conversation:

    • Navigate to the conversation with the person to be blocked. Open it to access further options.
  3. Access Contact Information:

    • Tap the contact’s name or image at the top of the screen. This action will open the contact’s information page.
  4. Tap the ‘Info’ Button:

    • On the contact’s information page, tap the “Info” button indicated by an “i” icon. This will display a detailed summary of the contact.
  5. Scroll Down and Choose ‘Block this Caller’:

    • Scroll down on the contact information page until the “Block this Caller” option appears. Tap on it to proceed with blocking the contact.
  6. Confirm Blocking:

    • A confirmation prompt will appear. Select “Block Contact” to finalize the blocking process. The contact is now blocked and will no longer be able to send iMessages, SMS, or make FaceTime calls.

Alternative Method via Settings

  1. Open Settings App:

    • Go to the device’s “Settings” app.
  2. Navigate to ‘Messages’:

    • Scroll down to the “Messages” option and tap on it.
  3. Access Blocked Contacts:

    • Tap on “Blocked Contacts” or “Blocked” depending on the iOS version. This reveals the current list of blocked contacts and provides options for adding new ones.
  4. Add New Block:

    • Tap “Add New…” to initiate adding a new contact to the blocked list.
  5. Choose the Contact:

    • A contacts list will appear. Scroll through it, or use the search function to find the specific person to block. Tap their name to add them to the blocked list.

Unblocking a Contact:

  1. Go to Settings:

    • Open “Settings” and navigate to “Messages.”
  2. Access Blocked Contacts:

    • Select “Blocked Contacts” to view a list of blocked individuals.
  3. Edit the Block List:

    • Tap “Edit” at the top-right corner of the screen.
  4. Unblock Contact:

    • Tap the red minus sign next to the contact’s name. Then, tap “Unblock” to remove them from the blocked list.

Following these steps ensures a thorough process for managing blocking and unblocking contacts on iMessage, optimizing the user experience.

How to Block the iMessage app through settings

Using Parental Controls (Screen Time)

  1. Open Settings:
    • Tap on the Settings app.
  2. Go to Screen Time:
    • Scroll down and tap on “Screen Time.”
  3. Set Up Screen Time:
    • If Screen Time is not set up, follow the prompts to set it up. You may need to enter a passcode.
  4. Content & Privacy Restrictions:
    • Tap on “Content & Privacy Restrictions.”
  5. Enable Restrictions:
    • Toggle the switch to enable restrictions.
  6. Allowed Apps:
    • Tap “Allowed Apps.”
  7. Disable Messages App:
    • Toggle the switch next to “Messages” to the off position (the switch will turn gray).

Tip: These controls can easily be bypassed. If you wanted to set up controls so that you don't use iMessage (or any other distracting app) when you're bored or looking to procrastinate, please read on!

How to Block the iMessage App Fully

Blocking apps on an iPhone can be made easier using Padlock. Padlock was built for people who find that normal controls aren't strong enough for them. It's built for people who inevitably end up bypassing screen time controls for a quick peek, but then inevitably spend loads of time messaging people. If that sounds like you, perhaps Padlock is what you've been looking for all along.

Padlock works differently to other screen time control methods. All the other methdods rely on an element of self control. For example, Apple relies on you not tapping "Ignore Limit", and the Forest app relies on you feeling guilty about killing a virtual tree you've been growing. While that might work for some, the flaw in these approaches is that it still relies on the user not to unlock.

Padlock combines a physical "Padlock" device, and an app. The Padlock device acts as a "Key" to unlock your distracting apps, and it is placed out of reach somewhere inconvenient. Theh, the effort involved in retrieving Padlock greatly outweighs the desire to scroll in the moment. Padlock makes mindless scrolling a chore.
For example, if you always use your phone late at night, put Padlock downstairs. When you're comfortably tucked in to bed and that urge to check your phone appears, the last thing you want is to have to turn on all the lights and go downstairs. Maybe falling asleep is easier after all? Let see how to use Padlock:

The best part is that you can use all your useful apps as normal whilst keeping all of your distracting ones completely locked away!

  1. Download and Install The App
    • Visit the App Store.
    • Search for “Padlock - Remove Distractions”.
  2. Setup Padlock
    • Open the Padlock app after installation.
    • Grant the necessary screen time permissions for the app to function properly.
  3. Select Apps To Block
    • Select the apps you want to block, you can block by category or just by individual apps
  4. Block your apps
    • Lock up your apps by tapping the lock button on the main screen.
  5. Put Padlock somewhere out of reach
    • Put the Padlock device somewhere out of the way and hard to get to, maybe on top of a kitchen cupboard?
  6. Your apps are locked
    • Your apps are locked, with no way to access them without retrieving your Padlock device and tapping it against your phone.

Tip: In case you lose your Padlock, you can use an emergency unlock. However, if you don't trust yourself not to use the in a moment of weakness, you can enable strict mode. When in strict mode, if you lose your Padlock, you can still unlock your apps, but you need to wait 12 hours before doing so. If you find Padlock, just cancel the countdown.

By leveraging Padlock, users can create a controlled environment for app usage, aiding in reducing distractions and managing screen time effectively.
To buy Padlock, and reduce your screen time for good, find out more here.

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