Message Blocking Is Active – What It Means And How To Fix

Message Blocking Is Active

Message Blocking Is Active – What It Means And How To Fix

It means that person has all text messaging blocked by their carrier and can’t send or receive any text messages. … If it is – be certain the person you are texting to has their phone settings enabled to send and receive text messages. It could be a general rule or it could be a punishment.

This just happened to me. My girlfriend texted me and got that message. After falsely assuming I had blocked her, and being upset with me, it was her bill being overdue so they suspended her texting.

Her address changed, and that caused autopay to fail. Reboot your phone, then call your carrier, before you assume it’s on the other person’s phone.

You may have message blocking active, check with your carrier and ask if it is possible, if so ask how to disable the feature.

Basic troubleshooting steps:

  1. Restart your device.
  2. Turn off Wi-Fi to make sure you’re using your device network.
  3. Check whether the number you’re messaging is on the device Block or Spam List. If it is, you won’t be able to text to that number.
  4. Update the time and date on your device and enable auto-update.
  5. Uninstall any downloaded messaging apps.
  6. Contact your carrier ask them to guide you to make sure the short message service center (SMSC) setting accurate.
  7. (Android only): Clear the messaging app cache a & b steps is a guess, not knowing what device is having the trouble. Check your device settings for device maintenance, or device care.
    1. App cache: Choose Email & Messaging > Manage messages.
    2. SMSC setting: Choose Apps & Accessories > Manage apps.
  8. (Apple only): Check the following: Is the text being sent through iMessage? If so, see iMessage Help instead. If you or your contact had an iPhone and switched recently, turn off or unregister iMessage & FaceTime. iPhones continue sending via iMessage until it’s turned off, so you’ll miss these texts if your phone doesn’t have iMessage. For more information, see If you can’t receive text messages from an iPhone – Apple Support.
  9. Update your device software to the latest version.
  10. Delete texts and text threads. You can back these up beforehand using apps from the app store.
  11. If available, try texting the same number using another device, or other means other than your cell phone. This test will help determine if the person on the receiving end of the text has turned on a feature returning blocking active.
Message Blocking Is Active
Message Blocking Is Active

Advance Steps

  • Check your device’s Message blocking feature and or parent controls or carrier allowances that may be preventing texting on your end or your recipient’s.
  • Check your device make sure it shows at least two signal bars and you can send a text to yourself. Signal issues or no service may be the cause.
  • Check to ensure your device has at least 15% free space. You can delete apps, photos, or songs you no longer want to free up space (be sure to backup 1st).
  • Storage clearing, plug in your device to a computer and go to your device’s internal server and use the computer OS search option type *.jpg & *.PNG Select all, copy and paste in a folder on your computer. Return select all and delete. (be sure to back up)
  • Tip: Your devices may have years of SMS photo archives as far back as your very first phone.
  • Tip: Text messages are limited to approx 160 characters. (subject to carrier) If a message exceeds for example 160 characters, it’s automatically converted to a picture message (MMS).
  • Other: For prepaid accounts, you have an account balance to ensure the account is not causing the problem.

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Message Blocking Is Active – What It Means And How To Fix 2021

It means that person has all text messaging blocked by their carrier and can’t send or receive any text messages. … If it is – be certain the person you are texting to has their phone settings enabled to send and receive text messages.

To have this error message fixed, you should try any of these possible solutions. Tell us which of these options did the job for you in the comments.

1. Check coverage 

If the coverage in an area is listed as None, then you wouldn’t be able to send or receive texts or make and receive calls.

2. Is your phone active? 

On the device settings page in your account, check and confirm that your phone is active, if it’s listed as Suspended or Still Porting, then you wouldn’t be able to send or receive text messages.

3. Are text messaged part of your plan? 

We mentioned this earlier. On your account device settings page, see if the Can Send/Receive Text Messages setting is enabled.

Enable this option if not yet enabled. If you don’t seem to be able to enable the option, then likely, you don’t have text messaging as a part of your plan or your number is inactive.

4. What’s the country code?

If the error was on international texts, a simple Google search of the country code will help you see if you are using the correct one.

5. Restart the process 

If the error is only on one phone, there might be issues with the number. Maybe it’s incorrect. Delete and re-save the number and retry.

6. Unblock 

An option that works, especially if you’re blocked is to ask the person to unblock you. If you are not sure if you’ve been blocked or not, call the number.

Friends, If it also doesn’t connect, then there is a chance that you’ve been blocked or you’ve blocked the person. If calls go through, then you might have to try the other fixes in this article.

7. Text Content 

Some users have been able to resolve this by sending only plain texts in messages. There is a chance that this error was caused by all the other non-plain-texts added to the message.

Remove all attachments, emojis, pictures, or graphics in the message and retry. Which of these fixed the “message blocking is active” error for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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How do I know if someone blocked me from text messaging on their phone?

If you simply don’t get replies from whoever you’re texting, it doesn’t mean they blocked you.

First, look for the delivered text right below your message:

Message Blocking Is Active

If that appears, then chances are your friend or whoever you’ve been messaging is simply not near their phone or doing something else. If they blocked you, then your phone knows not to carry the text, so you will not see that delivered.

Now, if you are texting with someone on an android device while you have an iPhone or vice versa, the messages are called SMS messages and as well as the messages itself, the send button will also be green:

Message Blocking Is Active
Message Blocking Is Active

If you’re sending an SMS Message, it will take significantly longer for the message to be delivered, so don’t count on it delivering immediately. If it takes a while to deliver, there’s just a lot of traffic between iOS and Android phones sending text messages between each other.

However, if you see the error sending a message and you have all of the following:

  • Adequate WiFi
  • Data at three bars or more
  • Your friend has adequate WiFi
  • You know they have good data

Then there is a chance that they may have blocked you. Don’t fret however, this chance is slim, compared to the chances of the other possibilities. When you see this:

Message Blocking Is Active
Message Blocking Is Active

Or this:

Message Blocking Is Active

Then there is a chance you may have been blocked. However, here are some other things that may have happened:

  • You send a text to the wrong number.
  • You do not have service.
  • Not connected to WiFi.
  • Your friend is not connected to WiFi.
  • Your friend does not have access to data.
  • You are attempting to text an android user or vice versa.
  • Your phone is outdated (at this moment iOS 8 or below doesn’t have enough support to text other devices)

Hopefully, you find your solution. Remember, it’s very rare for someone to block you out of the blue unless you’ve been considerably unkind to them.


Generally, you won’t know if someone has blocked SMS messages. The message will send as usual and the recipient’s phone will receive it, but they won’t get notification and it won’t show up with their other messages (most phones store messages from blocked contacts in a separate folder).

If you have an iPhone and you iMessage someone who has blocked you, typically the iMessage will fail and your phone will resend the message as an SMS message. A failed iMessage that resends as an SMS is a good sign you’ve been blocked.

You could also call the contact in question. Typically a blocked contact’s call is sent to VM after one ring. So if you keep getting VM after one ring, that’s also a good sign that you’ve been blocked.

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Here are the possible reasons for this issue. You can go through them:-

  1. Block List: There may be chances that either the sender or the receiver is in the block list of each other. They should check this thoroughly by contacting each other. Also, they need to make sure that they are able to connect with each other by calling.
  2. Short Code Issue: This reason prevails in T-Mobile only and is caused by the blockage of shortcodes. This cannot be fixed manually and you need to contact technicians to fix this issue.
  3. Service Outage: Service outage is also not a fault on your end. This reason is caused by a maintenance break on your service provider’s end. Messaging service might have been paused due to which you are being shown this error.
  4. Premium Message excess: In this case, the user might have not allowed to send and receiving premium messages on his mobile. Though this service is used by some messaging apps only. It should be allowed for the proper functioning of the application.
  5. Unsuitable Plan: You need to check if you have availed the proper plan for sending text messages.

Message Blocking Is Active