How to know if someone has blocked you on Facebook Messenger

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You can use Messenger’s message status icon to determine if someone has blocked you.

  • There’s no built-in tool that lets you know if someone has blocked you on Facebook Messenger.
  • However, you can infer that you’ve been blocked on Messenger from the state of the status icon on a message you’ve sent.
  • If you send a message to someone and the message is not delivered, meaning an unfilled check mark icon appears, you may have been blocked.
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Facebook doesn’t make it easy to know whether someone has blocked you.

They do this for privacy and security reasons, which means that, unfortunately, you won’t get confirmation that someone has blocked your account.

However, it is possible to deduce whether you’ve been blocked based on how the Messenger app behaves when you try to send a message.

Here’s how you can tell if someone’s blocked you on the Facebook messaging app.

How to know if someone blocked you on Messenger

When you use the Messenger app on your phone or in a browser on your desktop, you are probably familiar with the status icons next to the messages you send. There are four such icons:

  • An unfilled, empty circle means the message has not been sent. This is typically because you don’t have any internet access when you try to send a message.
  • An unfilled icon with a check mark means the message has been sent but not delivered to the recipient.
  • A check mark icon that’s filled in means the message has been delivered.
  • An icon that’s filled with your recipient’s profile picture means it has been read.
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You can tell if a message has been received or read based on the status icon.

As long as the recipient is logged into Facebook, your message should be delivered within a few moments, which means you’ll see the check mark icon’s filled-in version. Of course, it might not be read for a while; your recipient needs to open Messenger and view the message thread for that to happen.

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If you see this status icon but suspect the user is otherwise active on Facebook, you have probably been blocked.

If you send a message to someone and the message is not delivered, meaning that only an unfilled check mark icon appears, it generally means one of two things:

  • The user has not logged into Facebook.
  • The user has blocked you on Messenger.

It’s not always possible to tell the difference, but if you see that the recipient has posted to his or her Facebook page or comments on other people’s posts, that implies he or she is logged into Facebook. If your message remains undelivered, you are probably blocked.

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How to turn off active status on Facebook and Messenger to appear offline everywhere you’re logged in

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If you want to appear offline on Facebook, you need to change your active status settings everywhere you’re logged into Facebook.

  • You can turn off your active status on the Facebook website, Facebook mobile app, and Messenger mobile app.
  • When your active status is turned off, you will appear offline even when you’re online.
  • You can also choose to appear offline only for certain people that you select.
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Facebook may be responsible for putting the word “social” in social media, but there are times when you don’t want – or don’t have time – to engage with friends.

If you want to log into Facebook without your friends knowing you’re online, you can easily turn off your “active status” so you appear offline.

There are three different places where you can control your active status: on Facebook in a web browser, in the Facebook mobile app, and in the Facebook Messenger mobile app.

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What is Kik? Here’s what you need to know about the free messaging app

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Kik is a free messaging app that boasts increased privacy and anonymity as features.

  • Kik is a free messaging app that allows users to keep in touch with family and friends using Wi-Fi or your phone’s mobile data. 
  • Kik only requires an email address to sign up — there’s no need to provide a phone number. 
  • Kik is available on Android, iOS, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
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While there is no shortage of free messaging apps available, Kik holds a particular appeal thanks to its increased privacy and anonymity in comparison to competitors such as WhatsApp and iMessage. Requiring only an email address to sign up, Kik boasts hundreds of millions of registered users across the globe. 

What you need to know about Kik

Kik doesn’t offer anything particularly unique in terms of how it operates on a basic level. You can message friends and family by manually adding their registered email address or scanning their custom QR code. 

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You can download Kik from your iPhone’s App Store.

However, Kik places an emphasis on the multimedia side, allowing users to send everything from gifs and emojis to sketches. You can even host live video chats as you would on apps like Skype. You can also take part in anonymous chats or promoted chats sponsored by popular entertainment brands. 

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There are various options to discover once you have a Kik account.

Kik is available on iOS, Android, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, making it compatible with a majority of devices. Once downloaded, you only need to provide an email to register your account and select a user ID. That ID is what identifies Kik users, which means your personal information is more secure and messaging can be done with partial or complete anonymity. 

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Signing up is simple.

Kik’s simplified registration process as well as its popularity with teens could make the platform more dangerous for younger people, who may find themselves talking to those they shouldn’t through Kik’s anonymous chat feature. Kik’s current age restriction is listed as 13, though the Apple App Store rates it as inappropriate for anyone younger than 17. Parents whose children are underage and have created an account on the platform can contact support@kik.com to submit an account deactivation request. 

If your child receives an inappropriate message on the platform, Kik suggests that you block and report the user before following up with local law enforcement. Kik published extensive guidelines on this topic and other safety issues involving minors, and it’s worth reading before you allow your child on the platform. 

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