• Use WhatsApp but don't want to chat? How to block someone on WhatsApp

    With more than one billion users, WhatsApp Messenger is the most popular messaging application in the world. WhatsApp allows you to send messages to contacts over an internet connection, rather than using your text allowance.

    If you’ve been using WhatsApp, you may get to a stage when you want or need to block someone so that they can no longer contact you – and you them – on WhatsApp. If that is the case, here’s what you need to do.

    [Read more: WhatsApp: What parents need to know about the instant messaging app]

     

    The free app is available for Android devices, iPhones and iPads, Windows Phone devices or Nokia phones, as well as compatible Macs and Windows PCs. Find out how to download it.

    How to block a contact on GBWhatsApp
    Perhaps the person you want to block is one of your contacts – but you no longer want to communicate with them via the app.

    Here’s how to block a contact, depending on your operating system.

    Android:

    Open the WhatsApp app on your phone
    Tap the menu icon ⁝
    Go to Settings, then Account, then Privacy, then select Blocked Contacts
    Tap the add contact icon – a small icon the shape of a person with a plus sign on the left
    A list will appear. Choose the contact you wish to block
    Apple:

    Open the WhatsApp app on your phone
    If you have a chat open, navigate back to the main Chats screen
    Select the Settings icon at the bottom right of the screen, then Account, then Privacy, then Blocked
    Tap Add New and choose the contact you wish to block
    Windows Phone:

    Open the WhatsApp app on your phone
    Select More (the three dot icon), then Settings, then Contacts, then Blocked contacts
    Select the plus icon at the bottom of the screen
    Select the contact you wish to block
    [Read more: WhatsApp: What do the ticks mean? Message delivery problems and read receipts explained]

    How to block an unknown number on WhatsApp
    If someone’s contacting you via WhatsApp using a number you don’t recognise, then you may feel that you need to block them.

    Here’s how to block an unknown number, depending on your operating system.

    Android:

    Open the message from the unknown contact
    Tap the Menu icon ⁝, then Block
    If the message is spam, you can report it. When you receive the first message from a number not in your phone, choose Report Spam.

    Apple:

    Open the message from the unknown contact
    Tap the unknown number at the top of the screen
    Select Block
    If the message is spam, you can tap Report Spam and then Report and Block.

    Windows Phone:

    Open the message from the unknown contact
    Select More (the three dot icon), then block and block again to confirm
    If the message is spam, you can report it. When you receive the first message you can select Block and Report Spam. Select Block and then Block again to confirm.

    How to unblock a number on WhatsApp
    We all change our minds or make mistakes – so if you’ve blocked someone on WhatsApp and then have a change of heart, luckily, you can unblock them and start chatting again.

    Here’s how to unblock a contact, depending on your operating system.

    Android:

    Open the WhatsApp app
    Tap the Menu icon ⁝
    Go to Settings, then Account, then Privacy, then select Blocked Contacts
    Select and hold the name of the contact you want to unblock
    A menu will pop up. Select Unblock
    Apple:

    Open the WhatsApp app
    If you have a chat open, navigate back to the main Chats screen
    Select the Settings icon at the bottom right of the screen, then Account, then Privacy, then Blocked
    Swipe left on the name of the contact you want to unblock
    Select Unblock
    Windows Phone:

    Open the WhatsApp app
    Select More (the three dot icon), then Settings, then Contacts, then Blocked contacts
    Press and hold on the contact you wish to unblock until some options appear
    Select Unblock

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    Let this not distract from Alien Evolution being a genuinely dull experience, though. The evolution system is an interesting one, but with only three items of food to give your creature in drips and drabs, and only two games to play which themselves have play-limits, you’re often staring at the screen wondering exactly how long it will take for this thing to change. Then, when it does, the whole process begins again but with even more time required. As this is written memories of playing baseball and reading stories to a Tamagotchi flood back. I haven’t fed it in 18 years. I wonder how it’s getting on.

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