How to Check If Someone Blocked You in GroupMe Messaging App

Key takeaways:

  • GroupMe does not notify you if someone blocks you
  • You can still see a blocked person’s messages in group chats
  • Blocking only prevents direct messages between you and the blocked person
  • You can tell if you’re blocked if your direct messages to them disappear

What Happens When Someone Blocks You on GroupMe?

GroupMe is a popular messaging app that allows you to chat with individuals and groups. But what happens if someone blocks you on GroupMe? Unfortunately, the app doesn’t make it obvious.

When someone blocks you on GroupMe, you won’t receive any notification about it. The chat will still appear normal to you, and you’ll continue to see the blocked person’s messages in any group chats you share.

The main effect of being blocked is that you will no longer be able to send direct messages to that person. If you try to send them a DM, the message will appear to send but then disappear. It won’t be delivered.

So while there’s no definitive way to confirm someone has blocked you, the disappearing DMs are a telltale sign. You just have to test it out.

Blocking Doesn’t Remove Someone From a Group

It’s important to understand that blocking someone on GroupMe will not remove them from any group chats you are both part of. You will continue to see their messages in the group.

Blocking only prevents the two of you from having a private, direct message conversation. The blocked person can still see your messages in groups and even mention you. You just won’t get notifications about those mentions.

If you want a person fully removed from a group chat, that has to be done separately from blocking. Only the group’s admin has the power to remove members.

How to Block Someone on GroupMe

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Any GroupMe user has the ability to block someone else, even if you aren’t the admin of a group. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the GroupMe app and go to your Chats tab
  2. Tap on a group chat that includes the person you want to block
  3. Tap the group avatar at the top to view the group details
  4. Scroll down and tap on the name of the person you want to block
  5. On their profile page, tap the “More” button and select “Block”
  6. Confirm your choice by tapping “Block” on the pop-up message

You can also block someone from your Contacts list:

  1. Tap your profile avatar to open the menu
  2. Select “Contacts”
  3. Find the person you want to block and tap their name
  4. On their profile, tap “More” and select “Block”
  5. Confirm by tapping “Block” on the pop-up

Unblocking a Contact

If you change your mind and want to unblock someone later, the process is simple:

  1. Go to your Contacts list from the menu
  2. Scroll to the very bottom to find your Blocked contacts
  3. Tap the name of the person you want to unblock
  4. On their profile, tap “Unblock” then confirm your choice

After unblocking them, you’ll once again be able to send them direct messages. However, you won’t see any DMs they may have attempted to send you while blocked. Those disappear permanently on both ends.

Removing Someone From a Group

If blocking someone isn’t enough, group admins have the power to fully remove them from a chat. Here’s how:

  1. Open the group chat and tap the group avatar
  2. Tap the “More” button and select “Remove members”
  3. Select the name of the person or people you want to boot
  4. Tap “Remove” and confirm your choice

The removed members will not be directly notified that they were kicked out. However, the group will disappear from their chats list. They also won’t be able to rejoin the group unless someone sends them a new invite link.

When to Block or Remove Someone

Blocking or removing a person from GroupMe should be reserved for cases where someone is harassing you, spamming the chat, or otherwise causing problems. Some examples of when it may be appropriate:

  • The person sends you unwanted DMs even after you’ve asked them to stop
  • They post inappropriate, offensive, or explicit content in a group
  • They are bullying or targeting you or another group member
  • You don’t know them and they’re spamming links or trying to sell something

If the issues are limited to a group setting, removing the person is usually the better solution. But if they are harassing you through DMs, blocking may be necessary for your peace of mind.


Can I tell if I’ve been blocked on GroupMe?

GroupMe does not send any notification if you get blocked. However, you can usually tell you’ve been blocked if your direct messages to that person disappear after sending. You’ll still see their messages in any groups you share.

Will someone know if I block them?

No, GroupMe does not inform people when they have been blocked. It’s done silently without the other person being notified.

Why do I still see messages from someone I blocked?

Blocking on GroupMe only applies to direct messages between the two of you. You’ll still see any messages they send in a group chat. If you don’t want to see their messages at all, you’ll need to leave the shared group.

Can I preemptively block someone who isn’t in my contacts?

No, you can only block someone if you share a group with them or have had a direct message conversation before. If a random person you don’t know messages you, you’ll have to wait until you receive the message to block them.

What happens when I unblock someone?

When you unblock a person, you’ll once again be able to send each other direct messages. However, you won’t see any messages they sent you while blocked, as those are permanently deleted when blocking occurs.