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Why Can I Text A Number But Not Call It? (ANSWERED- 2024)

Oftentimes, one of the first things that come to mind when you’re able to text a number but not call it is that the owner of that particular number has blocked you.

Surprisingly, this is not always the case!

Aside from being blocked by the owner of the number, there are actually a handful of other reasons as to why a number is reachable via text message but not calls.

First things first: Prior to arriving at the conclusion that you can text but not call a number, you should make sure that the texts you are sending are actually also being delivered!

That’s because there is also a chance that your messages aren’t being received either.

Secondly, text messages can be tricky when you don’t know how to use them.

Your cellphone may show a “Message sent” notification; however, this doesn’t always mean that the recipient received the text.

Unless you’ve received the “Message delivered” notification (if enabled on your phone), it’s possible that the person you’re trying to send the message to has not actually received the text message.

Another possible reason is that the receiver’s phone may not currently have a suitable cellular signal, and thus are unable to receive calls at that moment.

It’s also possible that their phone may be turned off or on Airplane Mode.

However, if you are attempting to send a text call via an app that utilizes an internet connection rather than a cellular signal, the possible reason for an inability to communicate is different.

A sufficient internet connection alone doesn’t guarantee that your calls will go through. The other party needs to have access to an internet connection as well!

Therefore, when both parties have suitable cell signals and sufficient internet connections, all calls and texts should go through (assuming, of course, that being blocked IS NOT actually the reason for the inability to connect).

Nevertheless, the slightest disruption to the cellular signal or internet connection of either party can potentially disconnect calls or hinder delivery of text messages.

If you’ve been able to ensure that everything required to establish communication is working properly but are still unable to call a specific number, then it is highly possible that the other party has blocked you from reaching them.

Why Can I Text But Not Make Calls?

If you’re able to send several text messages to various numbers but can’t put one call through, then the problem may be coming from your end!

In contrast, if the problem is specific to only one or two phone numbers, then you should start considering the possibility that you’ve been blocked.

You may be wondering: How am I able to text a number that has blocked me from calling?

Well, the answer to that is simple: Blocking is normally limited to calls.

However, once you’ve determined that you are, in fact, blocked from reaching a specific person, it’s highly possible that they’ve diligently restricted any other way for you to establish communication.

Nonetheless, there is still the possibility that the person has left out a few options- hence the reason why you can still reach them via text!

Again, there is always the chance that your phone may be the problem.

It’s possible you’re the one who needs to check your settings and make some adjustments!

Simply check your phone’s call barring settings and ensure it’s not enabled.

You should also check if you can send and receive texts. You can do all of these from your call and message settings.

It is definitely recommended that you troubleshoot your cell phone first before investigating any third party participation. Simply make sure that the problem is not being caused by your own device!

The quickest way to do this is by calling and texting other numbers before arriving at the conclusion that someone has blocked you from communicating with them.

Doing so can potentially save you a great deal of embarrassment!

What Should I Do When I Can’t Text Or Make Calls?

businesswoman texting a friend

If you are unable to make calls or send text messages, you should try any, or a combination of any, of the following options:

  • Ensure that you have a sufficient cell signal. Normally three (3) cell network display bars should be strong enough to make a call or send a text;
  • Airplane Mode must be turned off. When enabled, Airplane Mode disrupts every signal to and from your phone. Thus, it needs to be disabled for your networks to sail smoothly.
  • Ensure payments to your network provider are up to date. Your network service provider may disconnect your phone due to unpaid bills. As a result, you may be unable to make calls and send texts if you aren’t up to date on payments.
  • Restart your phone. Sometimes, your phone simply needs to reset in order to get back to working order!
  • Check for available software updates and install them.
  • Check your call and message settings. The issues may be caused by other items in your phone’s settings that we haven’t already covered.
  • If you’re still having problems after attempting the options above, contact a phone technician or bring your phone to a service center.
    It’s possible that your phone is malfunctioning, or that there is a hardware problem that requires intervention from an expert.

How Can You Tell If Someone Has Blocked Your Calls And Texts?

Apart from being a potentially sensitive topic, it’s also quite difficult to know for sure when someone has blocked you from reaching their phone.

You certainly won’t receive any prompts notifying you if you’ve been blocked. However, if you pay close enough attention, there is a way to find out for sure.

To start, the first thing you will likely notice is that you’re unable to call or text them.

You may even shrug it off the first few times. It could just be some connection issues, so there’s no need to worry just yet, right?

However, when it keeps happening, you should start considering the possibility that they have stopped you from being able to reach them.

Therefore, when you can’t call or text a number for an extended period of time, that’s a pretty definite sign that they’ve blocked you.

On the other hand, being blocked is a sensitive assumption to make- and as such you should be sure that there isn’t some other reason as to why you’re not able to reach them!

Once you’ve ensured that the problem isn’t coming from your end by checking the options we’ve discussed earlier, you should leave no stone unturned when checking the possibility of the problem coming from the end of the other party.

In other words, you should check all other options before arriving at the conclusion that you’ve been blocked.

Concluding that someone’s disabled you from calling when it wasn’t actually the case may cause more undesirable repercussions, after all!

Messaging Difficulties

young man confused texting

Additionally, when you text someone who has blocked you, the message may not reach them.

It doesn’t matter if you receive the “Message sent” or “Message delivered” notifications.

You can sometimes send a text message and even get a check against it.

However, it’s still possible for your text to be lost somewhere in the process of sending and receiving.

Sometimes, you may even get a “Message not delivered” notification! Receiving this is further evidence that there is a possible block in place.

Calling Troubles

With calls, you may hear one beep before the call disconnects if you’ve been blocked.

Most of the time, the call will go straight to voicemail. It’s also possible for the call to ring once before it goes straight to voicemail.

However, if the person you’re calling doesn’t have voicemail set up, your calls will simply not connect.

In Conclusion

When you’re wondering, “Why can I text a number, but not call it?” There are a few different possibilities.

Unfortunately, there is no definite way to know when someone has blocked you from calls and texts.

The one foolproof way to find out is to ask that person directly, which is usually not a great option and not generally recommended!

It is possible that the issue stems from a fault on your end.

It would be best to do some troubleshooting or try to call several other numbers first. Doing this may help you find out where the exact problem lies.

Also, false blocking is also possible where it looks like a block is in effect, but in reality it isn’t.

This could be due to certain temporary changes in one’s phone settings or disruption in cell signal and internet connection.

As a result, it’s always better to rule out those options first before arriving at the conclusion that you’ve been blocked.

With that, we wish you the best of luck!

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