Fix: You Have Been Blocked from Originating Messages

Check if you are blocked by the recipient before proceeding

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Key notes

  • Issue with the phone or carrier can cause this problem to appear.
  • Clearing the cache and data can sometimes help with this problem.
you have been blocked from originating messages [Fix]

Many users reported You have been blocked from originating messages on their iOS device, and this issue can prevent you from contacting others.

This issue can also be caused by misconfigured settings on your phone, app interferences, or simply bad coverage. Luckily, there’s a way to fix this.

What can I do to fix the you have blocked from originating messages error?

Before engaging in troubleshooting steps, try restarting your phone, turn the Airplane mode off and on, restart the messaging app and ask the recipient if they blocked you.

Reinserting the SIM card would also help. You can also try using your SIM on a different phone. Also, check if the message format you’re sending is supported by your carrier.

1. Clear data and cache of the messaging app

  1. On your Android phone, locate the Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.Apps you have been blocked from originating messages
  3. On the next page, click App Management.App Management
  4. Scroll and click Messages or the message app name that you are using.Messsages you have been blocked from originating messages
  5. Tap Storage usage.Storage usage
  6. On the next screen, click Clear data and click OK.Clear data and cache
  7. Then tap Clear cache to remove the cache and click OK.

2. Check network settings

2.1 Enable auto network selection

  1. Open Settings, and click Mobile Network.Mobile network you have been blocked from originating messages
  2. Tap on the SIM you want to choose the setting for.SIM 1
  3. If you have a Dual SIM device, select the SIM with issues. If not, then proceed to the next step.
  4. Click Carrier.Carrier
  5. Now toggle on the switch for Auto select option to enable automatic selection.Auto select
  6. Now toggle on switch for Auto switch data SIM.Auto switch

2.2 Reset Network settings

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Additional Settings.Additional settings
  2. Click Back up and reset.Backup and reset you have been blocked from originating messages
  3. Tap on Reset phone.Reset phone
  4. Then tap on Reset network settings.Reset network settings
  5. Tap Reset Settings.Reset network confirmation message

3. Update your phone OS

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to About device.About device you have been blocked from originating messages
  3. Scroll to find System Update.
  4. Click Check for updates and if an update is available, download and install it.

4. Reset your phone

  1. Take a backup of your device before performing the below steps. Open Settings and go to Additional SettingsAdditional settings you have been blocked from originating messages
  2. Click Backup and reset.Backup and reset
  3. Tap on Reset phone.Reset phone
  4. Now tap the Erase all data option.Erase all data
  5. Tap Erase data.  Erase data

 If you are using a Giffgaff mobile operator and facing issues while sending messages with error code 38, check out the guide to find the solutions.

We also have a guide on what happens when you block someone on WhatsApp, so don’t miss it. Users also reported Some content in this message has been blocked, but we covered that in another article.

If you have issues with messages, we also have a guide on what to do if RTT randomly turns on, so don’t miss it.

So, these are methods that you can try to fix the you have been blocked from originating messages issue. Try them and let us know what worked for you in the comments section. 

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