- Twitter blocking is a powerful tool for managing interactions on the platform.
- You can’t know who blocked you unless you use third-party software, Blolook.
- Blocked accounts can’t see your tweets, your profile, or follow you.
Twitter is home to more than 368 million active users as of 2022, making it an absolute hub of conversations and debates. Unfortunately, things don’t always go smoothly in the Twitterverse, and you may need to block someone from seeing your tweets.
But when you think the time is right or want to give someone a second chance, Twitter lets you unblock them too. Twitter calls the process “managing your block list.” The Twitter block list is like a small prison with all your foes and frenemies.
Setting them free doesn’t have to be a big deal, so we’ve put together this step-by-step guide on how to unblock someone on Twitter. We have two methods you can follow.
Step 1: Click the Profile Icon
The first to set free your Twitter prisoners is to click on the profile icon on your Twitter page. You’ll see it in the top left corner of the page.
Step 2: Click the Settings and Support Drop-down
Once you’ve opened the profile page, you’ll see “Settings & Support” below professional tools. Next to it, there’s a drop-down button. Click on it.
Step 3: Select and Privacy
Select “Settings and privacy” from the list. It has a gear icon on its left.
Once you’ve opened the page, you’ll see several options: Monetisation, security and account access, Additional resources, Your account, Security and account access, Privacy and safety, and Proxy. There’s also a search bar at the top of the page where you can type in the setting you want to adjust.
Step 4: Click the Privacy and Safety Option
Click the “Privacy and safety” option from the list. Here you’ll see options like Audience Targeting, where you can manage the information you share. Your Tweets, to manage information related to your Tweets.
Direct Messages, to manage who can contact you via direct message. You’ll also see discoverability and contacts, and spaces. Then there’s Mute and Block, which we are looking for.
Step 5: Open Mute and Block Option
The “Mute and block” option lets you manage your account in several ways. For instance, open the muted accounts option if you want to mute accounts.
If you wish to mute specific words, you can open the Muted words option or click on muted notifications if you don’t like to receive certain notifications. Our goal today is to unblock someone, so let’s open the blocked accounts option.
Step 6: Manage Your Twitter Block List
The blocked accounts option will show your Twitter prisoners. Unfortunately, there’s no search bar here, so you can’t search for the user you want to unblock. However, you can scroll through the list manually and find the account you want to unblock. Once you find it, click on the red “Blocked” button next to it.
Once you hit that button, you’ll see a notification alerting you that you’ve unblocked this account. The red button will change to a “Follow” button, which means the user is now unblocked, and you can follow them again.
The second method is as follows.
Step 1: Open the Blocked Person’s Profile
Use the search bar to look for the person whose profile you blocked. You won’t see their user name, profile picture, and bio information.
Step 2: Click on the Three-Dotted Icon
When you open the profile, you’ll see a three-dotted icon in the top right corner. Click on it.
Or, you can click on the red “Blocked” button on the person’s profile. Doing so will trigger a popup with the option to cancel the process or proceed with the unblock.
Step 3: Click Unblock
If you go with the latter option, proceed with the three-dotted icon. That should open several options to change the user’s account settings. For instance, the first option is “Share,” allowing you to share the profile with others. You’ll also see View Topics, View Lists, Lists there are on, and an unblock option.
Step 4: Confirm
Click on Unblock and confirm your action. Doing so will remove the person from your block list, granting them access to view and interact with your Twitter profile.
What Happens When You Unblock Someone on Twitter
When you set your Twitter prisoners free, they will be able to:
- view your profile and tweets,
- send you direct messages (DMs),
- tag you in posts,
- follow you.
Once again, you’ll be able to interact with each other on Twitter as if nothing happened. But remember, it is wise to think twice before unblocking someone — especially if the user has done something wrong.
At the end of the day, you’re the one who knows what is best for you. So, take your time and decide carefully whether unblocking someone is a wise decision or not.
How to See How Many People Blocked You on Twitter
Suppose you want to find out how many people have blocked you on Twitter. Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t allow users to track that information — for privacy reasons. If you really want to know who has blocked you, your best bet is to look at the profiles of all your followers and see if anyone is missing from the list.
It’s not an easy task, but it’s the only way to tell who has blocked you. Alternatively, you can take a look at third-party software. For instance, Blolook lets you see the number of users blocking you. It scrapes through your Twitter account and generates a report of users blocking you. It’s a free service, so you don’t have to worry about paying for the information.
Unblocking someone on Twitter is one way to end the silence between you and a former Twitter rival. It could also be a way to make amends with someone you’ve wronged in the past. The process is pretty straightforward, as is evident from this post.
This article has also detailed the process you can take when you want to block someone. So, the next time you encounter a Twitter troll, you won’t have to worry about getting harassed. You can block them and be done with it! And if you need to see who’s blocking you, Blolook is your best bet.
Check out the video below for a detailed visual guide to unblocking someone on Twitter.
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