How to Unblock Someone on Venmo: The Complete Guide

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Hey there!

So you need to know how to unblock someone on Venmo? Not a problem! I‘ve got you covered.

Blocking and unblocking users is a common task on Venmo. Whether you blocked someone by mistake, had a change of heart, or just want to limit who can see your activity, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know about managing your blocked users list.

Here‘s what we‘ll cover:

  • What happens when you block or unblock a Venmo user
  • Step-by-step instructions to block and unblock
  • Viewing your full list of blocked users
  • Repercussions of blocking – do they know?
  • Regaining access to blocked user profiles
  • How blocking affects your friend network
  • Plus additional tips, tricks, and FAQs about blocking on Venmo

By the end of this guide, you‘ll be a blocking/unblocking pro! Let‘s get started.

What Happens When You Block Someone on Venmo?

Blocking another user on Venmo cuts off communication and access between you and that person within the app. Here are the key effects of blocking another user:

  • They can no longer view your Venmo profile or any of your future transactions. You‘ve shut them out!

  • Any past transactions between you and the blocked user remain visible. However, their name appears grayed out.

  • You cannot view the blocked user‘s profile, activity, or transactions at all. It‘s like they no longer exist!

  • You won‘t receive notifications, payment requests, or messages from the blocked user. Total radio silence.

  • You cannot pay or charge the blocked user. Financial transactions are a no-go.

So in summary, blocking completely severs the connection between you and the other user on Venmo. You‘ve erected a virtual wall that prevents any interaction.

However, it‘s important to note that blocking does NOT erase any existing transaction history between you and the blocked user. That history remains intact for both parties to see. Their name just appears grayed out after being blocked.

This brings up an important question – can the blocked user tell they‘ve been blocked? Let‘s discuss that next.

Can Someone Tell if You‘ve Blocked Them on Venmo?

Short answer – yes, most likely.

When you block a Venmo user, they will quickly notice something is up if they try to view your profile or payments. Here are the signs that would tip them off:

  • Your profile page will appear completely inaccessible to the blocked user.

  • They will no longer see any of your new payments or activity.

  • Your name will be grayed out on any previous transactions between you.

  • Any payment requests made to you will be automatically rejected.

Unless the blocked user is totally inactive on Venmo, they will likely realize soon enough that you‘ve blocked them. The changes in access and communication from their end will be very apparent.

That said, Venmo does not actually notify or alert a user that they have been blocked. But the writing is on the wall so to speak.

So consider that the user will very likely know they‘ve been blocked, even if Venmo doesn‘t directly tell them. Now let‘s go over how to block someone.

How to Block a User on Venmo

Blocking a user on Venmo only takes a few quick steps:

  1. Open up the Venmo app and tap your profile icon in the top right corner.

  2. Tap "Search People" along the top menu.

  3. Type the full name or username of the person you intend to block into the search bar.

  4. Tap their name or profile picture to open up their Venmo profile.

  5. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of their profile.

  6. Select "Block User" from the dropdown menu.

  7. Tap "Block" again on the confirmation pop-up.

And that‘s it! The user is now blocked from interacting with you or accessing your Venmo profile. Simple right?

The key requirements are having the user‘s exact name or username to search for them, and navigating to their actual Venmo profile before tapping the block button.

You cannot block someone directly from your main Venmo feed or transactions list. The block function is only available on a user‘s profile.

Now let‘s talk about how to view your list of blocked users so you can manage it.

Accessing Your Blocked Users List on Venmo

Want to see the full list of users you‘ve blocked on Venmo? Or maybe edit the list by unblocking people? Here‘s how to view it:

  1. Open up Venmo and tap your profile icon.

  2. Tap "Settings" along the top menu.

  3. Tap "Privacy".

  4. Tap "Blocked Users List".

This will display the full list of users you‘ve blocked within Venmo. To unblock someone, just tap the three-dot menu icon next to their name and hit "Unblock".

The blocked users list is the only place in Venmo where you can actually view blocked users. They won‘t show up anywhere else in the app while blocked.

Now let‘s discuss how to unblock someone when you‘re ready to restore communication.

Unblocking a User on Venmo

Need to unblock a user on Venmo? No sweat, it‘s super easy:

  1. Open Venmo and tap your profile icon.

  2. Tap "Settings" then "Privacy".

  3. Tap "Blocked Users List".

  4. Find the user you want to unblock and tap the three-dot menu icon.

  5. Select "Unblock" from the menu.

  6. Tap "Unblock" again on the confirmation screen.

Boom! That user is now unblocked and your Venmo relationship is restored. Unblocking undos all the effects of having blocked the user in the first place.

Here‘s what happens when you unblock someone:

  • They can view your Venmo profile and new activity again.

  • You regain access to view their profile and transactions too.

  • You can pay and charge each other again seamlessly.

  • Notifications and messages resume as normal.

It‘s like the block never happened! Well, except any existing history from when they were blocked remains unchanged.

Now let‘s get into some key questions and potential issues around blocking and unblocking.

FAQs and Key Considerations for Blocking Users on Venmo

Blocking users on Venmo is generally straightforward. But there are some key questions and potential issues to keep in mind:

What if I block someone accidentally?

No worries! Just follow the steps above to unblock them. Access will be restored.

Can I undo a payment to a blocked user?

Unfortunately no. Any completed payments prior to blocking will remain. Blocking does not allow you to reverse payments.

What if the user harasses me from another account?

If they contact you from a new Venmo account, you can just block that account too. You may need to make your transactions private to prevent issues.

Does blocking remove our Venmo friendship?

Nope, blocking does not alter or delete existing friend connections. If you unblock them, your friendship will still be there.

Can I prevent a user from paying me at all?

Not directly. But blocking them would prevent any payments. Alternatively, you can set your transactions to private so they can‘t view any activity.

What if we have mutual friends on Venmo?

Your mutual friends will not be notified or affected in any way by you blocking the user. The block only applies between you and that specific user.

What happens if I delete my account after blocking?

In that case, any blocks you had in place would be deleted as well. A deleted Venmo account removes all settings and connections.

Can I block someone who has blocked me first?

Nope! You cannot block someone who already blocked you first. But since you can‘t interact anyway, there‘s no need to block them.

Hopefully these tips help you feel more confident managing your blocked users list. Let‘s recap the key takeaways:

Recap and Key Takeaways

  • Blocking a Venmo user prevents them from viewing your profile or transactions.

  • The blocked user will likely realize they are blocked due to limited access to your activity.

  • Find a user via search to block them from their profile menu.

  • View your blocked users list under Privacy Settings.

  • Unblock users when ready to restore communication on Venmo.

  • Blocking does not alter friend connections or past transaction history.

And there you have it! You now know how to block and unblock users on Venmo like a pro.

Blocking can help limit unwanted contact and keep your financial activity private. Don‘t hesitate to block anyone you don‘t want viewing your Venmo payments.

I hope this guide gave you all the tools you need! Let me know if you have any other Venmo questions. Happy (safe) social payments!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.