How to block your ex

Valentine's Day is a time for love, but if you’re single, it’s time to block your ex and move on. Here’s how to get a clean break and go no-contact.
Luke Hopewell · 14 February 2024 · 4 minute read

Blocking on iOS and Android

Let's start with the basics: blocking your ex's number. On both iOS and Android devices, the process is straightforward.

Simply open your messaging app, locate your ex's conversation, tap on their contact, and look for the "Block" option. Once selected, you'll no longer receive calls or messages from them. Sweet relief.

They won’t know you’ve blocked their number. Their texts will just come up as “Not Delivered”.

How to block your ex on social media (all of them)

Now, onto the social media sphere. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp—no platform is safe from the ex-blocking spree.


Navigate to your ex's profile, click on the three dots next to their name, and select "Block." Say goodbye to their status updates and unwelcome pokes.


Head to your ex's profile, tap on the three dots in the top right corner, and choose "Block." Adios, awkward likes and DMs.


Find your ex's profile, click on the three dots next to their handle, and hit "Block." Farewell, passive-aggressive subtweets.


Open the chat with your ex, tap on their name at the top, scroll down, and select "Block." Sayonara, late-night "u up?" messages.

Deleting Compromising Content


While you're decluttering your digital life, don't forget to scrub your phone of any compromising content. Yes: I'm talking about those “intimate” photos and videos.

Take a moment to delete them permanently, ensuring they're nowhere to be found should your ex's ghost come haunting through your device.

Going'No Contact'

Now that you've severed the digital ties, it's time to commit to going no contact.

Resist the urge to check up on your ex's social media profiles or respond to any lingering messages. Set boundaries for yourself and stick to them—it's the key to moving forward and embracing the single life with gusto.

Remember, blocking your ex isn't an act of spite—it's an act of self-care.

By creating space between you and your past relationship, you're paving the way for new beginnings and rediscovering your sense of self.

So go ahead, embrace the power of the block button, and revel in the freedom it brings. 

By Luke Hopewell

Editor, tech expert and Senior Specialist Writer at Telstra Exchange

Luke Hopewell is an editor, tech expert and Senior Specialist Writer at Telstra Exchange. Luke joined Telstra in 2019 where he has had the privilege to help bring stories to life in a unique and human way. He was previously the head of editorial at Twitter Australia and the editor of cult tech site Gizmodo. For over a decade, Luke’s passion for technology has always driven him to seek out the latest gadgets and game-changers, and help others to understand how it all works. In another life he was a cyber security specialist where he sought to educate people about how to stay safe online. When he's not writing, he's getting outdoors and patting all the nice dogs he meets.