How To Block Someone On Venmo (All You Need To Know)

how to block someone on venmo

Venmo is a ubiquitous payments app that also doubles as a social network. Although this works to some extent, it’s not the best combination from a security standpoint. 

A smart Venmo user will change the default privacy setting from public to private and have at least some privacy. Sometimes, however, we also need to block someone on Venmo for various reasons. 

So, how can you block someone on Venmo?

To block someone on Venmo, you need to go to their profile and tap the three circles, and select Block. The person won’t be notified of you blocking them. If you change your mind, you can unblock them at any time.

If you want to find out more details on how to block someone, how to tell if someone blocked you, and what to do when you receive a payment from a stranger, keep reading. 

How To Block Someone On Venmo             

There are many good reasons why you should block someone on Venmo. Maybe you don’t want them to see your transactions and/or transaction history. Or perhaps, they were sending annoying payment requests.

Maybe you even got an unsolicited payment from a stranger and you want to prevent that from happening again. Whatever the reason, blocking another Venmo user has the same consequences: 

  • You won’t be able to pay and get paid by them
  • Both sides won’t be able to find each other in search
  • You won’t show up in their feed nor will they in yours
  • Both of you won’t be able to send payment requests to each other
  • It will look to them as if you deleted your Venmo account

So, now that we know what the effects for both sides are, we can block someone by doing simply the following:

  1. Open the Venmo app
  2. Go to the person’s profile 
  3. Once you’re on their profile page, tap the three circles 
  4. Tap “Block” 
  5. Log out of the app and back in

It’s important to note that the blocked user won’t be notified of the fact that you blocked them. 

READ ALSO: How to Send Money From Cash App to Venmo (Step by Step)

If you change your mind and decide to unblock them after all, do the following:

  1. Open the Venmo app
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Tap on “Privacy”
  4. Tap on “Blocked Users”
  5. Tap on the blocked user
  6. Tap on the three circles at the top of the screen
  7. Tap “Unblock User”

The unblocked user won’t be notified of this change and they won’t be added to your friends list. 

How to Remove Friends on Venmo

Venmo works very differently than other mobile payment apps. It’s much more transparent and acts like a social media app. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so popular. Younger generations apparently don’t care about their privacy whatsoever. 

However, this “everything’s out in the open approach” can lead to complications for some users. Especially when we want to make a “tricky” payment and we don’t want everybody to see it or find out about it. 

On the other side, when you sign up for Venmo, most people import their contacts from the phone’s address book. This automatically adds all contacts that are also Venmo users, into their new Venmo account friends list. 

When you see this new friends list, you might want to prune it and remove a few people from the list. Does your old high school friend really need to know what you’re up to now? 

To remove a friend from Venmo, do the following:

  1. Open the Venmo app
  2. Go to your friend’s Venmo profile
  3. Tap the “Friends” checkmark  
  4. Unfriend them

You’ll have to do this for every single person that you want to unfriend. Hopefully, you don’t have too many to go through.

Did you know that you can also see another user’s friends list? Simply go to their profile and tap on the number of friends displayed at the top of their profile. However, other Venmo users can also see your friends list if you don’t set it to private.

To set your friends list to private:

  1. Open the Venmo app
  2. Go to the “Me” tab 
  3. Tap the Settings gear in the top right 
  4. Tap “Privacy” 
  5. Tap “Friends List” 
  6. Select your preferred privacy option 

You can also stop being shown on other users’ friends lists. In the same menu, toggle the “Appear in other users’ friends list” button to “off”. 

This way, it doesn’t matter what their settings are because you won’t appear in their lists any more. 

READ NEXT: How to Get Money From Venmo Without Bank Account (Guide)

Should You Set Venmo to Private?

Venmo has become popular for a reason. It’s fast, fun, and handy. You can see what other people are up to, but does that mean they should know what you are up to as well? 

Not necessarily. You can set your profile and all your future and past transactions to “Private”. This will make your Venmo account sheltered from random people on the app. 

If you still want your friends to see and comment on your payments, merchant transactions, etc., you can set the privacy setting to “Friends”. 

To change the default privacy setting from “Public” to “Private” or “Friends”:

  1. Open the Venmo app
  2. Go to the “Me” tab
  3. Tap the Settings gear 
  4. Tap “Privacy” 
  5. Under “Default Privacy Setting” select your desired privacy setting

You can also change these settings for individual payments. It doesn’t have to be a blanket change. 

Changing the default Venmo privacy setting from “Public” to “Private” can help protect you from scammers that are prevalent on the app. With more than 60 million users, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular target.

Our advice is to definitely change the setting to private if you haven’t yet. 

What if You Receive a Payment From a Stranger on Venmo

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While we’re on the topic of scammers, getting a payment from a stranger is often a scam in progress. 

If you’re naive enough to return the money because the person on the other side told you a sob story about how they sent the $300 to you by mistake and they urgently need it for their dog’s eye surgery, you may end up losing much more than the $300.

What I just outlined was the so-called accidental payment scam. The scammer is using a stolen credit card to send money to your Venmo account. 

However, when you’re returning the money back to them because you’re a good person, you’re basically making a new transaction.

In a few days or weeks, when the stolen credit card victim’s card issuer reverses the payment from your Venmo account, you’re losing the original $300. But you also lost the other $300 you sent to the scammer, leaving you without $600.

Venmo won’t help you because the payment you made was voluntary and the first, original payment was fraud so they had to reverse the payment.

So, what should you do then if you get a payment from someone you don’t know? You should simply contact Venmo support and tell them what happened. They can easily deal with it.

Don’t respond to the stranger because you don’t know their intentions. Venmo can reverse the payment and you don’t need to make another transaction putting you in danger of losing money.

If the payment was indeed sent by mistake, this should also help the poor person who made the mistake. 

READ ALSO: How to Delete Venmo Account (Quickly)

Can You Cancel a Payment From Someone You Know?

Receiving payment by mistake from someone you know is a different story than if it came from a stranger. You don’t have to contact the customer support in this case and can go ahead and send them the money.

If the money is still in your balance, it will be sent from there and into the other person’s Venmo. If you don’t have that money anymore, the payment will be funded from your preferred payment method as is the case with any other Venmo money transfer. 

How do I Know if Someone Blocked me on Venmo?    

If you suspect that someone has blocked you, it’s easy to find out. Simply search for them. If you can’t find them, it’s either because they deleted their Venmo account or they blocked you. 

Because you already have your suspicions, they probably did block you rather than deleted their account.

Why would someone have the need to block you? They probably have the same incentives as everybody else. They don’t want you to see their transactions and transaction history or you were perhaps requesting money a little bit too often from them. 


it’s easy to block people on Venmo as well to unfriend them. All you have to do is open their profile and tap on the three dots or circles and choose the option. 

When you block someone, for them it will look like you closed your Venmo account. They also won’t be notified of this change.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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