How to Block or Unblock Someone on Instagram

Blocking someone on Instagram can help you protect your privacy and mental health from unwanted interactions.

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On you sometimes may encounter people who are rude, annoying, or abusive. In such cases, you may want to block them from seeing your posts or contacting you.

What Happens When You Block Someone on Instagram

Blocking someone on Instagram means that they can no longer see your profile, posts, stories, reels, or IGTV videos. They also can't send you direct messages, comment on your posts, or mention you in their stories. Blocking someone on Instagram can help you protect your privacy and mental health from unwanted interactions.

However, blocking someone on Instagram is not always a permanent decision. Sometimes you may want to unblock someone who you blocked in the past. Maybe you had a misunderstanding with them, and you want to make up. Maybe they have changed their behavior, and you want to give them another chance. Maybe you are just curious about what they are up to now. Whatever the reason, unblocking someone on Instagram means that they can see your profile and posts again, and they can contact you through direct messages.

Blocking or unblocking someone on Instagram is a personal choice that depends on your situation and preferences. There is no right or wrong answer to whether you should block or unblock someone on Instagram. However, consider some reasons and benefits before making your decision.

Possible Reasons to Block Someone on Instagram

  • You want to avoid harassment, bullying, spam, or scams from them.
  • You want to prevent them from seeing your personal information or activities.
  • You want to reduce stress, anxiety, anger, or sadness caused by them.
  • You want to focus on positive and supportive relationships in your life.

Possible Reasons to Unblock Someone on Instagram

  • You want to forgive them for their mistakes or apologize for yours.
  • You want to rekindle a friendship or a relationship with them.
  • You want to catch up with them or see what they are doing now.
  • You want to show them that you have moved on or grown as a person.

Blocking or unblocking someone on Instagram can significantly impact your experience and your emotional well-being. Therefore, it is essential to think carefully before making your decision and respect yourself and others in the process.

How to Block Someone on Instagram

Blocking someone on Instagram means that they can no longer see your profile, posts, stories, reels, or IGTV videos. They also can't send you direct messages, comment on your posts, or mention you in their stories.

  1. Tap the symbol
     
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  2. Search for the name / Instagram account which you want to block and tap on it
     
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  3. Tap the three dots on the upper right
     
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  4. Select “Block”
     
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  5. Confirm by tapping “Block”
     
    You can either just block the selected Instagram account or choose the first option “Block [name] and new accounts they may create”.
     
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  6. On the blocked Instagram account, you will see a little info-box informing you about the fact
     
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How to See Blocked Accounts and Unblock Someone on Instagram

Unblocking someone on Instagram means that they can see your profile and posts again, and they can contact you through direct messages.

  1. Open the profile page of the blocked Instagram account and tap “Unblock”
     
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  2. To see a complete list of all blocked Instagram accounts, first tap your account profile picture
     
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  3. Tap the menu button on the upper right
     
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  4. Open “Settings”
     
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  5. Select “Privacy”
     
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  6. Tap on “Blocked Accounts”
     
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  7. Tap “Unblock” for every Instagram account you want to
     
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  8. Confirm with a tap on “Unblock” in the confirmation screen
     
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How to Remove a Follower on Instagram

As an alternative to blocking, you can also remove Instagram followers manually so they won´t see your most recent posts on their home screen. Some Instagram followers may be spam accounts, bots, or inactive users who don't engage with your content or add any value to your online presence. In fact, having too many of these low-quality followers can actually hurt your Instagram performance and reputation, so you might want to get rid of them.

  1. Tap your Instagram profile picture
     
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  2. Tap on “Followers” at the top to open the list
     
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  3. Tap on “Remove” for any Follower you want to get rid of
     
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  4. Confirm with another tap on “Remove”
     
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Extra: How to Turn off Active Status on Instagram

The activity status on Instagram is a feature that lets other users you follow and anyone you message see when you were last active or currently active on Instagram. There are several reasons why you might want to turn off your activity status on Instagram. In our other guide we will explain you everything about Instagram active status and show you how to turn it off, if you want to.

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Extra: How to Log out of Instagram on Any Device / from All Devices at Once

Staying logged in on Instagram can have both positive and negative effects depending on how you use the app. If someone accesses your Instagram account without your permission, they might post anything from your account, access your chats and private details, and even change your password or settings. You can prevent this from happening by logging out of Instagram.

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