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How To Block Someone on Instagram

Posted by Jamie on April 18, 2019

Instagram is a great place to spend time. Looking at pics, catching up with friends, reading Stories, chatting and generally exploring the world. The openness and sharing intent of the platform is followed through by most people making it one of the better social networks for hanging out in. Yet that isn’t always the case which is why we are going to show you how to block someone on Instagram.

Whether you’re being hassled by a troll, being stalked by a stranger, want to hide some of your posts from certain people or whatever, the reasons are many. The technique is very straightforward.

Block someone on Instagram

Blocking someone on Instagram should ideally be a last resort. Depending on the people involved, being blocked is akin to being rejected and can have far reaching psychological effects. However, if their behavior is toxic, inappropriate or is spoiling your Instagram experience then you may not have a choice.

As this tutorial is about blocking on Instagram, I’ll show you how to do it first. Then I’ll discuss why it may not be your best course of action. Not right away anyway.

Using the app:

  1. Open the app and navigate to the person’s Instagram profile.
  2. Select the three dot menu icon in the top right.
  3. Select Block from the popup menu that appears.
  4. Confirm the warning by hitting Block again.
  5. Select Dismiss when the final warning appears.

That final warning doesn’t always appear. I have tried this a few times to experiment. Sometimes I just needed to confirm the block twice and it was done. A couple times I needed to confirm once again.

If you need to unblock them again, it is just as easy. You just repeat the above but select Unblock instead.

  1. Open the app and navigate to the person’s Instagram profile.
  2. Select the three dot menu icon in the top right.
  3. Select Unblock from the popup menu that appears.

If it has been a little while since you blocked the person, you may have trouble finding them. The person will not appear when you search and their posts will have been removed from your feed. So what do you do?

You have two options, you could access your block list or find a post from a mutual friend where the person you blocked has commented.

  1. Select the three dot menu icon from your Instagram profile.
  2. Select Settings and Blocked Accounts.
  3. Select the person from the list and select Unblock

Or:

  1. Navigate to a mutual friend’s post where the blocked person has commented.
  2. Select their profile and the three dot menu icon.
  3. Select Unblock as above.

Perhaps a better option may be to stop the person from commenting on your photos or video. If it’s their comments that are causing issues, blocking comments from that person may be a better option than blocking them altogether.

  1. Select your profile and select the Settings menu.
  2. Select Privacy and Security and then Comment Controls.
  3. Select Block Comments From and then select People.
  4. Select the person you want to stop commenting and select Block.

This doesn’t block them entirely, it just stops them being able to comment on your photos or videos. This may be enough to clean up your feed and stop them being quite so annoying.

Before you block someone on Instagram

I would always recommend trying to tackle the situation first if the person you’re planning to block is a close friend. A candid discussion is usually quite effective. Some people can be genuinely blind to their behavior online and it can be completely different to how they are as a person.

Shining a light on that behavior may or may not work. Much depends on their personality, how they handle feedback and how close a friend you are. If you have a mutual friend who is closer to them, it may be worth enlisting their help in managing that behavior.

Social media has done a lot of good in bringing people together and giving us more ways to express ourselves. But, it has also lowered the value of some friendships so they are almost disposable. Where you have a friend at work, school or college and may go through a lot together, if you know them purely online, you could drop them without a second thought.

If the person is worthy of being thought of as a friend, they are worthy of a little effort to address whatever issues is causing you to want to block them. If they still act annoying after all this, you can block them with a clear conscience!

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