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Does Instagram IP Ban?

Posted by Jamie on December 5, 2018

Instagram has gone through something of a reinvention over the past year or so. In an effort to curb bots, negativity, fake accounts and general toxicity it has ramped up its checks and bans. It is now a fairly paranoid place to be where they would be more likely to ban you ‘just in case’ than let you continue and muddy its name. It isn’t a great place to be right now but can still be worth using. Out of that comes a question about those new procedures, does Instagram IP ban?

Instagram ghost bans we know that. They are also called Shadowbans which is a neat term for an annoying practice. Hundreds, if not thousands of users have complained that Instagram bans have come out of the blue with no warning. One minute they are using the social network quite happily and the next, no access.

Given the environment that social networks find themselves in right now, you can hardly blame Instagram for upping their game. However, the approach seems scattered and arbitrary. I’m sure the vast majority of bans are warranted. But I know of at least three that were not.

Instagram IP bans

I could not find any official statement about whether Instagram IP bans or not but anecdotal evidence seems to point to them doing it. A bot maker I know has had his entire network banned after using his Python bot to collect Likes. While I don’t condone his actions, this points to the fact that Ingram does IP ban.

If you absolutely must use Instagram after a ban, there are some things you can do to still use the network. Again, there is nothing official mentioning how to do it, this is from anecdotal evidence gathered while writing this piece.

Use a VPN

If you have been IP banned, the easiest way to overcome it is to use a VPN. Use a good quality one as Instagram is likely to blacklist the free or cheaper ones. Use a provider that offers a free trial or money back guarantee, try to log into your Instagram account using the VPN and see how you get on.

You can use a VPN on mobile as well as desktop so if you purely use the phone app, install the VPN software onto your phone and test it.

Wait for your IP address to change

Unless you’re paying for a static IP address from your broadband provider, you will be assigned a dynamic IP address. This is automatically assigned to you from a pool held by your ISP and will change regularly. Different ISPs have different ideas about the period which you hold an IP address but you can influence it.

Make a note of your current external IP address. Turn off your ISP router overnight. Leave it off for as long as you can cope with, longer than 8 hours if possible. Check your new external IP address to see if it has changed when you turn your router on again. This is rather inexact but if you don’t want to pay for a VPN it is an option.

The same holds true for your mobile phone. Each time you enable or disable 3G or 4G you will be assigned an IP address. Different carriers have different policies about how often they change but it is worth just turning your data connection on and off to see if your IP changes. Airplane mode can also force an IP refresh.

Recovering from an Instagram ban

Whether warranted or not, if you cannot overcome an IP ban with any of these methods, you need to wait until Instagram lift it and then repair your reputation so it doesn’t happen again. Aside from not doing whatever it was that got you banned (if you were doing anything), there are a few tried and tested ways of regaining trust, including:

  • Fully complete your Instagram profile. The more points of trust you add the more likely it is that Instagram will unban you.
  • Don’t comment or Like for a little while. Add your own content for a week or so once you’re back into your account.
  • Keep adding images. It’s what the network is all about after all.
  • Don’t have follow sessions where you work your way through Instagram following people one after the other.
  • Don’t add duplicate or low quality comments or posts.
  • Careful with your emoji use. Use them sparingly and when appropriate.
  • Stay away from follow bots.
  • Stick with the community guidelines as Instagram’s automated systems use these as criteria.

It seems Instagram does IP ban even if there is no official confirmation of it. If you find yourself on the wrong side of a ban, at least you now have a few ways to overcome it. Got any other ways to sidestep an Instagram IP ban or repair your reputation? Tell us about them below if you do!

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