Blocking People

You can block someone using the Instagram app on your phone or tablet, but not on the web.

When you block someone, they can't see your profile or posts. People aren't notified when you block them. To block or unblock someone:

  1. Tap their username to open their profile
  2. Tap (iPhone/iPad), (Android) or (Windows)
  3. Tap Block User

To unblock someone, follow steps 1-2 above and then tap Unblock User.

If you can't find the person you want to block or unblock, they may have deleted their account or their profile may be unavailable to you.

Learn more about blocking people.

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By default, anyone can view your profile and posts on Instagram. You can make your posts private so that only followers you approve can see them. If your posts are set to private, only your approved followers will see them in the Photos tab of Search & Explore or on hashtag or location pages. Posts can't be set to private from a desktop computer.

To set your posts to private from the Instagram app:

Apple iOS

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap
  3. Turn on the Private Account setting


  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap
  3. Turn on the Private Account setting

Windows Phone

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap Edit Profile
  3. Turn on the Posts are Private setting by checking the box and then tap the check mark to save your changes

Things to keep in mind about private posts:

  • Private posts you share to social networks may be visible to the public depending on your privacy settings for those networks. For example, a post you share to Twitter that was set to private on Instagram may be visible to the people who can see your Twitter posts.
  • Once you make your posts private, people will have to send you a follow request if they want to see your posts, your followers list or your following list.
  • Follow requests appear in Activity, where you can approve or ignore them.
  • If someone was already following before you set your posts to private and you don't want them to see your posts, you can block them.
  • People can send a photo or video directly to you even if they’re not following you.
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When you block someone, that person can't view your photos/videos or search for your Instagram profile. People aren't notified when you block them.

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Yes, someone you blocked can mention your username on Instagram, but this mention won't appear in your Activity. If you block someone and then change your username, they won't be able to mention you unless they know your new username.

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You can report abusive posts that are sent to you with Instagram Direct by tapping (iPhone and Windows Phone) at the bottom right of a post or(Android) at the top right of a post and then choosing Report Inappropriate.

If you don't want to see posts that someone sends you, tap (iPhone and Windows Phone) or (Android) on a post they've sent you and choose Ignore posts from this user. You can also block that person or report their profile.

Note: A person won't be notified if you choose to ignore posts they send to you.

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After you block someone, their likes and comments will not be removed from your photos and videos. You can delete their comments from your posts.

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People that you block can still see your likes and comments on photos or videos posted by people that they follow or people that are public.

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