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How to block someone on Instagram?

Feb 9, 20222 min readRahul Sathyakumar

The Internet can be a creepy place, and social media is the prime example. Despite its strict laws on privacy, there can be people who will find a way to stalk your profile, keep an eye on your activity, and even worse, send some unpleasant messages.

Not everyone has to be a creep, either. Just like your real-life social interaction, you don't have to get along with everyone. It could be anyone from a pesky colleague to an ex-partner who you don't want to see on your feeds.

Luckily, Instagram has a solution, so you don't have to go through a terrible experience again.

How to block someone on Instagram

Step 1: Open Instagram.

Grab your phone and search for Instagram among your apps, and tap to open it.

How to block someone on Instagram

Step 2: Search.

Tap the "search" icon below and type the username you wish to block.

How to block someone on Instagram

Step 3: Profile

Tap the search result that matches that user's name or profile picture

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Step 4: Options

Look for the three-dotted icon on the top right corner of the profile. Tap it.

Step 5: Block

A drop-down will appear with several options. Tap on "block," and the user's profile will disappear. You will receive a notification from Instagram.

How to block someone on Instagram


The user won't receive any notification about you blocking their account, and they will neither be able to view your profile nor send you any messages at all. You can unblock them by following the same steps above.

Sometimes you don't want to take extreme steps and block them altogether. Instead, you can restrict them from accessing your content.

You can also prevent their stories or posts from appearing in your feed without actually unfollowing them. Or you can un-follow them temporarily, and the user will not be notified that you have restricted them in all the cases. To know more about what is restricting in Instagram and how to use it, follow our step by step guide.