How to Block Someone on Instagram

Take a break from an annoying friend or account

The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
Introduction

Sometimes you may need a break from someone's posts on Instagram, or you may not want them to see your posts any longer. Instagram allows users to choose to block someone.

Here's a look at how to block a user account using the Instagram app for iOS and Android and from a web browser.

If you change your mind, it's easy to unblock a user on Instagram at any time.

Social media influencer holding a smartphone and coffee while blocking someone on Instagram
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How to Block Someone Using the Instagram App

Blocking an Instagram user means they won't be able to locate your profile, posts, or Instagram story. They won't be notified that you blocked them. While they can mention your username in their posts, these mentions aren't displayed in your Activity stream. Here's how:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your iOS or Android device.

  2. Find and load the profile of the user account you want to block.

    To find the account, use the search function or tap the account's username from anywhere in the Instagram app, including your list of followers.

  3. Tap Menu (three dots), located in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  4. Tap Block.

    The menu button and Block option in Instagram
  5. A confirmation box explains what happens when you block the account. Tap Block to proceed.

  6. You'll see a message that the account is blocked. Tap Dismiss to finish the process.

  7. To unblock the account, return to its page, tap the menu button, and then select Unblock.

    Blocking an account on Instagram

How to Block Someone Using a Web Browser

If you don't have the app available or use a platform that doesn't support it, you can block someone from the Instagram website.

  1. Open a browser, navigate to the Instagram website, and find and load the profile of the user or account you want to block.

  2. Tap Menu (three dots), located in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    The More menu on Instagram
  3. Select Block this user from the pop-up menu.

    The Block This User command in Instagram
  4. Select Block to confirm.

    The Block command on Instagram
  5. Select Dismiss to complete the process.

    The Dismiss command after blocking an account on Instagram
  6. To unblock the account, return to its page and select Unblock.

    The Unblock button on Instagram