How to Block Someone On Instagram

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Instagram is a great platform for sharing photos and keeping up-to-date on the latest trends and fashions, as well as what your family and friends have been posting. You may not want everyone to see your posts, however, especially if they could be considered inappropriate to some.

Whatever your reason is, blocking someone on Instagram is fairly easy if you know what you're doing. If you do choose to block someone they will be unable to locate your profile, posts or story. However, they will not be notified that you've blocked them and they can still mention your username in their posts. These mentions will not be displayed in your Activity stream as long as that user is blocked.

If you change your mind, follow our tutorial about how to unblock a user on Instagram.

How to Block Someone Using the Instagram App

Blocking a user on Instagram in Instagram app
The Instagram app makes it easy to block someone.

The Instagram app is available for Android, iOS and Windows platforms and can be used to quickly block another IG user by taking the following steps.

  1. Open the Instagram app and load the user's profile that you wish to block. This can be done by tapping their username from anywhere within the IG interface.
  2. The user's profile page should now be visible. Tap the menu button, located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and represented by three dots. 
  3. When the pop-out menu appears, select the option labeled Block.
  4. A warning will appear, asking if you are sure that you want to block this user. Tap the Block button.
  5. A confirmation message will now be displayed, noting that the user has been successfully blocked. Tap Dismiss to complete the process.

How to Block Someone Using a Web Browser

Blocking a user using Instagram's website.
You can block people from Instagram's site, too.

If you don't have the app available or are running on a platform that doesn't support it, you can still block someone via the Instagram website.

  1. Open your browser and navigate to the Instagram website.
  2. Access the user's profile that you wish to block. This can be done by clicking on their username from anywhere within the IG interface.
  3. The user's profile page should now be displayed. Click on the menu button, located to the far right-hand side of the profile name and represented by three horizontally-aligned dots.
  4. A pop-up menu should now be visible, overlaying the main Instagram screen. Click on the Block this user option.
  5. A warning will appear, asking if you are sure that you want to block this user. Click the Block button.
  6. A confirmation message will now be displayed, noting that the user has been successfully blocked. Click on Dismiss to complete the process.