How to Unblock Someone on Instagram

6 easy steps, but watch out for these hangups

A person pleased at their unblocked Instagram account

Lifewire / Ellen Lindner

Did you block someone by mistake on Instagram? Maybe you blocked your boss or you wanted to prevent someone from being notified about your Instagram posts, but only for a while?

There are many reasons to block, and just as many to unblock someone on Instagram. No matter your motives, the steps to take for unblocking are easy.

How to Unblock Someone on Instagram


To remove someone from your list of blocked users on Instagram using the Instagram app for all supported versions of iOS (iPad and iPhone), Android (Samsung, Google, etc.) and Windows:

  1. Find the blocked user in Instagram.

    You can use People Search on the search tab (🔎), tap Search > People and type the username over Search people. As an alternative, look for the user to unblock in your list of blocked users; see below.

  2. Tap the profile you want to unblock.

    Screenshots of Search and Unblock interface in Instagram for iOS
  3. Tap Unblock and confirm that you truly want to unblock the user.

Now you can see the user's profile where you can choose to Follow them if you like.

How to Unblock Someone on Instagram on a Computer via the Web

To unblock a user using the Instagram website on a computer with your desktop web browser:

  1. Visit Instagram on the web in your browser.

  2. Log on to your Instagram account if you are not yet logged in.

  3. Select Search.

    Screenshot focusing on Search field on Instagram via the web
  4. Type the username of the account or name of the person you want to unblock.

  5. Now select the desired user from the auto-complete suggestions.

    Instagram may show the user account as unavailable. In this case, you need to unblock the account using the Instagram app for iOS or Android; see above.

  6. Select Unblock and confirm that you truly want to unblock the user.

    Screenshot of Unblock interface for Instagram on the web
  7. That's it! Now you can follow the user you just unblocked on Instagram.

Can I See a List of All Profiles I Have Blocked on Instagram?

Yes, Instagram maintains a list of all the profiles you have blocked. To see it in the Instagram app for iOS or Android:

You cannot access the list of blocked users on the Instagram website so you'll need to use the app.

  1. Go to your profile page (👤) in Instagram.

  2. On iOS, tap the menu button, then the settings gear icon (⚙️).

    On Android, tap the menu button ().

  3. Select Blocked Accounts (you may have to scroll).

    Screenshot of Blocked Accounts interface on Instagram for iOS
  4. Tap any blocked user to get to their profile, where you can unblock them using the instructions above.

What Happens If You Unblock Someone on Instagram?

When you unblock an account in Instagram, the restrictions associated with blocking someone are lifted.

  • They will be able to find you again using Instagram search.
  • They can see your posts and stories again.
  • They will be able to follow you again (this will not happen automatically, though).
  • They can send you private messages using Instagram Direct again.

The user will not be notified when you unblock them.

If you have allowed direct messages from the user before, you will also receive all the messages they sent in the meantime. If you have not exchanged direct messages with them, the first message from the user after you unblock them will only appear as a request in Instagram Direct.

How Long Does It Take to Unblock on Instagram

True to part of its name, Instagram will unblock the user just about instantaneously. Depending on internet speed and server load, it can take a few seconds, but not much longer.

After Unblocking Someone on Instagram, Do I Have to Follow Them Again to Get Updates?

If you have blocked someone on Instagram, you have also unfollowed them, and new posts or stories will not appear in your Instagram stream. You also cannot follow a blocked account until you have unblocked it.

To follow the user again after you have unblocked them:

  1. Look for and open the user's profile in Instagram.

    This works in the Instagram apps for iOS and Android just as well as it does on the web.

  2. Select Follow.

Can I Unblock Someone Who Also Blocked Me on Instagram?

Trying to unblock someone who has, in turn, blocked you on Instagram can be a frustrating and, alas, usually fruitless experience. This is because you are blocked from seeing the account, and you need to access the account menu to unblock them.

Your best bet is an @mention, say in a private message to that user from your own account:

  1. Tap the Instagram Direct icon (a paper airplane) in Instagram for iOS or Android.

  2. Tap + to start a new message.

  3. Write your own Instagram username under To. Select your own Instagram account from the list below.

    If you're using Instagram for iOS, tap Next.

  4. Write @ followed directly by the username of the account you wish to unblock.

    For example, for the user barackobama, type: @barackobama.

  5. Tap Send.

    Screenshots of Direct Message, Search and Send buttons in Instagram for iOS
  6. Now tap the highlighted username in the message you just sent.

  7. Open the user profile menu (··· on iOS and  on Android).

    Screnshots of Instagram on iOS showing direct messages, user profile buttons and unblock tool
  8. Select Unblock from the menu that has appeared and confirm your choice. If the person has changed their username since you blocked them, you will not be able to unblock them using this method.

If the direct message trick does not work for you, here are a few more ways you can try to access the account you want to unblock:

  • Instagram search.
  • Type the direct profile page address ( in a web browser.
  • Find a post from them you have liked.
  • Find a photo or video you saved privately to your account or a collection.

The above methods may be inaccessible depending on the app and platform you are using.

Can I Unblock or Remove Blocked Accounts That No Longer Exist?

Depending on the app or website, it may not be possible to unblock Instagram profiles that have been deleted or removed since you blocked them. Their names will appear on your Blocked Users list with no way to interact with them.

If possible, try the Instagram app on a different platform. We have seen Instagram for Android able to unblock users that the Instagram website and iOS app reported as nonexistent or inaccessible.

One thing you can do to avoid stale accounts on your Instagram "Blocked Users" list is reporting suspicious accounts and activity to Instagram (Report > It's spam or Report > It's inappropriate in the user's menu) instead of blocking users that you deem to be fake accounts.