Social Media Instagram How to Unblock Someone on Instagram You can do this in six easy steps, even if they also blocked you by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on April 08, 2020 reviewed by Michelle Adeola Adelufosi Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michelle Adeola Adelufosi is a marketing consultant with 9 years' experience working for a variety of clients. 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Use Instagram on a PC or Mac Get Instagram for iPad What is the Galaxy S10 Instagram Mode? View Instagram on the Web Online Connect Instagram to Facebook Tools for Posting From the Desktop Tweet Share Email 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. These instructions apply to the latest version of the Instagram mobile app and the desktop website. How to Unblock Someone on the Instagram App 0:25 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: Find the blocked user in Instagram. You can use the ACCOUNTS tab from the search bar to isolate the search to user accounts only. Tap the profile you want to unblock. 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. Unblock Someone Using Instagram on the Web To unblock a user using the Instagram website on a computer with your desktop web browser: Visit Instagram on the web in your browser. Log on to your Instagram account if you are not yet logged in. Select Search. Type the username of the account or name of the person you want to unblock. 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. Select Unblock and confirm that you truly want to unblock the user. That's it! Now you can follow the user you just unblocked on Instagram. View a List of Blocked Accounts 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. Go to your profile page in Instagram. Tap the menu button and then select Settings. Select Privacy and then Blocked Accounts. Tap any blocked user to get to their profile, where you can unblock them using the instructions above. What Happens When You Unblock Someone 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. Lifewire / Ellen Lindner How to Follow an Unblocked Instagram Account 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: 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. Select Follow. Unblock Someone Who Also Blocked You 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: Tap the Instagram Direct icon (a paper airplane) in Instagram for iOS or Android. Tap the pencil icon to start a new message. Type in your Instagram username under To, select your account from the list, and then tap Chat. In the message field, type @ followed by the username of the account you wish to unblock. For example, for the user barackobama, type: @barackobama. Tap Send. Now tap the highlighted username in the message you just sent. Open the user profile menu (··· on iOS and ⋮ on Android). 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 (https://www.instagram.com/username) 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 You Unblock 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 Accounts 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 Accounts 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.