Sometimes you need to disengage from someone on social media.
Maybe that someone responds to your Instagram story with harsh, judgmental words that bother you days later. Maybe he or she posts politically charged comments on your pictures and you’re over it. Or maybe you have an ex that knows how to DM on Instagram and isn't afraid to send pleading, take-me-back messages (gross).
How to block someone on Instagram
Go to the user's profile that you want to block
Tap the three horizontal dots located in the upper-right corner of your screen
Select 'Block' in the pop-out menu that appears
Tap 'Dismiss' on the confirmation message that appears
There’s a lot of reasons why you might want to block someone, and thankfully, it’s drama-free and easy.
This works for iOS, Androids, and Windows platforms.
1. Go to the user's Instagram profile
Go to their profile by typing in their name in the Search tab. This is the last time you’ll have to see it!
2. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner
Look to the upper-right corner of your screen. You’ll see three horizontal dots, also known as the menu button. Tap on that.
Let’s say for some reason I am tired of seeing adorable puppy pictures clogging up my feed (this will never happen) and I want to block The Dogist’s account. Here is where the three horizontal dots can be found:
3. Click ‘Block’
A pop-up window will appear, and from that menu, select 'Block.' It will be the first option and in red.
Then another message will appear, asking if you’re sure you want to block that person. Don’t worry, you can always unblock them later if you change your mind. Tap ‘Block’ once more.
4. Click ‘Dismiss’
On the confirmation message that appears, click ‘Dismiss.’
You can tell the block worked because now, the button saying “Following” next to the account name has been changed to “Unblock.”
How to block someone on Instagram on a desktop
Let’s say you don’t have access to the Instagram app and want to block someone on a web browser. It’s just as easy as the app process. Here’s how to do it via instagram.com.
1. Go to the user's Instagram profile
Navigate to the user’s profile that you want to block. Again, I’ll use one of my favorite accounts, The Dogist, for my example.
2. Click the three horizontal dots
You’ll see the three horizontal dots next to the account name, the “Following” button and the down arrow button. Click on them.
3. Select “Block this user”
A pop-up window will appear. Click the middle option, “Block this user.”
Another window will pop-up asking if you’resureyou want to block them. Hit “Block” again if you are.
4. Click “Dismiss”
A confirmation pop-up will appear. Click “Dismiss” to return to Instagram.
You can tell the block worked because instead of “Following” next to their account name, it now says “Unblock.”
What happens when you block someone on Instagram
You might be wondering what, exactly, the ramifications might be for blocking someone. Well, beyond not seeing your wonderful profile and curated grid, there are a variety of other effects. Let’s go through some of the common questions about Instagram blocking.
Will the person I blocked know that I blocked him or her?
That person can no longer see your profile, posts, or stories on Instagram. They will not get a notification that you blocked them. As I said above, this is a drama-free process (thankfully). Although I will say, if they creep on you often and suddenly can’t find your profile, they’ll probably get the hint.
Is the block permanent?
No, it’s not! You can always change your mind and Unblock someone on Instagram at any time.
Can the person I blocked still mention me on Instagram?
Yes, they can. However, you will never know because you won’t receive a notification in your Activity channel.
Can the person I blocked still see my likes and comments on other posts?
Yes, if he or she follows the account or if it is a public account, they will be able to see that you liked or commented on it.
Do their likes/comments disappear from my posts after I block someone?
No, their comments do not disappear from your posts. You can, however, delete those comments from your posts manually.
Can I still see their Instagram account after I block them?
You can still find their account, but when you look at it, you won’t see any of their posts. It will simply say “No Posts Yet.” You will not be able to view their Instagram stories, either.
What other options do I have besides blocking someone?
Instagram recently released the ability to “Mute” someone, which is less severe than blocking someone. If you mute someone, their stories and posts will not appear in your newsfeed. You can still see their posts and stories if you navigate to their page. And they can still see your content. Use mute if you want to see someone’s content on your own terms — and don’t care whether or not they see your content.
Holly is a manager on the content marketing team. An avid reader and writer, Holly graduated from the University of Missouri with a dual major in Journalism and English. She firmly believes in the power of content and is constantly seeking ways to better engage and delight readers.