How to UNBLOCK someone on Instagram
July 3, 2019
Many people tend to make hasty decisions when in a fit of rage. For individuals who are social media savvy, one of the ways to get back at people they do not want to associate with is blocking them.
Instagram is a social platform that allows you to post pictures, write-ups, and videos. Blocking someone from your account is as easy as flickering light out of a matchstick. However, making recourse on your action may be easy to come by. Are you ready to make amends with the friends and fans that are in your blacklist? Let us look at how you can unblock someone on Instagram.
HERE’S A QUICK TIP
You may be in a hurry to block an account that is bugging you. Even though it does not take much to reverse the action, there are steps you have to follow. Even so, here is a quick tip to unblock someone on Instagram:
- Open your Instagram app
- Head over to your profile. You will find this on the lower right corner of the screen
- Go to the “Options” tab. You can locate this by taping the three dots on the upper right corner of the screen
- Scroll through the options and click on “Blocked Users.”
- Select the profile you want to unblock
- Tap the “Unblock” button
- Tap the “Yes, I’m sure” icon when it shows up
So, that’s it about unblocking someone. It’s easy, right? That is just the tip of the iceberg. You have to understand some other things about unblocking someone. We’re talking about the step-by-step breakdown of doing this from the mobile app and web version.
We also highlight how to block someone that blocked you as well. Finally, you will find out how to reconnect after letting the other party into your Instagram profile once more. Are you ready to take a full ride to unblock someone on Instagram? Let’s get started.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I BLOCK SOMEONE ON INSTAGRAM?
Just like the concept sounds, “block” means keeping off someone from your profile. Remember that Instagram is a social network. Therefore, your account is literally “open” and every Tom, Dick, and Harry can click the “Follow” button. This gives followers access into every post, picture, and video you post on the platform.
The block feature helps you keep off people you don’t want to follow you every step of the way. The moment you tap the button, you stop the selected user(s) from seeing your posts provided you have are yet to unblock them. Here are the things followers will miss out when you block them:
- Content Restriction
This entails a restriction on the contents (videos, pictures, and stories) you post on Instagram. This can be tricky because the user behind the blocked profile may discover what you have done. This is possible when your posts do not show up on the timeline as it used to.
- Deactivated Followership
Blocking someone on Instagram literally severs his or her tabs on you. There is an automatic deactivation of the followership. When you unblock them, they can be able to follow you again.
- Blank Searches
Blocked users will not be able to find you/your profile using the search tool on the platform.
- No Direct Messages (DMs)
The blocked user may try to contact you through the private message feature. This cannot be possible because Instagram shuts them out from your Direct Message box after getting them blocked.
THINK ABOUT THIS BEFORE YOU BLOCK SOMEONE ON INSTAGRAM
Many users block users to restrict the other party’s access. However, it is a two-way affair, which can also affect you. By blocking someone on Instagram, you cease to see his/her posts that you interacted with in the past.
On the other hand, your profile will remain public to the other party except you change it to private. Do you want to set up a private account, which helps you keep off unwanted followers? Follow these steps to activate it:
- From your Smartphone: Go to your profile; tap the three dots on the right corner of the screen.
- Scroll through the options and tap on “Privacy and Security.”
- Toggle the switch on “Private Account”
- Click “OK” when the pop-up window comes up
- From a PC: Log in to your Instagram account
- Go to your profile.
- Click the settings icon. It looks like a cog.
- Move over to “Privacy and Security.”
- Toggle the “Private Account” key to turn it on.
That is it about setting up a private account. The feature helps in restricting interference by followers. In addition, turning it on will keep blocked users from seeing your future posts on the platform.
HOW TO UNBLOCK SOMEONE FROM YOUR INSTAGRAM MOBILE APP
We are now heading to the exciting part. It can be easy to unblock someone on Instagram, but there is a need for individual blocking formats across different devices. There are two ways to this – through a mobile application or the web. Let us look at the process from a mobile app perspective.
LOCATE THE PROFILE
You may be angry at the time you blocked someone. We assume that you have good reasons to now reverse this action. Hopefully you haven’t forgotten the account name just yet. If that is the case, the first step is locating the account.
Hint: You may wonder why you have to do this when you can simply check your follower’s list. Remember that you ceased to be fans/followers to each other (both you and the blocked user) the moment you hit the block button.
Now we set off to search for the account! Go to the search bar in your mobile app. Type the name of the user/account into the column. Make sure you center the search on “People.”
The search will bring up a list of profiles with the name. Click on the one you have in mind. From the picture, you can see that there are no posts on the other party’s profile. That is because you don’t follow each other again.
The next step is to unblock the user. There are two ways to do that. You either click the “Unblock” button on the profile or click on the three dots on the profile. Click on the “Unblock” button and you are friends again.
- HOW TO UNBLOCK SOMEONE FROM INSTAGRAM WEB VERSION
It is also possible to unblock someone from the web/desktop app. The process is similar to the mobile app format. This implies that you will search for the profile before unblocking the user. Is your Personal Computer (PC) before you? Follow these steps:
SEARCH FOR THE PROFILE
You can do this by locating the name with a URL. This is advisable if you know the exact username of the user. To do this, type this in your browser’s URL tab: https://instagram.com/username. Replace the “username” with the exact name of the user you want to unblock.
If you don’t want to go through this process, type the user’s name into the search on the site. If this was successful, the profile will display on your screen.
HOW TO UNBLOCK
It is now time for the real deal. Click the “Unblock” button on the profile.
A pop-up window will come up. This brings up a list of features, such as “Report User”, “Unblock this user”, and “Cancel”. Click on “Unblock this user”.
Another pop-up window will come up. This is the final step and is here you can confirm your action. Click on “Unblock” to complete the process.
While using the web version of Instagram, search for the user you want to unblock. You may find their name appears further down the search results than other similar account names. If you know their exact name, you can go to instagram.com/username (replacing username with the account username).
HOW TO CHECK YOUR BLOCKED LIST
Did you forget the names of users you blocked? Do not fret! Instagram maintains a list of persons you blocked. Read further and discover how you can get access to the list. Note that this feature is only for mobile apps (iOS and Android). The web version may come later.
Follow these steps to check the list:
- Launch the Instagram app. Click the menu button on your profile.
- Move over to the “Blocked Accounts” option
- Choose an account from the list and unblock
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE USER BLOCKS YOU?
It can be frustrating when the user also blocked you. Remember that you have to access the profile before unblocking. Can you do that when you are also “locked out” of the other party’s account? The answer is no. Nevertheless, here is a viable way to view and unblock the profile:
- Tap the Instagram Direct icon on your mobile app
- Tap the “+” sign to start a new message
- When writing the message, include “@,” followed by the username of the account you want to unblock
- Attach your Instagram account as the recipient of the message. Send the message afterward
- The attached username becomes a hyperlink when you receive the message. Click on it and get access to the profile of the user you want to unblock
- Open the user’s profile and click the “Unblock” button.
Hint: If the above trick did not work, follow the steps below.
- Visit Instagram from your mobile browser or PC
- Type the username in the following format into the web browser: https://www.instagram.com/username
- Locate the profile and unblock
START FOLLOWING AGAIN
Instagram automatically removes you and the blocked user as friends/followers after blocking. Thus, you have to follow each other back. This is quite tricky because it becomes obvious to the other party that you blocked him/her in the first place.
There is no trick to get out of the “quagmire.” There is no doubt that the other user will not be happy with your earlier action. Nevertheless, you can promise not to repeat the act again. Start following each other, and be satisfied you’re in each other’s lives again.