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How To Unblock On Instagram On Laptop And Phone

Unblocking an Instagram user is as easy as blocking them. Here is a complete guide. 
Published -31 Jan 2022, 15:00 ISTUpdated -31 Jan 2022, 14:57 IST
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If you no longer wish someone to view your posts or interact with them on Instagram, you can block the user. When you block the user, they will no longer be able to see what you post on your Instagram handle or send you messages. However, you might want to reverse the action and unblock the person sometime later.

Unblocking the user is as easy as blocking them on Instagram. If you haven’t done it before, here is a quick guide to do it.

How To Unblock On Instagram?

An easy way to unblock a user is by visiting their Instagram profile. This can be done using your Android phone, iPhone or web. On reaching the user’s profile, instead of seeing the Follow or Following button, you will see Unblock button on their page.  When you tap on the button, you will see a pop-up asking you to confirm if you wish to unblock the user.

The pop-up will let you know that the user will now be able to view your posts and connect with you on Instagram. However, they will not get a notification that you have unblocked them. After confirming on the pop-up, you can dismiss the notification.

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What if you don’t remember the user profile of the person you blocked on Instagram? In this case, you can go to your profile and go to settings. For this, click on your picture on the right-hand side at the bottom. You will be able to open your own profile. On the right-hand side top, you will see a three-line menu that has the settings option. Click on settings and then on privacy. On clicking privacy, you will see blocked accounts. (Why Facebook changed name to Meta)

When you click blocked accounts, you will see a list of users you have blocked in the past. Against the usernames, you will see an unblock button. Click it and again you will see a pop-up notification to confirm if you wish to unblock them. Confirm by clicking on Unblock and then dismiss the pop-up.

After unblocking, you will be able to see the user’s post again. They too will be able to view your profile and send you messages.

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How To Unblock Someone On Instagram Without Them Knowing?

When you block or unblock someone on Instagram, they don't get notified about it. 

How To Restrict Someone On Instagram?

After unblocking someone, if you still feel like restricting them then using the Restrict option is best for you. By restricting an Instagram user, you can prevent them from seeing if you are online or if you have read their messages. They will however be able to view your posts and stories. If the restricted user comments on your posts and stories, they will be hidden from your profile. (Instagram influencers for makeup inspiration)

Using the Restrict option is beneficial only if you don't wish to block the user but still want to limit your conversation with them. 

How To Mute Someone On Instagram?

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Do you feel it is too impolite to block someone? You might not want to block them but wish to not view their posts on Instagram. What can be done in such a case? You can mute that user. It can be done in a jiffy.

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When you mute someone, you will no longer be able to see their posts and stories but you will be able to message them. When you mute a user, they will not be notified by the app that you have done so.

  • Go to the user’s profile you wish to mute.
  • Click on Following and you will get three options, click on Mute.
  • You will next get two options, Posts, and Story which will be selected by default. You can go ahead with the default setting or change it if you wish to see either of them.

If you no longer wish to mute the user's posts and stories, you can go back to their profile. Tap on Following below their bio and then tap on Mute. Reverse click on the blue button against it. This will unmute their posts and stories. 

We hope this guide helps you use your Instagram better. For more such tips related to social media, stay tuned! 


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