How to Restrict Someone on Instagram

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Instagram is a social network that has more than a billion users around the world. In addition to uploading photos or videos, we can also interact with other users on the platform. This can be through likes, comments or direct messages. Unfortunately, sometimes we may have a bad experience with someone else on the social network.

Instagram leaves us with options with which being able to restrict contact with someone else. This is a function that has been available for some time in the app, but that many do not use, simply because they do not know about it. So we are going to tell you more about what restricting is on Instagram and how this function can be used.

What is Restrict on Instagram

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Restrict is a function available in the social network that helps us limit contact with someone. It is something that we are going to be able to use with any Instagram account, whether it is someone we follow or follows us or if they do not follow us. The idea is that when you use this feature, that person is less likely to contact us. So it can be something that is used if you have had a bad experience with someone on the platform.

If we use the restrict function on Instagram, this person will be able to continue entering our profile normally. You will be able to see the posts we have uploaded as well as stories and likes. But when it comes to leaving comments there is a notable change. Since your comments will not be published directly, but we will have to approve them first. We will be notified that this person has left a comment on one of our posts. Said comment is not visible to anyone yet and we can decide what happens with it. So if we don't want it to be seen, we can do this, we'll make it not visible to anyone. This will be repeated every time this person tries to leave a comment.

On the other hand, this function also affects direct communication between the two accounts. That is, this person can still send us direct messages, but his messages will not be displayed normally in our inbox. Instead they will come out as a request, so you will decide what to do with that message, if you want to reply or not. In addition, this person will not be able to see if you are connected to the chat at any time, nor will they know if you have read their messages. The usual read receipts on Instagram disappear in these cases.

restrict or block

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Restrict on Instagram is a feature that is placed one step below blocking. As many of you already know, when we use the block function, we are preventing said account from being able to have any contact with us. If we have blocked someone on the social network, this person will not be able to see or find our profile in any way. So it would be as if we ceased to exist for them.

In addition, when blocking is used, you will not be able to have contact with that person either. Blocking someone makes it impossible to send or receive messages from this particular account. So that root contact with said account on the platform has been cut. Of course, it is something that we can use if someone is bothering or harassing us. This will allow said person not to have any type of contact with us. If in the future we change our mind, we can unblock someone, which can allow them to follow us or have contact with us again.

Restricting doesn't go as far as blocking, as you have seen. This function is mainly responsible for limiting or restricting contact or communication with a specific account, but that account still has access to your Instagram profile. So you will be able to continue seeing what you upload at all times, like it or even comment, although you are going to decide what you do with said comment. This may give you more control over how or how much you want to interact with this account in the app.

How to Restrict Someone on Instagram

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This is something that we will be able to do with any account in the social network. Most often, this is something we do with an account that we want to have limited contact with. They don't bother you too much, but you don't want them to comment as much or you don't want to see their direct messages, for example. In such cases, you can use the restrict function on Instagram. The steps that we have to follow to be able to do this are the following:

  1. Open Instagram on your Android phone.
  2. Find the profile of this person you want to restrict.
  3. Click on the three vertical dots icon located at the top right of the screen.
  4. In the menu that appears on the screen, click on the Restrict option.
  5. A warning will appear on the screen confirming that you have done this. Close that notice and you're done.

They are really simple steps to follow and as you can see, This process will only take a minute of your time.. If there are more accounts that you want to restrict in the social network, you will only have to repeat these same steps. In all cases the same thing will happen, that this person will not be able to leave comments without your approval and their direct messages will now be requests, so they will not arrive directly to your inbox, as normally happens in the social network .

remove restrictions

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Maybe after a while you've changed your mind. You do not want that account that you once restricted to continue to have these restrictions. Either because everything is fine between you or because you are tired of having to approve comments on a regular basis. The social network allows us to reverse this process whenever we want, so in the same way that we have restricted an account we will be able to remove these restrictions. In addition, the steps that we have to follow are the same that we have followed in the previous section. They are the following:

  1. Open Instagram on your Android phone.
  2. Find this account that you have restricted in the past on the social network and go to their profile.
  3. Tap the three vertical dots icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. In the menu that appears, click on Cancel restriction.
  5. A notice appears on the screen that says “unrestricted account”.

This has allowed us to already remove the restrictions on this account, so we can interact normally again with the same. If there are more accounts that we have restricted and we have changed our minds about it, we will be able to follow the same steps with all of them. Again, if you want to restrict someone in the future, you'll just have to follow these steps again. There is no more complication than this.

How to block someone on Instagram

In addition to restricting an account on Instagram, the social network also allows us to block this account. This is an option where we will make this person unable to have any contact or interaction with us. Therefore, it is an action that goes much further than the function of restricting. Although it is something that we are going to be able to use in those cases in which a person is really bothering us and we do not want them to continue sending us messages or seeing our profile on the platform. In order to do this, the steps we have to follow are:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your Android phone.
  2. Search for this person you want to block in the app.
  3. Enter your profile.
  4. Click on the three vertical dots icon located at the top right of the screen.
  5. In the menu that appears on the screen, select Block.
  6. Choose now if you want to block this account only or if you also want to block new accounts that may be created in the future.
  7. Once selected, click on the blue Block button.
  8. Instagram confirms that this account has been blocked.

These steps allow block this account so that it cannot interact with us. As you can see, Instagram has had an additional option for some time, which is to block future accounts that are opened. This is something that helps us avoid that if this person opens a new account, something they can do using the same email address, they will be able to find us or have contact. So we avoid at all times that this person can find us in the future. If you want you can use this option, otherwise, we simply block the second option in said on-screen menu. In both cases we prevent this person from having contact with us or seeing our profile.


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