How to Unblock Someone on Instagram

Having second thoughts on someone you blocked on Instagram? No problem. Unlike in the previous versions of the app, now its easy to unblock blocked people. Here are a few methods to use at different situations.

When that person’s account is active

If that’s the case, you can simply tap on the settings  icon on the top-right corner of your profile page and choose Blocked Users. Now as shown in the 2nd image below, you’ll be presented with a list of usernames of the people you have currently blocked. Please keep in mind that this list may contain inactive or non existing accounts too. Then just tap on the username you need to unblock. Their profile page will be open without showing any uploaded photos.  If you’re seeing a “user not found” message, continue with the next method. Now tap on the “3 dots mark” icon on the top-right corner and tap on “Unblock User”. That’s it. You just simply unblocked that person and you can follow or request to follow if you want.

When that person’s account is Inactive


If you’re seeing a “user not found” message when opening their profiles, that means either that person’s account is inactive or that person has blocked you. You can refer How to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram post to find out the exact reason. In this case, you have to contact Instagram support to get the account unblocked. Keep in the mind that this can also happen when Instagram has banned their account.

To do this, simply tap on  settings button on your profile and select “Report a Problem“. A popup will appear and tap on “Something isn’t working” as shown on the image and briefly explain them to unblock the desired account by mentioning its username. Their support team will review your request and contact you within 3 or 4 days. In some cases, their support will take nearly a week to respond. All you can do is waiting for them to reply you back as there isn’t any other way available to reach them. 🙁

What happens when you block someone on Instagram?

This is the most asked question regarding blocking accounts on Instagram. Here is a list of things you should know about.

  • No notifications are sent to the other party.
  • The blocked person will unable to look up your profile even searching for your username on search bar.
  • The direct messages between the two accounts get invisible from the blocking account. Not from the blocked account!
  • You need to wait 24 hours to unblock that account again.
  • The account gets reputation decrease from the Instagram automatic moderation system. Getting blocked by more people can cause their account to get banned.

What happens when you unblock someone on Instagram?

  • You will be able to connect with the account unless they have blocked you.
  • No notifications are sent to the unblocked person.
  • You need to follow/request to follow that account again.

These are the information all you need to know about blocking. If you have any questions, never hesitate to leave a comment below.


  1. Have a question.. me and another blocked each other.. and neither of us shows in the others blocked page.. and niether us can find the other one at all??? What do we need to do to find each other’s pages again??

    • Hi Mike, In this case, I suggest you to contact Instagram directly using their Report a Problem. To do this, you have to to through Options > Report a Problem and choosing the “Something Isn’t Working” option. Hope it helps 🙂

  2. How do I block or unblock someone?
    To block someone:

    Tap their username to go to their profile
    Tap (iPhone/iPad) or (Android) in the top-right
    Tap Block

    To unblock someone, follow steps 1-2 above and then tap Unblock.

    People aren’t notified when you block them.

    Note: You can block someone using the Instagram app on your phone or tablet, but not on the web.

    For example: if there is a friend whose username is Peter pan 433, search Peter pan 433 and click on that name there we see his profile opens and then click the open Block and by clicking the person has been blocked and no post will be seen from there on.

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