How to block or restrict on Instagram


At some point, we may have wanted manage interactions with someone that we follow or follow us on Instagram. And among the options that the social network gives us, we can choose between delete, block, or restrict.

With the first two options, both delete and block, the user will know. Fortunately, Instagram’s restriction feature can help you escape somewhat awkward circumstances.

In today’s article, I’ll show you how to restrict someone from accessing your content, and the differences between blocking and restricting. We will also see what happens when you restrict someone on Instagram.

What does Restrict mean on Instagram?

How to block or restrict on Instagram

The Instagram restriction feature is primarily aimed at stop harassment and spam communications, as well as foster a more respectful and welcoming community. You can use it to covertly restrict a follower’s access to your account. And we can do everything from the iPhone.

It will also limit their interactions in your inbox and in the comments section. So you might think that it works the same as blocking, but it doesn’t! There is a lot of difference. Let’s see them!

What is the difference between restrict and block on Instagram?

You can make your Instagram profile inaccessible to anyone by blocking them. If people search for it, they won’t be able to locate it. Besides, they won’t be able to access your posts, stories or personal information from your profile and, therefore, they will discover that you have blocked them. On the other hand, restriction is a soft version of blocking.

If you restrict someone, they can see your profile and your posts. But you won’t be able to see nor will you receive their comments, messages, calls and other notifications. Said user and your followers will never know about this and will continue to view and comment on your posts as usual.

What happens when you restrict someone on Instagram?

  • When you restrict someone on the social network, they can leave comments on your posts, but no one else will be able to see it except themselves. In addition, you can see those comments by clicking on See comments and then decide whether to approve or delete the comments. Now Instagram will not send you notifications when the user comments on future posts.
  • Restricted users can still message you and reply to your story. But you will receive them in your inbox from requests.
  • You will not be notified of any new messages from a restricted user. Therefore, check the requests for messages to view those messages. Until you accept them, read receipts will be disabled.
  • To reply to a message from a user who is restricted, you will have to touch unrestricted on the bottom.
  • Restricted users will not see the green dot when you connect and they will not see when you were last active. Also, you can’t see their tags. Unfortunately, Instagram will notify you if you are mentioned anywhere. This implies that mentions are not compatible with Instagram’s Restrict feature. By the way, head over to Instagram and see if you’ve won any iPhones today, or any Shien prizes…

How to Restrict Someone on Instagram with iPhone

Instagram green dot How to block or restrict on Instagram

Now that you know what happens when you restrict someone on Instagram, let’s see how to do it. Restricting someone on Instagram can be done in three very simple ways. Let’s see them step by step.

Restrict someone through messages

  • Open the app instagram on your iPhone.
  • Touch the icon of message at the top right.
  • Now select the chat (of the user) that you want to restrict.
  • Play the User name and scroll down.
  • Choose Restrict and confirm your choice by clicking on restrict account.

Restrict someone on Instagram through comments

  • Open the post where the user has commented and tap See all comments.
  • Now scroll and find the comment. Then swipe left.
  • touch the icon exclamation mark and choose Restrict in the popup menu.

Now only you and that user will be able to see that comment and future ones. In addition, you have control to approve or remove comments from restricted users.

Restrict directly from user account

  • On Instagram, find and open the account that you want to restrict
  • Play the three dots icon in the upper right corner.
  • Select the option of Restrict.

How to remove restrictions on someone on Instagram with the iPhone

  • open first Instagram → Go to your profile and touch the menu of conversations in the upper right corner.
  • touch Settings → Privacy.
  • Now scroll down and select the option restricted accounts.
  • Click on Continue.
  • It will show you the list of accounts that you have restricted. Tap on the option No restrictions next to the user’s name, if you want to remove them from the blacklist.

How to know if someone restricted you on Instagram?
How to block or restrict on Instagram

If you are in a group chat with a user who has restricted you, you will get a notice.

The restriction feature is certainly a great way to protect yourself from tiresome and annoying people on social media, or yachts with harsh comments. Do you find the feature useful? Do you use it?

Related Articles