What Happens If I Block Someone on Instagram

What Happens If I Block Someone on Instagram

Is someone you don’t know is constantly liking photos on your Instagram or messaging you and tagging you in things? Has the point has come where you are now bothered and want to block that user and if so, what does this mean? In short, if you block someone on Instagram they can no longer see your profile or activity and will not be notified. To answer these questions and more, we at OneHowTo explain in detail what happens if you block someone on Instagram.

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Steps to follow:

First of all, you should know that in the case that your Instagram account is public, anyone can see your pictures, like them and add comments; so if you do not want this to happen, we recommend you follow the instructions in our article how to make an Instagram account private.

With this simple change you'll be able to limit the access of spam users to your account, as well as annoying brands, people you don’t know or trolls. You'll also get more privacy, as nobody will be able to see your pictures unless you give them access to your account.

What Happens If I Block Someone on Instagram - Step 1

Even so, on private Instagram accounts you can also block users who do not interest you or whom you consider spam. From this moment onward, the person or company in question will no longer see your photos or videos.


What happens when you block someone on Instagram is that they can no longer find your account in their followers and it will appear that you have been removed. However, this is only in the case of mobile accounts. If your account is still public and the person searches for you on the web browser they can still see your profile.

This is the reason why, in step 1, we recommend that you make your account private, to avoid unknown users from seeing your account.


Importantly, if you block someone on Instagram that person will not receive any warning or notification. He or she will only know if they happen to notice that there are no updates from you and that they can no longer interact with you, even via private chat.

Here are some frequently asked questions that might be useful if you still have doubts:

If the person I blocked has friends in common, will they be able to view my profile?

No, as we've mentioned before, your uploads and profile will not be visible to the blocked person. But if your profile is public the person will be able to view any comments you have written on your friend's pictures. If your account is private, you will simply stop existing for this person.

What happens if I "Like" a picture from the blocked person's profile?

A very common doubt is if the blocked person will be able to detect if you've liked one of their pictures. The answer is NO, as your like will automatically disappear. If you block someone on Instagram you won't be able to interact with this person, even if you can see their profile.

Can people find me on Instagram once I have blocked them?

No. When you block someone on Instagram your account will stop existing for that user and they will not be able to find you on the app. But remember, if your account is public they can find you when searching for your name, even though they will not be able to view your profile.

If you are in the reverse situation you can check our article on how to know if someone blocked you on Instagram.

Can people start a private chat?

Again the answer is NO, you will not receive any private messages from the person you have blocked. However, the person you blocked will be able to mention you using @username in comments but it won’t appear in your activity.

What Happens If I Block Someone on Instagram - Step 4

And if you want to permanently close your account, you should consult our article how to delete my Instagram account for steps to follow to complete this action.

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LakshmiKanta jana
Pl unwanted message not sent
neha diya
Will the person I blocked in Instagram see my posts and followers?
Ameera Mills (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi Neha
If you block a person on Instagram they cannot see your posts or followers.
Lakshmikanta jana
Pls stop unwanted message
if they have an app that tells them who blocked them and who sees they're account what will happen?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Mary,

There are many apps which claim they tell you who has blocked you, but none which we can verify they actually work. We recommend checking out this article for more info:
If I block someone on Instagram and we have mutual friends/followers. Will I be able to see their comments/likes on a mutual friends post? I know they won't be able to see what I say and do but I don't want to be able to see anything that they say or do either
OneHowTo Editor
It is possible that if someone uses a person's username in a blocked post, the handle will come up in a comment. However, if a person who has been blocked by this handle clicks or taps on it, it will say that the user doesn't exist. If your account is private, they won't be able to see your posts at all (unless they look on someone else's profile which you have accepted). They won't be able to add new comments to your posts, but you will have to delete their pre-existing ones. You will be able to see their comments on other people's posts, but you will simply have to ignore them.
There is a woman on my Discover people under in your contacts. But I do not know her. I realized who she is, she is the mother of someone I once knew. WE blocked each other on IG 2 years ago. How is this person under "In your contacts" if I never met her before? It's driving me nuts.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Luna,

The Instagram algorithm is a complicated one and even experts can only deduce so much, such is its complexity and secrecy. While this article is for Facebook and not Instagram, the former owns the latter and it likely works in a similar way. Take a look and see if it can help you better understand how you acquaintance's mother is connected:
Joselin Galvez
I blocked someone on Instagram and their full page was blocked to everyone else including him, which was not my intention. How did this happen and how can he get his page back?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Joselin,

We have no idea, there is no way you blocking someone on Instagram should affect their own personal profile or their followers. Maybe there is some misinformation being given here?
I followed someone on instagram, and then I blocked him, can my followers see that I have blocked that person?
OneHowTo Editor
No, your followers have no way of knowing you have blocked somebody unless that person says so.
Hope this helps
If Ive recently blocked someone will they be able to view my instagram bio?
OneHowTo Editor
Once their cache has been renewed, they won't be able to view your profile bio. Hope this helps
shikha singh
if i had a conversation with someone and then i block that person the will automatically delete?
coz i haven't deleted the chat but i'm not able to see even a single msg
Janine Rout
Actually, someone blocked me, but a mutual friend has a link to his profile @username on a picture. If I click on the tag, it SOMETIMES takes me to the blocked account, which is private. I can see the profile picture and bio of the guy who blocked me, as well as how many are following /followed by him, but no pictures. Can anyone answer me WHY I am able to do this sometimes??

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