What Happens When You Block Someone On Instagram Or When You Get Blocked

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The interface of the Instagram app is designed in such a sober and simple way that anyone can use it easily. But when we talk about the Block feature, there are things that each and every one of us needs to learn.

So in this article, we have shared several scenarios that may occur when it comes to blocking on Instagram. We will let you know, how to know if someone blocked you on Instagram and what happens when you block someone on Instagram. Also, we will provide links to the posts that will help you to learn more about blocking people from this social media platform.

What Happens When You Block Someone On Instagram

Is someone irritating you a lot with their spammy comments? Or they have been mentioning you on a lot of irrelevant posts? Or maybe you are a target of cyber-bullying, which is one of the real dangers of Instagram?

One way or another, you are no longer comfortable sharing your Instagram posts with these people. Well, if you don’t want to simply block their comments or remove them from your friend list (remember that they can send you a follow request again), the only way would be to block them from your Instagram account.

Now, if you want to know what happens when you block someone, read this:

  1. First of all, this user won’t get any notification to let them know that you have blocked them. This thing comes in your favor as, if the person on the other side is your friend, it makes you answerable to them. Moreover, it also feels awkward if that person gets a block notification from you.
  2. The user whom you blocked will be removed as your Instagram follower.
  3. As soon as you block an Instagram user, all the notifications from that user on your Instagram profile will be removed.
  4. All the person’s likes and previous comments (when not blocked) from the blocked profile on your posts will disappear automatically.
  5. You can still search for their username and find their account. But after blocking that person you will not be able to view their content. It will simply show Unblock at the place of Follow and No Posts Yet just below it.
    Moreover, the number of followers and Following will appear as 0. The number of posts may stay the same or change or also drop to 0 – seems like Instagram handles the post count differently in each case.
  6. You cannot like or comment on their photos and videos after blocking them. Their posts are not viewable when the account is blocked in the first place.
  7. Similarly is the case for the person who is blocked. All the notifications that they received from your side will be removed from their profile.
  8. Sending Instagram Direct messages to the user you blocked is no longer possible. However, the older direct messages will stay preserved for both parties.
  9. Neither you nor the blocked person will be able to see the last active status in the Direct Messages.
  10. You won’t be able to view each other Instagram Stories when blocked. Also, if you watched their story before blocking, your view will also be removed from the viewer’s list.
  11. As for the existing group messages, they won’t be affected if the blocked person is a member of the same Instagram group chat. But you won’t be able to see new group messages from that person.
  12. If you like or comment on an Instagram post of a public account or a private account that you and the blocked account both follow, the blocked person will still be able to see those interactions.
  13. The blocked person will still be able to see your profile and profile picture.

This is all what happens when you block someone on IG.


If You Block Someone On Instagram Can They Still See Your Pictures?

If you block someone on Instagram, they cannot see your pictures. Moreover, the blocked user cannot comment and like your posts as they won’t be able to view them in the first place. Nor will they be able to send you new messages in Direct.

If Someone Blocked You On Instagram, Can They See Your Profile?

If someone blocked you on Instagram, they can see your profile including the profile so that they can unblock you later if they want to.

Does Blocking Someone On Instagram Delete Messages?

Blocking someone on Instagram does not delete messages. However, you won’t be able to see them because Instagram will hide them. Once you unblock the person, the messages will re-appear.

Wrapping Up

Instagram has shown inconsistent behavior and it keeps on varying depending on the platform Android or iOS you’re using it on.

That said, our guides including this one keep being updated with all the findings from the current version of the IG app. Based on that, you should be able to figure out if you’re blocked by someone and what happens when someone on Instagram blocks you.

If you wonder how blocking and unblocking someone or each other works, read this post about how to unblock someone on Instagram.

Please note that blocking or unblocking someone does not affect your or their ability to post IG pictures. If you cannot do that, check these solutions to see how to resolve the issue.

If you are wondering how to learn about the same thing on Facebook, read this tutorial.

If you found this guide useful then don’t forget to share it on social media platforms to help others out as well. In the case of any issue please drop a comment below.

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40 thoughts on “What Happens When You Block Someone On Instagram Or When You Get Blocked”

  1. I have a question! I am in a group chat with two people I have blocked on instagram. I want to send out a post to the group but I don’t want the two people I have blocked to see my post in the group chat. Will they be able to see it?

  2. Hi, I was blocked, and all the DMs are still there for me, which is expected. His profile picture had stayed the same, even though I know he had updated it. He unblocked me for a bit and we chatted, at which time his picture updated. Then after he reblocked me again and I knew he had changed his picture again, it stayed the same on the DMs. After about a week or so of being reblocked, his picture did update on the DMs. Does this mean he unblocked me for a period then reblocked me again? Or did the picture just update over time?

  3. Hi, I blocked someone on Instagram (they didn’t block me) and someone else checked their profile and my likes and comments are still on their posts? What does this mean

  4. Hey, I blocked someone on instagram that was trying to scam/blackmail me. sense they are blocked can they see how many followers and following I have

  5. Hello, can someone please answer my question.

    I sent a message to someone from
    anew Instagram account then I blocked him , I deblocked again and blocked gain and deblocked 3 times,😅 now it’s deblocked but I can see that he didn’t see the message . Wanna know if the message is delivered or not?

  6. I’m experiencing a strange behavior on Instagram related to blocking: I’ve blocked on Instagram a dangerous predator that raped me some years ago, but Instagram keeps trying to suggest me to connect to him as a friend on those tiled suggestions on my feed, clean through the block! It’s like Instagram doesn’t remember that I blocked him. It’s traumatizing. Is there anything that can be done to stop it, besides leaving and closing my account?

  7. I blocked someone who was stealing my content, and yes everything from my end when I looked at their account was 0, 0, 0, but when I left that account and went to another of my accounts and then went back to the account that I had blocked from, searched for the blocked account, it doesn’t show as blocked… it shows that i don’t follow them. Are they still blocked? They are most likely blocking me (steal my content and then block me, real genius here).

  8. Hi there. My question pertains to point #5. I blocked someone and yes, the number of followers and following show 0 but the number of posts they have says 44. I know for a fact that it’s 77. So if it doesn’t say 0 as said in the article, nor does it say 77 (actual number of posts), where does the 44 come from? Any ideas? Thanks!

    • Hey Noodles,
      it seems like Instagram handles the number of posts of a blocked account differently now. I have fixed the article.

  9. Hi my Friend has deleted her part of conversation from the chat and she has blocked me. Can i recover the full instagram chat history that happened between us pls help.

  10. Temporarily blocked someone just to focus and when I unblocked them all their comments and likes never came back. They were kinda important to me and I’m kinda upset. Might want to update your article!

    • Hi Thomas,

      I just checked this and I see an inconsistent behavior. For me, in the first attempt, the likes were not restored but all the comments came back. However, when I blocked and unblocked the person second time around all the comments were also gone.

      So, I will wait for a few more weeks before updating the article.

      In any case, thank you for notifying the change and sorry for the inconvenience.

    • Hi Ashton,

      Yes, the tag of the blocked person will be removed from your photos. The tag will be restored if you decide to unblock them later. I hope this helps.

  11. Hello!
    I blocked and unblocked someone and all their likes etc have disappeared – and not reappeared after unblocking.
    Is this a new thing? Any ideas?

    • Hi Francesca,
      Yes, this has been reported by a few readers and I also observe it. Previously likes and comments were restored but now they are not coming back.
      Will update the article if it remains the same for the coming few weeks.
      Thanks for your comment and sharing your observation.

  12. When I block someone all the DM’s are removed! But on their end why does the person getting blocked still keep the DM’s? Secondly, if you block them and change your username, does the new username appear on the DM’s they still have pre blocking them?

    Just wanting to make sure that when I block someone and change my username they can’t follow me

    • Hi,
      Yes, that’s one of Instagram glitches. But if you observe closely the name on that conversation changes to their own username. Secondly, when you block someone they cannot follow you no matter what.

      I hope this helps.

  13. If I block someone on Instagram, can they still see my posts, as my account is set to public? Is there a way to block a few people and not have to set the account to private?
    Thanks in advance

      • Thank you so much as most articles I read on Instagram pointed to the fact, that if the account is public, then set it to private ( as a solution) or else one can’t block.

        • Well, that’s not true as you use the block function from both private or public profile. However, if your aim is only to hide your posts from some users then you can unfollow them and make your profile as private instead of blocking them.

          • Thanks. Will block I think, as I tried to unhide the story first but seems like that didn’t work. And I keep my account public as I share my work too on it. This is for some few who I don’t want around. I don’t follow them but they follow me so to take care of that I needed a solution and seems like blocking is the best option, and thanks a ton for clarifying it works even with public accounts.

  14. I believe this article is not accurate. When you block someone all of their likes disappear. I know this as I’ve done this for someone and all of their likes are gone.

    • Hi Janet,

      Firstly, I would like to thank you for pointing out the incorrect information.

      Actually, at the time of writing this article(July 2016) all the likes and comments used to stay there for both the parties. But as after my testing, I can see that it no longer works that way. I have updated the article with correct info.

      Thanks again.

  15. When you block someone on your Insta, are their past “likes” and “comments” on my pics disappear automatically or would I have to do it manually? Meaning “dislike” each pic?


  16. Hello!
    Blocking someone after watching a public story on insta, does it make my name disappear of the story’s views ?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Ella,

      Yes, on blocking your name will be removed from the viewer’s list of the story. But as soon as you unblock that person your view will be back again. So, it’s better to unblock that person once their story has expired. I hope this made sense.

  17. Hi, I blocked someone on Instagram and they blocked me. A few days ago they changed their user name and it seems like the block has lifted. I cannot find them anywhere even when I tap on tags and copy their name they are not coming up.


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