How Do You Unblock Someone on Instagram?

Unblock Someone on instagram

Have you accidentally blocked someone on Instagram or changed your mind after blocking someone, but you do not know how to unblock? Well, let us help you out. This article will guide you on ways to unblock someone on Instagram. Prepare to get started.

Quick Answer:

Open your profile page>click the “Settings” menu>tap “Privacy”> tap “blocked accounts”, then find who you want to unblock and press the “Unblock” button.

Blocking some on social media platforms is common; we have been before you. If not accidentally, then there is the possibility that you repaired the friendship with someone and need to get along on Instagram after blocking but do not know how to get started. The good news is that you reverse everything, and you should not worry about clicking that block button on Instagram. with a few steps, you will be done.

This article will cover detailed procedures for unblocking some on Instagram but different approaches. The choice will depend on your preferences. Read along to find out more. Let us get started without wasting time.

How to Unblock Someone on Instagram?

There are multiple methods through which you can follow while unblocking someone on your Instagram account. But the good thing is that both the procedures are simple to follow and access the blocked list.

You can achieve the same result in the long run with the preferred options, but the choice depends on a few conditions and preferences. Therefore, s section will guide you through the methods to unblock someone on your Instagram account.

1. Through Your Settings Menu

Unblocking some through the setting menu on Instagram is the first method we will cover here. This is because once you block someone on the platform, the person is added to the blocked accounts under the settings. You can later access them when you want to unblock them after changing your mind, or maybe you did it by mistake. It is a simple process, and you can attest below:

Step 1: Launch your Instagram account and make sure you are logged in to your account using the relevant details. This method applies to Android and iPhone users as long as you use the Instagram application.

Launch your Instagram account

Step 2: Then while on the home page, you can access the Instagram newsfeed and locate the Instagram profile button on the right-hand side of your screen on the bottom menu. It resembles the profile photo and clicks on it.

Step 3: Then at the far top right-hand side of the screen, locate the 3 lines icon and click on it to access the profile menu.

Step 4: Beneath the profile menu, find the settings option and click on it. The settings look like a gear button.

Step 5: Then within the settings option, select the privacy, which is close to the padlock, or a lock button that will again open up a new menu.

Step 6: Then beneath the connections submenu, click on the blocked accounts.

blocked accounts

Step 7: On the blocked accounts options, you can see the people you previously blocked on the blocked accounts options. You can go through and locate the person or profile you wish to unblock from the list. When you click on the name, it will redirect you to their profile page.

Step 8: If not, you can click on the unblock icon, which is found beside the name on the list of bed users.

Step 9: You will see the popup menu requesting you to confirm the action. To confirm, tap unblock tab again, and the user is unblocked on your Instagram account. It is simple and straight forward.

The users then can see your messages and access your feeds, as well as check their profile and everything when the profile is set to public. But if this method looks tedious and lengthy, there is another option in the next section. Keep reading and find out.

2. Through Their Profile

The second and most effortless method again you can utilize while unblocking someone on Instagram is through their profile page. But for this method, you must remember their name as you will be required directly go to their profile.

This is another best method because you can confirm that you are about to unblock the correct account by accessing their profile just before clicking that unblocks button. But, it takes you some time to make the process successful. If you are wondering how to go about it, then follow the below procedure:

Step 1: Launch your Instagram application, and we assume you have logged in to your relevant account with which you want to unblock someone.

unblock someone

Step 2: Then head to the profile page of the person you want to unblock. You can search for their name through the search bar and click on the name from the search result.

unblock button

Step 3: Then while on the profile page, click on the unblock button from the menu.

Step 4: Then Instagram will request you again to confirm the action. Make sure this is the right person, and click on the unblock icon again to confirm the action.

Then the person will be free to access your Instagram profile, see what you share on the newsfeed, and also, you will be able to access the same. However, your account must be set to public. For the private accounts, you need to follow each other to access the information, Instagram posts, and stories.

3. Through Direct Messages

well, Instagram offers users multiple methods through which you can unblock someone. Besides the above accessing the blocked list through the settings and using the profile, there is yet another method. But you must understand there that the person will not get a notification that you blocked or unblocked them.

Instagram never does that, but there are a few things if the user is keen can detect that you have blocked them. in more detail, we will cover it later in the other section of this article. There is also another gentler method to blocking someone on Instagram. But before that,  let us go through this method of unblocking someone through the direct message option. Here is how to get started:-

Step 1: Launch your Instagram account and ensure you are logged in to your account.

Step 2: Then head to the message section by clicking on the message icon on the news feed on the top right-hand side of your screen.


Step 3: Then go to the chats list of chats and locate the person you previously blocked but want to unblock.

Step 4: After that, tap the targeted person's name, found at the top of the chat thread.

tap the targeted persons name

Step 5: You can access their profile, locate the unblock icon, and click on it.

Step 6: Instagram will prompt you to confirm the action, click unblock to finalize the confirmation, and you are done.

With this method, there are a few limitations to it; when you cannot locate the profile of the person you unblocked, you will not be able to unblock them. There is a high chance that the person also noticed your action and decided to block you from their end.

This is a two-way block, and it is hard to fix it. The reason is that, from both sides, you will not be able to search for each other through the search feature on your Instagram profile. But, from the experts, there is always a way around it that guarantees you a solution to the problem.

Be Sure to Re-follow Them After Unlocking Someone!

With Instagram, you need to note that once you click on that block button, you have automatically unfollowed each other. But after some time, you might change your mind and wish to unblock the person. Or, equally, you might have done it by mistake and need to unblock someone.

You must remember that to start seeing their posts and stories and accessing the Instagram profile; you must re-follow the profile once you unblock it. So, simply head to their profile and click that follow button even if it means you will look suspicious.

It is important because they have set their profile to private; you will not be able to engage with their posts and profile without re-following them.

What Happens When You Unblock Someone?

A few things happen once you clock a friend from your Instagram account. To start with, the person will be removed from your account's followers list, which means you will no longer be following their profile. That is not all; even from their end, you will not be listed under the followers henceforth. And in case you change your mind sometimes later, unblock the person won't make things work as normal immediately.

For example, when you decide to unblock the person, this action will not be able to restore the likes and other engagement metrics like comments from their account or your account since they are also removed. Also, note that the person will not automatically follow you; as stated earlier, you need to re-follow them.

Again, it is clear that when you block someone, they will also unfollow you from their end, and still, they cannot even find you in the search results to follow you again. So, when you take action to re-follow after unblocking, the person may be alerted of the previous action you took, and they will automatically guess just as we think that you have either removed them or blocked them from your followers' list in the Instagram account.

A Gentler Way than Blocking Someone on Instagram

Blocking someone on Instagram is an extreme method of removing them from the Instagram news feed. But, the best alternative is to make the account private and restrict some engagement. Therefore, for this method, the users need to seek permission to engage with you. Therefore, this is a whitelist of the approved followers that can engage with you.

So, if privacy matters to you on Instagram, then the best route is to change the account to private. Therefore, there is no need to block someone on Instagram with this option. But the good news is that you can also change the Instagram account to public swell soon.

If so wish to go with this option, then here are the steps you need to take:

Step 1: Launch the Instagram application and log in to access your account with relevant details.

Instagram application

Step 2: Then click on the profile photos, which are found at the bottom right-hand side of the screen. This step will redirect you to the Instagram profile

Step 3: Then click on the 3 lines located at the top right-hand side of the screen and click on settings from the menu.

click on the 3 lines located

Step 4: Then select privacy and proceed.

Step 5: After that, click next, move to a private account, and make it private. It is a simple but more professional and gentler method than blocking someone on the platform.


1. Why can't I unblock someone on Instagram?

On Instagram, some reasons might make you unable to access some profiles even if you have unblocked the account. The first instance is that there is a high chance the person has blocked you from their side, and if not then the user has deleted the account. The two reasons can make you not access the profile. But contact customer support is well aware that this is not the case at hand, and they will get you through.

2. Does Instagram notify someone that you unblocked them?

Instagram users will not get a notification when unblocking them. But, request assured that few things could make them guess right, and the first one is a notification when you re-follow their profile. This alone is enough proof that they blocked their account.

3. How to know if someone blocked you on Instagram?

If you suspect someone has blocked you on the Instagram platform, then it is true that even if you search them through the search bar, they won't show up in the search results, and the account or profile will no longer be visible to your feed. But check this article for more tips.

4. How to block someone on Instagram?

With the Instagram application or through the website, you can equally block someone when using a desktop. The process is simple: you head to their account page, click on the 3 dots, and from the options on the menu, select block, then dismisses, and you are done.

And if you are using a desktop, head to the web browser, and while on the Instagram profile on the account page of the target person, click on the 3 dots, then select block this user and finalize by taping block.


Irrespective of the reason you have blocked someone on Instagram, there comes a time when you need to unblock them. Instagram gives you multiple options to unblock someone from the platform. While blocking might sounds like a good option, other gentler options are available.

Please read our article, as we have covered everything and guided you with detailed procedures on how to unblock someone. The process is simple, and the choice of the method depends on your needs and preferences. Unblock your friends and establish the friendship once again on Instagram.