Instagram, just like Facebook, provides you with the option to block or restrict any person on its platform if you want to limit their visibility or access to your Instagram activity. And in this tussle between the Instagram block vs restrict feature, we will tell you when to use which one and how. When you block someone on Instagram, their likes and comments will be removed from your photos and videos. They won’t be able to message you or tag you in posts, and you also won’t be able to message them back through any existing messaging threads, which although, will remain in your Direct inbox.
In case you do not want to completely block a person, you have the option to restrict them, which will bar them from knowing whether you’re online or have read their message or not. Any new comments from them on your posts will be seen only by them unless you choose to see it yourself or allow others to see it as well. Hence, you have all the controls in your hands, so that you can safely grow in your social life without any trouble.
However, things that one should keep in mind while using the block feature on Instagram is that people that you block will still be able to see your likes and comments on posts made by public accounts they follow. If you’re in a group with the blocked person being one of its members, you get a choice of whether you’d like to continue staying in the group or rather leave. But the best part is that the person getting blocked or restricted won’t even get notified about the same. Moreover, you can even block new accounts that the blocked person may create.
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How to Block or Restrict Someone on Instagram
There are multiple ways which you can use to block or restrict someone on Instagram. You can even view the list of the accounts that you’ve blocked via Settings > Privacy > Blocked accounts or Restricted accounts.
Block or Restrict Someone Through Instagram Settings
Step 1: Tap on your profile icon at the bottom right corner of the Instagram interface, click open the hamburger menu on the top right corner and click on the Settings option.
Step 2: Go to Privacy > Blocked accounts or Restricted accounts, as required.
Step 3: Click on the + icon on the top right corner of the window to search and add accounts to your blocked accounts list. You can also click on the Unblock option against an account that you want to unblock. Similarly, within the Restricted accounts window, search for the account that you want to restrict/unrestrict and tap on Restrict/Unrestrict option against that account accordingly.
Read also: How to Block or Unblock Someone on Facebook?
Block or Restrict Someone Through Their Profile
Go to the profile of the person that you want to block on Instagram, click on the 3 dots on the top right corner of the interface, and select the Block/Restrict option from the drop-down list as per your requirements.
You can also block or restrict a person through Instagram messenger or directly through the comments they post. In case you know of any other means or ways to block or restrict someone on Instagram, do let us know in the comments section below. We would also love to hear which one do you usually choose between the Instagram Block Vs Restrict option.
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