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How to Block Someone on Instagram Without Them Knowing

Wanna block an annoying IG user without leaving a trace? In this post, I’d like to explain the easiest methods of blocking someone from Instagram. These methods are good for Android devices, IOS, and PCs.

How to block people on Instagram

Have you ever wanted to block an Instagram user but didn’t want to hurt their feelings or deal with the drama? Blocking someone on social media can definitely be awkward, especially if it’s a friend, family member, coworker, or distant relative.

I’m Frankie, and in this guide I’ll show you how to ghost on Instagram once and for all.

We’ll review different block methods, from directly blocking to restrictions. I’ll share tips to smoothly unfollow or soft block someone without them ever finding out. Read on to become an Instagram blocking pro!

Luckily, Instagram has features that allow you to block or restrict users on the down low. You can effectively “ghost” annoying IG accounts without them having a clue.

Here are three ways to block on Instagram incognito:


Frankie’s Take:

This article will teach you multiple techniques to block, restrict, or unfollow Instagram users without them knowing. Master discreet blocking through easy-to-follow instructions.

Block Directly in Settings

The quickest way to block an Instagram user is directly in your app settings. Just a few simple taps will do the trick.

Step 1: Open your Instagram app and tap the profile icon in the bottom right.

Step 2: Tap the 3 horizontal lines in the top right corner, then tap Settings.

Step 3: Tap Privacy, then Blocked Accounts.

Step 4: Type in the username of the account you want to block. Tap Block to confirm.

And BOOM – you blocked them! This is the simplest way to remove an account from your IG feed. The user won’t receive any type of notification, so they’ll be none the wiser.


Frankie’s Take:

Blocking directly in Instagram settings is the fastest, most discreet way to block someone. They will never know!

Remove a Follower

You can also remove a user as a follower without them realizing it. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to your Instagram profile page.

Step 2: Tap Followers at the top of the screen to see your full followers list.

Step 3: Locate the user you want to remove as a follower. Tap the 3 dots next to their name.

Step 4: Tap Remove this Follower in the pop-up menu.

Removing a follower is like a soft block. Their access to your profile will be revoked, but it’s not a full block. If you change your mind later, they can request to follow you again.


Frankie’s Take:

Removing a follower is a simple way to restrict someone without their knowledge. They can refollow you if you change your mind.

Restrict Their Account

Instagram has a “Restrict” feature that limits what a user can see of your content.

Here’s how to use it:

Step 1: Go to the profile page of the account you want to restrict.

Step 2: Tap the 3 dots in the top right corner.

Step 3: Select Restrict > Restrict Account.

When you restrict someone, their comments on your posts will only be visible to them (and not others). They also won’t see if you’re active on Instagram or if you’ve read their messages.

Restricting is the ultimate soft block that lets you limit interactions without them knowing. Genius!


Frankie’s Take:

The Restrict feature lets you partially block accounts on the down low. Use this to subtly cut off annoying IG users.

How to Smoothly Unfollow Someone

If you want someone to stop seeing your posts without realizing you unfollowed them, you can block and then immediately unblock them. Here’s what to do:

Step 1: Go to their Instagram profile page.

Step 2: Tap the 3 dots in the top right corner, then Block.

Step 3: Immediately go back to your profile, tap the 3 lines > Settings > Blocked Accounts.

Step 4: Tap Unblock next to their username.

When you quickly block and unblock in this sequence, you’ll remove yourself as a follower without any notification. Slick!

If done right, the person won’t even notice you unfollowed them. Keep it on the down low with this clever trick.


Frankie’s Take:

Block and immediately unblock someone to seamlessly remove yourself as their follower. A smooth unfollow they’ll never notice.

Hide Your Instagram Stories

You can stop specific people from seeing your Instagram Stories without their knowledge:

Step 1: Go to your profile and tap the 3 lines in the top right corner.

Step 2: Tap Settings > Privacy > Story.

Step 3: Type in any users you want to hide your story from.

Step 4: Tap Hide Story from next to their username.

Instagram won’t notify anyone that you’ve hidden your story from them. It will seem like you just haven’t posted anything new. Pretty sneaky!


Frankie’s Take:

Hiding your Instagram Story from certain users is an easy way to keep your content to yourself without causing offense.

Mute Annoying Accounts

If you want to secretly mute someone from your IG feed, do this:

Step 1: Go to their Instagram profile page.

Step 2: Tap the 3 dots in the top right corner.

Step 3: Select Mute posts > Mute account.

Muting an account hides their posts from your feed without you having to unfollow or block them. They have zero indication that you muted them. Silent but deadly!


Frankie’s Take:

Muting someone is the ultimate way to keep their annoying posts out of your feed without them knowing.

What happens when you block someone on Instagram

This is prime insider knowledge, so pay attention! Blocking another user on IG basically cuts off their access to your fabulous profile and prevents them from interacting with your content. Here’s the tea:

  • They won’t see any of your posts or Stories anymore. Poof! Gone from their feed.
  • Any comments or likes they left will be deleted quick fast. Bye bye to those heart emojis!
  • Your follower count drops as they get automatically unfollowed. Sorry not sorry, see ya never!
  • They won’t be able to search and find your profile or tag you in anything. Total insta-ghosting!
  • Messaging you will be impossible. Your DMs are closed for business!

Basically, it’s a total shut out – you can peek at their profile but they can’t engage with yours at all!


Frankie’s Take:

The best part? Instagram won’t send them any notification that you blocked them. You get to sever ties on the down low without any digital drama.

Frequently Asked Questions About Blocking on Instagram

Blocking someone on Instagram can bring up a lot of questions. Here are some of the most common FAQs:

Can someone tell if you’ve blocked them on Instagram? No, Instagram does not send any notification when you block someone. However, the blocked person may be able to figure it out if they notice your profile is no longer visible to them or their comments have disappeared from your posts.

What happens when you block someone on Instagram? When you block an account, that user can no longer see your posts, stories, or profile. They also can’t message you, tag you, or interact with your content in any way.

How do you unblock someone on Instagram? To unblock an account, go to your settings and tap “Blocked Accounts.” Find the user you want to unblock and tap “Unblock.” This will remove the restrictions and allow them to interact with you again.

Can you block someone who doesn’t follow you? Yes, you can block any Instagram account regardless of whether they follow you or not. Simply go to their profile and tap the block option.

What does muting an account on Instagram do? Muting allows you to remove someone’s posts from your feed without fully blocking them. They won’t know you’ve muted them, and you can undo it any time.

How do you see your Instagram block list? Your block list can be viewed in your settings under “Privacy” then “Blocked Accounts.” This will show you all users you’ve blocked.

Let’s Recap: How to Discreetly Block On Instagram

Ghosting an annoying account on Instagram can be awkward, but it doesn’t have to be! With the right tricks, you can subtly block or restrict users without them knowing.

Here are the key things I covered in this article:

  • Block in settings for an instant, invisible block
  • Remove followers to softly revoke access
  • Use Restrict to limit interactions behind the scenes
  • Block/unblock to seamlessly unfollow
  • Hide stories from specific people
  • Mute accounts to remove posts from your feed
  • Try a specialized app for easy, secret blocking

Now you’ve got the skills to block Instagram accounts without causing drama or hurt feelings. Put that ghosting knowledge into action for happy scrolling!

Have any other questions about how to block on Instagram incognito? Hit me up in the comments – I love connecting with readers.

Peace and love,

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About Frankie Caruso

I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.

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