How to Unblock Someone on Instagram in 2024 (PC, Android, iPhone)

As a small business owner who relies on Instagram for marketing, I‘ve had to block my fair share of unsavory accounts. But what if you regret blocking someone or want to give them a second chance? Thankfully, Instagram makes it easy to unblock users across all devices.

Top Reasons to Unblock

According to Instagram, here are the most common reasons people unblock others:

  • Regret after blocking in anger – we‘ve all been there!
  • Blocked the wrong account by mistake
  • The user apologized for their behavior
  • Enough time passed and you‘re ready to reconnect

As a business owner, you may also want visibility to a previously blocked account that‘s influential in your industry.

A Simple Process

The good news is unblocking an account takes just a few taps:

On Mobile

  1. Open Instagram and go to your profile
  2. Tap the 3 line menu and choose Settings
  3. Go to Privacy > Blocked Accounts
  4. Find the user and tap Unblock

On Desktop

  1. Go to and log in
  2. Click your profile picture > Profile
  3. Click Edit Profile
  4. Go to Blocked Users at the bottom
  5. Click Unblock next to the user

That‘s all it takes on both mobile and desktop!

Effects of Unblocking

Once unblocked, the user can again see your public posts and info. Specifically:

  • They‘ll be searchable to the user again
  • They can view/interact with public content like posts and stories
  • Messaging and group chats will be restored
  • Your online presence visible again

However, Instagram does not notify users when they‘ve been unblocked.

Avoid Blocking Altogether

Based on my experience, here are some tips to avoid blocking in the first place:

  • Use a private account to approve followers
  • Restrict comments on your posts
  • Hide your stories from unwanted accounts
  • Delete rude comments before blocking as a last resort

The less blocking you have to do, the better! Unblocking is easy, but prevention is ideal.

I hope this guide gave you a good overview of how to reverse blocking decisions on Instagram. Let me know if you have any other questions!