December 2020: You can restrict accounts on Instagram to limit their activity without blocking or unfollowing them
Instagram has an option to restrict users, that is to limit what they can post and who can see what they can post on your account.
Are you tired of constant DMs or the prying nature of certain people on Instagram but do not want to block or unfollow them? There is a feature on Instagram called Restrict accounts, which as the name suggests helps users to limit someone’s activity on Instagram. Over the years, Instagram has brought features like Close Friends and Hide Story From XYZ account to disable certain people to view your activity. Restrict accounts is one such option that allows you to limit what people can post on your profile.
-- Users have control if others can see comments on their posts, their chat will move to your Message requests, so they will not see when you read it.
-- Restricted accounts are also not able to see when you are online or if you have read their messages.
-- The new comments from restricted accounts on your posts will only be visible to that person, and you can choose to see the comment by tapping See Comment. If you want others to be able to see their comment, you can tap Approve, then tap Approve to confirm, or you can delete it or ignore it.
-- You will also not receive any notifications for future comments from that person.
Restricting an account through a profile:
-- Log into your Instagram account through your Android or iPhone.
-- Go to the profile of the person you want to restrict.
-- Click on the three dots on the right-hand side.
-- Select the restrict option.
You can un-restrict the person by following the same steps.
To restrict someone through Direct:
-- Tap on the Direct message or messenger icon in the top right and tap the chat with the person you want to restrict.
-- Tap the person's name at the top right of your chat.
-- Tap Restrict at the bottom.
If you are in a group chat with someone that you have restricted, you will get a warning that you will see a restricted account’s messages. You can choose to stay on the group or leave the group.
To restrict or un-restrict someone through your settings:
-- Tap on your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
-- Tap the three lines in the top right.
-- Tap Settings and then tap Privacy.
-- Below Connections, tap Restricted Accounts.
-- Tap Continue.
-- Search for the account you’d like to restrict and tap Restrict next to their username, or tap Unrestrict to un-restrict someone.
To restrict or un-restrict someone through a comment on your post:
-- Go to your post and tap View all comments.
-- Swipe left over the comment (iPhone) or tap and hold the comment (Android).
-- Tap on the exclamation mark and then tap Restrict (username) or Unrestrict (username).
If a restricted person comments on your post, you can tap See Comment to reveal what the comment says, or you can tap Delete to delete the comment. If you tapped See Comment, you can tap Approve, then tap Approve to make the comment visible to others, or you can tap Delete to delete the comment.
Compiled and Approved by the technical support officer.