8 Dumb Ways You Can Get Banned on Instagram

Bans and restrictions usually occur when you have broken Instagram’s terms of services or community guidelines.

Type of Bans

There are three different types of bans on Instagram: Action Blocks, Shadow Bans, and Bans.

Action Blocks

This occurs when you have performed certain actions too quickly such as likes, follow and unfollowing users. You will either receive a message to notify you that your action has been restricted, or the action will just not work.

Shadow Bans

This occurs when you’ve posted too frequently or used tags that have been banned. While you’re still able to perform actions on your account, shadow bans prevent your posts from appearing in the tags you use.


Bans occur when you have continually received action blocks or is in clear violation of Instagram’s terms of service. Bans will often result in account deletion. Bans will also permanently ban the username, so you will not be able to re-create your account. In more serious cases, Instagram will restrict your IP from accessing the Instagram website and app.

How to get Blocked or Banned

1. Aggressive automation settings to follow/unfollow/like/comments

“You must not create accounts with the Service through unauthorized means, including but not limited to, by using an automated device, script, bot, spider, crawler or scraper.”

Automation is very safe when done correctly. But if you don’t know what you’re doing and blindly following automation settings on forums, it’ll make it easy for Instagram to detect that you’re using automation tools.

2. Using automation without a proxy

If you’re managing multiple Instagram accounts, you need to make sure to run the bots on different IP addresses. The risk you run into if you put all your accounts under one IP is that when one account gets banned, the rest of the accounts under the same IP will also get banned.

If you want to learn more tips on Instagram automation, read this: The Do’s and Don’ts When Using Instagram Automation

3. Buying fake followers and likes

Most fake accounts are created through bots and managed through scripts. This is all against Instagram’s terms of service and is subject to account deletions. Even if you don’t get caught, buying fake followers and engagement will kill your account and damage your brand.

Learn more: 5 Reasons Why Buying Fake Followers Will Kill Your Account

4. Buying another Users Account

“You are responsible for any activity that occurs through your account and you agree you will not sell, transfer, license or assign your account, followers, username, or any account rights.”

5. Creating Duplicate Accounts

“You must not create accounts with the Service through unauthorized means, including but not limited to, by using an automated device, script, bot, spider, crawler or scraper.”

6. Duplicate or Spam Comments and Direct Messages

“You must not create or submit unwanted email, comments, likes or other forms of commercial or harassing communications (a/k/a “spam”) to any Instagram users”

7. Post Sexual, Inappropriate or Copyrighted Content

“You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the Service.”

8. Promotion and Selling of Illegal Products/Services

“You may not use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You agree to comply with all laws, rules and regulations (for example, federal, state, local and provincial) applicable to your use of the Service and your Content (defined below), including but not limited to, copyright laws.”

How to get an Instagram Account Unbanned

You’re in luck if it’s just an action block. Normally, blocks will be lifted as soon as 24 hours or at times a few days.

If your account has been permanently banned, it might be a little tricky to get back. Though never experienced this ourselves, we have done quite a lot of research on forums and articles. The results are mostly the same: you need to contact Instagram directly to lift the ban.

A lot of the Instagram forms that others have used such as the Report a Hacked Account has been taken down. The best place I found to contact Instagram is through the help center here.