When Instagram was in its early stages, there was no limitation for the number of accounts you could follow, number of posts you would like, or number of comments you could leave on posts. You should know that today’s modern Instagram version looks utterly different If you’re using Instagram regularly.
Today, Instagram has become so anti-spam and controlling that even regular users are affected by Instagram’s strict rules and restrictions on anything that might potentially be spam. Instagram has become tougher to spam and spam-like behavior on the platform during the years. And they won’t hesitate to take actions if necessary.
In this article, we’re looking at some useful ways that can avoid getting permanently or temporarily banned or even block on Instagram.
What is an Instagram shadowban?
Typically, when you get banned from Instagram, you receive a notice that your account is reported. However, you don’t receive any notification with an Instagram shadowban; you only see your engagement decreases. Another clear clue that your account might be shadowbanned is when your hashtags don’t work. Instagram punishes accounts that are not playing fair or those who might have got unlucky by simply using the wrong hashtags, etc.
How can I beat the Instagram shadowban?
1. Don’t mass follow and like
By trying to grow a notable number of likes and followers at one time, you will receive a temporary block from Instagram. The reason for this would be because they considered the limits on follows and likes.
- A maximum number of likes per hour is 60.
- A maximum number of follows per hour is 60.
- A maximum number of messages per hour is 60.
But if your account is just new, the limits are different:
- A maximum number of likes per hour is 30
- A maximum number of comments per hour is 30
- A maximum number of follow/unfollow per hour is 30.
Violating Instagram rules causes a temporary block. It involves limiting the profile’s function; You can’t comment, like, follow or write in Direct Messages for some time (from 2 hours to 2 weeks). If you are lucky to get blocked temporarily, don’t do anything with your profile, Just give it a little rest before it is completely restored.
2. Don’t share Images/Videos Violating Social Network Rules
Photos and videos with naked bodies, sexual content, and violence are considered unsuitable. Whatever your goals are, posting such inappropriate content can get you banned, so be careful.
3. User complaint
Someone might find your account a threat, so they click the Report button. If other people report your account too, Instagram will sooner or later block your profile. People would complain of different reasons such as mass liking, mass following, abuses, inappropriate content, spam, etc.
4. Complete your Instagram Profile
Add a little bio in your profile. Also, make sure you have a real profile picture. This brings validity to your profile.
5. Post Regularly
You must post pictures on Instagram and remember that posting regularly is what that matters. An active display of social profile can mainly save you from getting blocked.
6. Copyright Infringement
Copyright is a serious issue on Instagram. All pictures in your account have to be either yours or permitted by the owner. If you want to share someone else’s picture, tag him/her in the photo (provided he/she has an Instagram account). If you use pictures for a commercial purpose, you have to ask the owner’s permission too. Additionally, if you post a video with music which you don’t have the rights, Instagram will certainly remove it.
If you ignore the copyright rules, the author can report you to Instagram for using the photo without their permission, and you would be blocked for copyright infringement.
7. The different IP address and device
If you log into your account from various devices and approve it via SMS, Instagram is less likely to ban you. Though, if you log in with different devices and IP-addresses, Instagram may think scammers hacked your account. The social network responds to it instantly and blocks the profile for your own safety.
8. Perform reasonable actions
Keep your follow/unfollow activities balanced. Bulk actions might seem aggressive, which may deactivate your account, and even worse, that you might get temporarily blocked.
In some cases, all you should do is giving some rest to your account. Try to log in after some time such as 24 hours. It would help you to return your account.
9. Verify your email
This is an easy but highly crucial way to avoid getting blocked or banned. When you verify your email, you prove that you are a real person.
10. Do not comment too many emojis
For some reason, Instagram doesn’t like it when you comment emojis excessively. Limit yourself to leave fewer emojis per comment.
11. Do not copy your comments over and over
Instagram keeps an extra eye on repeated comments. The reason is that Instagram may consider you a bot.
12. Do not spam-comment
As I mentioned commenting is Instagram’s biggest problem when it is about spam on the platform. While spam-liking is used as a way to get more attention to the accounts, it isn’t harmful to anyone. However, Instagram is pretty strict with how many comments you leave on posts in a short time.
13. Do not spam-like posts
Liking a large number of posts on short time is known as a spammy action. But when you start liking excessively, it is a sign to Instagram that you’re acting spammy.
If you’re new to Instagram
If you are new to Instagram, before you start following other profiles, make sure you post for yourself. Generally, a good start includes posting pictures regularly.
What should you do for not looking spammy?
- Avoid editing your captions after posting a photo.
- Don’t put hashtags in your comments, put them in the caption.
- Don’t post too many posts every day (up to 3).
How to tell if you are banned on Instagram?
If you face the following image, consider your account to be banned.
You will also know when you’re not able to perform certain actions such as uploading a photo, like, follow or comment.
Is it possible to get banned on Instagram permanently?
It depends on your activities after the temporary ban. If you keep mass following, spamming and unfollow, and continue to post too many random comments on photos, you may end up getting a permanent ban on your Instagram account.
How to recover Instagram’s temporary ban?
- Report to Instagram
You can report your problem to the administration by clicking the “Tell Us” or “Report” option.
- Stop for two days and then try on the third day
You should end all actions for at least two days. It means no liking, commenting, following or unfollowing. But of course, you can continue browsing on Instagram.
On the 3rd day, you can continue your normal activities and remember to avoid anything that would make you look like a bot. You should like and comment only a couple of photos every day.
- Link Instagram with other social networks
It would help you to link your Instagram account with your other social media account. You would seem more legit if you link your Instagram to other social media.
For linking Instagram with other social networks, do the following:
- Go to Settings
- Go into Privacy and Security > Linked accounts.
- Link as many social networks as possible.
- Edit your Bio
Make a little change in your bio. This might help your account and saves you from any further troubles. But, do not play with your bio by editing it. Do it just once and wait for things to settle.
- Clean and Reinstall
Unfortunately, as a last resort, you would have to clean all your previous Instagram data and uninstall the app. Install the app after some time and check if it is helpful.
So, Use the platform like a regular user, which means avoiding spammy actions, and you’ll be fine. Instagram’s goal is to make the platform more enjoyable.