How to avoid an Instagram ban
Have you been the victim of an Instagram ban?
You can be blocked from activity on Instagram for a number of reasons – automating too much content, sharing copyrighted, sexual or violent content, user complaints, or logging in from too many IP addresses. But the most common reason for a ban is surpassing Instagram’s action limits – and this is the ban that many compers are being hit with. These bans are regular and frustrating, and affecting a lot of users in 2023.
Instagram activity blocks can last from minutes to months – they’re annoying, but these automated systems are the best way to stop spam and abuse and to keep the platform safe for its millions of users. Instagram is administering blocks on accounts engaging in dubious activity – and unfortunately, the activity of a comper is definitely suspicious! Following, liking and commenting in quick succession, sharing multiple posts to a story in a few minutes, posting similar comments on different profiles… it’s no surprise that compers are constantly seeing the ‘try again later’ warning!
It’s usually doing too much of a particular action that will trigger the block, and that could be anything that doesn’t seem like natural behaviour. Following/unfollowing too many accounts at once, tagging too many people in comments, liking too many posts one after the other, etc. You will usually be blocked from doing that action but might also get additional blocks. It could be that you’re blocked from liking and commenting on posts, but can still upload content and add to your story.
Instagram Action Limits
An Instagram ban is usually given because you’ve exceeded your action limits. The exact number of actions allowed is unknown, but it’s suggested that the date of registration, average activity level, engagement rate and your follower number has an effect on the limits. These limits will also change if you’ve already been hit with a ban!
Here’s a list of average Instagram action limits as suggested by Social Pros:
- 7-13 follows per hour / 100-150 follows per day
- 300-400 likes per day
- 12-15 comments per hour
- 10 DMs per hour
These limits will be much lower for new Instagram accounts.
What to do if you get an Instagram ban
If it’s an option, tap Report Problem or Tell Us on the pop up warning. Or simply shake your phone when the ban notice pops up. Or you can also go to your profile, tap the three line menu at the top and go to Settings and Privacy > Help > Report a Problem to let Instagram know. Tell them you’ve been blocked but don’t know why, as you’re not a spammer.
You could also try these methods to see if you can lift the ban:
- Reinstall the Instagram app
- Log in using a different device
- Switching your device from WiFi to mobile data
If you’re still able to add content to your profile, try sharing an original photo or two to your grid and story, just to prove you’re not a bot.
How to avoid an Instagram ban
If you’ve had a block already, Instagram is watching you!
Instagram wants valuable content and real engagement on the platform. If all you’re doing is quickly moving from one giveaway to the next, tagging loads of people, then Insta don’t really want you there I’m afraid – and you’ll need to try and convince them that what you share on the platform is entertaining, helpful or engaging. Appreciate the app content, engage with other people’s comments, stories and posts – and start uploading more photos and videos of your own.
Here’s some tips on avoiding a repeat ban:
- Go on Instagram just for a few minutes each time – do not do a prolonged comment session
- Watch stories regularly and react/reply to them
- Add your own original content to your grid and your stories – this could be pet photos, what you’re eating, old photos, anything… try to add an interesting caption, or text to your story. You should be aiming to get a few hearts or comments each time!
- If you see comping friends add content, react or comment to help them out too.
- Cut down on the emoji use! It’s suggested that words and phrases like ‘DM me’ or ‘share with’ might also trigger comment removal.
- Tag verified and business accounts in your posts and stories. These accounts will often like or reshare your post – this shows Instagram that your content is valuable. This could be something as simple as taking a photo of your morning coffee and tagging the cafe. I always record short videos at gigs I see and share to my story – the bands usually re-share to their own stories. And always share photos of your prizes to your story, thanking the sender! (note that some members of Lucky Learners have recommended NOT to tag brands in comments as this could trigger a ban!)
- If you get tagged, like or respond to the comment (and ask friends to do the same for you) – again, this shows Insta your comments are seen and appreciated.
- Don’t leave more than 3 comments on a giveaway – I’ve only had two bans and they were both because I tried to comment 4 times on the same post! Stick to one comment, then move on.
- Don’t waste time entering every giveaway you see – only enter for the prizes you actually want – this will also help Instagram tailor your feed to show you more relevant prizes.
- Start a second account, especially if you’re nearing the 7500 follow limit, and swap between them
- If you’re near 7500 and need to unfollow, don’t do too many at once as this can also get you banned! Just unfollow a few at a time (note that the total accounts you follow may take a couple of days to actually update)
- If you want to check how many rule violations you have, and the reasons, go to the top right hand menu, then Settings and Privacy > Help > Support requests
- Avoid group giveaways where you need to like multiple pages
- Save giveaways to enter later, rather than entering straight away. A lot of compers like to create dated collections, then they save the posts and enter on the closing date
- When your ban is lifted, post original content on your feed or story first, before starting on your giveaway entries again!
- Ditch any keyboard shortcuts you use for Instagram, and type your comments and tags manually
- Activate two-factor authentication for your account (in Settings > Security)
Have you experienced an Instagram ban? How long did it last? Do you have any tips on avoiding them? Let me know in the comments.
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