Ok! After realising some of our new friends and members are fighting with different sorts of action blocks, and witnessing questions spread over different threads, I decided to create this explanation and guide in order to clearify the different circumstances. Been now working on it for some time and finally I managed to finish it today
I have no intention of digging deep into different technical aspects. My main goal with this is to make it easy and simple for you to understand.
Here we go.
Basically being hit by action block is due to you excessively using one or more specific actions.
Now sometimes you will realise you have been action blocked from doing almost all actions available on instagram, and sometimes it is that only action you have “abused”.
Instagram has an automatic algorithm also called the “ALGO” here on mpsocial which detects spammy behavior.
But why you may ask?
Well in order to protect the app and it’s community.
Now an important aspect to remember is that every single account on instagram has a trustlevel/score. A lot of aspects can help you raise the trust score of an account. But that we shall leave for another thread.
Now let’s get back and stick to the main subject. Action blocks are time limited. Usually to start with, only for a couple of hours, and each time you cross the limit and hit a new action block it basically affects your trustscore negatively. You may experience that for each time the action blocks lasts longer and longer.
Notice Instagram will never notify you or warn you that an action block is upcoming or that you should maybe cooldown. IT HITS YOU! And you will never know why or be given a specific reason. But most properly you will have pretty good idea yourself. Yes the action/actions you were overdoing is/are the reason you hit that block.
That being said, you may unfortunately experience even innocent people get caught by the algo. People who have never used automation. Basically that is bad luck and not really anything you can do about.
When innocently hit by an action block, your only solution will be reporting it to instagram, but you will rarely witness anything happen reporting it.
Maybe you may be asking yourself at this point, if the algo doesn’t like spammy behavior, then why on earth should we use automation? That is a spammy thing to do. Isn’t it?
Well automation is a safe thing to do, as long as it is done correctly. An Automating tool setup up correctly acting like a real human can keep your accounts safe.
Here is a list of different reasons which can cause blocks or action blocks on your account
Posting, liking or commenting in a spammy manner.
Many users reporting you for a pecific spammy content, bullying etc…
Unwanted direct messages
Posting adults content.
Posting Copyrighted content
The use of some hashtags
Using 3rd. party apps.
I might have forgot some more reasons, but basically above list gives you an idea of what can trick an action block.
The situation has gotten much harder on IG and the algo is much more strict now and it does not seem it will loosen up. Actually I believe it is here to stay.
Ok enough of booring reasons why IG will block your account. I know you may be more interested to find out what you can do, to lift the block from your account.
Now let’s see!
Here is a list of things you can do.
I will start from scratch and you’ll have to follow every step and stop at the point your block is lifted.
Blocks are usually put on 2 things by IG, I REPEAT usually!
That’ll be on IP address or your Device.
The safest method for the action block to be lifted is waiting your time out, and the block will be lifted.
But if you are eager, you may try following steps, which most properly will help you lift the block.
When you see the message that tells you that you have been hit by a block, press the bottom to tell instagram what it is a mistake. This is to show instagram that you are a real human. A bot will normally ignore this message unless it is programmed not to.
Log out of your account and relogin. As simple as that. See if that helps. If not continue with the steps below.
Change your account password within the app
Now disconnect your device from the internet.
Logout of your IG account. (Yes this is done without being connected to the internet)
Go into the app section of your phone and Clear IG app cache, .
Change your device’s ip. If you are on mobile data this will happen when you enable data on you cell phone again.
(If you are running IG on your residential ip address, and you have a static IP address, try switching over to mobile data (mobile hotspot) or get yourself a proxy. Once the action block is lifted you can switch back to your residential IP address again if you insist of using it. But it is generally not a good idea. And you are better of investing in proxies on the long run.
Now Relogin to your IG account.
At this step the action block should be lifted from your account.
If the block is lifted you should be aware that your account’s trustscore is most properly low at this point. So don’t jump back into spamming right away. Rest the account a bit.
But If there still is a block on your account you have no choice but waiting your time out.
- Take a break from instagram. Some will say just stay off it for a day or 2, but I have better results with scrolling profiles and watching stories in a normal and not spammy way. Try avoid looking into followers and following lists of profiles when cooling off. These actions has a daily limit too and can seem spammy to the algo.
Above mentioned methods are meant to be done step by step. You may indeed be lucky and already at step 1 your block may be lifted. If it doesn’t you keep following the next step and check again in order to see if the block is lifted.
70-80% of the time you will be able to lift the block.
Do not change password more than once.
Normally a short action block which is usually lifted within 24 hours (on these blocks no specific timeframe is mentioned) will be extended to a time longer action block (time specific one) when trying to change password several times when hit by action block.
I hope this guide can help you.