Action Blocked On Instagram? Here’s What To Do

Are you being left frustrated by a persistent warning message from Instagram telling you that your action has been blocked? Well, not to worry as I’ll be showing you the reason why you’re getting the message, how to resolve this issue and also how to avoid getting it again in the future.

The reason for receiving an ‘Action Blocked’ message on Instagram is usually because you are abusing the platform’s features and likely becoming a hindrance to others. The most common reason for the Action Blocked message is because you are spamming likes, comments, follows and even unfollows during a short space of time.

The Action Block will temporarily prevent you from performing the specific action that was initially being abused. For instance, if you were liking too many posts in a short amount of time, the platform would place a temporary block on your account to stop you from liking any more posts. In more severe cases, you might find that all of the available actions have been blocked.

“Action Blocked. This action was blocked. Please try again later. We restrict certain content and actions to protect our community. Tell us if you think we made a mistake.”

How To Resolve The ‘Action Blocked’ Issue

As mentioned already, this block is only temporary and as such will revert back to normal after a certain amount of time. The length of the block really depends on the extent of your actions and the level of respect Instagram has for your account. At the very least though, I would recommend that you avoid performing ANY actions on your Instagram account for 3 full days.

This means no posting, liking, commenting, following or unfollowing for over 72 hours. Yes, that may suck, but it’s a lot better than receiving a permanent ban – which can happen! The first thing you will need to do though is to click “Tell Us” on the Action Blocked message, which tells Instagram that you believe the block to be a mistake.

That aside, I can’t guarantee that 3 days will be enough to earn back Instagram’s trust. If after the 3 days you’ve tried to perform an action again, and you’re still getting the Action Blocked message then I would recommend leaving the platform alone for a full week instead (a further 4 days).

How To Avoid Getting The ‘Action Blocked’ Message… Again

There may have been a number of reasons why you had your actions blocked in the first place, many of which may seem obvious in hindsight, but there may also be some things holding your account back that you may be totally unaware of. Anyhow, here’s a list of them below…


Okay, so this is one of the obvious points. The thing is that the Instagram gods will do everything in their power to make sure that their users are having the best possible experience on their platform. If they find out that you’re abusing Instagram’s features then they’re going to pull you up on it. The good news is that this issue is really easy to fix… Just stop! 🙂

Using Bots

I understand that it can be quite difficult, time-consuming and draining when trying to build up an Instagram account from scratch, however, that’s not to say that you should start using unauthorised services to automate your account growth. Set aside the fact that using bots is only going to attract a fake following, Instagram has also been clamping down on bot-usage and banning anyone who uses them – so be warned!

Want to know how I managed to grow my Instagram account, @unreal.tattoos, to over 288,000 followers and counting? Check out this article I wrote on How I Gained Over 100k Instagram Followers today.


Can’t believe I still have to say this in 2020 but I’m still witnessing it today. People are still using bots to follow you for 1-3 days before unfollowing you again, with the aim being to get you to follow them back and somehow not notice that they’ve unfollowed you. Yea, it’s lame. Not only is it a sad way to gain new followers, but it’s also a surefire way to get yourself banned. Don’t do it.

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Repetitive Hashtags

Something that not many people will have considered, is the fact that using the same hashtags over and over again may put your account under the risk of getting your actions blocked or even having your account shadow-banned. The reason is that the algorithm might automatically confuse you with a bot, a bot which would likely be churning out posts automatically using the same old hashtags each and every time. Again, Instagram doesn’t like bots.

If you would like more information on which hashtags you could, and should, be using to grow your account by up to 1,000 new followers a day, then check out this Ultimate Guide On How To Use Hashtags For Instagram.

Banned Hashtags

As well as not mixing up your hashtags regularly, you might also find that you’re using hashtags that have been banned by Instagram. Regular use of these hashtags can definitely lead to a shadowban, but may also result in an Action Block too!

It’s not always clear why a hashtag has been banned, but in cases like #follow4follow or #like4like, it’s clearly because it promotes unwanted behaviour on the platform. In any case, if you want to know which hashtags are safe to use, then you should check out Flick!

Not only will Flick do an instant scan of which hashtags have been banned by Instagram, but it will also recommend hashtags with low competition within your niche, making it that much easier (and quicker) to grow your account. Just input a single hashtag (like #marketing) and it will provide a ton of relevant hashtags with low competition. Feel free to give their 7-day free trial a try today!

Irregular Login Activity

Kind of related to the use of bots, but if Instagram detects that you’re constantly switching from one IP address to another, especially IP addresses that are from different countries or even continents, then they’re going to assume that something isn’t quite right. I would be cautious of which services you’re using to schedule your Instagram content, and only recommend using companies that are official partners of the platform.

If you’re interested in taking your account to the next level, then one Instagram partner you could try is Iconosquare. Their service is something I use personally, mostly for their analytics as it shows me exactly which content is performing the best and why, by breaking it down to time posted, hashtags used and more. See if Iconosquare can help you out today.

Repeat Offender

All things aside, perhaps you’ve been pulled up by Instagram before? If so, then it’s highly likely that you’re already walking on thin ice. If that’s the case then you need to be extra careful to stick within Instagram’s guidelines going forward, as any further misuse of the platform could result in further action blocks, a shadowban or even a permanent ban.


If you find yourself staring at the ‘Action Blocked’ message on Instagram, then I would recommend first clicking on the “Tell Us” button to advise Instagram that the block was a mistake, before you leave the platform well-enough alone for a few days. No posting, liking, commenting, following or unfollowing. After 72 hours you can try the actions again and see how it goes.

Do you have any questions or feedback on this post? Let me know in the comments below!

Are you being left frustrated by a persistent warning message from Instagram telling you that your action has been blocked? Well, not to worry as I'll be showing you the reason why you're getting the message, how to resolve this issue and also how to avoid getting it again in the future.
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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Baibhab Mund

    Really want this type of blog. I need this because my Instagram action blocked. Thanks a lot for this beautiful article.

    1. Mike Walters

      Thank you Baibhab. Hopefully, this article helps you to get your account restrictions removed. Let me know how it goes!

  2. Fern

    I can’t access my Instagram account. I don’t know if my account have been blocked or have been deleted as when I search my name it says “User not found” but sometime in the app it show “try again later we limit how often you can do certain thing on Instagram to protect our community.” and also with Challenge_Required with the blank white screen on my phone. And I tried to log in from different phone or computer it show “There was a problem logging you into Instagram. Please try again soon.” Do you know how to fix it?

    1. Mike Walters

      I’m not sure about that one. Did you have security measures in place to ensure that no-one could access your account? Something like two-step verification? I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  3. Devansh

    Whenever I am tagging someone on any of my posts, the message pops up saying “We restrict certain activities to protect our community”

    That’s when I am tagging even a single person. It was working fine till now, but only a couple of days ago it started showing this error

    1. Mike Walters

      That would suggest to me that you’ve been tagging people excessively in your previous posts. You should only be tagging someone if they are being featured in your content. By tagging loads of people in each post, not only do you risk facing the error message above – you’re also likely to have a lot of people block/unfollow you

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