3 Ways To Unrestrict Someone On Instagram [with Screenshots]

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Have you previously restricted one of your friends on Instagram after arguing with him, and now don’t know how to unrestrict someone on Instagram? 

This is nothing unusual, and guess what? I have gone through the same situation before, and after constant trial and error, I was fortunate enough to find my way out of it. 

However, sadly, it took me several days to come up with a solution, and till then, my friend had already figured out he was restricted on the app (Bad luck there!) 

Fret not; I don’t want you to face your friend’s confrontation, which is why I have come up with this guide containing some simple solutions you can use to unrestrict your Instagram followers. 

How to Unrestrict Somone On Instagram?

If this is your first experience trying to unrestrict someone after restricting them on Instagram, and you are unclear on how this is done, follow the 2 simple step-by-step methods I will explain below and perform this task without much hassle. 

Method #1: Using Instagram Settings to Unrestrict Someone 

Here are the steps you need to follow to unrestrict someone on Instagram via the app settings: 

Step #1: Go to your Instagram Profile 

Log in to your Instagram account if you haven’t already. Find and tap the “Profile” icon at the bottom right of the screen to head to your Instagram profile.  

Using Instagram Settings to Unrestrict Someone 

Step #2: Tap the “Menu” Icon 

Once on your Instagram feed, tap the “Hamburger” icon at the top-right corner. This will open a menu pop-up on the screen. 

Using Instagram Settings to Unrestrict Someone 

Step #3: Select “Settings and privacy” 

Select the “Settings and privacy” option on the pop-up menu. You will be directed to your Instagram Settings page. 

Using Instagram Settings to Unrestrict Someone 

Step #4: Go to “Restricted” Accounts 

On the Settings page, scroll down to find the “Restricted” option and click on it. All the accounts you have restricted on the app will appear before you. 

Using Instagram Settings to Unrestrict Someone 

Step #5: Tap “Continue” 

On selecting the “Restricted” option, you will see a screen briefly introducing the restricted feature on Instagram. Tap “Continue” at the bottom to proceed. 

Using Instagram Settings to Unrestrict Someone 

Note: This screen appears only when you visit the “Restricted” accounts settings for the first time on the app. 

Step #6: Choose “Unrestrict” 

From the list of all the accounts you have restricted on your Instagram app till now, find the one you wish to unrestrict and tap “Unrestrict” next to it.

Using Instagram Settings to Unrestrict Someone 

The selected account will successfully be unrestricted on your app. 

Method #2: Unrestricting Someone on Instagram Via Their Profile 

You can also unrestrict a person you have previously restricted on Instagram directly from his/her profile.

Following are the steps you need to go through for this. 

Step #1: Sign in to your Instagram Account 

On your mobile device, navigate to the Instagram app. Use your account credentials to log in to your account. 

Step #2: Open the Profile you Want to Unrestrict 

Once on the app, tap the “Search” icon at the bottom.

Unrestricting Someone on Instagram Via Their Profile 

Type the Instagram profile you want to unrestrict on your Instagram account in the search bar and open the desired profile. 

Don’t worry; people won’t know if you search for them on instagram.

Unrestricting Someone on Instagram Via Their Profile 

Step #3: Tap the “three-dot” icon

When the desired Instagram profile opens on your screen, tap the “three-dot” icon at the top-right corner. You will be directed to the menu. 

Unrestricting Someone on Instagram Via Their Profile 

Step #4: Select the “Unrestict” option 

On the pop-up menu on your screen, find the “Unrestrict” option and select it to unrestrict the selected profile on your account. 

Unrestricting Someone on Instagram Via Their Profile 

Unrestricting Messages On Instagram 

If you have previously restricted someone from sending you messages on your Instagram account, here is how you can unrestrict them: 

Step #1: Go to your Instagram Account 

Navigate to the Instagram app on your mobile phone. Log in to your Instagram account. 

Step #2: Head to Instagram Chats 

Once on your Instagram app, tap the “Message” icon on the screen’s upper-right corner. All your chats with other Instagram users will appear on the screen. 

Unrestricting Messages On Instagram 

Step #3: Open the Message Requests Tab 

Find the “Requests” option on the screen and tap to open Messages requests on the app. Here you will find all the messages from Instagram users you don’t follow and the restricted users. 

Unrestricting Messages On Instagram 

Step #4: Open the Restricted Account 

Find the chats from the restricted user on the app who you wish to unrestrict and open them. 

Unrestricting Messages On Instagram 

Step #5: Select the “Unrestrict” option 

Once the chat from the restricted account opens before you, tap the “Unrestrict” option at the bottom. 

Unrestricting Messages On Instagram 

The account will successfully be unrestricted on your Instagram app, and the chat will move to your primary inbox. 

Note: You can only unrestict a user from Instagram chats if you have conversed with the user on Instagram messages before. 

Unrestricting Someone From Instagram Posts 

To unrestrict a user from your Instagram posts, here are all the steps you need to go through: 

Step #1: Go to your Instagram Account 

Firstly, log in to your Instagram account if you haven’t already. 

Step #2: Find and Open the Instagram Post 

Tap your “Profile” icon at the bottom-right corner and find the post on which the person you wish to unrestrict had commented. 
Note: The user might have commented on a post you have hidden on the app. See this guide to learn more about hiding and unhiding posts on Instagram.

Unrestricting Someone From Instagram Posts 

Step #3: Tap “View Comments” 

Tap the desired post to open it and select “View Comments” to see all the comments on your post. 

Unrestricting Someone From Instagram Posts 

Step #4: Swipe Left on the Comment 

Once you have found the comment from the restricted user you wish to restrict, swipe left on it. 

Unrestricting Someone From Instagram Posts 

Step #5: Select the “Unrestrict” Option

Select the middle icon adjacent to the “Trash” icon for more options.

Unrestricting Someone From Instagram Posts 

Choose “Unrestict” on the pop-up menu to restrict the account on your Instagram account. 

Unrestricting Someone From Instagram Posts 

Note: The above method works only if the person you wish to unrestrict had previously commented on one of your Instagram posts. 

FAQs 

How Long Does It Take to Unrestrict Someone on Instagram? 

Unrestricting someone on Instagram generally takes around a few seconds. However, if you can’t find the user profile you wish to unrestrict on the app, i.e., if you have also been restricted on Instagram by him, you need to wait for him to unrestrict you first. 

Will a Friend Know If I Unrestict Him On Instagram? 

The best thing about restricting and unrestricting someone on Instagram is that you can limit his activity on your account without him finding out about it. 

Conclusion – How To Unrestrict Someone On Instagram?

Restricting or blocking undesired profiles on any social media network is a great safety tool but should be used sparingly.

That’s all about unrestricting someone on Instagram for now! In this guide, I have tried to explore all possible methods you can try to unrestrict someone on Instagram.

I have also provided answers to some questions you might have regarding this. 

Hopefully, this guide will make unrestricting your friends and family on the app a lot easier, and you can save yourself from embarrassment later. 

If the above guide has not answered all the questions you had in mind and none of the methods stated above helped you perform the task, you can post all your concerns in techrandm discussion forums and get help from other community members.

Ahmed is a professional Engineer and technology expert. With nine years of experience in the tech industry, he helps others navigate the ever-evolving world of technology, focusing on social media, streaming, and smart devices with his troubleshooting guides & articles.