This can be annoying if you’re trying to follow a lot of people to try and get a lot of followers, but Instagram stops your operations.
You may be thinking to yourself, why can’t I follow anyone even though I’m not blocked? You can’t follow these people not because you’re blocked, but because Instagram has blocked you.
How to Test if you’ve Been Blocked
To test this, just follow a lot of people and if the follow button keeps unselecting, then you’ll know Instagram has blocked you. If it only happens to a specific person, then they’ve blocked you.
When you go to follow someone on Instagram, you could get a message saying, ‘You’re temporarily blocked. It looks like you were misusing this feature by going too fast. You’ve been temporarily blocked from using it.
We restrict certain content and actions to protect our community’. This message can last for several hours and even several days. If you do try and follow someone, when you click on the follow button, the button will un-select and you won’t be allowed to follow that person. You can keep trying to click the follow button, but you’ll still be blocked from following.
Why Won’t Instagram Let me Follow Anyone?
There are a few reasons why Instagram won’t let you follow anyone. One rare case is that there’s a bug on the app. This can quickly be solved by you updating the app or restarting the device. However, a bug isn’t a common reason why you can’t follow anyone.
The first reason why you can’t follow anyone is that you have followed hundreds of people in a short space of time. The following limit is roughly 160 people/per and once you exceed this by a huge amount, Instagram is going to block you from following people.
You need to stop following people for a few hours, so Instagram doesn’t think that you’re using bots and spamming other accounts because this violates their T&Cs. The next reason why Instagram won’t let you follow people anymore is that your account is only a few hours old. If your account was recently made, you can’t follow a lot of people in a short space of time.
The third reason why you can’t follow people on Instagram is that you’ve been on a following/unfollowing spree in the last few hours. When you’re constantly performing these actions, Instagram will think that you’re using bots to gain follower. Therefore, they’re going to stop you from following people so that your actions can be controlled.
The last reason why Instagram is going to stop you from following people for a few hours is due to excessive liking and commenting. Although liking and comment don’t relate to following, as I’ve mentioned above, it’ll look like you’re using a bot, therefore, Instagram will block you from following people.
What is an Instagram Bot?
You may be wondering what a bot is. A bot is short for robot, but bot is a term used to describe something that does automated things.
With an Instagram bot, you’ll pay a certain amount and you can tell the bot to follow a group of certain people, like certain pictures, or comment a phrase on different pictures.
These bots can be set to fast and slow, but when set on fast, it’s likely that Instagram will clock and ban you from following. This is why when you’re constantly performing certain actions quickly, Instagram thinks you’re a bot.
How Long Does Instagram Temporarily Block you from Following People?
Instagram will block you for a minimum of two hours when you’ve violated their following guidelines.
Sometimes this can be a lot more so if two hours have exceeded, you shouldn’t be surprised because it’s Instagram that has decided how long they’re going to place the ban for.
How to get Unblocked from Following
To get unblocked from following people, you simply have to wait for the ban to be removed. Unless you know that you haven’t been following a lot of people recently, you can contact Instagram and ask them why they have ban you and ask if they can remove the ban.
After the ban has been removed, you can’t continuously perform excessive actions because Instagram will ban you again.
Doing this too many times may result in your whole account being blocked, therefore, I recommend that you stop following for at least a day.