Your Account Has Been Disabled for Violating Our Terms

Your Account Has Been Disabled for Violating Our Terms

If you frequently use the Instagram app and exhibit behaviors that violate the app’s Terms of Service, you might put your account at risk of being temporarily or permanently disabled. Instagram depends on these Terms of Service to ensure the safety of all users and to keep the application family-friendly.

When you sign up for Instagram, you are automatically agreeing to be bound by the Terms of Service that Instagram has set in place.

If you have recently done something that violates these conditions, you might be greeted with the notification “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms”, indicating that you will not currently be able to access your account due to some type of service violation.

This detailed guide will break down many of the common causes for an Instagram account to be disabled and how to gain access to your account again.

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What Does “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms” Mean?

The “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms” notification is meant to alert the user that their account has been flagged and disabled for violating one or more of the Instagram Terms of Service.

Users who have had their account disabled will not be able to access it until it has been reinstated. You will need to contact Instagram for more information to find out exactly what caused your account to be disabled.

Before Instagram gives you violation warnings, they’ll start limiting how long you can do certain things for. If you do continue to violate, they’ll give you more serious account limits like violation warnings are often much longer in duration.

Why Does Instagram Say, “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms”?

1. You Have Violated the Terms of Service In Some Way

By using the Instagram app, you automatically agree to the Terms and Conditions set in place by the application. These Terms and Conditions cover what behaviors are allowed on Instagram. If you violate these terms and conditions, you could risk having your account disabled, causing you to be unable to access your account without first contacting Instagram.

Several user behaviors can add up and cause your Instagram account to be disabled. Many of these reasons will be covered in detail later in this guide.

2. You Have Liked Too Many Posts In A Short Amount Of Time

How many posts you can like is one of the features that Instagram limits. This is done to help combat bots on the app that some profiles could be using to farm “likes” on their posts illegitimately.

If you like too many posts in a short amount of time, then your account could be flagged as spam, which over time could cause your Instagram to display the “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms” notification to indicate that access to your account has been disabled due to suspicious activity.

This is a full account ban that you must contact Instagram to help resolve. Continual abuse of the Instagram-like system can lead to your account being disabled.

3. You Are Commenting Too Much, Too Fast

If you comment on too many posts in a certain period, Instagram can sometimes flag your account as a potential bot, which will prompt the “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms” to indicate that you will no longer be able to access your account.

This is mainly put into place to ensure that comment sections stay relatively organized and free of spam. Spambots are prevalent on the Instagram application. Disabling accounts like these can help cut down on their activity.

3. You Are Following Too Many People Too Fast

If you follow too many accounts in a certain period, Instagram will automatically display a notification, letting you know that you need to slow down.

You will not be able to follow any accounts until the limit has been lifted. This is to avoid mass following that can cause your account to be flagged as spam by Instagram’s anti-bot system.

New users of the Instagram app who currently do not follow any pages, might encounter this issue while trying to build up their following list.

If you persistently add too many accounts at once, Instagram can possibly flag your account as a potential bot, causing your account to be disabled.

4. You Have Gone Over Your Direct Messages Limit

If Instagram has detected that you have sent a high number of direct messages in a certain period, your account could be flagged as spam.

This can result in your account being disabled and the “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms” notification to be displayed when you try and log in.

Instagram limits how many direct messages you can send to help cut down on spam messages and harassment for users on the Instagram application. Bots can flood your Instagram direct message inbox with unwanted messages, so this precaution helps cut down on that.

5. You Have Used Too Many Hashtags or Tagging Limits

You will also find that you are limited on the number of hashtags that can be included in a post.

If Instagram determines that you have gone over the limit of allowed hashtags, you will receive a notification warning you to stop. Failure to do so can result in your account being disabled.

If you are tagging a bunch of different users in a short amount of time, you could also receive this notification.

Instagram typically does not like any sort of rapidly occurring activity on the application, so spacing out any tagging that you are doing is important if you want to avoid Instagram mistaking your account for a bot and potentially disabling it.

6. Users Have Been Complain About You

Instagram has a feature that allows users to report any potentially harmful behavior. If your account has been reported enough, then it could result in your activity being limited or in some extreme cases, your account fully disabled.

Users can complain about your account for any reason, which could lead to your account receiving some uncredible reports. Instagram investigates all reports and will compare your recent Instagram activity to determine whether or not your account will be limited or disabled.

The report feature is important because it helps keep the app safe for all users. It is a great way to combat harassment and negative post content.

7. You are Logging Into Multiple Devices on Different IP Addresses

If you are using a VPN or any other application that manipulates your IP address, you could be at risk of having your account marked for suspicious activity.

If Instagram believes that your account is currently exhibiting suspicious activity, you could be shown the “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms” notification.

It is generally not advised to use a VPN while using Instagram if you are having problems with your account being limited.

8. You Have Posted Sexual Content

Instagram strictly forbids any type of explicit sexual content on the application. The app has users of all ages, so this restriction helps keep the content available to users family-friendly.

If Instagram detects that you have been posting sexual content, or if your account has been reported for these types of posts, then you risk having your account permanently disabled.

Posting sexual content on Instagram can result in your account being permanently banned. Users who are permanently banned will have to make a new account before being able to access Instagram.

More extreme bans can make it so you cannot access Instagram from your current IP address.

9. You Have Been Sending Threatening Or Bullying Messages To Other Accounts

Instagram monitors all messages sent between you and other users. If Instagram detects that you have been sending hateful or threatening messages, you could have your account disabled permanently.

Instagram is dedicated to a safe and positive user experience. Internet bullying can manifest on social media platforms quite easily.

To combat this, your direct messages will be monitored and your account could be permanently banned if you continue to break the Terms and Conditions in this way.

10. You Have Been Making Homophobic and Transphobic Comments

Instagram strictly forbids any kind of hate speech on the application. This includes homophobic or transphobic comments.

To ensure that Instagram is a place where everyone can feel safe and acceptable while using the app, accounts that exhibit this type of behavior will have their accounts limited, and potentially permanently disabled.

On less moderated social platforms, you will often find the comment sections flooded with derogatory, homophobic, and transphobic comments. Account bans can help to cut down on the presence of this type of behavior on the Instagram app.

11. You Have Sent Threatening Comments Or Direct Messages

Sending threatening or violent comments or messages to someone can get your account permanently disabled.

Your direct message and comments could be investigated by Instagram if your account has been reported for inappropriate behavior.

Instagram also regularly monitors comment sections of posts to remove any potentially violent or threatening content. These measures help ensure that all users have a safe and fun experience using the application, free of any cyber-bullying.

12. You Have Been Impersonating People

The Instagram app is very strict about accounts that are impersonating someone. This can include impersonating a celebrity, or another user.

If Instagram determines that you are using your account to impersonate someone, then you will find that you could have your account limited, or permanently disabled.

You should always use your real name and information when signing up for an Instagram account. This can help cut down on your chances of your account being permanently disabled.

How to Fix “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms”

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do yourself to reinstate your Instagram account after it has been disabled.

You will need to contact Instagram to take any additional action that could potentially give you back access to your account.

Luckily, Instagram has made the process for recovering a disabled account quite simple. Detailed steps that will walk you through the process have been listed below:

Step 1. Find The “My Instagram Account Was Deactivated” Form

You will have to access the “My Instagram Account Was Deactivated” form from a desktop or mobile browser. You will not be able to access the page directly from the Instagram app.

You can reach this form from the Instagram homepage by clicking into the Help and Support Page. There you can find the form that will open a ticket for Instagram to issue an appeal for your account to be reinstated.

Step 2: Enter Your Contact Information

Once you have navigated to the form, you will be prompted to enter your contact information. Be sure to use contact information that is current, as this is how Instagram will get back in touch with you to notify you of any decisions made regarding your account.

Step 3: State Your Case

Further into the form, you will be required to provide the Instagram username of the disabled account and also the reason that you believe that you should be reinstated.

You should be as detailed as possible, as your explanation will heavily determine whether or not you get your account back.

Step 4: Wait For A Reply From Instagram

After you complete the form and submit it, Instagram will review the information you provided and get back to you with a decision within a week or so. During this time you will be unable to access your Instagram account.

Keep in mind that during this time you should avoid creating any alternative Instagram accounts, as that could lead to Instagram thinking you are ban evading, which could result in your account being permanently disabled.

When you finally receive a reply, you will be required to send a photo of yourself with a handwritten code included in the email. This proves your identity and associating with the account and will be necessary for Instagram to properly process your request for reactivation.

Detailed instructions will be included in the email to further walk you through the steps listed above.

Step 5: Wait For Instagram to Reactive Your Account

If Instagram determines that your account is eligible for reactivation, they will automatically begin the process of recovering your account access.

Unfortunately for some, Instagram will not always approve the reactivation of your account.

Depending on the severity of the issue that caused your ban, you could wind up not being able to access your account again, ever.

Users with reinstated accounts will receive and email saying “It looks like your account was disabled by mistake. Your account has been reactivated, and you should now be able to log in”, indicating that you will now be able to access your account.

How to Avoid Your Account Being Disabled On Instagram

There are a few preventative measures that you can take to help lower your chances of having your Instagram account being disabled. A few good measures to consider are listed below:

1. Do Not Use Bots or Third-Party Applications

Using bots or third-party applications with the Instagram application is one of the most common reasons for your account to be disabled.

Instagram is not compatible with many third-party applications and also has anti-bot software in place to determine what accounts are utilizing them and remove them.

2. Read The Instagram Terms of Service

While this guide has provided a detailed overview of the Instagram Terms of Service, if you wish to have a more specific understanding of exactly what it contains, you should consider reading it yourself.

After reading the Instagram Terms of Service you will have an even better understanding of what types of behaviors you should avoid while using the application.

3. Do Not Violate The Terms of Service

The easiest thing you can do to avoid having your Instagram activity limited is to simply follow the guidelines set in the Terms of Service.

This includes making sure that you avoid all of the behaviors listed above that could cause you to be limited or subject having your account disabled.

4. Behave While Using The Application

Simply observing standard web etiquette can help cut down on the chances your of account being disabled.

Avoiding hateful and derogatory speech on the application and making sure that all of the content you post is acceptable is important for keeping access to your Instagram account.

5. Do Not Make Alternative Accounts To Bypass Bans or Limits

If Instagram determines suspicious activity across accounts that share an IP, all related accounts could be at risk of being permanently disabled.

This is especially true if one of your accounts is currently limited or under a temporary ban. Bypassing these bans and limitations by using another account can cause your account to be permanently disabled.

6. Make An Appeal To Instagram Within 30 Days

The only way to avoid having your account disabled after Instagram has already begun the process of permanent deletion is to successfully file an appeal using the “My Account Has Been Disabled” form on Instagram’s website.

Depending on the reason for your account being disabled, you could regain access to your account after Instagram reviews your appeal submission and clears your for reinstation.

How Long Does Instagram Disable Account for Violating Terms?

Typically, when Instagram determines that you have been exhibiting behaviors that are against the Terms of Service set into place, they will instate an account suspension before escalating to a fully disabled account.

Even before account suspension, depending on the severity of the behavior, most users will experience a warning limit on their activity. This is to indicate that they could potentially have their account banned or permanently disabled if they continue this behavior.

That being said, an account suspension is typically what users will experience if they have broken some part of the apps Terms of Service. These can range from minutes to weeks depending on what caused the violation.

If your account has been disabled, this typically means that you have seriously violated the Terms of Service, causing Instagram to begin the process of permanently deleting your account.

A disabled account will be available for appeal for 30 days before it is permanently deleted, causing the user to have to make a whole new account if they want to use Instagram again.

Instagram can also issue IP bans that will keep any accounts from accessing the app from your current IP address.

A disabled account is often permanent unless you get in touch with Instagram in 30 days to try and get them to reinstate your account.

Final Thoughts

Your behavior on the Instagram app will determine the likelihood of your account being permanently disabled.

As long as you follow the Terms of Service guidelines of the application, you should never encounter the “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms” notification.

For those users who find that they are frequently pushing the limits of the guidelines put their accounts at risk for permanent deletion.

Your account being disabled is a more serious problem for your account than a typical temporary ban.

If you are simply banned, you will generally gain access back to your account after the duration of your ban has been completed.

On the other hand, your account being disabled and seeing the “Your Account Has Been Disabled For Violating Our Terms” notification means that Instagram has started the process of permanently deleting your account.

Users will have 30 days to make an appeal to Instagram to have their account reactivated. The steps for submitting an appeal have been broken down in detail above. If you find that your appeal was unsuccessful, there is currently no way to have your account reinstated.

If you have recently had your Instagram account disabled, you now have the information available to you to pinpoint the issue that has caused it and also a step-by-step guide to regaining access to your account.

It can be frustrating to lose access to your account, but you now have the knowledge to help you avoid any potential cases of your account being disabled.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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