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What Happens If You Violate Instagram Community Guidelines

By Pranab Sen

✎ Key Takes:

» You can check your Instagram account status by logging in, customizing settings, and reviewing ‘Account Status’ under the ‘Account’ option to ensure compliance with community guidelines.
» Try using the platform responsibly to avoid temporary bans lasting 24-48 hours; repeated violations may lead to a permanent ban. Exercise caution to prevent account restrictions and report any removed posts to Instagram’s help center for resolution.

What Happens If You Violate Instagram Community Guidelines:

If you are breaking the community guidelines like you are using foul language, or posting sexual content then Instagram will take strict action against your account. Without giving a single warning you can either ban your account temporarily or delete your account permanently.

1. Your Account Gets Banned Temporarily

When Instagram bans your account temporarily after logging in to your account you will see the pop-up ‘You’re Temporarily Blocked’ as well and you can not perform certain tasks on Instagram if you are banned. Usually, a temporary ban lasts for a few hours to 24-48 hours, but it depends on the activity and how many times you are banned.

If you are banned very often then the timings will change. You should maintain your account properly without doing any kind of violation because at the initial stage, Instagram gives you a temporary ban but if the same thing happens again and again then they can ban your account permanently. 

2. Disable Account Permanently

The risk of being permanently banned depends on your activity after the temporary ban. If you continue to spam, follow, and disregard widely, and post lots of random comments on people’s photos, you could get a permanent ban on your Instagram account.

If you feel that any post which is banned by Instagram is not inappropriate and didn’t break the community guidelines of Instagram then you can challenge them by reporting this.

How to Check if You Violated Instagram Community Guidelines:

If you have violated the community guidelines of Instagram then you can check it from your Instagram account status. If you have not posted anything wrong there then it is ok but if you have broken Instagram community guidelines then it will show there.

In this case, there is also a high chance that Instagram will block or remove your account without any warning. So, to check if you have violated Instagram Community Guidelines, first, open your Instagram app and log in to your account using your credentials.

Step 1: Open Instagram settings

After logging in to your Instagram account, you will enter the Instagram ‘Home’ page. In the bottom bar, there are five options: ‘Home’, ‘Search’, ‘Reels’, ‘Likes’, and ‘Profile Icon’, click on your ‘Profile icon’ from the bottom right corner and you will enter your Instagram profile page.


There, in the top right corner of your Instagram profile page, you can see the ‘Menu’ icon (the ‘three parallel horizontal lines’ icon). Click on the option.


After that, a pop-up will appear from the bottom of the screen containing a lot of options like ‘Settings’, ‘Archive’, ‘Your activity’, ‘QR code’ ‘Close Friends’, and so on. Tap on the ‘Settings’ and you will be redirected to the Instagram settings page. 


Step 2: Tap on “Account”

After entering the Instagram settings page you can see there are a lot of options: ‘Follow and Invite Friends’, ‘Notifications’, ‘Privacy’, ‘Security’, ‘Ads’, ‘Account’, ‘Help’, ‘About’, and ‘Theme’. You can also log out of your Instagram account from this section.


Scroll down the page and you can see the ‘Log Out’ option under the ‘Logins’ section. You can also add accounts to this section. Whatever, scroll up again and tap on the ‘Account’ option to progress the checking.

Step 3: Tap on “Account Status”

After clicking on the ‘Account’ option another new window will open containing two times more options than the previous one. Here you can see the options like: ‘Personal Information’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Language’, ‘Browser Settings’, and so on.

Tap on Account Status

The options that reflect the general account settings of your account are present over there. Among all other options from the list, find and hit the ‘Account Status’ option.

Step 4: Check Account position (free of violation or not)

After tapping on the ‘Account status’ option the main page will come, that you are looking for. If you have not done anything wrong on Instagram meaning if you have not broken the community guidelines of Instagram then it will show that you haven’t posted anything that is affecting your account status.

Check Account position

But if you have done anything wrong then you are unsafe. Instagram can block your account anytime without any warning so be careful before breaking the community guidelines. You can also learn ‘What is Account Status?’ from this page which will increase your idea about Instagram’s community guidelines.

What to do if Instagram removes your post:

If Instagram removed your post for violating terms and conditions, but you think that there is no violation in the post then you can report a problem to the Instagram help center.

Step 1: Go to Report a Problem

To report a problem to Instagram, click on the profile logo from the bottom right corner. Then click on the ‘Menu’ icon from the top right and you can see a pop-up will come containing a lot of options.


Tap ‘Settings’, and you will be redirected to a new window. Here, click ‘Help’ and open the section, then tap ‘Report a Problem’.


After clicking on this option, a pop-up will come up containing the options: ‘Report spam or abuse’, ‘Send feedback’ and ‘Report a problem’.


Here, tap the ‘Report a problem’ option.


Step 2: Report Problem & Add a Screenshot

After tapping on the ‘Report a problem’ option, you will be redirected to a new window. Here, write your problem in the given box and describe it properly.


After writing the description, tap the ‘Gallery’ option and choose the screenshot if you have any concerning your problem then press ‘Submit’.

Step 3: Instagram will revert back

Instagram will contact you within a few days via mail which is linked to your Instagram account. If they don’t find anything wrong with your post then they will revert it back.

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Pranab Sen is founder and author of Techniquehow.com. He is a full-time blogger, everything that gets published is from Pranab's hand. He likes to be a 'social media geek' since 2011 to understand the problems of readers more deeply and giving the solution through his writing.

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