How to Unblock Someone on Instagram for Android?
When you blocked that person on Instagram, they weren’t able to see any of your content. But, that also meant that the user also disappeared from your contacts list. So, finding them isn’t as easy as going into your contact list and unblocking them.
The good news is that it’s still very easy, but you have to take a different route. First, open the Instagram app and tap on the profile icon at the bottom. Select the three vertical dots at the top right, and then you’ll need to scroll down until you see the Blocked users option.
Tap on it, and you’ll see a list of all the Instagram users you’ve blocked since you joined the social network. Tap on the user you want to unblock, and you’ll see the blue Unblock button to the right of the profile picture.
You’ll get a message saying that the user will now be able to request to follow you on Instagram and that they will never know that you have unblocked them. After that, you’ll get another message saying that you can block them at any time.
Now you’ve unblocked the user, but you’re no longer following them. They will still be able to see your comments and content, but you won’t see any of their activities. If you want to go back to seeing what the user publishes, you will need to send them a follow request.
How to Unblock Someone on Instagram for iPhone?
The good news is that unblocking someone on iPhone is just as easy as unblocking Instagram users on Android. All you have to do is go to the person’s profile (the one you want to unblock), and you’re going to see three vertical dots at the top right corner.
To unblock them on Instagram, just tap on the three vertical dots and tap on Unblock Twice. Just like in Android, you’re going to need to send a follow request in you want to be able to see the user’s videos and pictures again.
Now, just be prepared just in case they ask you why you need to follow them again if you were already doing it in the first place. You could say that you were messing around with the button and you ¨accidentally¨ blocked them or that your 2-year-old niece got a hold of your phone and blocked them.
Communicate Clear Rules for Your Child
You can’t control what other people share on Instagram, but you can discuss with your kids what you allow them to see. Make sure your child knows why you’ve made your rules, as they’re more likely to obey you if they understand the logic behind your guidelines.
Some areas to consider for rulemaking:
- Content rules — Images and videos that kids are allowed or not allowed to see (e.g., prohibiting adult images or videos)
- Time rules — Windows of time when kids are allowed to use their devices (e.g., stop using devices an hour before bedtime)
- Context rules — Places and situations where kids are allowed to use mobile apps (e.g., in the car, at family meals)
Configure Instagram Settings
Instagram allows for ways to ensure your child’s privacy on its site. It’s a good idea to take advantage of these features by making use of the app’s privacy and security settings.
Make Your Child’s Instagram Feed Private
By default, anything your child posts to Instagram can be seen by anyone. An easy way to limit your child’s exposure to strangers is to switch Instagram’s settings to make their Instagram account private. Private accounts can only be viewed with the permission of the account owner. That means your child (or you) must approve anyone who wants to ‘follow’ your child and see their Instagram feed.
Here’s how to switch your child’s Instagram account to private:
- On your child’s device, access their Instagram profile by tapping the person icon in the bottom right corner.
- Tap the settings icon (a cog on iOS or three dots on Android) on the top right corner.
- Under “Account” make sure “Private Account” is switched on.
Private accounts prevent unapproved viewers from accessing your child’s Instagram photos and videos. However, unapproved people can still send a photo or video directly to your child. See our advice below on how to monitor your child’s incoming Instagram messages.
Don’t Use Location Sharing
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that letting strangers know where your child is taking photos is a pretty bad idea. With location sharing on, anyone following your child’s feed will be able to know when they’re at home, school, or anywhere else.
Unfortunately, Instagram offers no way to turn off location sharing altogether. Instead, the app allows you to add your location after you upload a photo or video. It’s wise to instruct your child never to add locations to their Instagram posts.
If photos have already been shared with location information, you can remove locations on an item-by-item basis without deleting the photo. Here’s how:
- Tap the three dots above your photo or video.
- Tap Edit.
- Tap the location name.
- Tap Remove Location.
Monitor Your Child’s Usage
Although your kid may not like it, it’s a good idea to monitor their Instagram account, at least initially. It’s a good practice to set up regular safety checks and discuss any concerns with your child.
Here are some effective monitoring techniques that can help keep your child safe.
Keep Personal Details Private
Even if you’ve made your kid’s Instagram account private, their profile information is always public. Any Instagram user can see whatever your child includes on their profile — like their picture, bio, and username.
Here are some things you can do to limit public information:
- Remove any information from your child’s profile that you wouldn’t want everyone else on the web to know.
- Ensure that your children understand why it’s important for them to keep as little personally-identifiable information as possible in public view.
- Help your child create a pseudonym that can remain appropriate for them as they grow older.
- Continue to monitor your child’s profile and feed occasionally to make sure no additional personal information has been accidentally shared.
Block Unknown or Harassing Followers
As we mentioned above, one of the most disconcerting aspects of social media, including Instagram, is that there’s usually a way for anonymous individuals to send direct messages to your child. Understandably, that can make parents anxious.
Instagram doesn’t offer a way to protect users from receiving anonymous messages. However, you can take action after the fact. Remember to check in on your child’s Instagram followers on a regular basis and if you see anything fishy, you can block followers and people who send inappropriate direct messages.
- From your child’s list of Followers (or in the direct message folder), tap through to the profile of the user you wish to block.
- Tap the three dots in the top-right corner.
- Tap Block.
You can block anyone — even people who aren’t followers. What’s more, blocked users don’t know that they’ve been blocked. If you block someone accidentally, just follow the steps above to unblock them again.
Remove Photo Tags
Photo tags are one of the handiest features of Instagram — but they can also be a way for people contact your child. When someone tags your child in a photo, that photo is automatically added to your child’s profile in the Photos of You section. Instagram will inform you via message that you’ve been they’re tagged in a photo.
In this way, tags can be used to notify an Instagram user that they should view any photo, regardless of whether that person is in the photo or not. In this case, the tag works like a direct message, getting the attention of your child and encouraging them to view the photo.
In this situation, you have a few options.
You can hide the picture from appearing on your kid’s profile:
- Open the photo you want to hide.
- Tap the three dots (settings icon) in the top-right corner.
- Tap Post Options.
- Select Hide from My Profile.
You can untag your child from being in the photo:
- Follow the previous steps to get to Post Options.
- Tap More Options.
- Tap Remove Me from Post.
You can set your kid’s profile to only allow photos to be manually added to their profile. In this case, no tagged photos will automatically appear on their profile:
- Tap your child’s profile picture, then tap the three dots (settings icon) in the top-right corner.
- Tap Tagging Options.
- Tap Add Manually.
If your child has posted photos to Instagram you wish to remove, it is an easy fix:
- Tap through to your child’s profile.
- Swipe to find the photo you want to remove.
- Tap the three dots (settings icon) in the top-right corner.
- Select Delete. This permanently removes the photo from your child’s Instagram feed.
Revoke Access by Third-Party Apps
Instagram allows some other apps to integrate with it. For example, Instagram has created its own apps that work in concert with their flagship app: Layout (combines multiple photos into one), Boomerang (creates GIFs from videos), and Hyperlapse (creates a time-lapse video).
Other photo manipulation apps like Prisma and Aviary can also post directly to Instagram. (You can see a list of other third-party apps on TechRadar.)
Although the apps we mentioned are fun and trustworthy, not all third-party apps are above-board. These apps can constitute a privacy or security threat to your child, their device, and personal information.
It’s a good idea to review the apps connected with your kid’s Instagram on a regular basis and revoke access to apps that don’t pass the smell test.
- Tap through to your child’s profile.
- Tap the three dots in the top-right corner.
- Select Linked Accounts.
- Scroll down the list of sites that are linked.
- Tap Unlink to revoke access for an app.
Inappropriate Images, Videos, and Comments
If someone sends your kid an inappropriate image or video, here’s what to do:
- On the post you want to report, tap the three dots above it.
- Tap Report Inappropriate.
You can also report inappropriate comments that someone has made on one of your child’s posts:
- Tap Comment while viewing the image.
- Swipe left on the offensive comment.
- Indicate why you’re reporting the comment by choosing either Spam or Scam or Abusive Content.
Step 1: Access the Internet in China
It sounds simple enough to access the internet in China, but you might find it more difficult than you first imagined. The most common ways to access the internet in China are:
- Via Wi-Fi: In larger cities in China, you’ll find Wifi access everywhere but as you get further inland this becomes harder and harder to find. Relying on Wifi for all your internet access may not be ideal.
- Via International Roaming: If you’re traveling to China for a short period of time, you can work with your network carrier at home to arrange international roaming. What this usually means is that you’ll be given a certain amount of data and/or minutes to use while you’re in China. Beware: it can be expensive.
- Via a local SIM card: It’s not difficult for a foreigner to get a local SIM card to access the internet via any unlocked phone. You’ll need your passport to register the number but monthly service can be unbelievably cheap. In some major airports (Beijing, Shanghai) you’ll find kiosks where you can purchase a China SIM card. Otherwise, you’ll have to go to a China Telecom, China Unicom or China Mobile store to purchase.
As I already mentioned above, though, there’s still a problem accessing Instagram in China once you’re connected to the internet since it’s been censored.
Note: In some cases travelers have reported that when using international roaming on their phone, they have access to the full internet since it is routed through their home network. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true and it can’t be relied upon as an option.
Step 2: Connect to a VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Ideally, you’ve already setup your VPN prior to arrival in China, since it’s a huge pain to do so once you’ve arrived. Take note of that as you read on and consider getting a VPN on your phone right now.
If you’ve never heard of a VPN, you can think of it like a tunnel through a wall (for a more detailed description, see What is a VPN?). Even when China has censored everything, a VPN will tunnel through and give you access to sites like Facebook, Gmail and even Instagram in China. There’s no need to dive into the specifics of how it work, just know that it’s used by pretty much any expat who lives in China, including me.
This is what usually happens when you’re setting up a VPN for your phone:
- You purchase a VPN service on your computer (5 min)
- Donwload the VPN app on your phone (3 min)
- Sign into the App and use the app to install server connections (5 min)
- Click “Connect” and you’re done!
Set aside about half an hour to get this all put together and you’ll be good to go.
One more thing: I highly recommend you download at least two VPN services for your phone as a backup in case one doesn’t work. China sometimes blocks certain IP addresses, which can cause major connection issues no matter which VPN you use. I recommend the following VPNs*:
- ExpressVPN: One of the most popular VPNs on the market that has one of the best phone apps I’ve seen. I use this every day. Best of all, they have a 30 day money-back guarantee in case it doesn’t work well for you. BONUS: when you use this link for ExpressVPN, they’ll give you 3 months free on any annual plan.
- NordVPN: Again, another VPN that has an easy-to-use mobile app and a 30 day money-back guarantee.
- VyprVPN: My final recommendation is a VPN that has been very reliable for numerous expats in China.
*Disclosure: The links above are affiliate links, which means that at no additional cost to you, I will be compensated if you decide to purchase through these links. Rest assured, I don’t recommend any service that I haven’t personally used…and I use all of these VPNs every single day!
What is a ghost follower?
It’s not as spooky as it sounds – but it’s definitely scary from a marketing perspective. An Instagram ghost follower is basically an inactive Instagram account that follows you. Inactive can be defined in a number of ways, but here’s how most Crowdbabble users define it:
A ghost follower is an Instagram account that follows you but never actively engages with you (i.e. never likes or comments on any of your Instagram content).
Should I be afraid of ghost followers?
For some people, ghost followers aren’t a major issue. Even though ghost followers don’t engage with you, they’re still considered followers and are included in your follower count. Some people just want their follower count to be as high as possible. In this case, ghost followers are perfectly acceptable and in fact even desired.
There are tons of cases of influencers and even celebrities that have purchased followers in an attempt to make themselves look more popular than they really are. Purchased followers will most likely be ghost followers – usually spam accounts that are created by bots. There are signs that can tell you if an account is a ghost follower, which we’ll get into later in this post.
A bunch of services have popped up offering Instagram users the ability to buy more followers. These services operate in a controversial grey area and violate Instagram’s Terms of Service. In order words, you’re not supposed to buy Instagram followers.
Can ghost followers be harmful?
For serious marketers, high follower numbers alone are not enough. For example, Instagram influencers need to be able to drive engagement through their content to attract advertisers. Celebrities with high follower counts need to generate engagement so that they don’t stick out like a sore thumb. In the case of agencies and consultants, their clients are paying for more than just an increase in follower counts.
For these social media and content marketing professionals, other metrics take center stage – such as engagement or engagement rate. In these cases, ghost followers are a major hindrance to success.
Lets do some basic analysis. We’ll keep the numbers simple.
Lets say you had 10,000 followers throughout January, and on average you received 1,000 engagements per post (900 likes per post and 100 comments per post). Your average post engagement rate in January would be 10% (1,000 engagements/10,000 followers).
Then on Feb 1st, you bought 40,000 followers. So now you have 50,000 followers! However, those 40,000 new followers are ghost followers. They don’t engage because they’re not even real humans – they’re ghosts! This means the amount of engagement you’ll get on your content will not change drastically -> lets assume you continue to receive 1,000 engagements per post throughout February.
Now your average post engagement rate for February would plummet to 2% (1,000 engagements/50,000 followers).
Should I care if ghost followers impact my engagement rate?
Instagram cares. So you should too. Historically, your Instagram feed was composed of posts in appearing in reverse chronological order. There were no exceptions to this rule.
However, when Instagram introduced their new news feed algorithm, the order of photos and videos in your feed were rearranged based on the likelihood that you’d be interested in the content. One of the most important factors that Instagram considers when displaying your content: how engaging that piece of content really is. In fact, people miss on average 70% of the content in their feeds!
So, which piece of content would Instagram favour? A post that gets 10% or one that gets 2%? Well, it also depends on a number of other factors such as your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. But assuming all these other factors were the same between 2 posts, Instagram would favour the post with the higher engagement rate.
Back to our example. Your engagement rate has dropped to 2%, so now it is less likely to appear in the news feed of your followers because Instagram is showing your content to less people than before. This means less people are going to engage. Your engagement rate will drop again -> even less people will see it -> your engagement rate will drop yet again -> lesser and less people will see it. It’s a vicious cycle AKA the ghost followers snowball effect.
Darn those ghost followers.
It’s time to hit ’em with your proton pack and send them back to wherever they came from.
How to find and remove ghost followers?
If you find yourself in the above situation, don’t fret! Whether you’ve purchased followers or not, you’ve probably acquired ghost followers through no fault of your own.
Some of your followers have likely said “to hell with Instagram, I’m moving to Snapchat”, or something along those lines.
Also, the bots out there are tenacious – they’ll follow you and mock you like the marshmallow man himself.
You can start identifying ghost followers by looking for users who have the following:
- 0 followers
- 0 posts
- No profile picture
- High ratio of people they follow to followers
- 0 posts in the last 30 days
- 0 posts in the last 60 days
- Username filled with random numbers
If you have a small follower count, you should be able to do this manually by going through all your Instagram followers one at a time.
If you have a large follower count, we have you covered with Ghostbabble (powered by Crowdbabble of course).
Ghostbabble will identify all your ghost followers for you. Then you can block them, which will remove them from your followers list. It’s really simple to get started:
- Go to Ghostbabble
- Connect your Instagram account and follow the instructions
- Bid farewell to your ghost followers as you parade down the streets
(confetti is optional, but highly recommended)