Instagram IP Ban? Don’t Worry, Read This

James Keenan

The automation and anonymity evangelist at Smartproxy. He believes in data freedom and everyone’s right to become a self-starter. James is here to share knowledge and help you succeed with residential proxies.

For many of us, social media is an important part of our daily lives. In fact, it is more than important, it is absolutely essential. So being on the receiving end of an IP ban and finding Instagram no longer accessible can be alarming. Fortunately, there are Instagram proxies to help you beat the ban.

What is My IP Address?

Every time a device connects to the internet, it is assigned an IP address. You can think of your device’s IP address as being like a virtual license plate – every online device has one and it is unique to that device.

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While each IP address unique to the device that it’s assigned to, it also contains information about the user. In particular, an IP address can be traced back to a specific location because it contains information about where the connection is coming from. It is this that enables websites to block access to content for users in specific parts of the world.

How Does Instagram Know My IP?

When you connect to a website or online service, your device connects to an online server. When your device first establishes a connection with a server it performs something called a handshake. The details of this process aren’t important. What is important is that this handshake has to occur for a device to connect to anything online and that as part of this handshake, your device reveals its IP address to the server it’s connecting to.

Whenever you connect to Instagram, the device that you’re connecting with will tell Instagram what its IP address is.

What Does an Instagram IP Ban Mean?

An Instagram IP ban means that any connections from the banned IP address will be refused. This means that anyone attempting to connect to the service, whether through their web browser or the Instagram app, will find themselves unable to access it.

How Can I Tell if I’ve Been Banned?

If you are unable to access Instagram at all and you have confirmed that the service is up and running for other people, this might indicate an IP ban. The first thing you should do is confirm that it is your IP that has been banned, not your account. In order to do this, clear the cookies from your web browser. If it’s your account that has been banned, not your IP, clearing your cookies will log your account out and enable you to access the site like an unregistered guest.

What Can You Do About an Instagram IP Ban?

All of the devices in your home will connect to the internet through the same router, meaning that an IP ban will cover them all. If someone who lives with you manages to land an IP ban from Instagram, it will affect every device in your home. Fortunately, there are some things you can do in order to circumvent the ban and regain access to Instagram’s services.

Once you have cleared your cookies and confirmed that it is your IP address that has been banned rather than your account, the next thing you should try is connecting through a different web browser. Use a web browser that you have never accessed Instagram with before in order to be sure it is your IP address that’s blocked.

Changing your own IP address is possible, but not without its own difficulties. However, by using a proxy, you can borrow another IP address to use. When you connect to the internet via a proxy, your device first connects to an intermediary server and then uses this server as a buffer between it and the internet.

In the case of VPNs, the VPN servers are located in data centers, which makes them easy to identify. Instagram and other online services will often block the IP addresses of VPN servers. However, residential proxies are designed to be indistinguishable from real residential connections. If you connect to the internet via a residential proxy then you will still have a residential IP address.

Avoiding a Ban

Of course, Instagram will ban users who misbehave towards other users, you don’t need us to go over basic netiquette with you! But assuming that you haven’t done anything obvious to invite a ban, there are several things you can do to avoid unintentionally triggering Instagram’s defenses. If you have already had an account banned from Instagram, it is important you follow this advice.

First of all, don’t start liking or commenting on other people’s stuff until you have posted some of your own. However, try to spread your uploading over a couple of days and don’t start liking and commenting until you’ve had a week of uploading.

If you do inadvertently trigger Instagram’s automated spam detection while using the app, you will receive the infamous ‘Action Blocked’ pop-up message. If you receive this message in error, use the ‘Tell us’ option to inform Instagram and have them double-check.

Finally, while there are lots of useful bots floating around Instagram, some of which are incredibly useful, the platform frowns upon their use. It’s best to avoid following these accounts if you don’t want to arouse Instagram’s suspicions.

If you think that you have been IP banned from Instagram, don’t start panicking just yet. For most people, there are ways of regaining access to the site. Follow the advice above and you’ll be back to sharing your snaps in no time.

Interested in other Instagram proxy uses? Read our blog post about Instagram automation!