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How To Bypass Instagram Unfollow Limit

How To Bypass Instagram Unfollow Limit

Have you followed a large number of people on Instagram and now want to know how to bypass the unfollow limit to clean up your account?

There is no direct way to bypass the Instagram unfollow limit, and doing so using third-party apps or other means may result in negative consequences like account ban/restrictions or even termination. However, you can increase this limit on Instagram by manually pacing the unfollow process instead of doing it all at once in a few hours or within a day. 

In this article, we’ll explain whether you can bypass the Instagram unfollow limit on your account. We’ll also explore why Instagram limits your unfollowing and how long it bans you if you do it in a short amount of time. 

What is the Instagram unfollow limit?

What is the Instagram unfollow limit?

Instagram has recently set certain unfollow limits on old and new accounts to protect spam and bot activities. These restrictions are: 

  • New Accounts (under 3 months old): Unfollowing limit of roughly 100 accounts per day and 3000 per month. 
  • Established Accounts (older than 3 months): Limited to unfollowing roughly 200 accounts per day and 600 per month.

If you exceed these limits (according to your account status), Instagram may shadow-ban you from using its full features or throw the “Action Blocked” error message. 

How do I get rid of the unfollowing limit on Instagram?

How do I get rid of the unfollowing limit on Instagram?

Unfortunately, there is no direct way to bypass or get rid of the Instagram unfollow limit on your account. Doing so can lead to negative consequences like account restrictions or even suspension.

However, if you want to increase the Instagram limit on your account, here are some simple and easy methods to get this done.

Use the Manual Unfollow Method

Instagram has a strict algorithm in place that quickly detects bot-like activities on your account, such as engaging in mass unfollowing practices. When this happens, your Instagram account can get banned quickly.

So, when you are unfollowing others, ensure that you do this process manually instead of relying on any third-party app. Also, do not follow the same pattern (time or amount) when unfollowing people on your Instagram. 

Spread Unfollow Process Over Time

The next solution to increase the unfollow limit on your Instagram account is to spread the process over time. Here’s how:

  • First week: unfollow 5 accounts per hour and stay within the limits of 50 per day. 
  • Second Week: unfollow 8 accounts per hour with a total of 100 daily.
  • Third week: unfollow 13 accounts per hour with a total of 150 daily.

Avoid Follow-For-Follow Activities

If you engage in follow-for-follow activities on Instagram, its algorithm may detect it as spam or manipulative. For this reason, it may restrict your account from unfollowing more than 100 people per day. 

Therefore, avoid these kinds of activities and post original photos on your Instagram account. This way, you will increase the age of your account and its activity level, which then allows the Instagram algorithm to let you unfollow more people in the near future.

How long does Instagram ban you from unfollowing?

How long does Instagram ban you from unfollowing?

If you unfollow a large number of people in a short period of time (exact limit undisclosed), Instagram may ban you for 24-72 hours. 

But in extreme cases, especially if you repeatedly violate the Instagram terms of service and community guidelines, it may block you for 7 days or up to 4 weeks. Once the ban expires, you can start unfollowing others again, but make sure to do so slowly and gradually afterward. 

NOTE: Accounts that have a long history on Instagram may not be as aggressively blocked compared to new accounts. If you have a fairly new account, this block will take longer.

It’s always a good idea to use Instagram responsibly and respect its user policies to avoid such bans.

Why does Instagram restrict me from unfollowing for no reason?

If Instagram restricts you from unfollowing others for no reason, you may have linked too many third-party apps with your account. 

To fix this issue and avoid getting the unfollow ban or “Action Blocked” error on Instagram, follow these 2 approaches:

Unlink Third-Party Apps or Websites

Linking too many third-party apps or websites to your Instagram creates conflict on your account and triggers the “Action Blocked” error message. 

To prevent this from happening, unlink a few third-party apps or websites from your Instagram account with these simple instructions: 

Instagram App: 

  • Open the “Instagram” app.
  • Tap your profile.
  • Tap the three lines (top right corner of the Instagram screen).
  • Choose “Settings and Privacy.”
  • Scroll down to “Your App and Media.”
  • Tap “Website Permissions.”
  • Tap “Apps and Website.”
  • Select “Active.”
removing third-party apps and websites from Instagram account
  • Select “Remove” next to the website or app to unlink it from your account (one by one). 

Next, go back to your profile, swipe down the Instagram screen to refresh your account, and that’s about it!

Instagram Web: 

  • Open a browser on your computer and go to the “Instagram Web Portal.”
  • Log in to your account.
  • Click “More.”
  • Click “Settings.”
  • Scroll to “Your App and Media.”
  • Select “Website Permissions.”
  • Click “Apps and Websites.”
  • Click “Active.”
  • Select “Remove” (one by one) next to the apps and websites linked to your account. 

Now, click the Instagram logo to go back to your home screen, and you’re done! 

Contact Instagram Support

It’s possible that the Instagram algorithm has falsely flagged certain activity on your account and shadow-banned you from unfollowing others. 

In this case, you can use Instagram’s online help center or call them directly at 1-650-543-4800 to discuss your issue. They might be able to help you and get your account unbanned quickly.


In this article, we’ve discussed how to bypass the Instagram unfollow limit on your account (if possible) and also explored other aspects, like getting rid of the unfollow limit using safe methods and what the repercussions are if you fail to do so. 

We’ve also shed light on the reasons for Instagram restricting you from unfollowing for no specified reason.

Hopefully, you’ve found this article helpful, and you can now resume your Instagram experience without having to see posts from someone that you don’t like.  


  • Tauqeer Ahmed

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