Restricted comments on Instagram
Shubham Agarwal

Keeping your Instagram profile public is key to reaching a wider audience. But it also leaves your posts’ comment sections exposed to spam. Fortunately, with Instagram’s privacy controls, you can have the best of both the worlds and pick who can comment on your posts. Here’s how to use them.

Open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android device. Head into your profile tab by tapping your display picture’s thumbnail in the bottom-right corner.

Visit the profile tab on the Instagram app

Pull out the side menu by tapping the hamburger button in the top-right corner and then navigate to Settings > Privacy.

Instagram app profile menu settings

Enter the “Comments” menu.

Visit the comment controls menu on Instagram app

Here, the first “Allow Comments From” option allows you to limit which group of people can leave a comment on your photos and videos.

Decide who is allowed to comment on your Instagram posts

By default, if you have a public profile, this setting is configured to “Everyone.” You can change it to receive comments from only the people you follow, your followers, or both.

Visit the "allow comments from" settings on Instagram app

Alternatively, you can individually block people from commenting on your posts. To do that, tap “Block Comments From” in the “Comments” settings.

Block specific users from commenting on your Instagram posts

From the text field at the top of the screen, search for the person’s Instagram handle, and when they come up in the results, hit the blue “Block” button beside their entry. You can add as many Instagram profiles to this list as you’d like.

Block a user from commenting on your Instagram posts

If you want to reverse this decision later down the road, simply return to this page and tap the “Unblock” button next to the user you want to unblock from commenting.

It’s worth noting that Instagram won’t notify the person that you have blocked. They will still be able to drop new comments on your posts, however, these comments won’t be visible to anyone but them—not even you.

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In case you still want to read these blocked users’ comments, you can instead take advantage of Instagram’s restrict feature.

When you restrict someone on Instagram, their comments will be visible to you and the person themselves. However, Instagram hides them by default, and shows a comment from a restricted user as “Restricted Comment” under your posts. You can read it by tapping the “See Comment” option or remove it completely with the adjacent “Delete” button.

Restrict comments on Instagram app

For restricting an Instagram account, visit the person’s profile and then tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner.

Open the three-dot profile menu on Instagram app

Choose “Restrict” from the list.

Restrict a user on Instagram app

If there’s someone who is still pestering you on Instagram, you can block the user as the last measure or switch to a private profile.

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Shubham is a freelance technology journalist from Ahmedabad, India. He has been covering technology for over four years for publications such as Digital Trends, HuffPost, Lifehacker, and more. When he's not writing about whatever's trending in the world of technology, you will find him either exploring a new city with his camera, binge-reading non-fiction books, and novels or playing the latest game on his PlayStation.
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