Instagram Action Blocked: How to Fix It

You are action blocked! It's one of the most dreaded messages you can receive in today's world of Instagram.Your message might look similar to this:

Action Blocked

 

Based on previous use of this feature, your account has been temporarily blocked from taking this action. This block will expire on .... We restrict certain content and actions to protect our community. Tell us if you think we made a mistake.

 

Instagram Action Blocked Message: How to Unblock Your Account - The Next Trip

 

So Instagram action blocked your account. Now what? There are multiple things you can do to try to fix the issue. I have been blocked on The Next Trip Instagram account for 10 days now (and it's still ongoing). I finally called Facebook Support and learned exactly what to do to resolve the issue! Read on to learn about the block and what you can do to fix it!

 

What Is An Instagram Action Block

 

We all know that Instagram has an algorithm running the platform. The algorithm decides which picture to show on your feed or explore page based on your likes and dislikes. The algorithm also decides if your photo is "good" enough to show to your followers and if your account is "interesting" enough to show to other people. The purpose of the algorithm is also to reduce or eliminate robots on Instagram. Yes, there are a lot of robots out there to like photos, comment on photos, answer Instagram story polls, etc. and all serve to grow an audience faster with less work.

 

Instagram Action Block and My Call with Facebook Support - The Next Trip

 

Outfit details: Chicwish Skirt / Chicwish Knitted Sweater / White Earmuffs / Jane and Bleecker Pom Pom Socks

 

In order to determine whether an account is using a robot, Instagram has rules on how many photos you can like in a certain amount of time, how many people you can follow, and how many comments you can write without being deemed "suspicious." If you are action blocked by Instagram, you likely used a feature too often in a set time frame and exceeded the unwritten limits of Instagram activity.

An action block can be temporary and not have a date when it is lifted or it may come with an expiration date. Action Blocks come in increments of a few hours, 24 hours, a few days, a full week, or even up to two weeks! In my experience, the length of the block highly depends on the amount of blocks you have had in the past and on the age of your account. New accounts that show robot-like activity from the very beginning are more likely to experience longer blocks.

 

Types of Instagram Action Blocks

 

There are multiple types of action blocks and the error message Instagram provides, doesn't usually specify which type of block you are experiencing. However, it is easy to find out what type of block you have as you won't be able to use those features.

Instagram can action block the following features: likes, comments, follows, DMs, and posting. I am currently experiencing an engagement block which includes liking, commenting, following, and posting.

 

Why Are You Action Blocked? The Most Well-Known Unwritten Instagram Rules / Limits

 

I have not been able to find any documents issued by Instagram or Facebook which define these Instagram activity rules. However, based on my own experience and based on experience of other influencers I know, I'm sharing the most common and well-known unwritten rules or limits of Instagram engagement.

 

  • Like between 100-350 photos per hour, but no more. This number highly depends on the age of your account. The older your account, the more you can like.
  • Comment no more than 60 comments per hour. Again, this number depends on the age of your account.
  • Do not use the same comments over and over again, including emojis.
  • Follow no more than 100 accounts per hour if you are an older account. Follow no more than 20 accounts per hour if your account is relatively new. In total, you cannot follow more than 7,500 accounts.
  • Do not copy and paste the same direct message more than 10 times. In my own experience, I found that I was blocked if I sent more than 10 identical DMs in a short time.

 

Report A Problem to Fix Instagram Action Block - The Next Trip

 

There are also daily like, comment, and follow limits which if exceeded will create an action block. This is likely what has happened to my account as I attempted to like one photo after 2 hours of inactivity.

 

  • You can like 1,000 posts per day. This is a general idea how many likes you can give out and the number might be less if your account is new and smaller.
  • Daily comment limits vary depending on who you ask. To be safe, try to stay below 200 comments per day. Instagram flags duplicate comments as spam activity so try to avoid those.
  • You can follow between 500 - 1,000 accounts per day, depending on your account age. Younger (and likely smaller) accounts can follow less people.

 

Past Instagram Action Blocks

 

Is this the first time you are action blocked? You're in luck! The first action block usually does not contain an expiration date and is relatively short. I left the app alone for 4 hours and when I went back on and liked a photo, the action block seemed gone.

If Instagram blocks you more often, it will flag your account as spam or containing "robot" activity. This means that your action blocks are likely to last longer and take longer to fix.

 

First Signs Of An Action Block

 

Instagram warns you that it might action block your account if you're not careful with your actions. It's a very subtle warning and you will only be able to notice it if you are liking photos manually (I assume you are not using any robot activity on your account).

If you like a photo and Instagram instantly removes your like, i.e. the heart turns red and instantly turns white again, and you have a stable internet connection, this is a sign that you might get action blocked shortly. You are close to exceeding your limits and should take a break liking and commenting for a few hours.

 

What to do with Instagram Action Blocked - The Next Trip

 

How To Fix An Instagram Action Block?

 

Now this is what you have all been waiting for! How can you actually fix your action block? How can you unblock your Instagram account?

There are several ways to fix your action block. The fix highly depends on how "severe" your block is, your account age, and how many blocks your account has had in the past.

 

How to Fix Minor Instagram Action Blocks

 

  • Report the issue immediately by hitting "Tell Us" on the action block. You can also go to "Settings", "Help", "Report a Problem" on the app. Don't expect to hear back from Instagram but it can help showing the app that you are not a robot.
  • Leave your account alone for a few hours. Instagram unblocked me once after I left my account alone for 4 hours. I would recommend to leave it alone for 4-24 hours.
  • Sign out of Instagram and sign in again
  • Uninstall the app and install it again.
  • Try to get off the wifi connection and use mobile data instead. Instagram possibly blocked your IP address and you can still use your account on mobile data.
  • Try to log in with a different device on mobile data. Similar to the previous point, Instagram may have blocked your device and you can still use your account on a different device.
  • Uninstall or disconnect any third party apps. Instagram is trying to restrict the usage of third party apps. These could be follow/unfollow apps, or simply apps to monitor who unfollowed you, etc.
  • STOP USING A BOT! Needless to say, bots completely defy the purpose of the app. Instagram is a social media app and it is all about being social and forming connections. If you use robots to engage with other accounts, you won't create any real connections which will hurt your account in the long run. I highly recommend not using one, regardless of whether you're blocked or not. You are missing out if you're using one. And yes, I can tell if any of my comments are robot comments.

 

Call with Facebook Support to unblock Instagram Account

 

How To Fix Severe Instagram Blocks

 

Have you tried all of the above and nothing works? I'm so sorry to hear that! Trust me when I say I know what it feels like! All your hard work could disappear, you're already losing followers, your engagement might tank, etc. This is exactly what is happening to me right now. Instagram has action blocked me since December 10, 2019!!! It has been 11 days and there is no end in sight!

I decided to reach out to Facebook support (Facebook owns Instagram) to see if they can fix my problem. Facebook Support offered to give me a call and talk to me about how my block came about and how I can fix it.

 

Chat with Facebook Support to Unblock Instagram Action Block

 

The resolution they gave me  on the phone is to leave my account alone for "a few days." But what does a few days mean exactly? And how can you get back to your regular Instagram activity after a long block?

I asked exactly these questions on my call with Facebook Support. You can get the recording of the entire phone conversation by signing up to my newsletter below. You will receive a video in which I share the recorded phone conversation with Facebook Support, my story of how I have been action blocked since December 10, 2019, all my action blocked messages, and how to fix the issue!

 

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Instagram Block Update

 

I have officially been unblocked since January 1, 2020. I was blocked for almost 20 days! This is extremely long in the Instagram world. It doesn't have to be this long for you though. Here is what I learnt during my block: if you experience a severe block like I did and none of the above methods fix it, leave your account alone for 5-7 days! It sounds harsh but it could have spared me 10 days of blockage. Instead of seeing if I was unblocked after every expiration, I should have left my account alone for 7 days sooner. I tried taking a 3 day break first before doing a 7 day break and wished that I didn't waste those 3 days.

My best tip is to leave your account, maybe even de-install the app to not be tempted and enjoy your social detox. Make sure you reach out to any collaboration partners and let them now you are blocked. You can also send them your planned posts and let them know you will post as soon as you're unblocked. Most importantly, don't let it stress you out too much! This is easier said than done, but it's not the end of the world. I promise! After being unblocked, I managed to grow my account again and my engagement slowly went back to "normal" levels.

 

More Questions?

 

If you have any further questions about Instagram Action Blocks, the Instagram algorithm, or anything else Instagram related, feel free to reach out to me via DM or via email. While Instagram is the platform I am most active on, the heart and soul of The Next Trip is this blog, the travel tips we share and the places we introduce you to.

Is your Instagram account action blocked? Have any of these resolutions helped you in the past? Share your experience in the comments!

 

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How to Fix Instagram Block. These are all the possible fixes to unblock your account and my phone call and chat with Facebook Support.

 

How to Fix Instagram Block. These are all the possible fixes to unblock your account and my phone call and chat with Facebook Support.
How to Fix Instagram Block. These are all the possible fixes to unblock your account and my phone call and chat with Facebook Support.
How to Fix Instagram Block. These are all the possible fixes to unblock your account and my phone call and chat with Facebook Support.
How to Fix Instagram Block. These are all the possible fixes to unblock your account and my phone call and chat with Facebook Support.

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Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates – Q&A Session with Bettina and Kyle

Instagram stories are by far my favorite way of connecting with people who follow us and our blog. I love being able to share experiences immediately as they happen, share our travel tips and tricks, and answer any of the questions you may have. I also really enjoy getting to know you, our readers and followers! I have seen a lot of Q&A Instagram stories lately which are a fun way to share something about you and connect with your own followers.

I put together 6 free Instagram Story Q&A Templates for you to download and to use on your own stories! Make sure you tag me when you use them! I would love to learn more about you.

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates

 

To download the 6 free Instagram Story Q&A Templates, click on the following links and save them to your phone!

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

Get To Know Me - Q&A // Get To Know Me - Fun Facts // Get To Know Me - My Favorites

Get To Know Me - Take Me Away // This or That - Fashion Edition // This or That - Travel Edition

All 6 Instagram Story Q&A Templates in PDF

 

These designs are Copyright © 2019 The Next Trip and are not to be edited, re-distributed, re-sold, used commercially, or replicated. The credit to The Next Trip must stay on the template and be visible and visible if shared.

 

Q&A Session with Bettina and Kyle

 

More so than sharing our latest travel adventures and fashion obsessions, we thought it would fun to answer some of these questions ourselves so that you get to know us better. If you would like to learn more about our story and how we met, check out our About Us page.

 

Get To Know Me - Q&A

 

Name: Bettina and Kyle

Age: Bettina is 28 (turning 29 this week), Kyle is 30

Height: Bettina is 5'5'' (167cm) and Kyle is 6'4'' (193cm)

We live in: Chicago! But Bettina is originally from Switzerland and Kyle is from Canada.

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

 

Get To Know Me - Fun Facts

 

Growing up, I ...

Bettina: though I was really great at ice skating but learnt a few years later that my mom was being VERY diplomatic. 🙂

Kyle: spent every afternoon playing Grand Turismo 2.

 

Most People Don't Know....

Bettina: I'm not very talented at any sports and I'm also not very coordinated. My favorite subjects in school were music and math, definitely not sports!

Kyle: that I have a serious addiction to airplanes. I track all of my flights and can identify every commercial plane in the sky.

 

I'm Obsessed With

Bettina: Anything blue and chips! I'm also currently obsessed with Taylor Swift's new single!

Kyle: Cars, planes, and travel.

 

This Drives Me Crazy

Bettina: Traffic and when Kyle buys chips I'm not allowed to eat (because I would eat the entire bag in one sitting).

Kyle: When Bettina eats my chips! 🙂

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

 

Get To Know Me - My Favorites

 

Favorite Color

Bettina: Aqua or baby blue. Although, I love all shades of blue.

Kyle: Blue.

 

Favorite Movie

Bettina: I have seen The Devil Wears Prada and Pitch Perfect more times than I can count!

Kyle: Top Gun and all of the James Bond movies.

 

Favorite Artist

Bettina: I love music and musicians are my favorite artists! My favorites right now are John Mayer, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, and Secret Machines.

Kyle: Dave Matthews Band

 

Favorite TV Show

Bettina: So many! Friends (always), Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, the British Baking Show.

Kyle: The Grand Tour

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

 

Get To Know Me - Take Me Away

 

Dream Vacation

Bettina: Yacht Week in Croatia

Kyle: Exploring Saint Helena

 

Favorite Place I've Visited

Bettina: Spain and Iceland

Kyle: Can't decide between Iceland and Vietnam.

 

I Have Always Wanted To Go To...

Bettina: Bali

Kyle: So many places! Patagonia is at the top of the list.

 

My Favorite Thing To Do When I Travel

Bettina: Creating content and going shopping.

Kyle: Trying new foods.

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

 

This Or That - Travel and Fashion Edition

 

The dark blue selected sides are our favorites. Bettina answered the fashion questions and Kyle answered the travel questions! If you're curious to see Bettina's answers to the travel questions, check out her Instagram stories here.

 

Free Instagram Story Q&A Templates - The Next Trip

 

We hope you enjoyed these Instagram Story Q&A Templates and are able to use them to share more about yourself with your followers.

 

 

What is something we don't know about you? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Pin this blog post to your Pinterest board to use these Instagram Story Q&A Templates at a later point!

 

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10 Best Indoor Chicago Instagram Spots

Winters in Chicago can be long and cold. Even though it's April, we are still experiencing temperatures only just above freezing. To help you stay warm while you're taking pictures, I rounded up my favorite 10 indoor Chicago Instagram spots for you. Most of these instagrammable coffee shops, stores, and restaurants are free to access, although I recommend always asking the owners or staff if they are okay with you taking pictures. Also, while you’re there, why not try that new featured coffee or a delicious snack?

I hope this guide helps you pass the time until the temperatures are high enough to roam the streets. I would love to see your content and connect with you. When taking pictures at these Chicago Instagram spots, make sure to tag me in your posts!

If you’re looking for more beautiful indoor spaces in addition to the below, don’t miss my blog posts of Restoration Hardware and The Peninsula.

 

1. Left Coast

 

Situated in River North, this coffee shop has everything you need for a great picture: cute décor, a pretty stair case, lots of natural light, and let’s not forget, delicious coffee and bites.

717 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

 

Left Coast - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Shirt / Jeans / Shoes (Similar) / Purse (similar)

 

2. Limitless Coffee

 

Only a block away from Left Coast is Limitless – a coffee shop famous for their glitter coffee. I’m a big fan of the charcoal latte which comes with a colorful swirl and is topped with edible glitter.

675 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

 

Limitless - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

Limitless - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

While you’re in River North and if you have time, make sure to stop by the Flamingo wall on N Wells and W Ohio to capture the ultimate spring feeling.

 

Flamingo Wall - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Dress from Tyche / Purse / Shoes (similar)

3. Skydeck Chicago

 

The Skydeck at the Willis Tower is one of my favorite places to take photos in the city! It is a great spot to capture the incredible views of the city. The Skydeck is the only place I'm featuring in this post that is not free to access. However, the views are completely worth it! It is located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower - the tallest building in Chicago. The Skydeck features 4 glass ledges which you can stand on and look straight down onto the street. Being there and looking down 1,353 feet is a humbling experience.

 

If you're trying to take photos there, make sure you visit early and on a weekday. By early I mean really early! The Skydeck opens at 9am from March to September and at 10am from October to February. However, people are already lined up at the ticket office 30 minutes before opening. I highly suggest you get there at least 30 minutes before opening so that you get enough time on the glass ledge to take as many photos as you like. Another tip, make sure the weather is clear on the day of your visit! Your photos will look that much better if the weather is nice and you have a view.

233 S Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606

 

Girl sitting on Chicago Skydeck Ledge looking down - The Next Trip

Outfit: Dress / Shoes

 

Girl standing on Chicago Skydeck Glass Ledge 1,323 feet above ground - The Next Trip

Outfit: Dress

 

Two girls standing on Chicago Skydeck Glass Ledge - The Next Trip

Outfits: Yellow Dress / Red Dress

 

4. Machine: Engineered Dining and Drinks

 

Brand new to Chicago and located in Wicker Park, this restaurant has everything an Instagrammer’s heart could desire. From beautifully decorated bars, to flower walls, Instagram-worthy drinks (which also happen to be delicious), and a flower shop – Machine: Engineered Dining and Drinks has it all. Furthermore, check out this post to get a full tour of the restaurant.

1846 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

 

Machine Engineered: Dining and Drinks - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

Machine Engineered: Dining and Drinks - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Dress / Purse / Earrings

 

5. Sweet Mandy B’s

 

Just as sweet as their treats is the interior of this bakery and coffee shop. Step into a world of pastel tones, striped walls, and colorful furniture. You can’t help it but take a few pictures here, and their cupcakes will make your visit even sweeter.

The space at Sweet Mandy B’s is limited so I recommend arriving early in the morning to ensure that you have time to take pictures before the crowd arrives.

1208 W Webster Ave
Chicago IL, 60614

 

Sweet Mandy B's - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Top / Skirt (Similar) / Shoes (Similar)

 

Sweet Mandy B's - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

6. Le Macaron French Pastries

 

Speaking of sweet, if you’re looking for a hue of pink, you can’t miss Le Macaron. It’s a French bakery owned by Jeanne and Julien, specializing in, you guessed it, macarons. Their macarons are directly imported from France and are the perfect combination of a firm shell with a soft center that make your taste buds melt away. Besides the delicious treats, the highlight of the bakery is certainly their bright pink wall.

958 West Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

 

Le Macaron French Pastries - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

Le Macaron French Pastries - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Dress / Boots

 

7. Garfield Conservatory

 

Situated a 30 minute drive from the Loop, the Garfield Conservatory is a botanical conservatory and transports you to a tropical mood as soon as you enter those doors. There are a variety of rooms at the Conservatory, each of which are home to different fauna and flora. The mosaic fountain was a present from Chicago's sister city Casablanca, and it provides the ultimate Moroccan feeling.

Note that professional photography is restricted at the Garfield Conservatory and a permit is required prior to taking pictures here. I was able to take pictures for my personal Instagram account, but no outfit changes were allowed. To request a permit, you can give them a call: 312 742-4786.

300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624

 

Girl in front of Fountain at Garfield Conservatory Chicago - The Next Trip

 

Garfield Conservatory - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Wrap Top from Tyche / Skirt / Shoes (Similar)

 

8. La Bodega

 

Where La Bodega lacks in space, it sure makes up in instagrammable drinks and décor. Their churro hot chocolate makes every blogger heart melt and is only topped by the churro cone with customizable toppings. Did I mention that they also serve delicious tacos?

355 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

 

La Bodega - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

La Bodega - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

9. Maison Marcel

 

If you’re looking for some shabby chic spring vibes paired with delicious brunch or afternoon tea, Maison Marcel is your place! Originally from Marseille, the owners brought the French je ne sais quoi to Chicago and paired it with a cozy ambiance, wicker furniture, turquoise accents, and a bright space.

As a result, Maison Marcel is just as popular as you might think. I suggest you go early in the morning or mid-afternoon on week days to get as much space as possible, as it is one of the great Chicago Instagram spots!

3114 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

 

Maison Marcel - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Coat / Sweater (Similar) 

 

Maison Marcel also has the cutest pick-up window in Lincoln Park. It's an outdoor photo location but still super adorable. The wall art there is to die for and will look amazing in every Instagram feed. If you go early in the morning, you won't have to worry about any crowds. During the day, you will have a few customers come by and you might have to be more patient to get the shot. Make sure you visit on a cloudy day as the light tends to be better to shoot the wall if there is no direct sun.

2008 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614

 

Girl at Maison Marcel Pick Up Window in Lincoln Park Chicago - The Next Trip

 

Girl at Maison Marcel Pick Up Window in Lincoln Park Chicago - The Next Trip

 

10. Serena and Lily

 

Easily one of the most beautiful furniture and home décor stores in Chicago is Serena and Lily. Their new location right on Armitage is exquisitely decorated and transports you into spring even on the coldest or rainiest winter days. I was dreaming about decorating my future home with their blue and white pillows.

Serena and Lily is a retail store, however they allowed me to take pictures while the store wasn’t busy and as long as I did not interfere with any customers. I recommend giving them a call before going to ensure that they know you will be there.

853 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

 

Serena & Lily - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

Outfit: Jeans from The Mint Joulep Boutique / Sweater (Similar) / Bralette / Shoes (Similar) / Earrings

 

Serena & Lily - 10 Best Chicago Instagram Spots | The Next Trip

 

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The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter!

 

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The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter.
The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter.
The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter.
The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter.
The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter.
The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter!
The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter!
The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter!
The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter!
The 10 Best Indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago for content creation in Winter!

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