A Step-by-Step Guide To Reclaim Your Banned Instagram Account

Your Social Media Strategy
4 min readNov 3, 2023

Navigating Instagram’s unban process can be a labyrinth of false hopes and dead ends. This guide cuts through the confusion, offering clear, actionable steps to reclaim your digital presence. Arm yourself with the knowledge to tackle the challenge head-on and restore your account to its rightful status.

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Unveiling the Myths:

  1. The Reality of Unbanning Services: It’s important to understand that no third-party service can guarantee an unban from Instagram. The ones who have the clout are typically high-profile advertising firms, and it’s unlikely they’ll take on such tasks. Stay vigilant against scams.
  2. Persistence Over Punishment: Fear not about your IP or digital fingerprint being blocked due to frequent unban appeals. You’re free to submit as many as you feel necessary.
  3. Acknowledging the Breach: If you find yourself banned, it’s because Instagram’s Terms of Service were breached. It’s crucial to own up to this fact rather than deny any wrongdoing.
  4. The Human Touch: Be prepared to send multiple photos of yourself to verify your identity. Make each one count!
  5. Email Flexibility: You can use different email accounts to send your unban requests, not just the one associated with your Instagram profile.

The Unbanning Process:

  1. Desktop First: Begin the unban process on a desktop computer, as this is a prerequisite.
  2. No Hiding: Disable any privacy settings, VPNs, or proxies before you start.
  3. Email Authenticity: If using a custom email domain, ensure your SPF records are in order.
  4. Language Matters: Adjust your browser’s language settings to English (United States) for consistency.
  5. Patience is Key: The process can range from a few days to several weeks, so patience is essential.

Filling Out the Form — Opt 1:

Go to ​https://help.instagram.com/contact/1652567838289083 or​ https://www.facebook.com/help/instagram/contact/1652567838289083​ and fill out the form.

  • Privacy Preference: Always opt for ‘private person’ when given a choice.
  • Name Selection: The name field is flexible; choose any that you prefer.
  • Username Input: Enter your Instagram handle without the ‘@’.
  • Email Address: Provide your current email address.
  • Country Choice: Select ‘United States of America’ for the country.

After submitting the form, expect an email within 15 minutes. Follow the instructions without additional commentary unless you’re rejected, in which case a simple reply may suffice, though don’t expect further communication.

Alternative Options:

Option 2 — The Official Route:

  1. Visit the Instagram help page and affirm your issue — https://help.instagram.com/contact/1652567838289083
  2. Be ready with documentation for your brand, such as a business license or tax filing.
  3. Fill in your information and be ready to provide one of the following documents about your brand:
    - Local business license
    - Tax filing
    - Invoice
    - Certificate of Formation
    - Articles of Incorporation
    - Utility bill
    - Proof of domain name registration
    - Order fulfillment documentation

Option 3 — Direct Contact via Live Chat:

  1. Facebook Live Support: https://www.facebook.com/business/help/support?_rdc=1&_rdr=
  2. Select the issue closest to yours, or choose ‘Other issues’ if none apply.
  3. Provide contact details and a concise description of your problem.
  4. Engage with a real Facebook representative through Messenger or potentially a phone call.

Option 4 — Emailing Instagram Support:

  1. Send your appeal to Instagram’s security email: security@mail.instagram.com
  2. Include the following information:
    - Instagram username.
    - Email and phone number linked to the account.
    - Updated email and phone number that we can link to the account where we can send the verification code.
  3. Include essential details like your username and contact information.
  4. Be aware that responses are not immediate and may take time.

Persistence Pays Off:

If your reactivation request is denied, don’t give up. Continue sending requests. Success may come quickly or over time. Instagram treats each email as a unique individual, so consider creating email aliases to reapply.

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