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Do you know how to report abuse on Instagram? Whether you want to report a user or remove a piece of content on Instagram, it’s important to know how to do it before you get an account. That way, you will know what to do when you come across something inappropriate on Instagram.

What Is the Difference between Reporting and Blocking an Instagram User?

Basically, blocking a user will only prevent the user from contacting you. For example, they will not be able to message you, comment on your images/videos, etc.

Reporting someone should take place when the person is impacting Instagram’s community with their photos, videos, and/or behavior.

In essence, reporting a user means you are banning the user from using Instagram.

How to Report a User on Instagram

To report an Instagram user, you need to do 3 simple things:

1) Go to the user’s profile you want to report

2) Press the ‘Settings’ icon (the button with three dots) in the top-right corner; you will get a pop-up menu with the ‘Block User’ and ‘Report’ user in red.

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3) Click on ‘Report’.

4) Decide whether the user is posting inappropriate content or if they’re posting spam. (Spam refers to robots that post or tag you in automated messages on social media.)

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Watch this video to see a live demonstration of how to report a user on Instagram.

How to Report a Photo/Video on Instagram

You can report any piece of content on Instagram by following these steps:

1. Click on the button that has three dots.

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(If you are on your Instagram newsfeed, you’ll find it next to the username. If you’ve already clicked on the photo, you can locate it on the bottom-right of the screen.)

2. Tap on ‘Report’.

Once you do that, you might get a list of options for why you are reporting the photo. Select the options that’s most relevant to you.

How to Report a Comment on Instagram

Simply do the following if you want to report a comment on Instagram:

1. If you haven’t already, tap on the comment icon.

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This will take you to the comments section.

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2. Swipe left on the comment you want to report.

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3. Press the exclamation mark. (A pop-up-screen will appear.)

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4. Decide whether the comment is ‘Spam or Scam’ or ‘Abusive Content.’

Watch this video if you want a live demonstration on how to report a comment using your iPhone. (It’s the same as reporting a comment on an Android.)

Any Questions?

For more information, you can go to Instagram’s Help Center. They have more details on how to stay safe on Instagram.

We’d also love to hear from you. Post comment below for any clarifications you may need.

We hope you now know how to report things on Instagram.