Instagram disabled my account for no reason – Here’s why

As with all social media platforms, the moderators who monitor activity on Instagram have the power to instantly disable your account whenever they feel like it.

While there are general guidelines and rules that must be broken for your account to be disabled, some users often report that their account has been disabled for no reason whatsoever.

Given the fact that Instagram doesn’t always reveal the specific reason why your account has been disabled, it can leave users feeling frustrated.

In this article, we are going to look at a couple of reasons why your Instagram might have been disabled and also look at the steps you will need to take in order to get your account back. Let’s get started.

Instagram disabled my account for no reason – What you might have done

The reality of the situation is that you will have done something in order to trigger an account disable.

Of course, there is the off chance that a moderator has gone rogue and decided to disable your account for no reason, but the chances of that actually happening are rare so we are going to focus on the most likely explanations.

The most likely reason for your account being disabled is because you’ve broken their community guidelines.

While if the offence is relatively minor you may get away with a digital slap on the wrist, if you are a repeat offender then you can expect them to come down hard on you and disable your account without a second thought.

While we won’t go through each and every Instagram community guideline in detail, some general good rules to follow on the platform, to prevent your account from being disabled, are as follows:

  • Make sure that you have the rights to each post on your profile.
  • Don’t post nude photographs on to the platform.
  • Don’t engage with any illegal content on the platform, whether that be commenting on other posts or creating your own.
  • Don’t use hate speech.
  • Don’t use racist language.
  • Don’t attack anyone on the platform, especially if the attack is based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation to name but a few.
  • Don’t glorify or encourage self harm
  • Don’t post any content that contains graphic violence.

If you stick by these rules then there should be no reason for the Instagram moderators to disable your account.

Spam-type messaging

While the majority of the points covered above relate to content that you post on the platform, there is another common reason, unrelated to posting, why you may have had your Instagram account disabled.

This point revolves around direct messaging, otherwise known as DMing for those familiar with the platform.

If you are seen to be harassing users on Instagram then the moderators may well take the action to disable your account.

Similarly, if you send abusive messages to another users and they report your account then there is every chance that your account will be disabled.

In other words, just behave appropriately on the platform, especially when it comes to direct messaging. Something which you may find funny, could be offensive to the person you are DMing.

Hackers causing havoc

If you genuinely still can’t think of a reason as to why your account has been disabled then it’s time to consider whether your account has been hacked.

If you have then it isn’t unfathomable that the hacker has either been posting ban-worthy content on your account or sending spam-type messages to other Instagram users.

The best way to get around this is to reset your password to protect your hacked Instagram account. This should kick the hackers off your account and give you sole access again.

To reset your password on the Instagram app, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Tap your account icon on the bottom right-hand side of the screen.
  3. Select the three-lined icon on the top right-hand side of the screen and click ‘settings’.
  4. Select ‘security’ and then ‘password’.
  5. You will then receive an email to your registered email address with a link to reset your password.

You can do this for both personal accounts and for business accounts too.

How to get your account back

Regardless of whether you know the reason why your account has been disabled, it will be good to know the steps required to get your account back.

The process is fairly straightforward and can be undertaken either by using the mobile phone app or by using Instagram on a web browser.

To get the ball rolling, you are going to need to fill out this form.

Ensure that all of the fields are inputted correctly and provide as much information and/or evidence as possible in the box that asks you to explain why you’re appealing the decision.

So, you are able to confirm your account and request a review with Instagram. You should hear back from an employee with the outcome of your appeal within a couple of weeks.


To conclude, unless you have been hacked then you should be able to remember a possible reason for your Instagram account being disabled. And a disabled Instagram account is usually caused by breaking the rules.

We would urge you to take a read through the Instagram community guidelines and ensure that you are adhering to them if you are fortunate enough to get your account back. We hope that the information provided above will help you to achieve exactly that.

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Andy is a Professional Content Editor with expertise in a whole host of areas (or so he tells us anyway). His main interests are sports, tv/film and social media. He has reviewed over 100 apps so far for Apps UK.

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