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Your Own Shadowban

How to get back in Instagram’s good graces.

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Shadowbanned on Instagram? Here’s What to Do

If your Instagram account has taken a sudden hit in engagement and reach, you might be shadowbanned—or (unofficially) penalized by the app’s algorithms, leading to limited visibility. Here’s how to address it:

  1. Confirm whether or not you’ve been shadowbanned.
    • Create a post using a unique hashtag that you haven’t used before.
    • Log out of your profile and switch to a different account.
    • After several hours have passed, search for the unique hashtag in the app.
      If your post doesn’t appear in the search results, it might mean that your profile is shadowbanned.
  2. Revoke permissions for any unapproved third-party apps.
    • Click the hamburger menu in the top right corner of your Instagram account.
    • Go to Settings > Security > Apps and Websites.
    • Revoke access to all third-party apps.
  3. Delete content that violates Instagram community guidelines.
    • Avoid spammy behavior like rapidly responding and generating fake engagement with bots.
    • When applicable, add a content warning to enable users to skip your content if they choose to.
  4. Delete banned hashtags.
    • Confirm if a hashtag is banned by typing it in the search bar.
    • Don’t use too many hashtags per post or broken hashtags.
  5. Contact Instagram support.
    • Go to Settings > Help.
    • Report the issue and request assistance in removing the shadow ban.

Check out EmbedSocial’s complete guide to the Instagram shadowban.

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