How to Fix “Your Account Has Been Temporarily Locked” on Instagram

Every social media app has community guidelines to ensure that the platform is safe and secured. Do you remember agreeing to the terms and conditions while launching an app on your mobile? Some of us might have read those terms & conditions entirely, and most of us might have not. But that is where the core things are defined, which you should agree to use the app.

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The same applies to Instagram as well. Instagram has a set of community guidelines, and they are definitely serious about it. If you’re an Instagram user, you have agreed to abide by those community guidelines and terms of use. Only after agreeing to those terms and conditions use the application. When you breach those guidelines, Instagram may end up disabling, deleting your content, locking your account, or end up imposing other restrictions.

In this blog, we will discuss one such restriction of Instagram, which is “Your account has been temporarily locked ”. If you have received a notification like this, this blog will help you figure out how to solve this case. We will discuss why you get this notification, what you can do about it, and some tips on preventing this from happening in the future.

Why Your Account Temporarily Locked on Instagram?

Instagram will not send you this type of notification unless and until there is something suspicious happening in your account. Well, if you’re wondering what possibly could be that suspicious activity, we listed below some of the reasons why Instagram sends you this notification. 

1. Liking and commenting too fast

Let’s say you’re a social media addict, and you keep on liking and commenting on the post that comes in your feed. Not to mention, this has become a habit for most of us. 

But this becomes a suspicious activity when hundreds of likes and comments are made in just under five minutes. Also, that is not humanly possible. Instagram will lock your account usage if it notices these kinds of activities in your account.

2. Following and unfollowing a massive set of people frequently

Well, you may have noticed some people doing this. Some Instagram users tend to follow back whoever follows their account. 

Using this to gain more followers, some people might follow a bulk number of accounts. Once a few accounts follow them back, they end up unfollowing them. If they do this frequently, Instagram will send a temporarily locked notification or restrict the account.

3. Posting the same comment multiple time

Some users post the same comment under all the posts, irrelevant of what the post is about. Why do people do this? Commenting will help users to grow their accounts. So, some do this for the sake of engagement. But, if the user crosses a specific limit, Instagram tends to take this as unusual activity and temporarily lock the account.

4. Use of third-party apps 

Using third-party apps for Instagram is against their terms of use. Automating some activities on Instagram can be easily detected, and this might also be a reason for Instagram locking your account temporarily. Some people use third-party apps for Instagram business. Also, remember, Instagram allows business accounts to use some third-party apps. In the end, it all depends on what the third-party app is used for. If you’re using some of those apps which are not approved, that might also be the reason for the temporary lock.

5. Phished account credentials

Are you wondering what the word “phished” even means? It means a person is being tricked, and their data will be stolen by some random attackers or hackers using fraudulent websites. You might have been asked to click a link and directed to a fraudulent website. In the case of Instagram, you might have unknowingly signed in using your Instagram credentials through a fraudulent website. Now that hackers have your Instagram account details, Instagram will send you temporarily lock your account.

6. Your account might have gotten reported

If your activity or content somehow bothers the other person, they may report you. If your account gets a lot of reports, Instagram will restrict your use, and your account will be temporarily locked.

Your account may have been blocked by Instagram for any of the reasons mentioned above. If you’ve done any of those acts, you might know what caused Instagram to send you a “Your account has been temporarily disabled” notification.

How to Fix “Your Account Has Been Temporarily Locked” on Instagram

What if you haven’t done any of the acts mentioned above, but your account has been locked? Firstly, Instagram doesn’t lock accounts randomly. You may have done any of that unconsciously or for any other reason; Instagram has locked your account temporarily.

Now that you’re facing this problem, you would like to know if there is a way out. If you think your account has been disabled by mistake, then you do really have an option. In order to get your account back, there is a process. Don’t worry; we are going to guide you step by step.

Step 1: Visit Browser. Search for the Instagram deactivation form. Tap on the My Instagram account was deactivated page. 

Note: Make sure the page you’re on is the right one.

Step 2: Fill in the form with details that are appropriate to your circumstances.

You will be asked to fill in your name email id, which is linked to your Instagram account, your username, and your mobile number. At the end of the form, you will be asked to describe why you think your account should not have been disabled. 

Step 3: Once you are done with all the filling up work, tap on send.

Now that you have finished the above steps, the next step is waiting for Instagram to send you an email. 

In that email, Instagram will ask you to take a photo of yourself holding a code. This code will be sent to you via email, and you have to write it down and take a picture of yourself holding it. Once you’re done, send it to Instagram.

Make sure your face and the code are super clear so that you don’t have to do the entire process again to get Instagram’s approval.

After doing that, wait for Instagram to send you a confirmation email about restoring your account.

How Not to Handle this Problem?

One common mistake people make is seeking third-party Instagram recovery services. We understand your Instagram account is critical to you, but recovering it through another third party is not a wise choice. Instagram is the one who locked your account, and only they can give it back to you with total privacy. Passing on your Instagram credentials to third-party people in the quest of recovering your account is not an intelligent choice.

How to prevent this from happening in the future?

Let’s say you were able or unfortunately unable to recover your account. Whatever the situation, you wish not to get this experience again, right? So, here is a list of do’s and don’t to prevent this from happening in the future.


  • Don’t do something suspicious.
  • Do not use automation. Using automation for following, unfollowing, liking, and commenting will likely put your account in danger.
  • Remove third-party apps. And if you’re curious about how it’s done, you’ll find it explained in the below section of the blog.
  • Don’t spam people in their inboxes.
  • Don’t do those things which encourage people to report your account.


Well, often hearing the news “my Instagram account has been hacked,” some of us might wonder if our Instagram account is safe. To ensure it is safe, here is what you can do about it.

  • Do you feel your Instagram account is hacked? Here is how to check it.
  • Change your password or send yourself a password reset email.
  • Try changing your password by sending a password reset email to yourself.
  • Use the two-factor authentication option.
  • Confirm if the account number, email address, and account settings are correct.
  • Go to the Accounts Center and remove the linked accounts you don’t recognize.
  • If you’re using a third-party app and find it suspicious, cancel access to it.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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