How to recover a blocked, deactivated, or hacked Instagram account
If your Instagram account has been blocked, deactivated, or hacked, all is not lost. There is a way to get it back.
Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, and losing access to your account can be a real headache for you. This would mean losing years of photos and videos, as well as all of your followers. But fortunately, in most cases, it is not too complicated to try to recover your Instagram account.
To help you in this process, we have prepared this handy guide on how to recover your Instagram account, whether it has been deactivated, hacked, or deleted. Depending on your situation, account recovery could take a few days or a few weeks. So, let’s begin.
How to recover an Instagram account that has been disabled
When you receive the dreaded message that your account has been deactivated, after digesting the scare, the first thing the application will ask you to do is provide more information. By selecting this option, you will be guided step by step through the process in which you will have to execute all the instructions offered by the platform, but keep in mind that in order to recover your account, you will have to go through an appeal process. The only way this will work is if your account has been disabled by mistake, because if you admit your mistake and regret breaking the rules, it may not be enough.
Another place where you can send appeals is on the official Instagram contact page. Here, you will simply have to fill in the required fields and click Submit for your case to be reviewed.
At some point in the process, the platform may ask you to submit a selfie as verification, and you can repeat the appeal process as many times as you like until you get a resolution. Assuming you haven’t intentionally broken any important rules, it shouldn’t take you more than a few days to get a response. Don’t be afraid to be persistent and you will eventually get your account back in no time.
How to reactivate an Instagram account
A few years ago Instagram added the option to temporarily deactivate your account when you need to take a break away from the busy world of social media. This action can only be done through a mobile browser or a computer since it is not possible to do it from the app. But all your content will be deleted and it will appear that the account was completely deleted.
However, it is very easy to recover a deactivated Instagram account. Simply sign back in on any device and your account will be automatically reactivated. Depending on how long you’ve been away, you may need to agree to new terms and conditions since you’ve been gone.
How to recover a hacked Instagram account
Instagram accounts are a frequent target for hackers. Generally, hackers swarm the network looking for access to private accounts, trying to sell your username, or trying to steal your personal data for their illicit actions.
If you suspect that your Instagram account has been hacked, you should take action as soon as possible, the longer unscrupulous hands have access to your account, the more damage they can do to your privacy and online reputation.
In this case, the first thing you should do is check if you have an email from Instagram indicating that the email linked to your account has been changed.
This is the easiest way for hackers to take control of your account, but if you manage to find the email, you can immediately reverse the action. If you can’t find the email, there’s one more option to fix it before it’s too late, by requesting that a login link be sent to your phone number:
- On the login screen, tap Get help signing in (on Android) or Forgot your password? (on iOS).
- You can then enter your phone number to have a temporary login link sent to you.
- Follow the instructions from there to regain access.
If this restores access to your account, you must immediately change your password and revoke any access granted to any third-party applications. You may also find yourself following some new accounts now, but don’t worry about that until your account is secured. If all else fails, you can still report the hacked account to regain access.
How to report a hacked Instagram account
It may not be that easy to regain access to your account once it has been hacked, however, there is still a chance to report it. These are the steps you must follow
- If you’re using Android, on the login screen, tap the Get help signing in option.
- If you are an iOS user, from the same screen click on Forgot your password? (on iOS).
- Enter your username, email address, or phone number and tap Next.
- Then, click on the option Do you need more help? and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
As part of this process, you will need to submit a photo of yourself with a security code to verify your identity. To minimize the chance of being hacked again, make sure to turn on two-factor authentication as soon as possible.
Can a deleted Instagram account be recovered?
We’re sorry to tell you that if you or someone with your login information has deleted your Instagram account, you won’t be able to recover it. Because of this, you should be very careful about sharing your information with anyone else.
But, although you cannot recover a deleted Instagram account, what you can do is create a new one using the same email address or phone number. For obvious reasons, you will not be able to use the same username, nor will you be able to retrieve your followers or published images.
That’s all for our guide to recovering your Instagram account. And remember, with a little persistence, any account that hasn’t been permanently deleted can be recovered.