Got your Instagram Disabled? Here’s the Recovery Guide you Need

| Updated on March 1, 2024

Have you got your Instagram disabled? Quite scary, right? And why not; once your Instagram gets disabled, there is no surety that if you are going to get it back or not. No matter if you use your Instagram for business or for personal use, losing access to it is almost a nightmare especially if you don’t know how to recover it.

In some cases, it is always possible to recover your Instagram by simply resetting the password but this method will not work if Instagram has disabled it. In this guide, you will find out how you can get back a disabled Instagram account. But before that, know the reasons that can result in a disabled Instagram account.

Why a Disabled Instagram Account?

Get this clear in your head that Instagram can disable your account anytime and that too without warning. And when you will try to login to your Instagram account, you will be welcomed with a message “Error- Your account has been disabled for violating our terms. Learn how you may be able to restore your account.”

This error message is mainly due to violating Instagram’s Community Guidelines and Terms of Use. Once you have created an Instagram account, it is important to follow the guidelines as any violation can get your account disabled. Also, if the violation is severe, your account may get permanently disabled.

Although Instagram never mentions why they disabled your account, the things listed below are considered unethical on Instagram:

  1. Posting hate speech
  2. Illegal activities
  3. Promoting nudity
  4. Graphic violence 

These are the most common reasons why Instagram disables an account. Moreover, if you do the violation repeatedly, you may get your account banned forever.

How Can You Get Back Your Account Disabled by Instagram?

When you see the error message telling you that you have violated the terms and you will not be able to log in to your account, the first Instagram asks is to ‘Learn More’ about what happened and how you can restore your account.

Instagram disabled my account error message
  1. So your first step should be to click on ‘Learn More’ as prompted by Instagram.
  2. You will be directed to a page where you will get further instructions to get your account back. You can check out the terms not following which caused violation or if you want to directly jump to the recovery thing, click on ‘Let us know’
Let us know if this was a mistake Instagram
  1. On the new tab, you will get some new instructions i.e. if you think disabling your account was a mistake, let the Instagram officials know. And for that, you have to answer if your Instagram account represents a business, brand or it is just a regular account.
My Instagram account has been deactivated form
  1. If yours is a Business Instagram account, select ‘Yes’ and then you will be further required to fill in some information such as:
  • Full Name
  • Your Instagram Username
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Country
  • One of the business documents listed there

Once you are done filling in the information, click on ‘Send’.

Enter your full name, Instagram username, email address and country
Fill the reactivation form and click on send
  1. If you selected ‘No’, you will be required to enter your account information and click on ‘Send’.

That’s how you can submit an appeal to Instagram and let them get back to you over email. This is the only legal way to get your Instagram back after being disabled. This should not take more than a few days to get a reply from them. If following the above process doesn’t restore the disabled Instagram account, you can send them an appeal again.

Also, if you were running a fake Instagram account, this is one of the major violations of Instagram terms and can get your account disabled.

Instagram may or may not respond back depending on the violation and also the instructions you will receive to get your account may differ. So if you are sure from your side that you haven’t done any major violation, be consistent in requesting them to give your account back and you may get lucky.

How to Reactivate a Deactivated/Disabled Instagram Account?

Instagram also gives you the option to temporarily deactivate your account so that you can take a break from social media whenever you want. 

When you deactivate or self-disable your Instagram account, it completely hides you from the social media platform that makes it look like you have deleted your Instagram profile. You can easily deactivate your Instagram account using any mobile or computer browser and if you need any help, you can refer to this dedicated guide- How to Deactivate Instagram Account?

However, it is quite easy to get back to your deactivated or disabled Instagram account in this case. You can simply reactivate your Instagram account by entering your username and password and all your content will also get restored. 

Can you Get Back your Deleted Instagram Account?

Instagram also gives you the liberty to exit their platform forever by deleting your account. It is possible that you have mistakenly deleted your Instagram account without knowing the repercussions or deleted it on purpose but now want to get it back and wondering whether it is possible or not. 

So let me break it to you, “a permanently deleted Instagram account can only be recovered within 30 days from the date you have pressed the ‘Delete My Account’ button”.

So, if you have deleted your Instagram account a few days back and the 30-days period is still not over, you can easily recover your deleted Instagram account by simply logging in to it.

Can a Hacked Account be Disabled by Instagram? 

A hacked account can also get disabled by Instagram due to violations. A hacker can also get your Instagram account disabled on purpose to create bigger trouble for you. So, if you think your Instagram account was hacked and then disabled, there is something you can try.

Whenever someone else changes your Instagram password, you receive an email from Instagram about the same. If you have received the email, you can quickly reverse the action by following the instructions provided therein. 

Alternatively, you can try resetting your Instagram password using your email address or phone number that is linked to your account. By doing that, you might get access back to your Instagram account, but you need to be really quick in taking action before the hackers misuse your account. 

If you get access to your account, make sure to quickly change your password, and stop any access given to third-party apps from your Instagram account. 

The tricky situation is when the hackers have replaced your linked email address or phone number with theirs, this can make it difficult for you to reactivate your Instagram account by simply resetting your password. 

Now, if the situation has gotten worse, and you realized that your account has got disabled after getting hacked, you can then submit an appeal to Instagram where you can explain to them the real scenario; for that, you just have to follow the same steps as explained before.To get further help, you can visit the Official Instagram Help Page.

Janvi Panthri

Senior Writer, Editor

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