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How to block words, phrases, and emojis on Instagram

Because people are terrible, you sometimes need to block certain things from your comments and Stories.

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Instagram is one of the most popular social networks out there, but with that popularity comes a ton of trolls and just plain mean people.

These types of people can tarnish your experience on the platform, but there is something you can do to avoid some of the toxicity that you might encounter on your own posts.

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If you want to improve your Instagram experience by blocking certain words, phrases, and emojis, we will show you how to do that below.

You can block certain words and phrases on Instagram – here’s how

If you want to block certain things from your posts, Stories, and DMs on Instagram, muting these words is a great first step.

Thankfully, you can do this in just a couple of steps:

Press on the hamburger menu from your profile pagehow to hide likes on instagram
Select Settings -> Privacyinstagram hidden words how to
Then, tap on Hidden Wordsinstagram hidden words feature
Scroll down to Custom words for messages and commentshide comments filter
Tap Manage custom words and phrases and add anything you would like to include (separate entries with commas)how to block words and phrases
Once you’ve added everything, make sure to toggle on Hide comments and Hide message requests to activate the featuretoggle options for blocked words

Once you have completed these steps, you will have successfully blocked hateful or triggering words and phrases from appearing in comments and message requests.

Much like the ability to mute words on Twitter, this feature can bring some much-needed peace of mind to your browsing experience.

Let Instagram choose what to block

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While setting custom words and phrases is probably the best course of action, Instagram has auto-filtering options that seem to do a decent job of keeping unneeded garbage away from you.

This section is also found under the Hidden Words menu option; you can see the screen above.

This is also a nice way to block spam message requests, so we recommend turning that option on at the very least.

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