Will a Person Know if You Send a Message on Instagram, Then Block Them Immediately?

Instagram is a fun place to catch up with family and friends or browse entertaining content. However, if someone is damping the experience by spamming you with unwanted messages, you likely want to block them.

Blocking and its associated features are sometimes confusing, but we got your back. This article will share answers to a frequent Instagram query, what happens if you send a message to someone and block them.

What Happens if You Message Someone on Instagram and Then Block Them Right After? 

Blocking a person on Instagram removes them from your follower list immediately. However, the direct message thread will stay on your feed and theirs even after you have blocked them.

So, if you had sent a message before blocking them, they will be able to see it. Further, the chat will stay in their conversations if they do not delete it.

Deleting the conversation from your chats will not delete the conversation at their end either. However, you will not be able to message each other anymore. 

Instagram does not inform others when you block them. So, the chat screen will not change for them, and they will not be able to find your account. The account will only be shown as Instagram User with a blank profile pic.

Moreover, they will not be able to search for your username, and the messages they send will not reach you. On your side of the chat screen, you will see that you have blocked them.

Therefore, you will not be able to send any messages to them either. Also, let us say you decide you unblock this person after a while. You will not receive the DMs they sent while blocked, even after unblocking them.

But the sender will have those messages on their chat screen and can share the screenshot with you if need be.

Can Someone See Your Message After You Block Them on Instagram?

Yes, they will have all the messages shared between you two before you blocked them. They can see your messages on their DM’s page in the chat thread.

But if they try to visit your profile by clicking on your display picture, they might get varied responses. Instagram might show them your profile info (photo, no. of followers, following, and posts) for some time after you block them.

A while later, though, they will not see any info on your profile and will not be able to search it either. Therefore, while they might find out that you have blocked them, they will still have access to the messages shared between both of you. 

If you block someone and do not want them to see your recent messages, you should select the Unsend option before blocking them. You can do this by tapping on that message and unsend.

This action will remove that particular message from the conversation. Further, they will receive a notification when you send the message. If you Unsend it a while later, they might already read it.

However, if you unsend a message right after sending it, they will get a notification stating “This message is no longer available” and will not be able to see the message. 

What Happens to the Group Chats After You Block Someone?

If you block someone, you probably do not want any communication with them on Instagram. Hence, you might also want to stop receiving messages from them in groups.

Instagram says it will show you a dialogue box highlighting the groups you share with the person. It will then give you the option of leaving those groups to stop receiving messages.

If you do not leave the groups, you will continue to see DMs shared within the group. Also, blocked people can still mention you, though you will not get a notification.

So, you might see them mentioning you in conversations in the group. You can change this by changing the privacy setting for tags and mentions. 

The only way to stop receiving group messages from a blocked person is to leave the groups you share.

Moreover, the people you block will not be able to join any chat rooms that you create. Even if you start a live chat room with a group, they will not be able to join it. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can people I block see my pictures and posts?

No, people you block will not be able to see your pictures and post after you block them. They might be able to search your profile.

After landing on your profile page, they will not see any info such as the number of posts or followers. If you had sent them any pictures in DMs prior to blocking them, they might be able to see them. 

What happens to the comments and likes after I block someone on Instagram?

People you block can no longer comment, like, or even see your posts. Further, the likes and comments on posts from before you blocked them will also be removed.

However, Instagram sometimes includes their likes and comments in the total count. But upon clicking on View All Comments, those comments will not show.

Others who see the comments on your posts will also not see the comments made by someone you have now blocked.

If I block someone on Instagram, will it block them on Facebook?

Yes, if you set up your Facebook and Instagram accounts in the accounts center. In this case, if you block someone on Instagram, they will not be able to message on Facebook. However, if you have not set up your accounts, you will have to block them on Facebook separately.


When you block someone on Instagram, you most likely do not want any connection with them online. However, if you send a message to someone and block them, the messages will remain.

Both of you will have the messages in your chats, but they will not be able to send any messages further. Consider a few things before blocking someone.

They might find out that they are blocked when they cannot find your profile. If you do not want them to find out, consider restricting or muting them based on your concern.