In my previous article I explained in details 4 ways you can avoid being shadowbanned on Instagram. If you haven’t read this article yet, I strongly recommend you do. I share crucial tips and tricks.
In this article, I show you how to check if you have been shadowbanned on Instagram.
How to check if you have been shadowbanned on Instagram
There is a very easy way to know if your Instagram account has been shadowbanned.
In his article David explained it really well. So I will simply share the process with you here.
This is how to check if you have been Instagram shadowbanned:
- Make a new post, using a hashtag that is not very popular (make up a hashtag if you want).
- Log into another account, or ask someone to help you. HERE IS THE TRICK: The helping account must not be following the account that might be shadowbanned.
- Search for the hashtag you used when uploading your image. The hashtag should have a count of public posts on the top right side. Your post is registered in the post count but does not appear in the feed. If your post is there when you search for the hashtag from a different account that doesn’t follow your main one, then you’re fine. If it’s not, that means you’re shadowbanned.
What happens if you have been shadowbanned?
If you have been shadowbanned, your hashtags won’t be searchable. In other words, your hashtags “won’t work”.
Only you and your current followers will be able to search for your posts. Anybody that is not following you won’t be able to see your posts, let alone like them.
This is the reason why you might see a severe drop in engagement (like, followers and comments).
How long does an Instagram shadowban last?
There is no set length of a shadowban. Some people wait for a week, others 3 weeks, others over 1 month.
How do you fix a shadowban?
Instagram has been tightening up their algorithm and staying true to their Terms of Services. It appears that any account that is looking suspicious (even if it is using a very innocent hashtag) can be potentially punished.
No one is 100% sure of what triggers a shadowban. However a lot of Instagram users have shared their experiences online. There are some recurring themes and helpful tips, which can help us try to avoid Instagram shadowban as much as possible. Make sure you read this article.
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Thanks for this information. As a Social Media Manager I get asked about this all the time and I’m trying to learn more about it. Instagram doesn’t provide much info for obvious reasons, it’s great the community is discovering best practices to avoid this from happening to them. I’ll be sure the share! Thanks!
Should we receive message from Instagram if we have been shadowbanned?
Unfortunately not. You don’t receive any notification from Instagram. You have to manually check if your account has been affected. Have a look at this article too if you need more information: https://thepreviewapp.com/avoid-instagram-shadowban/
Thank you Alexandra. I have nobady to help me. Maybe you can help me..please…
On 24.july i received this message from Instagram after i posted a video:
” We’ve removed the video you posted at 9:9 AM on July 24, 2017 because it included the following content:
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If you have permission to share everything in the video including the audio, like the soundtrack or music, you can appeal the removal and have your video re-posted. Remember that people should only post videos they have the right to share.”
I think the problem was about music copy right. I got the music from youtube and i thought it was ok. I didnt know that i have no right to publish the music although i used just few secounds of this music. Så i just sent “Appeal” (that was wrong) and my video came back to my page but the number of views were very few! I removed the video after 12 hours and i sent explanation many times to Instagram about the problem.
Next day i posted a new video(without copy right probelm), but it was the same problem. The number of views on my video are not real and i I expectet more than this, according to my followers and my previous posts. It means many of my videos from before, got more than 1000 views after 2 or 3 hours and little by little became more an more views and likes. But views on my last video, was just 180 after 12 hours and after two days, was maximum, 250! That is very unusual on my instagram.
I posted 3 videos again but i have still same problem.
I think the number of views have been limited from 24.july and only somebody can see my video or I can only see some of the views.
After i read articles about ” Shadowban”, i thought maybe its happened for my page. So i tried to find out some tricks and i dont think that it is Shadowban. There is no problem about hashtags that i use.
Also my followers go up and down ! I dont know what should i do? Instagram didnt fix my problem. Please help me…. (sorry for my bad english)….
Is it possible to just check without logging in? I know you can see the hashtag pages via browsers, even without logging into an account. Like this: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/grilledfruit/
I don’t know if this would be considered shadowban but randomly my “you” activity feed stopped working. I read online that only business accounts are having this issue because of different things like tags, hashtags, and double # comments but I don’t use tags or hashtags in my post and have already checked my comments for mysterious messages. Instagram hasn’t replied to the numerous amount of emails and reports that I have sent.
Thank you for the insight on the shadowband situation! I have been completely obliviously to this the whole time!! With that said, I definitely want to take corrective action. I’ll be implementing the tips you shared + continue using Preview to plan my feed! Thanks again!
Thank you so much! Can’t believe I wasn’t able to post just because I used the hashtag snapchat on my last post. It’s so stupid. Again, thank you!!
On some article they say you can check on some specific website whether you are shadowbann or not!
So those websites are genuine?
or they are just for to get traffic on their websites?