How not to get added to Instagram groups

Your friends have decided to throw a party and have created a group on Instagram to invite all participants, including you. You are happy to have been taken into consideration, however you believe that the addition to this group – which is not the first that you have experienced – is annoying, due to the frequent notifications of new messages you receive. You wonder, therefore, if there is a solution to remedy the problem and prevent it from happening again in the future.

Fortunately for you, the answer is affirmative and, if you want, I can explain everything to you in detail. In the next chapters of this guide, you will find explained how not to be added to Instagram groups through various solutions useful for this purpose, which will allow you to take some precautions related to adding to groups on the well-known photographic social network.

How do you say? Are you eager to learn more and can’t wait to get started? Okay then: sit down comfortably and just take a few minutes of free time. Read carefully the information I am about to give you and you will see that you will succeed easily and quickly in the intent you have proposed. Have a good reading!


Information preliminaries


Before explaining how not to get added to Instagram groups , I have to give you some preliminary information about it.

First of all, you need to know that Instagram filters out requests for adding to groups by default, in case they are made by people who don’t follow each other.

In some contexts, therefore, the addition to the groups must be approved by the added user, who receives a notification and, if he deems it appropriate, can accept adding to the group by pressing a specific button.

If, on the other hand, requests are made between people who follow each other, these are automatically accepted. In any case, as I will explain in the chapter dedicated to the topic, it is possible to exit the groups to which you have been added in a fairly simple way.

Also, you should know that, at least at the time of writing this guide, Instagram allows you to only partially block adding to groups. In fact, it is possible to implement some alternative solutions, such as choosing who can add you, deactivating notifications for group requests, blocking a user or setting a private profile: procedures on which I will provide you with more details in the following chapters.

At this point, if you want to know more about the subject, continue reading: in the next lines you will find all the instructions step by step step on how to proceed to succeed in the intent you proposed by acting through the Instagram app for Android and iOS and, where possible, also from the official website of the photographic social network, therefore also from PC .

How to block Instagram groups

Come bloccare gruppi Instagram

If you are wondering how to block spam groups on Instagram , the best method is probably to pass by a specific ica feature available in the options of the official mobile app (at the time of writing the option does not appear on the official website).

In fact, despite it is not possible to completely block the inclusion in groups by other people, at least you can choose who has “authorization” to add you. Unfortunately, there are not many specific options, since you can simply decide to allow everyone to be able to do this or “enable” only those you follow on Instagram . However, using this feature with a bit of cunning shouldn’t have a problem blocking unsolicited grouping .

In any case, to proceed, open the Instagram app, log in to your account, press on the account icon , present at the bottom of right, tap the ☰ icon located at the top right, select Settings from the menu that is proposed to you and go to the Privacy section. At this point, first tap on the Messages option and then on the Who can add you to groups option. From here you can make your choice, depending on your needs, by checking the Everyone on Instagram box or the Only people you follow on Instagram box.

This last option is interesting for your goal, as enabling it people you don’t follow will no longer be able to add you to groups . Put simply, if an unknown tries to add you to one of the classic spam groups, Instagram will inform them that this is not possible , as you have set “restrictions “In this sense.

Clearly, using this option does not mean completely blocking the possibility of being included in unsolicited groups. In fact, if you are one of those people who follow a lot of profiles on Instagram, the latter could continue to carry out this operation. However, you understand that this simple option can greatly reduce posting to spam groups.

Also, by choosing in “wise” way who to follow on Instagram , you shouldn’t have too many problems, actually putting in place a sort of “block” of Instagram groups.

Disable notifications for group requests

Messaggi di Direct Instagram

As mentioned, requests relating to groups are automatically filtered by Instagram , in case they are made by people who do not follow each other.

In this specific case, in fact, the added user receives a notification regarding the request to join a group that can be rejected by pressing the Ignore button . Furthermore, even in the event of membership, the group can be subsequently abandoned by pressing the Abandon button.

This specific notification can be disabled through the social network settings, acting as a smartphone. To do so, start the Instagram app on your device, log into your account and go to your profile screen.

Then, press the icon ☰ located in the upper right corner and, in the menu that is shown to you, tap on the item Settings . Now, press on Notifications and then on the wording Direct Messages. Finally, check the No item, corresponding to the wording Group requests .

Block a user

Bloccare un utente

To prevent a specific user from being added to a group, you can block them on Instagram. This operation, in fact, provides that the blocked user can no longer view the profile of the person who implemented the block and, moreover, also prevents any other form of future interaction.

To achieve this, you can act through the Instagram app, but also through the official website of the photographic social network.

In both cases, in the main screen of Instagram it identifies the user to be blocked via the search engine (the magnifying glass icon ), so you can go to his profile. Then, tap on the (…) icon and, in the menu that is shown to you, press the Block button ( Block this user from the Web ).

The operation in question is reversible, by pressing the Unblock button corresponding to the blocked account, the whose name is visible in the Settings> Privacy> Blocked Accounts section of the Instagram app. If you have any doubts or problems, please refer to my tutorial dedicated to the topic.

Setting the private profile

Impostare il profilo privato

Set the private profile is another solution that you can put in place to ensure that the request for adding to groups is filtered. By activating this option, in fact, requests relating to new followers (who, as mentioned, can automatically add people to groups, in case of mutual follow) are submitted for approval.

However, keep in mind that the activation of the private account means that the profile and also all the multimedia contents published are visible only to users who are already among their followers and those subsequently approved as such.

Having said that, if you want to succeed in this intent, you can act through the Instagram app but also from the official website of the social network. In both cases, to proceed, log in to your account and go to the section dedicated to Settings by pressing the ☰ icon from your smartphone or the gear from the Web.

Once this is done, in the Privacy section ( Privacy and security from the Web) make sure that set to ON the Private account option, in order to enable this function which is reversible at any time, by moving the appropriate button to OFF .

In case of doubts or problems or for more information about it, read my tutorial dedicated to the subject.

Leave a group

Uscire dal gruppo Instagram

If, despite all the precautionary measures I’ve told you so far, you’ve still been added to a group and now want to leave, don’t worry cup yourself: you can succeed in this intent at any time, by acting through the Instagram app, but also from the official website of the social network.

In both cases, first log into your account, in order to go to the section dedicated to private messages (pressing the icon of the airplane located in the upper right corner). Then, locate the group to which you have been added and press on it, to view it.

Finally, press on the icon (i ) located in the upper right corner and, in the menu that is shown to you, press on the item Leave chat . Finally, confirm the operation by pressing the Abandon button. Easy, isn’t it?

Salvatore Aranzulla

Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and
Microsoft. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of, one of the
thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he responds with simplicity to thousands of computer-related doubts. He has published for Mondadori and
Mondadori Informatica.

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