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Here’s how to get rid of annoying Instagram ads


Since Instagram introduced advertising and a non-chronological feed, there has been no shortage of paid posts in users’ feeds. These days, scrolling through your feed feels like driving past multiple billboards or watching cable TV on a freeway.

So, if you’re tired of scrolling past annoying ads on Instagram, read on. This article will give you detailed step-by-step guides on how to reduce and remove Instagram ads.

This is how Instagram ads work

It’s not uncommon to rack your brains after following the brands trying to sell you products only to find that you see a paid ad instead of a regular post.

Instagram ads work by tracking your activity on the app. The more you interact with a brand’s content by liking or commenting on their posts, the more likely you will be targeted by ads from that brand.

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But that’s not the only way to find these ads. Instagram also tracks your activity on other websites owned by Facebook and even third party websites.


Have you ever browsed for Nike sneakers with Google, only to be bombarded with sneaker advertising on Facebook and Instagram? It seems strange and can scare you, but this is how Facebook targets you with relevant ads across all apps.

Facebook does this through its retargeting service Facebook Exchange, which allows advertisers to track your browsing habits online so they can show you more relevant ads. Additionally, you might see the same sponsored ads multiple times, making them obtrusive and repetitive – which can potentially ruin your in-app experience.

Related: Facebook and Instagram add notes that say user tracking keeps their apps free

How to Identify Instagram Ads

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Instagram advertising

Instagram ads

Instagram ads will appear in your main feed and stories with the label Sponsored at the top of the post, under the brand name. They also include an action button at the bottom. A sponsored post can be an image or video and prompts you to take action based on the company’s goal for the ad.

Here are some of the actions you might be prompted to take:

  • Install now for app-related ads.
  • Download to download what is advertised.
  • Sign up to register on a site.
  • Shopping now to buy the advertised product.
  • Learn more to get more information about the advertised product or service.

How to display promotional information on Instagram

Instagram keeps an eye on the ads you’ve interacted with at Ad activity. To view this activity, do the following:

  1. Tap your Profile picture in the lower right corner to get to yours profile.

  2. Tap the Three-bar menu in the top right corner, then go to settings.

  3. Tap To sue, then choose Ad activity.

Ad activity shows you your recent activities based on your engagements. You can choose Ad themes to tell Instagram what topics you don’t want to see ads on, but this won’t completely remove ads – just ads for certain things.

How to Remove Instagram Ads

There are several methods you can use to remove Instagram ads such as: B. Hiding and reporting certain ads on Instagram and blocking certain accounts.

But beware: While it’s impossible to completely block ads on Instagram, you can restrict or block irrelevant or annoying ads on the app every time you see them. This can make a noticeable difference in your app experience, so it’s worth a try.

Here’s how …

Method 1: hide Instagram ads

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Hide Instagram ad

Instagram ads

If you find a particular ad annoying or repetitive, it’s easy to hide it.

To hide an ad on Instagram, just follow these steps:

  1. If you go through your feed and come across a sponsored post that you don’t like, tap that Three point menu in the top right corner of the post.

  2. Tap Hide the ad.

  3. On demand Why are you hiding this ad?, select the most appropriate option from the list that appears. This is to help Instagram better control your ad experience in the app in the future.

Marking it as inappropriate or irrelevant will reduce the chances of the ad appearing again in your feed because you will be seen as the wrong audience for the ad. Choosing any other option may simply decrease the number of times you see it.

If you want the ad removed from Instagram due to some violation of community standards or false advertising, then you should use the second method …

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Method 2: report ads on Instagram

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Instagram report ads

Report ad reasons

To report an ad that you think is inappropriate or misleading, please do the following:

  1. Tap the Three point menu in the top right corner of the post.

  2. Tap Report the ad.

  3. Under Why are you reporting this ad?, select the reason you were reporting this ad from the list that appears.

However, be careful not to misreport ads unless they break rules or mislead users.

Method 3: Block Brand Accounts

The last option to remove Instagram ads is to block the sender’s account. Here’s how:

  1. Tap the Company or brand name above in the sponsored post. This leads you to his profile.

  2. Tap the Three point menu in the upper right corner of the profile.

  3. Tap Block.

  4. You will be presented with two options: whether you want to block just the specific profile or if you want to block all other profiles that the company may create in the future. Choose the first option and tap block.

Of course, this will only remove the ads on one page and you’ll have to repeat this for every other advertising account that you don’t want to see ads from.

This works well when there is a certain advertiser that you never want to hear from and that you don’t want to follow on Instagram.

Related: Why Targeted Ads Are Serious Threat to Your Privacy

Remove Instagram Ads to Enhance Your In-App Experience

While there is no surefire way to completely and permanently remove ads on Instagram, the methods mentioned in this article will drastically reduce the ads you see.

Unfortunately, this has to be done as many times as you come across the ads as there is no easy way to remove Instagram ads all at once. That said, it’s worth doing if you want a more peaceful experience with the app.

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Aya Masango
(115 published articles)

Aya is a freelance writer with a passion for brands, marketing, and life in general. When she’s not typing, she keeps up with the latest news, ponders the essence of life, and ponders new business opportunities. Most productive when working in bed.

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