How to get rid of annoying Instagram ads

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Pau Monfort
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Here are the options you can use to reduce and remove the ads that bother you on Instagram.

Ever since Instagram introduced advertising and a non-chronological feed, there is no shortage of paid posts on users' feeds. Nowadays, scrolling through your feed is like walking past multiple billboards on a highway or watching cable TV because there are too many ads on Instagram.

So, if you are tired of scrolling through annoying Instagram ads, read on. This article will provide you with detailed step-by-step guides on how to stop ads on Instagram.



How Instagram Ads Work

It's not uncommon to ponder when you've been following brands trying to sell you products, only to realize you're looking at a paid ad instead of a regular post. But why does Instagram have so many ads?

Instagram ads work by tracking your activity on the app. The more you interact with a brand's content by liking or commenting on its posts, the more likely you are to be targeted by that brand's ads.

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

Have you ever googled Nike sneakers, only to be bombarded with sneaker ads on Facebook and Instagram shortly thereafter? It sounds weird and might scare you, but that's 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 online browsing habits. As a result, they can show you more relevant ads. Additionally, you may see the same sponsored ads multiple times, making them intrusive and repetitive, potentially ruining your in-app experience.


How to identify Instagram ads

Instagram ads appear in your main feed and in your 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 a video and asks you to take action, based on the company's goal for the ad.


Listed below are some of the actions you may be required to perform:

  • Install now for app related announcements.
  • Download to download what is advertised.
  • SUBSCRIBE to register on a site.
  • View the shop to browse the articles on the Instagram shop of a company.
  • Buy it now to purchase the advertised product.
  • Find out more to obtain more information on the advertised product or service.
  • View Instagram profile to go through a company's profile page.
  • Send a message to get in touch with a company.
  • Book now to make a reservation directly from your feed when you find an ad.

How to view ad information on Instagram

Instagram keeps tabs on the ads you've interacted with on Advertising activity . To view this activity, do the following:

  • Tap yours profile picture in the lower right corner to access yours Profile .
  • Select the three-bar menu in the upper right corner, then go up Settings .
  • Click on Ads , then select Ad activity .

Advertising activity it will show you your recent activity based on your schedule. You can select Ad topics to tell Instagram which topics you prefer not to see ads about, but this won't remove ads entirely, just ads for certain things.


How to remove Instagram ads

If you are wondering how to get rid of Instagram ads, there are several methods you can use, such as hiding and reporting specific ads and blocking certain accounts.


One caveat though: while completely blocking ads on Instagram is impossible, you can limit or block irrelevant or annoying ads on the app every time you see them . This can help make a noticeable difference to your app experience, so it's worth a try.

Hide Instagram Ads

If you find a particular ad annoying or repetitive, you can easily hide it.

Simply follow these steps to hide an Instagram ad:

  • As you browse the feed and find a sponsored post you don't like, tap the three-point menu in the upper right corner of the post.
  • Toccata Hide ad .
  • When you were asked why are you hiding this ad? , select the most appropriate option from the list presented. This is to help Instagram better guide your app ad experience in the future.

Marking it as inappropriate or irrelevant will make it less likely that the ad will appear again in your feed, as you will be seen as the wrong audience for the ad. Selecting a different option can simply reduce how often you see it.


If you want the ad removed from Instagram due to violating community standards or misleading advertising, you should use the second method.

Ad reporting on Instagram

To report an ad that you find inappropriate or misleading, follow these steps:

  • Tap the three-point menu in the upper right corner of the post.
  • Select Report ad .
  • The following Why are you reporting this ad? , select the reason you are reporting this ad from the list presented to you.

However, be careful not to misreport advertisements if they don't violate any rules or mislead users.


Brand Account Blocking

The last way to remove Instagram ads is to block the sender's account. That's how:

  • Tap the company or brand name at the top of the sponsored post. This will take you to his Profile .
  • Click the three-point menu in the upper right corner of the profile.
  • Select Block .
  • You will be presented with two options: if you want to block only the specific profile or if you want to block any other profiles that the company may create in the future. Select the first option and tap Block .

Of course, this will only remove ads from one page, and you'll have to repeat this for any other advertising accounts you don't want to see ads from.

This works well if there is a specific advertiser you never want to hear about and you don't want to follow on Instagram.

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


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