Contacting Instagram is easy to do. The problem is that receiving a response back, let alone a resolution to your issue, is very difficult. It’s important to know all of your options for making progress with Instagram support. This article covers the best strategies for getting the help you need.
Instagram Contact Number & Instagram Contact Email
Instagram’s contact phone number is 650-543-4800 and their contact email is [email protected], but please note it’s highly likely you won’t receive a response to your inquiry via these channels.
What Are My Options?
Unfortunately, if you’re a normal Instagram user, your options are relatively limited to the official channels. I know that’s hard to hear, but it’s the unfortunate economics of a free app. You and your attention are the product. That means if one of Instagram’s 700 million “products” has an issue, it’s not a high priority problem. They won’t spend hundreds of dollars trying to fix it. It’s smarter for Instagram to simply ignore that issue and work on a new money-making product instead.
If you’re an influencer or a content creator with more than tens of thousands of followers, there are unofficial escalation paths with varying degrees of success. We’ll cover some of those at the end.
Why Is It So Difficult To Contact Instagram Support?
Instagram has over 700 million users and the number of support requests they receive is staggering. If only 1 in every 100 users contacts Instagram once per year, that is still over 7 million support requests a year, or 18,000 per day. Now some of you may be thinking, ‘well that’s only 700 support requests per hour’, which should be a possibility for a company with Facebook’s resources.
We’re honestly not sure. We understand it’s not an easy issue; sometimes non-automatable problems simply can’t be fixed at a large scale for consumers of free apps, but at the same time the much smaller slice of influencers and content creators with tens or hundreds of thousands of followers certainly deserve some attention. These Instagram users keep the masses using Instagram and drive Facebook’s stock price up and to the right. They deserve to have a better path for escalating support issues to Instagram.
How To Contact Instagram Support As A Normal User
If you’re a normal Instagram user, it’s still possible to receive help, it’s just less likely. Your best bet is to submit a support request from Instagram.com. Follow the instructions below:
- Click through to Instagram.com
- Scroll down to bottom of Instagram.com and click Support
- In the left-hand menu, click Privacy and Safety Center
- Click Report Something
- Click on the type of issue you’re experiencing
- Look for a link that says report it
- Each issue has a unique form to fill out
How To Contact Instagram Support If You’re An Influencer
As an influencer, you are likely to be targeted for attack. It will most likely be an attempt to take control of your account for monetization, or to steal your name, probably to sell it. If you hang out in the right Facebook groups, you’ll see posts daily from influencers looking for help reclaiming control of their accounts.
As we covered above, Instagram does not have an official escalation path specifically for influencers. Your escalation attempts through the standard channels are going to get lumped alongside the thousands of users with no profile picture and 0 followers submitting requests.
This means your best bet is through the murky unofficial channels. These consist of finding an individual with a contact at Instagram, most commonly a friend or a person who has had to engage with Instagram on behalf of their business, such as an employee at a large advertising partner.
If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you don’t have a friend who can help, so be prepared to spend some money. The lack of official support has created a gray market of employees providing unofficial Instagram support services for thousands of dollars depending on the task.
Depending on how much revenue the account generates, how important it is to your brand, and the amount of work put into building your audience, it can definitely still make sense to spend a lot to reclaim your account.