How to Limit Interactions With Everyone but Your Close Friends

What to know

  • Instagram’s ‘Limit interactions’ feature now lets you restrict interactions with everyone except those in your close friends list.
  • Enable ‘Limit interactions’ from Settings > Limit interactions. Tap on ‘Who will be limited’ and select Everyone but your close friends.
  • You can also choose to limit some or most interactions for users you’ve limited interactions with. 

Instagram is extending the capabilities of its ‘Limits’ feature to safeguard users who are being bullied or harassed on the platform. Now, you can limit interactions from all users except those in your Close Friends list. Here’s everything you need to know to about the addition of the new option, what it does, and how to enable it.

How to Limit interactions with ‘Everyone but your close friends’

The Limits feature allows any Instagram user to prevent interaction with bullies and harassers. When enabled, you can decide if you want to limit ‘Some interactions’ or ‘Most interactions’, the latter of which include things like tags, mentions, DMs, story replies, and new comments on your content.

Here’s how to Limit interactions with ‘Everyone but your close friends’.

  1. Launch Instagram and tap on your profile icon. Then tap on the hamburger icon in the top right corner.
  2. Scroll down to Limit interactions and tap on it. If you haven’t done so already, Turn limits on.
  3. Tap on Who will be limited and select Everyone but your close friends.
  4. Additionally, you can also select what form of interactions will be limited. To do so, tap on What will be limited. Then select between ‘Some interactions’ and ‘Most interactions’.
  5. Your final ‘Limit interactions’ configuration will be mentioned at the top.

Those who are not in your Close Friends list will still be able to interact with your posts. But you will not see these updates. They also won’t know whether or not you’ve turned this feature on. You can, of course, decide whether or not you want to interact with the DMs and limited comments. 

Instagram will also remind you to turn this feature off after a certain number of days or weeks, which you can select from the same ‘Limited interactions’ page. But you can continue limiting interactions when reminded about it. 


Let’s consider a few commonly asked questions about Instagram’s Limit interactions feature.

Can I permanently limit interactions with everyone except my close friends?

The Limit interactions feature only temporarily limits users’ interactions with you. 4 weeks is the maximum time limit after which Instagram will remind you to turn it off. However, you can continue extending it indefinitely. 

We hope this guide helped you limit interactions with Instagram users and keep the bullies at bay.

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