My Instagram page Thatgiftedgirl_ is one of my safe havens and I guard it quite jealously. The fact that posting in there fetches me some extra cash is well, one of the perks I enjoy from being meticulous and consistent (hopefully, these big grammars don’t scare you.. Haha)
To fully understand this tale, I’d have to start from the beginning. On the 8th of June, I woke up with a vibe.. A good one.. It probably must have been because I had a pleasant dream or because I had a good talk with one of my favorites.. I can’t quite remember what caused it , but I do remember that I was on a happy roll and I just had to spread this love with my people.
As usual, I opened my Instagram page and began scrolling through, feeding my eyes with updates .. I used the like button alot and left loads of comments gassing my people up( people I follow online can testify to the fact that I’m the queen of leaving great/gas me up comments 😎)
30 minutes into it, I got a pop up.. This 👇🏾
Immediately, I thought
Ah ah .. Who’s this one, Instagram and their numerous updates.. I’m not ready for you this morning.
And in thinking so, I clicked the exit button but this pop up didn’t go away. I double clicked again just incase it was trying to be stubborn yet, no show.
Immediately, my mood switched up. Something was definitely fishy, so I tried searching for my account with another phone and it was no where to be found.
Haaaaa!!.. This better be a joke.. I tried again and still got the same “no username found”.. How can this be, I’m still logged into my account. To clear all doubts, I followed the instruction the pop up gave and was asked to input the code sent to me.
I could have done this but the hashtag at the end of the message had me suspicious. When did Facebook start adding hashtags to the end of their messages? . Something was definitely not right.. I suspected someone was trying to hack my account so I didn’t input it. To make matters worse, I remembered how a friend’s account got hacked and boy!! Was there a pattern 😬.. I thought nope.. Not today Satan!!.. I’m not losing my account to anyone (looking back on this day, I’m having nothing but a good laugh because I know how dramatic I was).
I spoke with a couple of friends that were Instagram growth experts and one advised me to input the code and change my password..
What’s the worst thing that can happen he said, your account can’t be found anyways. So I did just that and changed my password immediately. Iwaited.. The earth didn’t move, everything was normal, my page was the way I left it when I logged back in.
Haha.. I had a little mental celebration(mental because there was no way I was going to act cray – cray because of Instagram.. Nah.. No way! ) The best part was, I could find my account when I searched for it. I won!! Thatgiftedgirl 1– Hackers/Instagram 0.
The celebration was short lived, the pop up came back again after some hours and as usual, my page disappeared from every other place.
Now that I was equipped with a solution, I put in the code and changed my password. Over time, this kept happening and with each occurrence, I inputed the code and changed my password. Now, it wasn’t news any more.. New updates were being rolled out on Instagram, lots of accounts were being disabled and lots more were getting the “pop up”. It had no known cause, it could happen to anyone.
I logged out after a while and when I logged back in, I discovered I had been shadow banned. So I went off again and took a week’s break.
Currently, everything is back to normal, the ban has been lifted, the pop ups has stopped, I won!.. This might not be such a big deal to you but it is for me.. My safe haven is back up and running, I can keep churning out great contents.. Hallelujah somebody 🤸🏾♀️
For the sake of clarity, here’s a list of things to do when you get pop ups.
- Input the sent code and change your password immediately (I constantly changed mine with Facebook, you could try same)
- Report to Instagram ( I made a research and found out it’s a bug so when you report, there’s a higher chance of it getting fixed).
- Shadow banned? Check this How to fix shadow banned accounts post I made (it worked for me so yea, it’s definitely tested and trusted).
Finally, I hope you don’t have the experience I had but if you do, I hope you win.. Like I did ❤️.. I’m rooting for you, I really am.. Cheers 🥂
P. S— À lot of colloquial terms were used. Don’t use them for official purposes.