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How to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram

There are a number of reasons why a user may have blocked you. Some people decide to block their partner after they have split up, others don't feel like certain users should be able to see their pictures etc...

Whatever your case is, you may be in doubt on whether a person has blocked you or has simple shut down his or her account. This is why, in this OneHowTo article we explain you how to know if someone blocked on Instagram.


To find out if you have been blocked on Instagram, first open up the app. Then type in the person's name who you think has blocked you.


When you find the person you're looking for, click on it to enter his/her profile. You should be able to see his/her pictures with no problem, but if you do not, chances are you have been blocked or they have deactivated their Instagram account.

If the person you suspect has blocked you has a public account, you'll be able to find this person's name in the search bar, but once you enter that person's profile, you will not be able to see his or her pictures even though the top bar indicates the person has pictures in their profile (picture below).

However, you must not mistake this for a person who has deactivated their Instagram account or a person who has been blocked by Instagram, as this might also be the case.

You can also use external apps such as Unfollowgram, which lets you know who has unfollowed your account, as the person who blocked you will automatically stop following you but, again your friend may have just stopped following you without actually blocking your account.


However, if the person who has blocked you has a private account, even if you search for the person's name, it won't appear in your search, therefore, you won't have a chance to find the person who blocked you.


If you're trying to see a person's profile but can't see it from your account it is likely that you've been blocked. However, if you want to make sure you can try viewing that person's profile from another Instagram account. If you can perfectly see the profile from another account then you can be sure that you've been blocked.

There's no use sending them a private message on their account either, if you have been blocked by someone, the person will not receive your private message. Moreover, there is no way of knowing if the person has read your private message. However, you can contact the person you think has blocked you by mentioning them in a post or comment using @username.


So what happens once you have been blocked by a user? Check what happens if you block someone on Instagram and know what options you have to interact with another person on Instagram if you have been blocked.

Blocking someone on Instagram is fairly easy. If this person wants to block you because of their reasons, they will do so and easily. By just touching one button you're able to block anyone on Instagram so they're not able to see your profile or pictures anymore, though you will be able to see the person's profile if you search for it. If you want more information, check our article on how to block someone on Instagram.

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  • There are various reasons why someone might block you on Instagram, but if this happens to you is better not to worry too much.
  • Don't ask for more explanations or continuously send text messages to the person that has blocked you, as this would only make things worse.
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Eva Nørager-Nielsen
I am following a public person, but every time I click on his picture on my following list, My entire Instagram freezes, and I need to leave it.
Then, when I get back on Instagram, it disappears after a minute, and I' m out of there again.
Am I blocked ?
OneHowTo Editor
This isn't what usually happens when you try to view another person's profile, it may be a glitch on Instagram. Does this happen if you do the same with other accounts?
We'd advise you to wait 24 hours and, if it happens again, contact Instagram help service directly to learn what the problem is.

Let us know if you solved the problem!
Eva Nørager-Nielsen
Thanks for your great help.
I have tried other accounts I follow, but it only happens on the one I told you about. I have tried to get in every day for a week, and it happens every time. And I have told support about it, but they don't answer.
I'm almost 99% sure I've been blocked.
On facebook I was able to send a friend request to someone who blocked exactly one year ago on the same day. Im wondering if these blocks only last a year or if its permanent?

I really need to know this, I dont know what to do anymore.
OneHowTo Editor
In theory there is no time limit on Instagram. Unless the person unblocked you, then you will continue to be blocked.
Hope this helps
I got blocked VeggieTales-you know, the little kids show. Someone help me.
I looked up this girl on instagram, whom used to have a public profile. When I see her profile now it just says "no posts yet" as in your first photo.

I was so curious as to whether she has blocked me (which wouldn't make much sense, as I don't know her, nor have interacted with her profile) so I checked her profile with my other work profile and there it says "private profile".

So that doesn't make much sense to me...if she has a private profile an I am blocked, I shouldn't be able to search for her?
OneHowTo Editor
If she has recently blocked you then maybe the cache still has memory of the account, this is why you can still search for her but can't view her account. It does seem strange that a person should block you for no reason but the person may also have just turned her account to private and there is some kind of glitch in the system. Try again in a few days, try deleting cache memory on your phone and see what appears.
Hope this helps
i was talking to this friend on intsta messages an she sent me a message an i was late to reply when i tried to reply my message couldn't be sent an i couldn't see her profile pic and it said instegrammer instead of user name ? now what that mean did she block me or deactivted her account ?
OneHowTo Editor
Take a look at our article to know if the account has been blocked:
If the explanation does not match, then you have probably been blocked.
Hope this helps
saharyar khan
that was awesome... it really helped me..... thanxxx
I'm just wondering, if I block someone on Instagram that does NOT follow me, does this mean they can no longer see my Instagram account (which is public by the way). Thanks!
OneHowTo Editor
They will be able to find your profile if they search your name, but they won't be able to see your pictures once they try to enter your profile.
Hope this helps
Joe Corby
My ex-friend blocked me several months ago. Now all of a sudden, their username pops up in the top of my "suggestions" on the "search" tab. Though I know for a fact that I am still blocked as they have a private account. Additionally, I realized that this person went through my public account, and "un-liked" a number of photos. Is this why they are popping up in my feed? Any idea? I just want it them to disappear
OneHowTo Editor
That is probably right, your ex-friend may appear because he or she has been interacting with your account, though he may not have a private account anymore if he appears as a suggestion.
Hope this helps
Malik Mehr
I have a suspicion that someone has blocked me on instagram because I cant't search him on my laptop insta application but it appears in my mobile search bar and also I sending him messages but the seen sign didn' appear as he has change his profile pic.what does that mean??
OneHowTo Editor
Can you see his profile when you search for the person. If you can't once you have clicked on the profile, then you have been blocked. If you can see the person's profile then you haven't.
This person blocked me. Was not able to see this person's profile. Now this person's name appears once in a while on my search. Not every time.

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