How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account

Instagram has grown into one of the most popular Social Media platforms. However, Instagram can become overwhelming from time to time. It takes over every spare moment, as well as our time that we should be using more productively. This is why many people may choose to deactivate their account, at least temporarily. Unfortunately, this may give their followers the impression that they have been unexpectedly blocked.

To help you know if this is the case, this article from oneHOWTO explains how to know if someone deactivates their Instagram account. This way, you'll know if you need to mend any fences or simply catch up with them over on their Twitter.

Public and private Instagram accounts

First of all, to know if someone deactivates their Instagram account, you should find out if the person has a public or a private account. If they have a private account, it will be more difficult to know. This is because if they block you, you won't be able to find them on the browser, nor on the app.

If you want to know if someone has deactivated their account on a PC or desktop, it's not different than doing it on an iPhone or Android. It is similar if you want to know how to disable your Instagram account. Although the mobile app has much more options than PC, deactivating your account must be done on the PC. To learn more, visit our article on how to delete or deactivate your Instagram account.

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - Public and private Instagram accounts

If the person has a public profile, you will be able to see all of their posts. This is if they have posted any pictures or videos. If they haven't, it will say “No Posts Yet” and you will be able to see that their post counter is at “0”.

If the user has a private profile, it will say that “This account is private” and you won't be able to see any of their posts even though they have more than zero on their counter. If you can see the profile but you cannot see their posts, their account has not been deactivated.

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How to know if someone has blocked you on Instagram

This is why the key with how to know if someone deactivates their account is knowing if you have been blocked. If the user has not disabled their profile and you have not been blocked, then they will appear in your searches. However, if the person has not deactivated their account, but they have blocked you, they won't appear in your search at all.

You will be able to see hashtags which use exact words of the username you search. It is unlikely they will be related to the original profile. However, if they do link the original user, when you tap on it you will see a page saying ‘User not found’. If this is the case, then the user has either blocked you, deleted their profile or has deactivated it. To learn more, read our article on how to know if someone has blocked you on Instagram.

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - How to know if someone has blocked you on Instagram

How to know if someone has deactivated their profile

There are three ways to know if someone has deactivated their Instagram account if they have a private profile:

  1. You can ask someone else with a different account to search for the person on the browser. Whether or not they are friends with the person on Instagram, they will be able to see the profile. This will work even if the person has no posts or if they have a private account. It will not work if the person you are searching for has also blocked the third party.
  2. You can also create another Instagram profile with a different email to see if you can view their profile. This way, unless they have a private account, you can also see their posts.
  3. If you know their exact username, you can see if they have deactivated their account by using a web browser. Go to the browser, type in the link ‘’ and then type in the exact username. Below is a picture of what a deactivated Instagram account looks like.
How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - How to know if someone has deactivated their profile

What happens when someone deactivates their account

If someone decides to deactivate their account, their account, profile, posts, comments and even likes will be hidden. However, they can restore all of that information if they decide to come back to the platform. All they would have to do is log back into their account, then Instagram will fully restore their profile and information.

Deactivating your account is a good way to "delete" your profile without actually deleting all of the information. Therefore, if someone has deactivated their account, you nor your friends or a new Instagram account will be able to see it. If they have blocked you, your friends or new Instagram accounts will be able to see it (unless they have also been blocked). The best thing to do is to respect this person's decision, whether it was to deactivate, delete or block you.

Third party apps

There are third party apps which claim they can let you see who blocked you on Instagram. These include Blockers Spy and others which are able to work as a general analytics for your Instagram account. However, most of these are unreliable and some that claim to be able to show you who has blocked you are actually malware. Something like Blockers Spy had good reviews, but after a brief trial it requires you to pay $20 a month to use the app. Instagram is known to discourage third party apps and not only prevent their use, but they also do not give them your information (at least to small third party apps). With that being said, it is easier, cheaper and more effective to use the methods we have explained in this article.

Note that if the person has deactivated their account, they won't be able to reactivate it for at least a few hours. For more information take a look at our article on what happens if I block someone on Instagram.

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  • If the person has blocked you they may have a reason to do so, respect their privacy, trolling isn't the solution.

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If it looks like an internal closure , although all my content is created by myself, I’m an international artist and creator, what would be the most likely reasons for this action and if you can tell me the direct procedure on dealing with a case as such I would be grateful for a direct on the subject, thanks
Hi. ok so there is this instagram account that i have been messaging and about 4 weeks ago they temporarily disabled the account, which means it would say instagrammer on the app and on a web browser, their username would be the first view when you enter your dms. Yesturday i saw that the accounts username on the web browser changed to "_deleted_bhiebeeibhehgiejd" what does this mean? because on the app it still says instagrammer, no posts yet and no user found. i have no contact with this person only this account so its hard to know what happend. pls help!!!
Thank you for the article!
I have a question,
How do you know if a person you wasn't following changed their username rather than deleting their account?
if the person's instagram page is only viewable when I'm logged out, but the "sorry, this page isn't available." page shows when I'm logged in to my account; could it still mean it's deactivated? or am I blocked for sure?
Matthew Nesbitt (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi Chris,

It's likely no longer there.
Hello, I believe my boyfriend blocked me out of a sudden, his profile picture and name is the same (did not change to INSTAGRAM USER, like a deleted account should be), and the follow button has been replaced with USER NOT FOUND.
I created a fake account a few minutes ago, and seached for him but I did not found him as the fake account. Is his account deleted/deactivated or did he block me?
Matthew Nesbitt (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi, have you asked your boyfriend directly?
Did he deactivated his account? I can still search his profile and he's still following but his DM is disappearing on Instagram and error to open (his DM) on Instagram lite. I think he deactivated. πŸ˜”
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Ed,

It is certainly possible, did you try the other tips in the article?
I miss him! 😭 I can still see his posts on his profile even if he's private cz we're following each other, but the reason that his DM disappears before, makes me think that he deactivated his account, cz when he just restrict me or mute, his DM on my direct message won't disappear right? Then I've sent new messages to him just now, our conversation is still there and his DM is suddenly back now, even if I refresh it. He's not seeing my stories anymore tho and he's not replying anymore. πŸ˜”
my name is ed too

My messages are still going through on instagram, but when I go on their profile all of a sudden all of their pics and vids are deleted and it says no posts yet.

But it still says they followers and who their following. And they are still following me and I am still following them.
Nimeshbhai Dhameliya
Delete instagram account please
My account has been deactivated/hacked (shrivesyy), I received a pop up on the Instagram app asking to confirm identity so typed in my number and it sent me a code but it was send from a mobile number +44 7564 942288, so I didn't complete the identity check. Since then I haven't been able to access my account?
I have tried to log into the account and obtain support but on the IPhone, the page doesn't load correctly and the keyboard covers the 'Request Support' button so I cannot go any further...
Any help would be hugely appreciated!
Thanks, Tom.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Tom,

It sounds like it is possible you have been hacked. You are doing the right thing to contact customer support. If you cannot get it on your phone, can you use another device and log in there? You may be able to ask a friend to use theirs for a few minutes.
if someone deactivate instagram account, then how to contact ?
Matthew Alexander
I cannot get into my account; matthew3alexander. Please help
Louis D
A friend I follow one day showed her profile picture as the default grey silhouette and her username reverted back to her original one (she changed it a while back). Her name is also no longer listed on her account. However, all of her posts are still visible by me. Her likes on my photos are still there (however now it shows her grey photo and reverted screen name). I looked at it with another account that followers her and same thing. In our 'followers' list we are still both listed in each of them. Nooooo clue.
What if an account is blank? There are no numbers for posts, followers, or following. Just the profile picture and their @.
Louis D
This means they have temporarily deactivated their account. My sister did this and asked me to check her profile to see what it looked like. All I could see was her profile picture and username. Everything else was blank - no number of followers/following/posts, or her name.
What if an account is blank? There are no numbers for posts, followers, or following. Just the profile picture and their @.
What if an account is blank? There are no numbers for posts, followers, or following. Just the profile picture and their @.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Louis,

Getting someone else to do it and seeing what happens is a good way to test it.
My account is deactivated
Thanks for the great article.

Today I suddenly got the "Sorry this page isn't available" on my own Instagram page when I was not logged in, but I could see other Instagram pages.

When I logged in, everything was there, I could see my followers and communicate with them, etc., so I wasn't banned or anything.

Also when I logged in from another account, I could see my other account, but I can't see it at all when I am logged out.

This has never happened before. What would cause this?

Thank you.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Jen,

Is your profile set to private? Even if it was, it shouldn't say the page isn't available. Possible explanations include putting in the username incorrectly or even a temporary glitch.
If I temporarily disable my Instagram account, can I still post photos on it? I just want to add more photos that only me can view them and organize my profile photo grid. I want to re-activate my account after a few days.

OneHowTo Editor
No, if it is disabled, you can't use it. Just like if you temporarily shit down your computer, you can't do anything on it until you start it again.
My account is gone and Id like it back. I don’t know why or how. Can you please restore?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Dawn
If your Instagram account has previously been deleted there is no way of restoring it. However, even though you may need to use a different username, you can open a new account with your same email.
Monalisha pallavi
Delete my account instagram
Delete instagram account
I have been messaging someone and all was fine. But 10 minutes later when I tried to search for his account, it's gone and showed user not found. It was a private account. All the messages that we have been exchanging were also gone. Tried to search for his account thru some of his followers but also account cannot be found. Ahah does this mean?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Wm,

If you want to know more about whether a person has deactivated their account, had their account suspended or is blocking you, here is some more information:

One of the important things here is working out whether they have a reason to block you. Have a think and see which answer best suits your situation.
Hi I have a friend that I have been messaging on instagram, I was still receiving messages from him but when I checked again after 10 minutes, his profile is gone. Shows user not found when I searched for the profile. Tried to search for his profile from some of the people that he followed, still profile could not be found. The direct messages also seem to have disappeared. what does this mean?
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