How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account

By Alice T Breeze. Updated: October 8, 2018
How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account

Instagram has grown into one of the most popular Social Media platforms. This is especially so with younger people, as older generations gravitate more to sister platform Facebook[1]. Even with a fresher user base, Instagram can become overwhelming from time to time. It takes over every spare moment, as well as the ones we should be using more productively. This is why many people may choose to deactivate their account, at least temporarily. For their followers, this has the effect of making it look like they are unexpectedly blocked.

Knowing whether to take your restricted access to their profile personally, oneHOWTO shows you 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.

Is the account public or private?

First of all, we should note that, 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 either the browser or app.

If you want to know if someone has deactivated their account on PC or desktop, it is not much different than doing it on 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, disabling or deactivating your own account can be done on either platform. You simply have to go into the options section on the app (see below) or by clicking the settings 'cog' logo in your profile on the desktop version.

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - Is the account public or private?

If the person has a public profile, you will be able to see all of their posts. This is, of course, if they have posted their pictures and videos at all. If they haven't, it will say ‘No Posts Yet’ and you will be able to see that their posts 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 the counter. This means, if you can see the profile even though you can't see the posts, the account has not been deactivated.

Has the person 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, then 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, but 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, has deleted their profile or has deactivated it. Below we will show you how to tell if they have indeed temporarily disabled it and removed their presence from the platform or if they have just blocked you.

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - Has the person blocked you on Instagram?

Check if their profile has been deactivated

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

  1. You can ask someone 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 is so even if it says ‘No Posts Yet’ or the account is private. This is unless, of course, the person you are searching for has also blocked the third party.
  2. You can 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 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. Some famous celebrities have quit the social media platform, notably the erratic Kanye West (although he can come and go depending on how much scandal is happening at any given time). Below is a picture of what a deactivated Instagram account looks like.

You may want to know if someone has deactivated their Instagram account on iPhone or Android, you don't need to use a PC. You can search using the browser on your mobile, but it's often easier on desktop.

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - Check if their profile has been deactivated

Don't trust 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 which 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. Platforms like Instagram will often find ways to prevent these 3rd party apps from working. 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 for at least a few hours. For more information take a look at our article on what happens if I block someone on Instagram. Also, there is a difference from disabling your Instagram account temporarily and deleting it permanently. If you want to know the difference, you may be interested in how to delete your Instagram account permanently rather than simply deactivating it.

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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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My account is gone and Id like it back. I don’t know why or how. Can you please restore?
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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.
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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?
I have a question the person I message his message was still in my inbox but I logoff and we back I didn't see his message and I can't find the person in the search to and my friend can't find him in the search but the likes are still on my pics but his name is black and I can't check on its but my friend find his likes on someone else page but he has no pics and the following button keep under following when she check its and when she went to his name was in black and she check on its said this page is not available what do its means
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Ann

This most likely means that that person has deleted their instagram or has blocked your account.

We hope this helps!


I just wanted to enquire that if someone has deactivated their account on Instagram, it appears as Instagrammer or sth else is also possible?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Sonam,

We're not sure what you mean by your question, could you please clarify?
I had a follower who was also followering myself back. One day, I can no longer see their profile and their dm is gone... everything is gone. Yet, I can see their private profile on someone else account if I were to search them up. They claim they deactivate their profile but how can I be certain if that’s true being that the direct messages have also disappeared.
OneHowTo Editor
I click on the persons tag name but instead of going to a page Im shown a blank page... Am I blocked or is the page deactivated??? Doesnt show No post yet or anything
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Missy,

It depends on what you mean by a blank page. If you want to know for sure that it doesn't exist, either ask someone else who definitely won't have been blocked by them to check the page or make a new account for yourself to check. By doing so, you can see if it is only you who can't see them (you have been blocked) or no one can see them (account is deactivated or set to private).
One of my co-workers who is also one of my good friends I'm not sure whether she deactivated her account or has me blocked. Don't see how she'd block me given how I didn't do anything that'll make her wanna block me. We're still friends on twitter and Facebook. Up until last night I was able to find her name when searching through the followers section and following section on my profile. I was a follower of hers she was a follower of mine. We often messaged each other via instagram because I don't have her number and she doesn't have mine. When I search her name nothing comes and whether I search it via my followers/following or when I search for her on the search page. I can still view our private messages we've sent. I click on the i button in the upper right corner and I can click on her profile. It says she has 9 posts 197 followers and is following 225 people. It says no posts yet instead of this account is private I know for a face she had a private profile since when I first started following her she had to approve me to start following her. I can't search her name except when I view our private messages and click the i button. Than I click on her profile and it says no posts yet. Than I click
On follow and it says requested for like 2 seconds than it says follow again and it'll keep doing this over and over no matter how many times I do it. When I search for her on my other friend profiles who also follow her and whom she follows them back her account name doesn't come up either. I think she might of deactivated her account because I don't see how she would block me. Do you know if I've been blocked or whether she deactivated her account? Another thing too is when I check my other friends account who she's also friends with i had posted a comment back and July and the person who I suspect either deleted her account or deactivated it liked my post. When I click on where it says 1 like nothing comes up. I think this she musta deactivated her account. Please correct me if I'm wrong?
OneHowTo Editor
It does sound like she has deactivated her account. If her username does not appear after 30 days you can be sure of it.
Hope this helps

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