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How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account

Instagram is one of the most popular Social Media apps nowadays. There are so many accounts and people to follow it can sometimes be overwhelming for some, this is why some people will choose to temporarily deactivate their account or delete it permanently. If you notice that someone you were following is no longer visible for you, even if you search for them in the Instagram browser, you may doubt whether they have deactivated it or they have blocked you.

OneHowTo would like to give you the answer, so keep reading if you want to learn how to know if someone deactivates their Instagram account.

Steps to follow:

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 as, if they have a private account, it will be more difficult to know, as if they have blocked you, then you won't be able to find them on the browser.


If the person has a public profile, you will notice that if the person has blocked you, you will be able to search and see their profile but not the pictures (picture below). If the person has a private profile, you won't be able to see the person when you search for them, whether they have blocked or deactivated their account.


If the person with the public profile has deactivated their account, you will not find them when searching them on the Instagram browser. This is how you can tell the difference.


The only way to know if someone has deactivated their account if they have a private profile is by asking someone with an Instagram account to search for the person on the browser. Whether he/she is friends with the person or not, the person's profile should come up on it, unless, of course, the person you are searching for has also blocked the third party.

If push comes to shove, you can always create a new Instagram account to check from there, this way you will be sure the person you are searching for won't have had time to block you.

Note that if the person has deactivated their account, they won't be able to re-activate it after 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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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 (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 (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.
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 (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 (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
Someone I know has disappeared from Instagram. If I try to search for them I get zero results. It doesn't show the profile with "no photos yet", just nothing as if the account never existed. But if I search from another log in I find their account easily, it's public, and the username hasn't changed. So I figure I'm on the receiving end of a pretty epic block...? :/
OneHowTo Editor (OneHowto editor)
It sounds like you have been blocked, we'll check into what you've said to know if Instagram has changed the blocking conditions.
Thank you for your comment!
Diana Jones
Question, I'm following a user on instagram who had a lot of posts on their page last night but when I looked again, everything was gone though it says I'm still following them. Does that mean they just deleted their pictures and videos?
OneHowTo Editor (OneHowto editor)
The page may appear to read "no posts yet" or similar. If this is the case, they have blocked you. Normally if someone deactivates their Instagram account, you shouldn't be able to see their profile or search for it either.
Hope this helps
I have a question. I had a friend on Instagram but this morning I noticed he doesn't have his page anymore does that mean that he blocked me or he deactivate his profile and another thing I still have his name will we have messages button on that is safe instagrammer what does that mean
If the username appears as "instagrammer" it means they deactivated their account
OneHowTo Editor (OneHowto editor)
Thanks for the tip John!

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