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. 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 for a while. 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.

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. If they have a private account, it will be more difficult to know. This is because if they block you, then you won't be able to find them on the browser or app.

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - Step 1

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 their pictures and posts (see picture below). If the person has a private profile, you won't be able to see the person when you search for them, either because they have blocked you or deactivated their account.

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - Step 2

This is the trick to tell whether the person has blocked you or if they have just deactivated their account. As we said above, if they block you, then you can see their profile when you search them. If the person with the public profile has deactivated their account, you will not see their name at all when searching them on the Instagram browser. This is how you can tell the difference.

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - Step 3

It often happens that we are searching someone, but we cannot remember their exact username. This could be because people will have obscure usernames or they have upped their privacy settings for whatever reason. You may need to go to a mutual friend's Instagram account and see if their username is on there. If the person has deactivated their account, they will not be on there. There may also simply be too many names to search through if you have popular friends.

If you do know their exact profile name, you can see if they have deactivated their account by using a web browser. Go to the browser, type in ‘’ and then type in the exact username. Some famous celebrities have quite the social media platform, notably the erratic Kanye West. Below is a picture of what happens when you search his old handle:

How To Know If Someone Deactivates Their Instagram Account - Step 4

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 appear. This is 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 search from there. This way you will be sure the person you are searching for won't have had time to block you. 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, not all of these are reliable and some which claim to be able to show you who has blocked you are actually malware. Blockers Spy has good reviews, but after a brief trial it requires you to pay $20 a month to use the app. It is easier (and cheaper) to ask someone you trust to let them search for them or to create a new profile.

Note that if the person has deactivated their account, they won't be able to re-activate 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, 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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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
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
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
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

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