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. 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 ‘https://www.instagram.com/’ 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.
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.