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How to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram

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Whatever the case might be, blocking someone on Instagram is probably the best thing you can do. You might be the person being blocked, though.

But you won’t ever know it because Instagram doesn’t send any notifications when that happens. So how do you know if someone blocked you on Instagram?

It all will start when you stop seeing that person’s morning selfies in your Instagram feed. Alright, they might just take a break from Instagram.

We all need a break now and then from something. However, after a few months, you may start wondering what happened because that person didn’t just disappear off the face of the earth.

Although you have no help from Instagram, it’s fairly easy to find out who’s blocked you on Instagram, considering you know what to look for.

Tips to Know If Someone Blocked You on Instagram

To clear the obvious out of the way, here are some instances where an Instagram account might not block you:

  • If you look at the person’s profile, it says “User not found” and also “No Posts Yet” at the bottom, but you can still see their profile picture and the number of posts they have.
  • When you look for their username in the search bar, it says you’re following them.
  • If their name shows that they’re following a mutual friend when you look with another account.

1. Search for Their Username in the App

The very first and obvious thing to do to find out if someone blocked you on Instagram is to perform a simple search.

Look for their name or Instagram handle in the app. If the person who’s blocked you has a public account, you should be able to see their username in the search bar as you type in.

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No results found on Instagram search. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

If you can see the profile picture with the post count, follower count, and following count, then there’s nothing to worry about.

But if their profile shows an empty photo grid with an error message that says “No Posts Yet,” they’ve blocked you.

However, if the person who’s blocked you on Instagram has a private account, their name won’t even show up in the search bar.

Therefore, you won’t even have the chance to find their profile. But that’s not the end. There’s something you can do about it. Keep reading to find out.

2. Search for Their Username on a Computer

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If you come across this message while attempting to visit an Instagram account on your desktop, chances are you’ve been blocked. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

On a computer, go to this link Instagram.com/username. Don’t forget to replace the word “username” with their actual Instagram handle. If you get an error page that says, “Sorry, this page isn’t available,” then that person has most likely blocked you.

Check this out: An 8-Step Guide to Fixing Instagram Not Working Issues »

3. Check From a Different Account

Now you want to make sure that the person has blocked you. Create a new Instagram account or use somebody else’s and repeat steps 1 and 2 from above.

If the other account can access their profile and view their photos, then the person has blocked you.

However, if your friend’s account cannot see the person’s profile account who blocked you, something might be wrong with their account. It might be deactivated or deleted.

4. Find Them Through Tagged Photos

Another simple way to find out who blocked you on Instagram is through tagged photos. If the person who’s blocked you have been tagged in somebody else’s photos, you can use tags to find them. Here’s how it works.

It’s time to do a little search here. Look into your mutual friend’s photos to see if that person appears in any of their photos.

If they do, chances are they’ll be tagged. Tap on their tags to take you to their profile. If you cannot see their profile and their photos, then that person has blocked you.

5. Check Comments or Mentions

If you couldn’t find any photo where that person was tagged, check for their comments or mentions. Look into your mutual friend’s photos and find any comment or mention that person who blocked you has made.

Tap on their name to take you directly to their profile. You should be able to see their pictures with no problem, but if you do not, chances are they’ve blocked you, or they have deactivated their Instagram account.

6. Check Old Instagram Messages

Go to Instagram direct messages, and find a conversation you had with the person you suspected blocked you.

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User not found on Instagram. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

You can either tap on their profile picture on the conversation thread or on their profile name at the top.

If the person’s account quickly shows a “User not found” error message. In addition, if you cannot see their followers and following count, they have blocked you for sure.

While you’re there, next to the last line that says “Followed by,” tap on one of the mutual friends that shows up.

It’ll bring you to a page with the person’s mutual friends, Followers, and Following list. Tap on either the Followers or Following tab, and you’ll get a “Couldn’t load users” error message that indicates the person has definitely blocked you.

While you’re in the conversation thread, it’s worth pointing out that if someone blocked you on Instagram, you won’t be able to message them.

While you may be able to send messages, it’s important to note that the recipient will never receive them if they have blocked you.

Furthermore, attempting to use the Instagram Video Call feature with the person who has blocked you won’t work. Every time you try to initiate a video call, it will inevitably fail.

7. Follow That Person Again

A simple way you can tell if someone has blocked you on Instagram is to follow that person again.

When you tap on the follow button, you’ll notice that nothing happen. You can tap on the follow button all you want, but it won’t show that you are following that person.

Moreover, if their account is private, you won’t see any indication that a follow request has been sent to them either.

Wrap-Up: Blocked on Instagram

Discovering that someone has blocked you on Instagram can be a disheartening experience. However, it’s essential to remember that life doesn’t stop there.

After going through the steps to determine if you’ve been blocked, it’s important to shift your focus to the people who genuinely matter and value your presence in their lives.

Instead of dwelling on the ones who have blocked you, invest your time and energy in nurturing relationships that bring positivity and fulfillment.

By prioritizing those who appreciate and cherish you, you can move forward with confidence, leaving behind those who don’t value your presence on Instagram or in your life.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

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