6 Ways to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram

6 Ways to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram

Instagram and other social networks do not notify users when they are blocked. Just imagine the shock and sadness someone might experience if they received a notification saying, “XYZ blocked you.” Ouch!

6 Ways to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram

You may wonder why you don’t see posts or stories from some friends. Does that mean they blocked you? The person could have deactivated their account or stopped posting on Instagram. So how can you know if you’ve been blocked? We won’t use any third-party tools because they don’t work. Instead, we’ll conduct manual checks. Put on your detective coat and let’s sneak in.

1. Find Profile Through Search

The easiest way to determine if someone blocked you on Instagram is by searching for their profile. Use the Instagram search function to look up their name or handle.

Here are two possible outcomes:

1. If you can find the profile and see their posts, it means you are not blocked (this applies to public profiles). However, for private accounts, if you see the profile with the message ‘This Account is Private,’ it means everything is fine. It is possible that the person unfollowed you and made their profile private.

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2. If you can find the profile but there are no posts displayed, it means you have been blocked.

If a profile doesn’t appear in search, it could mean that the person deactivated their profile or blocked you. To confirm, you should conduct further investigation.

2. Check Profile

When someone blocks you on Instagram, their old comments or tags are not deleted from your profile. If you can’t find their profile through search, you can use these old comments to access their profile. If the profile shows the post count but no posts, that means you have been blocked.

3. Check Their Instagram Profile in Web Browser

You can access Instagram profiles using the link https://instagram.com/ in any browser. If you know the username of the person who has blocked you, replace “username” in the link with their actual username. If you’re logged in from your own profile, you’ll receive the error ‘Sorry, this page isn’t available’ if you’ve been blocked.

6 Ways to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram

There’s a slim chance that the person deactivated their account. To confirm this, log out of your Instagram profile or open incognito mode and try opening their profile using the link. If the profile is accessible, the news is true. If the profile doesn’t open for you either, you are fine.

4. Check Your Messages

Blocking someone on Instagram hides the chat thread. If you suspect someone has blocked you, check the Direct Messages (DM) for their chat thread. If it exists, you aren’t blocked. If it’s missing, they may have blocked you or deactivated their profile. To verify, check common Instagram groups. If you can see their profile in the group but not elsewhere on Instagram, then you are blocked.

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5. Try Following The Same Account Again

Finally, if you can view their profile, try following them by tapping on the Follow button. If you are blocked, you won’t be able to follow the person. Tapping the Follow button will do nothing, and you will see the same button again. Instagram won’t notify them about it.

6 Ways to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram

Tapping the Follow button will make you follow a person on Instagram, and Instagram will notify them. Sometimes it’s necessary to take extreme steps when someone hasn’t blocked you.

6. Check from a Different Phone or Profile

Lastly, the easiest way is to check from a different account. If you have two Instagram accounts, then open their profile from the second account. And, if you own only one profile, ask a close friend or family member to look up the profile.

If the profile opens normally, then reflect on your actions that led the person to block you. *evil grin*

6 Ways to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram

How to Know If Someone Blocked You on Instagram Story

Unfortunately, it is impossible to know for sure. You can only check using a different profile, but this will only work if the person has a public profile. Your best option is to ask a mutual friend. They might be using the new Close Friends feature for Instagram Stories.

Check Carefully

Hope you were able to determine if you’ve been blocked on Instagram. Watch our video to quickly review all methods to find out if someone has blocked you.

6 Ways to Know if Someone Blocked You on Instagram


Mehvish Mushtaq, a computer engineer, developed Dial Kashmir, the first Android app for Kashmir. She received the Nari Shakti award from the President of India for this achievement. With over 6 years of experience, she writes about technology, specializing in how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, social media, and web apps. Her posts can be found on MakeTechEasier, TechWiser, and NerdsChalk.

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