How to Tell if Someone Deleted their Instagram or Blocked You

From my Instagram profile bookmark list, I suddenly see a profile showing some error to open. I thought this might be an issue of changing the username but soon I understood a popular profile would not do such activity that prevents his user from checking him.

I had two clues in mind.

Either the person has blocked me or deactivated his profile. The thing was really simple for me to find it out if the person really blocked me and I put my effort into this without wasting time.

I found that. YES. I would like to share the steps for you that you can apply to know if a person just deactivated the Instagram profile or blocked you on Instagram.

Essentially, to find out if a person still exists on Instagram by the profile username is not that mush correct as maybe the person has changed his username on Instagram and in both cases you would not find his profile on Instagram but that does not mean that the person blocked you or deactivated profile.

You just have to add a filter method by taking part in your following list to find out the exact answer to this. If your following list is very big, I have provided the alternative solution that will ease out your work to look at the profile if still exist on Instagram.

Now, in this guide, you will be able to find out if a person either blocked you on Instagram or deactivated his account when you see the error ‘Sorry, this page isn’t available’ broken link on Instagram.

⦿ How to know whether Someone has blocked you on Instagram or Restricted?



If you want to know either you are blocked on Instagram, then you have to check with a few settings that get changed when someone blocks you on Instagram. Identifying someone if he has blocked you is easy, but he plays a trick by restricting you on Instagram to not find his profile or getting a misleading concept is there. For avoiding these kinds of situations, I will provide a comprehensive guide that will discuss the topic through some special filters to assure you if the person has really blocked you or changed his username.

The first thing, you will notice that when someone blocks you then your comments and likes will be removed but the person will be able to see your likes and comments on other people's posts even if you are in his blocked list. Let's check out the indications that confirm if you're blocked.

🅐 Find his profile:

You have to check with the settings like: look at the profile of the person whom you suspect either blocked your profile through an incognito window on your browser. If you are able to find him out without an account then be sure that the person has blocked you on Instagram.

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Not being able to find him out does not mean the person is not available on Instagram and if you know the other people on his follower's list whose profile is public, you can find him out from that account by logging out of your profile. Once you figure out the person on the list, you won the game.

P.S. If you still can't find the person on the list may be the person mass blocked users on Instagram, on that case you have to find out the user from the direct message section on Instagram.

🅑 Look at Following List: [IF HE Restricted YOU]

Just the blocked you, changed username and them unblocked you... what will happen? You will no longer see the person unless you know the new username if he played a trick.

If the person has blocked you or he changed the username, on both cases you will not be able to view the posts they upload on Instagram. Now, whenever you want to tag someone on an Instagram post you will notice, it would not show the person’s name suggestions on the tag list. If you see the hashtags of the profile was using previously upon clicking on that, you will get an error message like 'User Not Found'.

Here you can read the detailed guide on what it means for 'User Not Found' on Instagram.

If you have any link to his post that will the only way to find him out. Now, if the link says the page isn't available, be sure the person removed it or deleted his profile. I see people do this whenever they are trying to merge two Instagram accounts by reposting the stuff they had on the previous profile.

🅒 Check Shared stuff:

Another quickest check you can take by spying at their other social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook profile. If the person has shared any stuff on there, get the link copied even it's a private account and can find his profile. Most probably if the person switched to a new Instagram, will add that account on the other social media platforms and be updated about that.


How to Tell if Someone Deleted their Instagram or Blocked You?

If you want to find out either someone has deactivated his profile or has blocked your Instagram then you have to check with some few techniques that will really figure out if you are blocked or the person just deactivated his profile on Instagram. Now in both cases, you will not be able to find the person from your Instagram account but if you just logged out of your profile and then checking profile URL of that person you would notice the person's profile if has blocked you rather not deactivated his profile.

If you take this as a simple technique you will find out on the basic level of Investigation. But if the person plays any trick that seems as it is deactivated from your view but actually the person has blocked you and to look at is the profile you have to take some steps and apply a few techniques with some filters to find out whether the person has blocked you or trying to act like deactivated his profile. Let's find out through some indications that I used for myself, will also be helpful for you to get the things out.

 Check Profile of that Person

First of all, you have to check with some basic level of Investigation by checking the profile of the person who has blocked you or if you just not sure if he has deleted his Instagram account, go to your Instagram account, copy the profile URL of that person and open his profile on the web or from your mobile device. If the person has deleted or deactivated his profile, you would see a message 'Sorry, that page isn't available', on the other hand, if you're blocked you will see zero stuff on this profile showing 'no posts yet' stamp with a 'User Not Found' error on that profile tab.

 Verify with Filter of Changed Username

If the person has just changed his username of the Instagram profile, you would not be able to find out him with the previous URL. Now, if you're just checking his profile at the basis of URL and wonder either you're blocked on not then look at the profile from your 'Following' list from your Instagram profile. If you can find him out on there on the list, you got this error because he changed the username of his account.

On my case, I just found that person was on my following list and I understood that actually did not block or deactivated rather just changed the username and that situation helped me understand what was behind the scene of that Instagram profile. Now, if you can’t see him on the following list and can’t find his profile while logged out that means the person has deactivated his Instagram account.

 Look at the profile without an account

You have to check the profile from your desktop or mobile browser without an account to see either this profile exists or not. Now, to find this Instagram profile just make sure you're logged out and then copy the URL of profile and open it on the browser.


Once you type & hit the URL to open and it shows the profile, generally means neither he had deactivated nor changed his username rather the person blocked you on Instagram that is why you were not able to see him on Instagram. 

profile available without account

On the contrary, if you can see the person's profile says 'Sorry, this page isn't available' then it's clear that the person has deactivated his Instagram profile.

I just avoided such people never tried to find out again once I understood that person just blocked me from his profile.

 Finding out the hashtags

Another indication that you can look for the hashtags on Instagram. If you can find the profile through the hashtags it was using and once you see the page is not opening that means the person blocked you on just deleted his profile.

On both cases, you have to find out what is exactly happened on your account, for this, you just have to take the hashtags link and opening through your friends profile or on an incognito window of your browser. If you can see the posts with the hashtags available from your friend’s Instagram profile, means clearly the person has blocked you but if you can’t see the same hashtags when you are using a different account or your friends account that means the person has deactivated his profile for 100% sure. 

If you see another profile with the same name that could mean the person has opened a new Instagram account, remember that Instagram does not allow you to merge between accounts.

 Check your Saved list for Media

If you just had multiple posts of someone else on your Instagram account and looking for those ones but you see those are not available on your list, that means the person either has deleted the posts or just blocked you from Instagram that causes the removal of the posts of the person.  Now if you just saved the bookmark of a post then you can try checking the post using that URL without an account and if you can see the post that means the person actually blocked you on Instagram that causes the removal of your saved post.

When I had 20 + posts on my Instagram saved list and some days later while I was checking myself I see all of the posts from the same person were missing from that list and soon I understood that the person has blocked me or deleted his Instagram and to find that out check with the techniques that I have already described and the posts that were removed from the list will be available with the links from a different account.

 Ask your Friends to Investigate

The final solution is to check that profile from your friends account if you know a person has mutual followers and you have to ask that person to send you the profile whom you suspect blocked you. Now if your friend can send you the link or can find out his profile that's enough to understand the person blocked you. That is why the profile was not openable from your account but your friend was able to find out and see all of the stuff he has on his profile.

deactivated indication instagram profile

But from your friends account if you can't see the person that means he has deactivated or deleted his Instagram profile and to confirm this just check with the previous filters to confirm this out what is really happened and the ‘hashtag method’ actually do the job very well.

The Bottom Lines:

Now, if you want to find out whether you are blocked or deactivated Instagram profile then you have to check the profile without logging into your Instagram account. If you can't find the profile then might be the profile is deactivated and to confirm this, just take help of the filter that I have described in this article.