Connecting on Instagram is generally considered second base in a budding relationship, especially if you started out with one of those online dating apps. However, there are times when you don’t know if a new person has blocked you or just deleted their profile picture and posts. To help you out in these sticky situations, we’ve compiled a few methods you can follow to find out if someone has blocked you on Instagram.

Find out if someone has blocked you on Instagram (2021)

Find his username

Let’s eliminate the basics. the the easiest way to find out if someone has blocked you is to search their profile. To check it, go to the Search section and type in their username. If you can’t see their username, it’s possible (more on that in the next section) that they’ve blocked you. Take a look at the image comparison below for reference.

Verify Profile on Instagram Web

Searching for a username is not conclusive proof that the person has blocked you. It is possible that the person has decided to deactivate or delete their Instagram account. So now is the time for you to put on your detective glasses and dig deeper. How to do it, you ask? Well, add their name to the Instagram URL and open the URL in a browser where you are not logged in. It’s important to make sure you are not logged in to Instagram. If you’re using Instagram from a web browser, you can just open a new incognito tab to check. The URL should look like this:

If their profile appears here and does not appear when you are logged in, you can be sure that they have blocked you. Even if they have a private Instagram account, you’ll see it with the text “Account is private”. It is a safe strategy to find out if the person has an active Instagram account.

If the person deleted or deactivated their account, you’ll see a page that says “Sorry, this page is unavailable.” By following this strategy, you can be sure that the person deleted their account or just blocked you. You can also borrow your friend’s phone and look up the person’s name on their Instagram account, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that when you can do all the work yourself without a trace.

Verify profile on Instagram app

If you can access the person’s profile from old comments or via private messages, check the number of messages. If it shows a number of posts in the post count and shows “No posts yet” in the feed, it means they blocked you. If you are not blocked, you will see all their messages.

Methods that won’t help

1. Send a message

While Snapchat throws a “Failed to send – Tap to retry” error when you try to text someone who’s blocked you, Instagram doesn’t. It takes a fairly subtle approach. The blocked person can continue to send messages, but none of those messages will reach the recipient. I’m sure it must have caused a lot of drama among people, but that’s what Instagram offers and it’s good to be aware of.

In case you’re wondering, no, the messages you sent won’t show up even if the person chooses to unblock you later. As you can see below, I haven’t received the new messages I sent earlier after unblocking the account. This is an Instagram tip that everyone should know, especially if you’re dealing with someone with frequent mood swings.

2. Checking their display image

Unlike WhatsApp where the display image disappears, you won’t know if someone has blocked you by checking their display image. Instagram will still show the profile picture even if the person has blocked you. Therefore, this is something you need to keep in mind when trying to find out if the person has blocked you.

Find if someone has restricted you on Instagram

Now that you’re all familiar with the basics, it’s time to discuss the tricky part – account restriction, also known as phantom ban. Instagram recently added the restriction feature to help users silence abusive accounts. While Instagram implemented the feature in an effort to reduce negative interactions on the platform, some people have started using it as an alternative to blocking someone.

When you are restricted, all of your comments go through a review system. The other person can choose to see and approve the comment, delete it, or ignore it. Also, the recipient will not receive any form of notification and all your direct messages will be in the Message Requests section.

Now, to find out if someone has restricted you, there are two ways. If you can’t see the activity status of the person you’re texting even though you haven’t disabled the activity status, check from a mutual friend’s account. Keep in mind that your friend should not turn off the activity status either. If you can see their activity status from your friend’s account and not yours, the person has restricted you.

Another way is to check the comments you posted on their profile. If you can see comments from your end and you can’t see some or all of the comments from your friend’s account, that indicates that the person has restricted your account and is selectively approving the comments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do you know if you’ve been blocked on Instagram?

You can search their username to check if the person has blocked you on Instagram.

Q. What does it look like when someone blocks you on Instagram?

When someone blocks you, you can’t see the posts they shared on Instagram and can’t see their Instagram stories.

Q. Is it possible to see who has blocked you on Instagram?

There is no specific place to see who has blocked you. However, you can follow methods like username search to find out if someone is blocking you.

Q. What happens when someone blocks you on Instagram?

When you’re blocked, you can’t see their story and posts. Your messages will not be delivered to the recipient and you cannot video chat with the person.

Q. Why does it say 0 posts on Instagram but not blocked?

Instagram often shows 0 posts when the other person’s account is private.

Q. Can you request to follow someone on Instagram if they have blocked you?

No, you cannot request to follow someone who has blocked you on Instagram.

Q. Will the person receive all the text after unblocking me that I sent during the blocking period?

No, any messages you sent during the blocking period are gone forever and the person won’t receive them.

Q. Can I see someone’s profile after I block them?

You can’t see it from search, but you can access it from old comments or DM. Even then, you won’t see their posts and stories.

Find out if you’ve been blocked on Instagram

These are the working methods to find out if someone has blocked you on Instagram. Before you go, be sure to check out our coverage on Instagram’s new features to find out what the Facebook-owned company has added in the recent past.