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How to know if someone blocked you on Instagram

Back with another one of those block rockin' beats.
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March 18, 2022

Getting blocked on Instagram isn’t fun. It means that the user doesn’t want you viewing their content, or they don’t want to be in contact with you. There are instances where you may assume you were blocked but weren’t. If a user disabled or deleted their account, all their Instagram information will disappear with them; this includes chat and messaging history. So, how do you know if someone blocked you on Instagram?

Read more: How to hide and manage likes on Instagram

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To know if someone blocked you on Instagram, you will need to install a third-party app like Followmeter on Android or iOS. Otherwise, you can try looking for their profile on a browser or an alternative account to see if they still appear as a search result.


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What happens when you block someone on Instagram?

When you block someone on Instagram, your Instagram account disappears from their feed. They will no longer be able to like or comment on your Instagram photos and videos, and they won’t be able to mention, tag, or message you either. They will not be able to visit your Instagram profile, and your account will not show up when they search for it.

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In addition, all of their past likes and comments will disappear from your existing content. If you decide to unblock them later, their likes and comments do not automatically return.

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What messages look like after being blocked.

In terms of messages, blocking people will not remove any messages sent or received during chats with them. The conversation with the other user will still appear in the list when you go to your messages. However, neither user can see new messages in the chat after one has been blocked.

Read more: Does Instagram notify when you screenshot?

How to know if someone blocked you on Instagram

There are a few tells when it comes to Instagram’s blocking system. Let’s go over a few of the easy ones.

Searching for them (own account)

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Searching for a user that has blocked you.

If you were blocked, you wouldn’t be able to find that user using the search function on Instagram, so give that a try first.

Tap the magnifying glass-shaped button at the bottom and type in their username; they may have blocked you if they don’t show up. The main flaw with this method is that there are several other reasons they may not appear when you search for them. If they have deleted or disabled their Instagram account, their presence on the platform will disappear along with the rest of their Instagram data. Thus, they will not show up when anyone searches for them.

Searching for them (alternative account)

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Searching for an Instagram user on an alt account that blocked you on your main account.

If you were blocked, that means you were singled out as a user someone didn’t want to interact with. However, if you’re unsure whether that someone actually blocked you, log in on an alternative account — or a different Instagram account from your main one — and search for them.

If that user appears when you search for them on your alternative account, then they didn’t disable or delete their account. If that’s the case, then there is a high chance that they blocked your main account.

Searching for them (browser)

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Go to instagram.com/[insert the username of the person you believe blocked you].

Log out of your Instagram account on a browser, then try reaching the page of the person you think blocked you. You can do this by going to www.instagram.com/[insert their username here].

If the account page appears, they haven’t disabled or deleted their account and may have blocked you.

Messages

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What messages look like after being blocked.

Go to your Instagram messages. Even if you have been blocked, you will be able to see your chat history with that person.

From within the chat, try to go to their Instagram profile. If nothing at all appears, then there’s a good chance that they blocked you.

Followmeter

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There’s an app that we’ve already covered in the past called Followmeter. This app is free to use; however, if you purchase a subscription and allow the app to access your Instagram account, it will tell you when you are blocked by someone—and who that someone is.

How to know if someone muted you on Instagram

Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways to tell if someone has muted you on Instagram. In our testing, not only are you not notified when someone mutes you but you also aren’t notified if they unmute you.

At that point, it becomes a guessing game. Have they not been liking your posts or viewing your stories? If you look at your follower list and they’re still there, they may have muted you. However, perhaps they simply haven’t been interacting with Instagram much or haven’t been online in a while.

Followmeter

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As mentioned before, Followmeter is a great app that you can use for free. Along with knowing who blocked you, though, this app can tell you if someone has muted you if you buy their premium subscription. They appear under the tab marked Ghost Followers.


Read more: Does Instagram notify when you take a screenshot?

FAQs

Can I see who blocked me on Instagram?

Instagram does not notify users when someone else has blocked them. You can try searching for them or using an app like Followmeter to find out whether they blocked you or not. If you don’t want to confront them about it, these options may work; however, sometimes you may want to ask them outright to get the most direct and straightforward answer.

Can the person who blocked me on Instagram still see my profile?

Both sides will still be able to reach the other’s profile, but content such as stories and posts will not show up. The other’s account will appear blank.