Social networks are a many-splendored thing. They allow you to get instant gratification when someone “likes” your post, or leaves an encouraging comment. It’s also a great way to share memories with loved ones who might not live nearby. But then again, it’s really, really easy to be hurt on the internet. Many social media platforms can quickly become a harsh space where people, hiding behind the mask of anonymity, are way more vicious or uncaring than they ever would be in real life. Social media comments can also be taken the wrong way, making platforms like Facebook or Instagram places where feelings get hurt over what you thought was a funny comment, or where a seemingly innocuous joke can see you socially shunned. Now, if you’ve done something truly heinous, you should probably work on fixing that, but if you simply said the wrong thing at the wrong time, it may feel like the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Blocking is one way of doling out the punishment to someone on social media, and it’s fairly easy to block someone who has been offensive, especially on Instagram.
Let’s say you’ve put your foot in your mouth with a comment on someone’s Instagram photo. Maybe you thought it was another person, or maybe you misjudged the poster’s sense of humor, or maybe your timing was just sincerely off. Suddenly, you stop hearing from that person, and while you’d like to make a heartfelt apology, you’re not sure how. So can you tell if someone blocked you on Instagram?
The answer isn’t as straightforward as we would like.
Has Someone Blocked You on Instagram?
Instagram does not notify you if you have been blocked; in fact, as far as I’m aware, most social media outlets respect your privacy when it comes to culling unwanted members from your group of followers. As you can imagine, alerting someone that they have been blocked goes against the attempt to create a safe space for collaboration and positive interaction. Reminding someone that they have been shunned is not a good way to endear you to that network, so they typically don’t broadcast that information to the parties involved.
Though you are not notified if you have been blocked there are signs that someone may have blocked you though. They are not definitive by any means and could easily be coincidental, but if you experience a couple of these and think you may have been blocked, it might be true.
Check Their Instagram Profile
You might have to back track a bit for this one, but it’s worth the effort. Find a comment your possible blocker made on one of your posts, and tap their user name in order to go to their profile. When you land on the profile, if you see a post count but no posts, it’s a pretty clear sign that you have been blocked. You will likely see their profile page with the counts at the top as usual, their profile pic and basic details. So far so normal.
When you scroll down, where you would usually see a list of their latest posts or comments, you will see ‘No Posts Yet’. This could be a sign you have been blocked.
Check Your Instagram DMs
If you have Direct Messaged the person you think blocked you on Instagram, you can check your DMs to see if they show up. If you can see the messages you sent each other, you’re not blocked. If your DMs have disappeared, you may have been blocked.
Use Instagram Search
Searching for the profile in Instagram is a prime way to find out if you have been blocked or not. If they come up in search and you see the same as above, the counts, profile pic but ‘No Posts Yet’ then you could have been blocked.
If you see the profile page as normal with counts and posts or you see ‘This Account is Private’ you have not been blocked.
Use a Web Search
This method works if you have a PC or other device on hand. Without logging into Instagram, use the search https://www.instagram.com/USERNAME and switch USERNAME for the person’s username. You ought to see the user’s profile pic, counts, and either a collection of photos, or a “This Account is Private” message.
For the next step, log into your Instagram account. Do the same search. If you’re blocked, you will see ‘Sorry this page isn’t available’.
You will also see this message of they have deactivated their account, so it isn’t an exact science. If you see ‘Sorry this page isn’t available’ in the first step and the second step, that’s a pretty good sign the user has completely deactivated their account and so it’s not you, it’s them.
Phone a Friend
The final way I know of to see if you’re blocked on Instagram is to ask a friend to check- a mutual friend who also follows the user who may have blocked you is best. Ask them to check the person’s profile or posts and see what comes up. If they see the same things as you it may not be a block at all. If they see their profile and can see posts, then it is likely you have received the Ol’ Block-aroo. Now to figure out what you did…
So You’re Blocked on Instagram, What Now?
You have two options if you have been blocked by someone on social media. You can forget them and move on or you can try to find out what happened and repair the damage. What you do depends on how good a friend they are and whether you value that friendship or not… and if you’ve learned from this experience. Only you can answer that.
If you decide to move on, more power to you. There are millions of other people in this world, and finding new fun people to talk to on the internet is really quite simple. Gaining followers can be a fun diversion, too! Blocking happens all the time for all kinds of reasons and sometimes for no reason at all. It’s not always personal, you may have just fallen victim to a social media New Years resolution purge.
If you do value the friendship, contact them on another network, directly or even in person and ask them what is going on. Be nice, be calm and just ask the question. Going in with both barrels blazing will not get you what you want, so make sure they know you are asking out of concern and not out of ego. Then do what you can to repair the damage depending on what they say.
It isn’t as easy as it could be to tell if someone blocked you on Instagram. There are signs but they are far from precise. The above signs should give you an idea and where you go from there is entirely up to you!