Are you trying to find someone’s Instagram profile and all you see is “User not found”? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. This frustrating message appears frequently on Instagram and there are several reasons behind it.
If you’re wondering what the “User not found” message on Instagram means, you’ve come to the right place. This article will explain each possible meaning of this message.
User not found on Instagram
Here are the possible reasons for the “User not found” message on your Instagram:
In some cases, the message “User not found” may appear due to a typo. If you’re trying to find an Instagram user and you’ve entered their username incorrectly, you’ll probably see this message. Before anything else, check your spelling again.
The user has changed their username
Unlike other social media, Instagram makes it very easy to change your username regardless of the platform. If the user you are trying to search for has changed their username, you may see a “User not found” message.
How is this possible? This is because Instagram uses a person’s username as the basis of the URL that leads to their profile. When a person changes their username, their “location” on Instagram also changes. Although Instagram usually redirects users to a new location, this may not always happen. So if you tried to search for a person using their old username, you might get a “User Not Found” message, because technically that place no longer exists.
Here’s how you can confirm this is a problem:
- Check Other Social Media Platforms – Check the person’s Facebook or Snapchat profiles to see if they have updated their information.
- Check the “Following” or “Followers” lists – If you’re trying to find someone you share a following with, you can go to one of your mutual followers’ profiles and search for their name. You will probably be able to recognize the profile picture or name.
- Check Chat History – If you have exchanged messages with the person, try to find the chat in your Instagram inbox. From there you can visit their profile.
The user has temporarily deactivated their account
Instagram allows users to temporarily “turn off” their accounts. This is a good choice for anyone who wants to take a break from social media and come back whenever they are ready. While some people are fine with simply not opening Instagram, others prefer to deactivate their account.
If the person has temporarily disabled their account and you try to find them, you will see a “User not found” message.
You can confirm if this is why you’re seeing this message by asking one of your mutual followers to find the profile you’re trying to access.
Unfortunately, Instagram does not provide details on whether a specific account has been deactivated.
The user has permanently deactivated their account
Many people decide they don’t want to use Instagram anymore and delete their accounts permanently. When a user does this, their profile, content, and all likes and comments will be deleted. This also means that the account will not appear in search results or in the “Followers” or “Following” lists. In such cases, the message “User not found” will be displayed.
The best way to check this is to ask one of your friends with an Instagram profile to search for the person whose profile you are trying to find. If they can’t find it, it’s likely that the person has deactivated their account. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if this is permanent or temporary.
There is another way to find out if a person has permanently disabled their account, but it does not always work. When someone deletes their account, their username will be available to everyone else. If you were able to find a username, but the profile doesn’t belong to the person you’re looking for, they’ve most likely deleted their account or changed their username.
User has been banned or suspended from Instagram
One of the reasons you’re seeing a “User Not Found” message is because the user you’re trying to find has been banned or suspended from Instagram. Specifically, whenever a person violates Instagram’s terms of service, they can be automatically suspended for a period of time. These violations can include misusing another account, inappropriate behavior, but also buying likes and followers, using automation tools to aggressively like or comment, etc.
In most cases, these bans last for a limited time, but they can also be permanent depending on the violation. If the profile you’re trying to find on Instagram has been suspended, you won’t see an indicator like you do on other social media like Twitter. You can try to remember if the person has violated Instagram’s rules in the past. Other than that, you can’t do anything until the ban is lifted.
The user has blocked you
Another possible reason for the “User not found” message is that the user has blocked your account. Besides not having access to their profile, you won’t be able to see their comments and likes. The experience is essentially the same as when the account in question has been temporarily or permanently deactivated.
If you suspect that someone has blocked you on Instagram, and that’s why you’re seeing a “User not found” message, you can ask a friend to find that person for you. If they can find your profile, you’ve probably been blocked.
The “User not found” message may also appear because Instagram is experiencing a temporary glitch. Besides waiting for it, there are several actions you can take to try to resolve this issue:
- Exit the app – You can close Instagram, wait a few seconds and then open it again. Now search for the person’s profile.
- Check your internet connection – If your internet isn’t working properly, you may experience a number of problems on Instagram, including the “User not found” message. Check the connection again. If your Wi-Fi is causing the problem, try using mobile data.
- Restart your phone – turning your phone off and on can fix the problem.
- Update the app – Another reason why you are seeing the message could be that you are not using the latest version of the app. Try to update the app and then search for the user’s profile.
- Reinstall the app – If the solutions above didn’t work, you can uninstall and reinstall the app. Note that you will need to log in again with your username and password, so make sure you have them ready.
What does the “try again later” message on Instagram mean?
Many Instagram users have come across this message. It may appear if you’ve used third-party apps or automation tools to perform certain Instagram actions. Additionally, this message may appear if you’ve liked, commented or followed/unfollowed people “too aggressively”. Finally, the message may be the result of a temporary glitch.
This message is Instagram’s way of mitigating spam and automation and preventing abuse of certain features. Unfortunately, some people get this message even though they have done nothing wrong. There are several ways to solve this problem:
• Please wait.
• Log out and then log in again.
• Change your password.
Go past “User not found”
Contrary to popular belief, seeing a “User not found” message does not automatically mean that the person has blocked you. There can be many reasons for this message. Since Instagram doesn’t give you a clear reason why you got the message, you’ll have to do some research on your own. We hope this article helped you figure out why you might get a “User Not Found” message on your Instagram.
Do you often get this message on Instagram? Did you manage to find out why you got it? Tell us in the comments section below.