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Why Would a Stranger Block Me on Instagram?

Why Would A Stranger Blocked Me On Instagram

Getting blocked on Instagram can be quite painful.

It is heartbreaking enough to end things with your ex, but getting blocked means getting updates about what is going on on their Instagram page is almost impossible.

There is practically no way for you to find out how their new relationship is treating them since you can’t just pick up the phone to ask them.

However, while it might be understandable for an ex to block you, it is just annoying to be blocked by a stranger.

We’ve all been there at one time or another. We all have a particular account we go to because we love to see their photos and videos, but now we cannot access them.

But have you ever thought about why a stranger might block you on Instagram?

Quick Answer

Usually, someone might block you if you keep tagging them in inappropriate posts or leaving irrelevant comments on their posts. Sometimes, it might just be because they are uncomfortable with your posts.

Thankfully, Instagram will not tell you if you have been blocked. Or, can you imagine how weird it would be to receive a notification that you have been blocked?

But you might want to know why you have been blocked. After all, you just visited their Instagram page to enjoy their posts.

As you continue reading, you will find out why a stranger can decide to block you on Instagram. You will learn what offense you committed that landed you on the block list. This article will also show you four methods by which you can find out if someone has blocked you on Instagram. So let’s dive right into it.

How Do I Find Out Who Has Blocked Me on Instagram?

There are many methods to discover that someone on Instagram has blocked you.

Let’s explain some methods below.

Method #1: Search for Their Username

Search For Their Username Instagram Mobile

As always, we have to start from the basics.

The simplest way to check if someone has blocked you is to try searching for their account.

To do this, type the person’s username in the search section.

You have probably been blocked if you don’t see their account in the search results.


Still, don’t forget that some people may decide to change their usernames on Instagram. So, the person may have done this.

Method #2: Search for the Profile Using the Instagram Web

Search For The Profile Using The Instagram Web

Searching for someone’s username doesn’t guarantee you have been blocked. Why not try looking the account up via Instagram Web? 

When you signed up for Instagram, you were given a unique link that contained your username. If you replace your username on that link with another person’s username, you should be directed to their profile. 

Log out of your Instagram account or use the incognito tab on your web browser. Then search for the link. You have been blocked if the account shows here but didn’t appear when you searched while logged in.

Method #3: Ask a Friend To Use Their Account

Another way to confirm is to use another Instagram account to check if the account still exists.

Share the username of the person you think blocked you, and ask one of your friends to use their Instagram account to search for it. 

If the person’s profile appears on your friend’s account, you can be sure you have been blocked.

Method #4: Create a Burner Account

Create A Burner Account And Search Again

It might be embarrassing to ask a friend to use their account to confirm if someone has blocked you. Someone might even ask, “Why do you care so much?”

To avoid unnecessary explanations, you can create another Instagram account.

Using that account, head to the search bar and check for the username. If you can access it, the person has blocked your main account.

Why Have You Been Blocked on Instagram?

Are you still curious as to why exactly the person blocked you in the first place?

Well, there are a couple of reasons why you could get blocked by someone you do not know on Instagram.

Let’s take a look at three of them.

Reason #1: They Are Not Comfortable With Your Posts

This may be hard to understand, but you might be blocked because of your posts.

Instagram keeps suggesting our posts to different people who might feel differently about them. While some might love them so much that they decide to follow us, others might behave oppositely.

Although you have done nothing to hurt them physically, your posts might constantly remind them of something they are trying to forget.

It could even be something else, like your relationship or body, making them feel worse about themselves. So they might block you so that they feel good about their lives.


Some people come to social media to escape the problems they face in real life. They don’t want to see anything that reminds them of their real-life problems.

Reason #2: You Are Always Leaving Irrelevant Comments on Their Posts

The primary reason why you are checking the person’s posts could be because you love their content.

So you might decide to drop a comment as a sign of appreciation.

Or who doesn’t like to have a bunch of comments in addition to the likes?

Instead of appreciating the gesture, you might get blocked if the person decides your comments are irrelevant to the posts.

Reason #3: You Are Always Tagging Them on Other People’s Posts

Sometimes you might decide to tag them in other posts similar to their posts.

Because you enjoy theirs, you probably think they would enjoy those posts.

But not everyone might appreciate the gesture.

Some might see it as an intrusion of their privacy and decide to block you.


If you have realized that you have been blocked on Instagram, the best thing to do is let it go.

Once blocked, there is nothing you can do about it.

After all, you are probably better off without seeing the person’s posts.

If the person thinks you shouldn’t see their posts for one reason or another, you don’t have to see them.

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