Can You See the Date You Blocked Someone on Instagram?

You must’ve often heard in old movies how “you can’t simply cut someone out of your life like that.” Well, those were certainly the old times because in this age of social media, the control of who gets to be in your life and who doesn’t lies with no one else but you. And that kind of freedom can have both positive and negative consequences, depending on how a user intends to use it. For instance, take the blocking feature on Instagram.

can you see the date you blocked someone on instagram

If you’re going through a bad phase in life and a friend ends up asking questions you weren’t ready to answer, it might seem like a reason good enough to block them. But will it still seem like a good idea for a couple of months when you’re in a better place? Perhaps not.

It is for times like these that Instagram has provided users with a way of reversing their hot-headed or spur-of-the-moment actions by unblocking them. But if you don’t want to unblock someone but merely check the date you blocked them, can that be done on the platform?

That’s what we’re going to discuss in today’s blog. Stay tuned till the end to learn all about it.

Can You See the Date You Blocked Someone on Instagram?

Without further ado, let’s get straight to answering the query that has brought you to us. You want to know if it’s possible to check the date on which you blocked someone on Instagram, right?

The straightforward answer to your query is: NO. Instagram doesn’t display the blocking date next to every user you’ve ever blocked on the platform. Wondering why? Well, neither Instagram nor we have a definite answer for it.

All we can say is that perhaps the query wasn’t that wide-spoken on the platform before, which is probably why the platform didn’t see the necessity of adding dates to the blocking actions performed here.

Now that the query has been raised by our readers, we’ve communicated them to the Instagram Support Team. We’re hoping that they take our advice into consideration and make relevant changes to the platform.

But does that mean we have no other solution to offer you? Well, that’s not true. While Instagram won’t give you the dates directly, there are several workarounds that can give you a clearer idea of it.

Ready to check them out? Let’s get started!

Method 1: Checking the order of your blocklist

Here’s the first clue for you:

While Instagram will not give you a date for when you blocked someone on Instagram, there is still a pattern to how your blocklist is arranged.

Your blocklist on Instagram is arranged in reverse-chronological order. Here, the oldest blocked entries are placed at the bottom of this list, while the most recent blocked entries are mentioned on top.

So, if you want to narrow down the time (week or month) around which you blocked a certain someone, looking at the names below and/or above it helps with it.

Even if your memories of blocking those people are hazy, it’ll still tell you whether your action was recent or relatively older. That ought to help you a bit. Keep reading below to figure out where you can find this list on Instagram (we’ll talk about them in the next section).

Method 2: Going through your DMs to take a guess

When you block someone on Instagram, your conversations with them are removed from your DMs as well. Or are they?

We’re here to let you in on a secret that might come in handy for the task at hand. There was a time when blocking someone immediately erased any conversations that took place between those parties. However, that’s not how things happen on the platform these days.

Nowadays, when you block someone on Instagram, it doesn’t impact your past messages with them. You can still see those messages; the only restriction placed is on sending new messages in the same chat.

So, if you used to talk with someone over DMs and then blocked them, perhaps going back to your last chat with them will tell you some idea of the date around which you might’ve blocked them.

Method 3: Employing the help of third-party tools: A good or a bad idea?

A large crowd of Instagram users believes that third-party tools have the answers to anything and everything that can’t be done on the platform.

If you’re of the same mindset, let’s tell you in advance that it’s not a good idea. At least not for what you’re trying to achieve here: figuring out the date when you blocked someone on Instagram.

We agree that there are apps that record the user activity data of Instagram to bring you insights you can’t directly find on the official app, but they come with their own set of problems.

A large number of these apps – excluding the ones that are genuine partners of the platforms – are tied up with cases of data as well as security breaches. This is why we strongly suggest our readers to stay away from them.

Can you view the list of everyone you’ve blocked on Instagram?

Remember how we talked about visiting your blocklist and determining how recent or old your action of blocking someone on the platform was? Because we didn’t show you how that’s done above, here we are, with a step-by-step guide describing the process to you elaborately. Take a look!

Step 1: Open your Instagram mobile app on your smartphone. Log into your account using your credentials if you haven’t already.

As you land on your Home tab, look for your profile picture thumbnail icon at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Give it a tap when you find it.

Step 2: Doing so will take you to your Profile tab.

Here, in the topmost section of the page, right next to your username written in bold letters, you’ll find two icons placed towards the right corner:

A + icon

A hamburger (three horizontal lines arranged one after another) icon

Give the hamburger icon a tap, and a menu will scroll up your screen.

Step 3: You’ll find multiple options listed on the menu; select the first one with a cogwheel icon drawn next to Settings and Privacy.

Step 4: On the next tab that you’re taken to, you’ll find a search bar added on top.

Below this bar are multiple sections, with each section homing multiple options.

Step 5: As you scroll down the screen, the third section you’ll come across is Who can see your content.

This section has 4 options, with the third one being Blocked. There’s also a number written towards the right side of this option, followed by a right-facing arrow.

This number indicates the number of people you’ve blocked to date. As you tap on the right-facing arrow, the list of Blocked accounts will appear on your screen.

That’s all you were looking for, weren’t you?

The bottom line

And with that, we’re ready to wrap up today’s blog. Our focus today circled around the blocking feature on Instagram. We started with a simple question of whether or not a user can check the date on which they had blocked a certain user.

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