Considering the current popularity of Instagram, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that this social networking platform is dominating the app market. Instagram holds millions of active users’ accounts.
People love to share their day-to-day pictures on this platform, influencers endorse certain brands and earn a living, and brands engage customers and increase their conversion rates.
Finding the right username for the Instagram account can turn out a super challenging job. After all, the platform is already occupied by millions of people around the world. People who created their Insta account in the first few years of the application launch got to pick the most suitable names.
But if you are someone who has recently decided to create an account on this world’s leading social networking site, then you definitely need to do some hard work to land a perfect username. You must not end up creating an account with a funny and weird username.
Many Instagram users create their Insta account and use it until they lose interest and end up uninstalling the Insta app from their smartphone. These users forget their Insta username, passwords, and other login details.
So, how can you claim the inactive Insta account the owner of which is no longer interested in using the platform? In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps to claim an inactive Insta account.
Below you can find step by step procedure to claim the Instagram username.
How to Claim Instagram Username
Step 1: To claim taken Instagram account, you need to check whether the desired Instagram username is inactive or not using the Instagram Username Availability tool.
Step 2: If the Instagram Username Availability tool show Username is Exist on Instagram then use this form to claim it.
Step 3: Here you can find four different options as shown in the below image.
Step 4: Select the option which describes your situation. You may select the second option is “Someone created an account pretending to be me or a friend”.
Step 5: Next, you need to enter some information such as your full name, email address, full name listed on the account that you’re reporting and username of the reported account.
Step 6: After that Upload a photo with your ID (Make sure photo of yourself holding ID or a photo of the person you’re authorized to represent holding ID).
Step 7: Once you fill all required details tap on the send button. That’s it, within 24 hours you will receive email from Instagram regarding your request.
Copyright or Trademark the Username
Note that this strategy only works for inactive Insta accounts. The smartest way to get the inactive Insta user account transferred to you is by getting the trademark and copyright for the same. Once you get the trademark, you can send complaints to Instagram reporting the copyright infringement issues.
Many people got their accounts back using this tactic. You must create some story or content that involves the username of the inactive account. You can then make a claim saying that the Instagram account is using your content. The trick may involve a strong plan, but it can get the inactive account closed. Finally, the username will be available for you.
Try to Purchase the Account?
Sure, the account is inactive for quite a while. But that doesn’t mean the owner of the account isn’t using the platform. You will be surprised to know that some owners will sell their Insta account happily. But how do you contact them? As they are inactive on Instagram, there’s a high chance they don’t check their Insta DMs or notifications.
Some inactive Insta users share their contact details such as email address or a link to their website in bio. In such cases, you can easily contact the owner by reaching out to them through their contact information.
Look for their Other Social Media Accounts
If you come across an inactive Insta account whose owner wouldn’t check or reply to your DMs, you can rather try to look for their other social accounts such as Facebook or Twitter. Let’s say the username of the inactive Insta account is “jimmybacktravel”. You can search for this username on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and other social networking sites.
Another way to contact the owner is to check their mentions and followers list. You can contact their followers (who appear to be their close friends) and get the owner’s contact info from these people. This trick mainly works when the account of the Inactive user has a limited number of followers.
Once you get the contact details of the owner, come up with a perfect offer. What’s the value of the Insta account to you? How much are you ready to pay to buy that account? Does the owner accept the offer?
Make the Insta Account Appear Less Valuable
It might sound a weird trick, but it actually works! If you really want to buy an inactive Insta account and the owner isn’t ready to settle the deal, you can make his/her account appear less valuable.
You can do that by signing up on other social platforms using the same account username. For example, you can create an account on Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, etc with a username “jimmybacktravel”. Now that the account with this username is on the different social platforms, its value goes down and the owner is less likely to reuse that Insta account again.
Wait for the Instagram Deactivate
Instagram is trying its best to make the platform authentic. It strictly prohibits fake followers and accounts run by bots or software. Instagram deactivates the account that doesn’t abide by its terms and conditions. There’s no guarantee that the inactive account you want to buy will be deactivated by Insta, but it is possible. Long inactivity, spam accounts, and fake followers are the most common reasons for account deactivation.
Furthermore, you don’t get a notification for inactive account deactivation. To stay up-to-date, you must follow that account and check their follower list regularly. If their follower count drops dramatically overnight, there’s a high chance that Instagram has removed the bot’s account. The usernames of the account that are deleted by Insta can be sued to create a new account.
Use a Close Name
You tried to contact the owner but he isn’t ready to sell the account. The account is inactive for days, but it doesn’t have any content that could violate Instagram terms and conditions. So, there’s no point in waiting for an Instagram purge.
But fret not! There’s still a way to get your dream username without infringing Insta terms and conditions. You cannot use the username of the inactive account owner, but you can come up with a similar username with a little variation. Insta allows you to create a 30 characters long username. You can add numbers, underscores, letters, and special characters.
For example, if you own a business named “Lora’s apparel”, you can add the country or city name after the username such as Lora’sapparelLA and get your dream username.
Does the Perfect Insta Account Name Matter?
To be honest, no! You don’t need a perfect Insta account name to engage with your audience, get followers on Insta, and impress your customers. There are active Instagram accounts that have millions of followers yet a silly username. Similarly, there are Instagram users who create an account with a brilliant username but have little followers.
One thing that you must ensure while picking a username is that the name should be available on all major social media accounts. This makes it easier for your customers to find your brand on different social networking sites.