What Does “User Not Found” Mean on Instagram?

User Not Found Instagram: If you are a regular Instagram user, you must have encountered the error “User Not Found” at some point. Most people link this message to the fact that they have gotten blocked by the person they are trying to search. However, that isn’t the case, there can be many reasons you might face this error.

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According to the report by InstaZood, the “User Not Found” is one of the most reported error on Instagram. As a result, it sometimes makes users confusing and complicated as people have entirely no idea from where they appear.

If you face the same error while searching for someone on Instagram, don’t worry anymore.

Here you will find the complete guide on why you would see the “User Not Found” error and possible ways to fix it.

Sound’s good? Let’s get started.

What Does “User Not Found” Mean on Instagram?

1. Changed Username

The most common reason why Instagram shows a “User Not Found” error is that the user you are searching for must have changed their username. Perhaps, they have altered the entire name.

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If that is the case, you will see this error message right on the profile page. It mainly happens when you click on the person’s username from an old picture, which leads you to a page where the error message is displayed.

To confirm whether the username has been changed or not, you can use the Instagram Username Availability tool.

Next, you will have to browse their name to find out their real Instagram profile or try a couple of names you think they must have used. Type these names in the search bar to see if their profile shows up in the search results.

Alternatively, you can find someone on Instagram by phone number if you know their number or find someone on Instagram without a username if you don’t know their full name or username.

2. Mistyped Username

The admin can post a picture with a bunch of people with their usernames mentioned in the caption. They could also tag the people in the photograph. However, sometimes people can mistype the username.

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There is a chance the admin has tagged the wrong person or mentioned the wrong username. If you click on the wrong username, you will be redirected to a page with a “User Not Found” error.

To fix it, you can contact the admin to see if the mentioned username is written correctly, or you better check the spelling by yourself.

3. Disabled Account

Another common reason you cannot find a user’s profile is that they must have disabled their account temporarily. The platform does not allow users to see the profiles that have been disabled temporarily.

If you try to search for a disabled account, you will see an error message like “User Not Found” or “Sorry, this page isn’t available” and has not posted anything yet.

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Note that there is a difference between disabling and deleting the profile. If the profile has been deleted, then it can’t be retrieved. There is no way the admin can get their account back.

If it’s been disabled temporarily, then the admin can activate the account by signing in. Either way, you will get the error message whenever you visit the permanently deleted or temporarily disabled profile.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.