Why Can’t I See When Someone’s Last Active on Instagram?

One of the most important benefits of the fast connectivity of the internet is that it has made seamless conversations possible, especially in texts. If two people are online on any social media platform at the same time, they can talk about so much in such a little time.

However, while you can easily figure out when someone is online on WhatsApp, on Instagram, it’s not that easy. And it makes sense as well; WhatsApp as a platform was built for smooth text conversations, while on Instagram, the DMs aren’t the center of attraction.

To remedy that and encourage more Instagrammers to chat on the platform, Instagram has added the Last Active feature in recent years. In this blog, we’ll delve deeper into this feature and talk about the possibilities of any discrepancy in it. Let’s get started!

The Last Active feature on Instagram

The Last Active feature was launched on Instagram in January 2018. But unlike how last seen works on Facebook, on this platform, this feature is restricted only to the DMs section, having nothing to do with users’ profiles.

For this reason, their active status is also visible within the DMs section itself. The If you open your DMs section, at the top of it, right below the search bar, you’ll find a section of all your active followers, with green dots under their profile picture’s thumbnail.

Below this section, you’ll find the Messages section, wherein a green dot will also be visible under the profile icons of all the conversations with users that are currently active on the platform.

So, this is how the Last Active feature works on Instagram under ideal conditions. But if you aren’t able to see someone’s Last Active status on the platform, there can be multiple possible reasons behind it. In the next section, we’ll explore these possibilities to help you figure out which one is true in your case.

Here are Some Reasons Why Can’t You See When Someone’s Last Active on Instagram

There are numerous possible reasons behind you not being able to see someone’s Last Active status on Instagram, and we’ll explore all of them one-by-one below:

Case #1: You’ve never had an interaction with them in DMs.

Remember how we mentioned above that on Instagram, the Last Active status is limited just to the DMs section? Well, we weren’t joking when we said that.

In other words, it means that checking someone’s online status from their profile isn’t possible on Instagram, unlike on Facebook. To check one’s online status, you’ll need to have their profile listed in your DMs section, for which you need to interact with them there.

If no interactions have happened between you two on the platform, you can change that right now by sending them a DM.

All you need to do is type their name in the search bar of the DMs section and hit enter. When their profile shows up in the results, tap on it to open the DM window and send them a text. Even a simple Hi! would do.

Case #2: They don’t follow you on Instagram.

If you already have a DM conversation with this person (or just started a new one), and their active status is still not showing up, you need to check if this person is following you on the platform.

While following someone is enough to see their content or send them a message, in order for you to be able to check their active status, they need to follow you back as well. This is because, on Instagram, the active status of a user is limited to the people that they follow and not to their followers.

Checking this is quite simple. Just open the Followers list on your profile and type their username in the search bar there. If their name doesn’t show up in the list, it means that they’re not following you back.

However, if they do show up in that list, you can rule this possibility out right away!

e status on the platform, there can be multiple possible reasons behind it. In the next section, we’ll explore these possibilities to help you figure out which one is true in your case.

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