How To Tell If You've Been Blocked

In the words of Stephanie Tanner, "How rude," followed by a nose crinkle could be your reaction when you're suspecting someone has blocked you on social media—sometimes blocking accidental or, worst-case scenario, intentional. Regardless of the intent, there are ways to know if you've been blocked. 


According to Business Insider, there are a few ways to know if a user has you blocked. 

Search the account you think may have blocked you. 

  • If the account is Private and you can't find it from searching, then you've likely been blocked. 

  • If the account is Public and while visiting the page, you can't see profile picture, posts, follower/following count, and the grid says "No Posts Yet," then you've been blocked. 

If you're not sure the user has blocked you or closed their Instagram account, you may want to dive deep. 

Deep Diving

  • Go on someone's page that you know the user follows. Search through likes and comments to see if the user was active on their page. If you can't find the user, then you've been blocked. (Note: You may want to check a few pages the user could be following).
  • Use a friend's Instagram account to search for the user. If their profile pops up on the friend's account, then you've been blocked. 


Here are several ways to know if a user on Facebook has blocked you:

  • You cannot find the person on your Friend's list. If a person is no longer on your friend list, the user either deleted their account or blocked you.
  • You can't find the user in the Search Bar. If you type the user's account name in the search bar and can't find the person, you may be blocked.
  • You can't send the user a message. If you try to send the user a message on Facebook Messenger and "This person isn't available right now," or an error message pops up, then you may be blocked. 


Similar to Facebook, you will have to search for the user you suspected of blocking you. 

In the Search Bar, type in the user's name. When you click on the account, you may see a message that says, "You're blocked." In smaller writing, it will say, "You can't follow or see [insert name] Tweets."

Once you see this, it's a clear indication that the account has blocked you. 

Getting Yourself Unblocked?

Getting blocked on social media isn't fun. You may feel upset or confused about the whole situation. Our ultimate tip on getting unblocked on social media is, reaching out to the person who may have blocked you. 

Confronting the person you suspect has blocked you takes a lot of courage. You don't know if the blocking was accidental or intentional, but you won't find out unless you ask. 

If you're unsure about starting the conversation, you can say, "Hey [insert person's name], I noticed I couldn't find your [insert social media] account. I'm not sure if there is an error or I've been blocked."

We know this is straightforward, but it doesn't hurt to try. Who knows, it might've been a misunderstanding this whole time. 

In Other News...

All of this talk about blocking can be a bit uneasy. If you're interested in a social media page that won't block you, then you should follow Power Move Marketing!

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Being blocked on social media isn't fun. You may feel upset or confused about the whole ordeal. Luckily, there are ways to know if you've been blocked on social media. Depending on the platform, follow the steps above to see. If you realize you have been blocked, reach out to the person who may have done the blocking. A quick conversation can let you know if it was intentional or accidental. Who knows, it may have been a mix-up.


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Author: Kayla T.