Key Takeaways:
  • If you have disabled your Instagram account temporarily, you can easily get back to it anytime by simply logging in.
  • If your account was disabled mistakenly by Instagram, you can submit an appeal.
  • For a permanently deleted Instagram, there is no way to reactivate it, you can only sign up for a new Instagram account.

Have you ever been in a situation where you find it difficult to get back to your Instagram account? Well! This has happened to most of us. It can be frightening to lose access to your Instagram account all of a sudden, no matter what’s the reason. If you are not able to login to your Instagram account or are getting error messages like ‘no users found’, this guide could be the savior for you; it will take you through all the ways using which you can reactivate your Instagram account and get back to your social life; keeping aside the reason for its deactivation.


Scenarios Where Reactivating Instagram Account is Possible

Scenario 1- When Instagram is Temporarily Disabled/Deactivated

Instagram gives you the option to temporarily deactivate or disable your account, just in case you need a break from the social turmoil. If you have ever tried that, you must be aware of all these consequences that follow:

  1. You can only deactivate or disable your account once a week.
  2. You can keep your Instagram account deactivated for as long as you want.
  3. Deactivating your account will make you unseeable on this social media platform for the time you keep it in the disabled state. No one will be able to contact you during that time.
  4. While your Instagram account stays deactivated, your data stays intact including photos, videos, DMs, and so on.

Reactivation Process- For this scenario, reactivation is all in all easy and a matter of a few clicks. Here are the steps to follow to recover or reactivate your temporarily deactivated/disabled Instagram profile:


  1. Open the Instagram app or go to www.instagram.com on a web browser.
  2. Log in to your Instagram account by entering your linked email address or mobile number followed by the password.
  3. That’s all; your account has been reactivated; continue Instagramming!

Scenario-2 When Instagram Temporarily Disabled your Account

If your account got deactivated or disabled mistakenly by Instagram, this is another situation where reactivation is possible; only the steps to be performed are different from the above scenario.

Instagram can disable your account even for minor reasons such as:

  1. For logging in from a new/unrecognized device
  2. Due to using a VPN to access your account
  3. For making a few unsuccessful login attempts
  4. Due to making too many posts, comments, and so on.
  5. For frequent log-outs and log-ins

So, if your Instagram was deactivated by mistake or for any minor violation, there are complete chances of its reactivation.

Let’s see how.

Reactivation Process- I must say Instagram is kind at times, as it accepts its mistakes and even fixes them. So, when Instagram disables your account, you see this message (shown in the image below) when you try to log in or open the app. 

The message reads, “Your account has been disabled for violating our terms. Learn how you may be able to restore your account.”
  • To proceed, tap ‘Learn More’.
Click on Learn More

Doing this will direct to a new page, probably on a browser and if it doesn’t, you can directly go to this link- https://www.facebook.com/help/instagram/contact/606967319425038 to submit an appeal for your disabled or deactivated Instagram account. The appeal form will look similar to the one in the image below. The information you need to enter in the form includes:

  1. Full Name
  2. Your email address; the one linked to your Instagram
  3. Your Instagram username; ask your friends if you don’t remember it
  4. Your mobile number; can be any number you currently use
  5. The reason why you think your Instagram account was mistakenly deactivated; tell them you haven’t done any violation, and also explain to them what exactly you were doing when deactivation happened.
  • Click on ‘Send’ and wait for a few hours or maybe a few days to get the reply.
enter your full name, linked email, mobile number, username, the reason to appeal, and click send.

In most of the cases, where the person is not guilty and Instagram has actually disabled the account out of mere suspicion, that gets reactivated within the next few hours of submitting the appeal.

Here’s how the good news looks like:

message from Instagram team

I hope this made you somewhat optimistic about recovering your Instagram account. Let’s proceed to the next scenario.

Here is the related video that you can watch:

Scenario-3 When your Instagram Account is Scheduled for Permanent Deletion

The word ‘permanent’ looks scary when it is accompanied by another word ‘deletion’. 

Now, imagine a situation where you have deleted your Instagram permanently without realizing it, or someone from your family did this to take away the distraction from your life. The moment you want your account back, that can be too late because

Instagram only gives you a 30-days time period to reactivate your deleted account in case you change your mind. So, if you are able to realize your mistake within the stipulated time, you can reactivate your account easily. But if you were not able to act on time and the 30-days grace period is over, you will be welcomed by the message ‘no users found’ when you will try to log in or reset your forgotten Instagram password.

If you are facing ‘no user found’ error on Instagram, please watch this video:

  1. Open the Instagram app or go to www.instagram.com on a web browser.
  2. Sign in to your account by entering the login credentials, i.e., email address or phone number and password.
  3. If there is still some time left for your Instagram account to get permanently deleted, you will see a question ‘Want to Keep Using This Account?’ along with a message; tap on ‘Keep Account’ to get back to your Instagram account.
Click on Keep account to cancel deletion

Voila! Your Instagram account has been successfully reactivated.

Here is the related video that you can watch:

Scenarios Where Reactivating Instagram Account is Not Possible

Scenario-1 When your Instagram Account is Disabled for Violations

Instagram will not always make the mistake of disabling your account; sometimes you can find your account deactivated or disabled or deleted for severe violations of Community Guidelines and Terms of Use of Instagram. If that is the case, you won’t be able to recover your account as that would have been permanently removed by Instagram. Here is what Instagram has to say about permanently disabled accounts:

“Bear in mind that we may permanently remove an account that repeatedly violates the Community Guidelines or Terms of Use”.
Instagram may permanently remove an account that repeatedly violates the Community Guidelines or Terms of Use”.

So, if you were involved in:

  • Posting Hate Speech
  • Illegal Activities
  • Promoting Nudity and,
  • Promoting Graphic Violence

Don’t expect the reactivation of your account as it would have got permanently removed or deleted by Instagram. Also, when you delete your account, or it gets permanently deleted, everything in your profile including your photos, videos, comments, likes, and followers will be permanently removed. In this scenario, you can only sign up for a new Instagram account.

Scenario-2 When your Instagram Account was Deleted by You or Someone with your Password

There is another possibility where you may find your Instagram lost forever.

Imagine a situation where you have deleted your Instagram or someone else who has access to it deleted it; now, if the 30-days period is over, and you were not able to log in to your account during that period, sadly, there is no way left to reactivate or recover your account. Here is what Instagram has to say about it:

“After 30 days of your account deletion request, your account and all your information will be permanently deleted, and you won’t be able to retrieve your information. During those 30 days, the content will remain subject to Instagram’s Terms of Use and Data Policy and will not be accessible to other people using Instagram.”
After 30 days of your account deletion request, all your information will be permanently deleted

Other Steps You can Take to Reactivate your Instagram 

Apart from the above scenarios, there can be some reasons due to which you are not able to get into your Instagram account; here is how you can try to reactivate it:

  1. If you are not able to log in using your email address or phone number, you can use your username and vice-versa. 
  2. Sometimes it can be the incorrect password that can be the reason you are not able to retrieve or reactivate your Instagram; you can easily reset your password by following the steps mentioned in this guide- Forgot Instagram Password? How to Reset/Change or Recover It
  3. Try to switch to a different Wi-Fi or cellular data, as this could be one of the reasons you are not able to successfully complete the reactivation process.
  4. Try using a web browser if you are facing issues with the Instagram app.
  5. Make sure your Instagram app is up-to-date.
  6. Uninstall and reinstall the Instagram app, as this can also fix minor glitches.
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