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How To Know If Someone Is Online On Instagram

Even though Instagram is mostly known for sharing photos and videos, we all message our friends there too and a lot of us wonder how to know if someone is online on Instagram.

Most people are in the app everyday and a lot of us wonder why sometimes we don’t get responses to our messages.

Fortunately, Instagram now has  an “online” feature like its siblings Facebook and Whatsapp.

So, if you are looking for a way to see if your friends or crush is online on Instagram we listed here a few ways you can find out.

How To Know If Someone Is Online On Instagram

To know if someone is online on Instagram is pretty easy if you and the other user have their Active Status active. Just follow the next steps.

  1. Open the Search section and type their username
  2. Select their profile from the results
  3. Open their profile and tap on Message
  4. In the messaging screen you should see “Active Now” under their username
  5. If the user was active a few hours ago, you will also see it there

how to know if someone is online on instagram

This is how you can see if someone is online on Instagram

Another way to find out if someone is online on Instagram is to check all your active contacts in the Messages section.

Here, if you have “Activity Status” enabled, you will be able to see at the top all the users active at that moment.

all active now users

See all Active Now contacts on the Messages screen

How To See When Someone Was Last Active On Instagram?

Same as Active Now, to know when someone was last active you and the other user will have to have enabled “Activity Status” on their profiles. If you both do, you can find out when they were active on the DM screen under their username.

see when someone was last active

Also, in the Messages screen, you will be able to see under your contacts username, when it was that they were last active.

This of course, will only work for those who don’t have their status hidden.

Can You See If Someone Is Online On Instagram?

If you and the other user have “Activity Status” enabled on their profiles you can find out if someone is online on Instagram by going to their DM’s and see “Active Now” under their username or they can also appear in the top bar in your Messages screen.

When you or the user have the “Activity Status” disabled then you will have to try other alternatives. Below we will show you how else you can check.

Then you can decide whether you are going to use any of those features to check and confirm whether someone is online on Instagram or not.

activity status setting

Alternative Ways To Check If Someone Is Online

Use DM Activity Status

As discuss above, to access this feature, you will need to log into the Instagram account. Then you will need to go to the profile of the person where you want to see the DM activity status.

 On the profile of the other person, you should click on the “Message” button. Then you can get into the conversation.

On the conversation, you can inspect the top bar containing the username, where you can see activity status. For example, if the other Instagram user is online, you will be able to see a small green colored dot, located next to the profile picture. If not, you will be able to see the last online status. 

However, you cannot use this feature to check the last seen status of all the Instagram users. You will only be able to use this feature to locate the last seen status of people who follow you on Instagram. 

DM Activity Status Can Be Hidden

It is also important to keep in mind that DM activity status on Instagram can be hidden. If you don’t want someone to see whether you are online on Instagram or not, you will be able to hide the status. In order to do that, you will need to move to Instagram settings. 

You will have all the freedom to tweak the settings of your Instagram account based on your preferences. However, managing settings on Instagram can look a bit complicated. That’s because you can find numerous options within Instagram settings.

Once you go to Instagram settings, you will need to tap on Privacy and Security Settings. Inside there, you can see an option named “Activity Status”. You can use this feature to turn off the Active Status of yourself on Instagram. 

Once you do that, no other person will be able to see whether you are active or not on Instagram. You just need to tap on a button and activity status will be turned off.

If you don’t see the DM activity status of a user who follows you, there can be two scenarios. Either the user has turned off the activity status through settings, or that person has not logged into the Instagram account recently. 

Look For The User In Facebook

You may think about searching for the last seen status of an Instagram user through Facebook as well. if that person has added you on Facebook, you can use this feature to check the last seen status. Most people tend to switch from Instagram to Facebook and vice versa when they are browsing social media. 

If a person logs into their Facebook account, you will be able to get that tracked through the Last Seen status on Facebook.

If you have the messenger app installed on your phone, you will be able to use this feature to locate if someone is online on Facebook or not. You can launch the messenger app, and then move to the second tab on the bottom. 

If you are not active on messenger, you will need to make yourself active before you can look for the active status of another person. Then you can scroll through your friends and see if that person is active or not. People who are active on Facebook or message will be displayed here along with green colored ticks.

This is not a 100% accurate method available for you to check and verify if someone is online on Facebook. However, we can recommend you use this feature and check whether someone is active on Instagram or not based on assumption. 

Check If The User Has Liked A Recent Post 

You can also check and see if the person you focus on has liked a post recently. There are multiple methods available for you to check this. For example, you will be able to go through the follower list of the person. 

Then you can browse through the recently uploaded posts in those follower accounts and see if the targeted user has liked any of those posts. When you are going through this process, you will have to deal with numerous challenges. 

For example, you will not be able to see the posts on Instagram private or muted accounts. On the other hand, you will have to go through the profiles individually one by one. This is going to consume a considerable amount of time from you as well. 

Instagram used to have the Following Activity Tab which made this option really easy to follow to find out if someone was active but it was removed back in 2019.

Hence, you should keep that as the last option to check if someone is online on Instagram or not. 

Final Thoughts

Follow these methods and you will be able to see whether you are lucky enough to see the online status of a user on Instagram. Even if these methods don’t provide 100% positive results at all times, it doesn’t hurt to try them. 

We are not sure whether Instagram will introduce any such feature to see the online status of another person in the future but in the meantime, you can try the tips above.

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Author : Kelsey

Hey! I'm Kelsey, I have been working in marketing for a few years now, but I always had a passion for social media and creating content. After growing my personal following, I was able to start branding myself as an influencer and work with brands on their marketing campaigns. It’s been great getting to know other people with similar passions and connecting with them.

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