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How to Know When An Instagram Account Was Created

Do you want to know when an Instagram account is created?

Maybe you’re visiting the profile of a celebrity on Instagram and you want to find out when they joined Instagram.

Or maybe you want to know the exact date of when you joined Instagram.

Either way, there are solutions that you can use to find out when an Instagram account was made.

This article is a step-by-step guide on how you can find out when someone created their Instagram account as well as when you created yours.

How to Know When An Instagram Account Was Created

To know when an Instagram account was created, you can use the “About This Account” feature on Instagram.

With this feature, you can see when someone joined Instagram, their country, former usernames, accounts with shared followers, and active ads.

Use the “About This Account” feature to know when an Instagram account was created.

The feature is important as you can tell whether an account is impersonating someone else.

“Date joined” is the feature that you’ll want to be looking at as it tells you when the Instagram account was created.

The other features can be used to deduce whether the person is authentic or a fake account.

Do note that the feature is not available on the desktop version of Instagram, so you’ll have to use the Instagram app if you want to access it.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to know when an Instagram account was created.

1. Visit the user’s profile

Instagram profile

The “About This Account” feature is located on someone’s profile.

To see when an Instagram account was created, you have to visit the user’s profile first.

Firstly open the Instagram app (you cannot use Instagram on a desktop for this).

Do not use Instagram on the desktop as you won’t be able to see the “About This Account” feature.

The feature is only available on the Instagram app for iOS and Android users.

After you opened the Instagram app, search for the user, and visit their profile.

2. Tap on the “triple-dots” icon

Instagram ellipsis

Next, tap on the “triple-dots” icon on the top-right corner of the person’s profile.

There are many options on the menu—”Restrict”, “Block”, “Report” and “About This Account”, etc.

The option that you’ll want to be using is the “About This Account” option.

Once you tapped on the “triple-dots” icon, it’ll open up a menu with several options.

The first four options are “Restrict”, “Block”, “Report” and “About This Account”.

Restrict allows you to hide someone’s comments on your posts from others.

When you block someone, they can no longer find you on Instagram.

Reporting someone allows you to report the user to Instagram and you’ll use this only if the person has violated one or more of Instagram’s guidelines.

Lastly, “About This Account” displays an account’s information on Instagram.

What you’ll be using for this guide is the “About This Account” option.

3. Select “About This Account”

Instagram about this account

Select the “About This Account” option on the menu.

“About This Account” is the 4th option on the list.

After you selected the “About This Account” option, you can see when the account was created from the “Date Joined” section.

After you selected it, you’ll be able to view the information about the account.

There is a lot of information you can view of the account—the date that the account joined Instagram, country, former usernames, accounts with shared followers, and active ads.

The information that you want to view is “Date Joined”.

On the right side of the “Date Joined” heading, you’ll be able to know the exact date of when the account was created on Instagram.

However, the “About This Account” feature might not be available for all users.

Do note that not everyone has the “About This Account” feature on their profile.

The feature is typically available for older/verified accounts or accounts that you’re not following.

This means that you may not be able to see the feature on some profiles.

If a profile happens to not have the “About The Account” feature, you need to use another way to find out when their account was created.

Your best bet is to view their oldest post and check the date of when it was posted.

From their oldest post, you can roughly gauge when their Instagram account was created.

Even so, the person might have deleted or archived some of their old posts.

So the only way you can accurately find out when they joined Instagram (without the “About This Account” feature is to ask them.

How to see when you joined Instagram

To see when you joined Instagram, you need to access your data in your settings.

Go to your profile > tap on the menu > settings > security > access data > login details.

Knowing when you joined Instagram is different than finding out when someone else joined Instagram.

If you want to find out when someone created their Instagram account, all you have to do is to go to their profile, tap on the “triple-dots” icon, and select “About This Account”.

On the other hand, you have to go through more steps in order to see when you joined Instagram.

If you forgot when you joined Instagram, you can find out when you created your account when you access your data in your settings.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can do this on the Instagram app.

1. Go to your profile

Followchain Instagram profile

You can see when you joined Instagram from the Instagram app and from a desktop.

But for this example, we’ll be using the Instagram app to review your data.

You can use both the Instagram app and Instagram.com from a desktop to review your data (when you joined Instagram).

For this example, we’ll be using the Instagram app to review your data.

Firstly, open the Instagram app.

Then, go to your profile (by tapping on the extreme-right icon at the bottom navigation bar).

2. Tap on the menu

Instagram menu

Once you’re on your profile, tap on the menu on the top-right hand corner of your screen.

A navigation drawer will then be opened.

There are multiple options you can choose from—Settings, Archive, Insights, and so on.

The Settings option is where you can edit your account’s settings (e.g. switching your Instagram account to business).

When you visit the Archive section, you can view your archived posts and old stories.

Instagram Insights is used for analyzing your account such as your followers’ gender, age, and location.

The option that you’ll need to go to is Settings.

3. Go to Settings

Instagram settings

Next, tap on Settings to go to your account’s settings.

On the settings page, you can modify different things about your account.

In this case, we’ll be using it to find and access your data (the date when you joined Instagram).

You’ll want to be accessing the security feature in your account settings.

4. Tap on Security

Instagram security

Once you’re on the settings page, tap on “Security”.

On the security page, there you’ll see a couple of headings—”Login security” and “Data and history”.

Under the “Data and history”, there’ll be 4 options you can choose from—”Access data”, “Download data”, “Apps and websites” and “Clear search history”.

Firstly, “Access data” is for accessing your account’s information.

Secondly, “Download data” allows you to get a copy of your data on Instagram (which we’ll get into detail later).

The option, “Apps and websites” shows a list of websites that you’re connected to.

Lastly, “Clear search history” deletes whatever that you’ve searched for in the search bar under “Recents”.

This is the option that you’ll need to go to is “Access data”.

5. Select “Access data” and enter your login details

Instagram access data

Select “Access data” which is located directly under the title, “Data and history”.

Once you selected “Data and history”, a browser will be opened in the app.

The browser that will be opened is the login screen of Instagram.

From there, you’ll want to enter your Instagram login details and login in.

Your data can only be accessed via Instagram.com and not the Instagram app.

Hence, Instagram.com is opened as a browser in the app if you want to access your data.

6. See when you joined Instagram

How to know when you joined Instagram

Once you entered your login details, you can see your account’s information.

After you entered your login details, you can see when you joined Instagram from the “Date joined” section.

The information that is relevant to you is the “Date joined” section.

The date when you joined Instagram can be seen from the “Date joined” section (which is what you came for).

While you’re at the security page, you can also choose to download a copy of your data.

When you request a data download, a link to a file containing your account’s information will be sent to you via email.

It usually takes up to 48 hours for Instagram to collate and send the data as they can only work on one request at a time.

How do I know if an Instagram account is real?

A fake Instagram account typically has no profile picture, a random username, no posts, and zero engagement.

On the other hand, if an Instagram account is real, it will have a profile picture, a regular username, some posts, and a decent engagement rate.

Here are four ways to know if an Instagram account is real:

Real Instagram accountFake Instagram account
Profile picture of themselfNo profile picture
Comprehensible usernameRandom username (e.g. a mix of letters and numbers)
Some postsLittle to no posts
Decent engagement rateZero engagement

Can you tell when someone signs into your Instagram?

Yes, you can tell when someone signs into your Instagram.

Instagram will send you an email when your account is signed in from a device that you don’t normally use.

In addition, you can check your login activity via your settings in the Instagram app.

Conclusion

If you’ve used Instagram for a long time, you might have forgotten when you created your account.

Fortunately, you can review your data to find the exact date of your account’s creation in the Instagram app itself.

Knowing when someone created their Instagram account is important as well.

You can use the date of creation to deduce whether an account is legit.

This will help you to prevent scammers or hackers on Instagram.

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Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with over 7+ years of experience in Social Media and 3+ years of experience in investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.