Instagram does not directly display the date when a user joined the platform on their profile. However, there are a few indirect methods you can use to estimate when someone might have joined Instagram:
- First Post: One of the simplest ways is to scroll down to the bottom of their profile to find their first post. The date of the first post can give you an idea of when they started using Instagram. However, this method can be time-consuming, especially if the person has a lot of posts, and it doesn’t account for the possibility that they might have deleted their earlier posts.
- Welcome Email: If the person can access the email account they used to sign up for Instagram, they can look for the welcome email from Instagram. This email is sent when a new account is created and will have the exact date of account creation.
- Account Data Download: Instagram allows users to download a copy of their data, which includes their account information. The user can request this data from Instagram’s settings and check the date when their account was created. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to Instagram settings.
- Tap on Security, and then on Download Data.
- Enter the email address where you’d like to receive a link to your data and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Social Media Announcements: Sometimes, people announce on other social media platforms when they join a new one. You could check their other social media accounts for any mention of joining Instagram.
- Directly Asking: The most straightforward method is to ask the person in question when they joined Instagram.
- Check Archived Posts: Sometimes users archive their older posts instead of deleting them. If you have access to their account (with their permission), you can check the archived posts for earlier dates. This can give you an idea of when they started posting on Instagram.
- Look at Comments and Tags: Sometimes, the comments or tags on a person’s posts can provide clues about the timeframe when they joined Instagram. For instance, if you see comments like “Welcome to Instagram!” on their older posts, it might indicate the period they joined.
- Instagram Stories Archive: If the user has saved stories in their Highlights or in the Stories Archive, these can also be indicative of their activity on the platform. The date of the earliest story could give a clue about how long they’ve been active on Instagram.
- Third-Party Tools: There are some third-party tools and websites that claim to provide information about Instagram accounts, including account creation dates. However, be cautious with these tools as they often lack accuracy, might violate Instagram’s terms of service, or pose privacy and security risks.
- Analyzing Follower Growth: If you have access to the user’s Instagram insights (only possible if they have a business or creator account and have shared this information with you), you can analyze the follower growth chart. A sudden increase in followers might correspond with the account’s creation, especially if the account quickly gained popularity.
- Recalling Personal Interactions: If you personally know the user, think back to any discussions or events related to them joining Instagram. Sometimes personal memories can provide clues.
- Checking Linked Accounts: If their Instagram account is linked to other social media accounts (like Facebook or Twitter), sometimes the date of linking or related posts on those platforms can provide hints.
- Mutual Friends’ Memories: If you have mutual friends who are also on Instagram, they might remember when the person joined and started interacting on the platform.
- Old Instagram Interface in Photos: In some cases, users might have screenshots or posts that show the old Instagram interface. This can help to determine a rough timeframe, as you can research when certain features were introduced or interface changes were made.
While these methods can give you clues, they are mostly speculative and won’t provide a definitive answer. Moreover, it’s important to respect privacy and not to use any method that invades someone’s personal or digital space without their consent.