How to See Instagram Account Username History


Instagram makes it easy for an Instagram account owner to change the name of their account to virtually anything. However, while those name changes are mostly harmless and for rebranding purposes, an Instagram account owner can occasionally change the account name with the goal of defrauding or scamming people. Whether there’s an account that you’re suspicious of, or you’re just curious about the history of an account, Instagram makes it easy to see the username history of accounts. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to See Instagram Account Username History

  1. Launch the Instagram app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, and then navigate to the page you want to see the Instagram username history for.
  2. Tap the ellipses at the top of the screen. A menu pops up on the screen.
  3. Tap “About this account” in this menu.
  4. Navigate down to the Account Information section, and then tap “Former Usernames.” The Former Usernames screen is shown, and you’ll see the list of all former usernames associated with this Instagram in this account. In this example, we can see that the Bry’s Comics account was previously named Comically Correct Comics, and that it changed its name on March 17, 2021.

Reasons to See Instagram Account Username History

1. Marketing Research

To stay ahead in the game, it pays to know what works for your competitors. Studying the history of an Instagram account username can give you valuable insights into their target audience and marketing strategies. You can use this information to improve your own marketing efforts.

2. Competition Analysis

Stay informed about your competition by keeping an eye on their Instagram account username history. Understanding how they’ve evolved over time can give you an advantage in the market and help you stay ahead.

3. Nostalgia

Sometimes, it’s fun to look back and reminisce. The history of an Instagram account username can offer a unique perspective on how it has evolved over time. Take a trip down memory lane and relive old memories.

4. Personal Growth

Reflect on your personal growth by reviewing the history of your Instagram account username. This exercise can help you understand how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished. It’s a great way to stay motivated and continue on your journey.

5. Data Analysis

Researchers can use the history of Instagram account usernames to study social media trends and user behavior. This information can help inform future social media strategies and provide valuable insights for businesses and individuals.

6. Security

If you suspect your Instagram account has been hacked, checking the history of your username is a quick and easy way to determine if someone has changed it without your permission. Take control of your account and protect your information by regularly checking for any unauthorized changes.

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