How to Get an Inactive Instagram Handle?

How to Get an Inactive Instagram Handle?

Have you ever tried to use an inactive Instagram username? There’s a lot of consideration about this on the web, so we did a little research on how to get an inactive Instagram handled.

If you want to get an inactive username handle on Instagram, your account must be considered inactive by Instagram.

Instagram username taken but does not exist

When you search for a username, or you are going to change in your profile, there are two scenarios: first, you own the username but you have no access to the account, and you want to use it in another account. second, it says the username is taken but it does not exist. There are different reasons why taken usernames do not exist.

  1. The Instagram account is being deleted
  2. The Instagram account is being deactivated
  3. Instagram deleted the Instagram account itself
  4. Instagram suspended the Instagram account itself

Yes, if Instagram suspend or delete an account permanently that username will not be usable anymore.

If you delete an Instagram account, you no longer can use its username.

How to request Instagram to delete an inactive account?

If you want to contact Instagram, the only way is sending ticket within the Instagram app. If you have no access to your Instagram account on app, you can use someone else Instagram account to report any problems.

To contact Instagram:

  1. Open Instagram app
  2. Login to the account by entering the username and password
  3. From the home, tap profile icon, or small profile picture on bottom right
  4. From the profile, tap three-lined icon (on top or bottom right)
  5. Tap setting
  6. Find Help
  7. Choose any options that you want to report

How to Get an Inactive Instagram Handle?

An account is determined to be inactive based on many things, including the date the profile was created and whether it has been sharing posts, liking photos, commenting on pictures or not.

Instagram suggests that you may not be able to find out whether an account is currently inactive as you can’t see the account activities.

1- Use an alternate version of the username

If an inactive account is using your desired username, you should consider using an available version of the username for your account on Instagram. Instagram recommends adding numbers, periods, abbreviations or underscores to help you find an available username.  If you are good at branding, you can make it work.

If your desired username isn’t currently associated with an account, then it is available for registration. If you like to change your current username, you can edit your Instagram profile.

2- Report a Trademark Violation

Trademark violations may include using a business or company logo, name or other trademark-protected materials that may confuse or mislead other users about its business or brand association.

But Instagram describes that using others’ brand name in a way that has nothing to do with the service or product for which the brand was granted is not a violation of Instagram’s trademark policy. Instagram points out that usernames are administered on a first-come, first served basis and may not be reserved.

According to Instagram’s terms of use, users on Instagram should not use someone else’s trademark. The owner of a brand and logo may be able to prevent other users from using its brand or trademark in a way that would confuse costumers into thinking that there is a relationship between the brand owner and the person who is using the mark.

The owner of a brand or a trademark can claim rights to a brand through registration with a recognized brand office. In some countries and situations, rights for an unregistered brand may be produced by the actual use of the trademark in business or commerce.

Reporting trademark infringements

If you found out someone is using your trademark without permission, you can fill out this form. Remember to include a complete trademark claim in your report and have this in mind that necessarily you don’t need an Instagram account to submit a report.

Before submitting a claim of trademark infringement, you should reach out to the person who is using your content. You may be able to solve the problem without reporting it to Instagram.


A copyright is a legal right that protects original content, such as images or words. Copyright doesn’t protect things like titles, names, and slogans. Those are the things which are protected by trademark.

And that’s it.

You can use these steps to get more organic followers after creating your Instagram account with the desired username.

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George D.Harrison

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