How to see when an Instagram account was created – yours or someone else's

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Instagram was launched in 2010 and within a day it had over 25 users. By the end of the year, more than a million people had become familiar with Instagram.

Since then, the social media platform has come a long way and some people have been active on the app since the very beginning. You may have been using it for so long that it's impossible to remember when you created your account.



Luckily, it's something you can see on your profile. And the same goes for the accounts of other users. There are several ways to see how long someone's been on Instagram, and we'll show you how to check both.

How to Know When an Instagram Account You Own Has Been Created

Do you remember when you created your Instagram account? Some people can remember the year and maybe even the month.

But many would be blank if they had to remember when exactly they entered the world of Instagram. Also, it's not something that everyone necessarily needs to remember, but they might be curious about it.

If you've been using Instagram every day for years, it can be hard to think of a time when your daily life was devoid of it.

Therefore, remembering the exact date your account was created can give you a better idea of ​​how long it lasted, when certain events happened, and how your account grew. You can check the date when you opened the Instagram account on your smartphone or web browser.


How to see when Instagram account was created on mobile app

Most people use Instagram on their smartphones because it's more convenient. Moreover, it has more features than the desktop version of the platform.


The location of when your account was created isn't as obvious as you might expect, and some might even say it's buried in the settings. However, it is only a few clicks away. Follow these steps to find out:

  1. Launch the Instagram app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the lower right corner of the screen.
  3. Now tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap "Settings".
  5. Go to "Security", then press "Access data" in the "Data and history" section.
  6. Under 'Account Information', find the 'Join Date' information.

Instagram gives you the exact year, month, day, and even time when your account was created. Seeing this data can help you remember where you were and what prompted you to create the account, as well as help you celebrate your "Instagram birthday".

How to see when your own Instagram account was created on a PC

If you usually check Instagram on your laptop or desktop, you can use them to check the date you signed up. The steps are simple and all you have to do is:

  1. Go to the Instagram web using any browser and log into your account.
  2. Click on your profile picture and from the drop-down menu, select “Profile”.
  3. Now click on the gear icon and in a pop-up window select "Privacy and Security".
  4. Scroll down and under the 'Account Data' section, click 'View Account Data'.
  5. In the “Account Information” section, you will see the exact date your Instagram account was created.

The Account Information section gives you more than information about when you joined. You can check all data regarding privacy changes and password changes.



Users can also view all phone numbers and emails associated with their accounts. If you scroll a little further, you can also find the Profile Information section.

There you can see all past usernames and full names you have used on your account, as well as past bio texts and links in the bio.

Can I find out the age of an Instagram account created by someone else?

There are several reasons why someone would be curious to know when another user's Instagram account was created.

Maybe you've been following a celebrity for a long time and want to know when they opened their account. But another common reason you want to do this is to verify the authenticity of the account.

People create fake accounts on Instagram to leave anonymous, often offensive comments. If you notice strange activity on an account, one of the first steps is to check the join date and see if it was very recent.

There are two ways to check the age of Instagram account created by someone else.

Method 1 – Check About This Account Section

In 2022, Instagram took two important steps towards verifying and authenticating accounts with many followers.

Once an Instagram account crosses a certain threshold of number of followers (they don't specify the number), it receives the "About this account" section. It contains all the relevant information about the account, including its age.

This section ensures that even if an account has many followers, its audience can check whether they have acquired them recently or not. To find out the age of the Instagram account created by someone else, follow these steps:



  1. Open Instagram on your device and navigate to the account you want to verify. You need to make sure to open their page, not just look in the Instagram feed.
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. A menu will appear at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the “About this account” option.
  4. Under 'Account Information' you will see the entry 'Join Date'.

Based on the date, you can judge the authenticity of the account. The section will also show which country the account is based in, list old usernames, and show followers you share with them.

Method 2 – Scroll your way to the truth

By default, Instagram does not provide the "About this account" section to all profiles. Even some with a larger number of subscribers might not have it.

Older accounts with fewer followers might have it too. However, all verified accounts will have it. But what should you do if the section is missing from the account you want to verify?

You can't do much. Your best option is to go to a specific Instagram account and go to the first post. Typically, this is around the time the person joined the platform, provided they haven't deleted any older posts.

The method isn't going to be very accurate, but it can at least tell you if someone has had their account for a long time.

How old is your Instagram account?

You may be surprised when you think of how much time has passed since the day you created your Instagram account. Or maybe you opened a few accounts and can't remember which came first or second.

And when it comes to other users' accounts, there are several benefits to knowing how long they've been on Instagram. There are many fake celebrity accounts. Thus, researching the "About this account" section can help determine authenticity.

Also, if an account doesn't have this section, your best way to determine the age of the account is to look for the first message it posted.

How long ago did you create your Instagram account? Let us know in the comments section below.

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