Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days”, – Twenty-One Pilots sings and plunges us into nostalgic memories. Fortunately or unfortunately, we do not have the power to turn the clocks back but we are able to press a couple of buttons and view our previous usernames on Instagram! If you have a hankering for checking how you called yourself on open spaces of social media being a reckless teenager some years ago but do not know how – stay here for a while and let me teach.

How to See Your Instagram Name Change History?

Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has gained so many fans who do their best to amaze followers with creativity, inspiring pics and texts, and sometimes with catchy usernames.

I am on Instagram since 2013, and I have never changed my name there! However, I am sure you have changed yours at least one time.

Not everyone knows that there is an opportunity to view your username change history on  Instagram account. So how?

  1. Go to your Instagram account and tap menu button (displayed as ≡)
  2. Then tap Settings,  gear icon
  3. Scroll down to Account and tap
  4. Select About your Account, and scroll down
  5. Former Usernames is the field you need

Please note: Instagram makes a lot of changes almost every month. So, some usernames you created at the very beginning the social media was launched, may not be available.

Please note: About your Account can also tell some other info such as the date you joined Instagram, the country of living, based on your activity, and accounts with shared followers as well.

Read also: How to Change Username on Instagram

Can I See Someone’s Username History on Instagram?

We have just learned how to view historical data, especially your past usernames on your Instagram account. Just imagine that you are also able to check the username history of other people on Instagram. For example, to chuckle at the most hilarious ones among friends. And it is incredibly simple. Take notes:

  1. Open the account of any user on Instagram
  2. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner
  3. Tap on About this Account in the drop-down list
  4. Scroll down and find Former User Names

Please note: Instagram shows About your Account info only about profiles that reach a lot of people or make advertisements on this social media.

Please note: About your Account can also tell some other info such as the date the user joined Instagram, the country of living, based on his activity, and accounts with shared followers as well.


Such “secret” but very simple features make you a more advanced user on Instagram. While others are publishing pictures, you become a little smarter.

So, how did you prefer to be called some years ago? Come and check!

Read also: How to Change Twitch Username

About the author
Marina Hikm
Marina Hikm
Content Contributor for OneTwoStream
Marina is a leading social media expert who managed online presence for several local and international brands.
Being a typical representative of Generation Y, Marina is an inquisitive explorer of the world and a supporter of constant self-education and self-development.

One thought on “How to See Instagram Username Change History”

  1. Hi, I loved your article, helped me to realized something. I would like to delete my former username. Is that even possible? Thank you

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