How to take over an inactive instagram handle

How To Get an Inactive Instagram Handle?

Have you ever wanted to use an inactive Instagram username? There’s a lot of speculation on the web about this, so we decided to do a little research on how to get an inactive Instagram handle.

How To Get an Inactive Instagram Handle?

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

How does Instagram determine if an account is inactive?

An account is determined to be inactive based on a number of things, including the date the account was created and whether the account has been sharing photos, commenting on photos, liking photos and logging in.

Instagram advises that you may not be able to tell whether an account is currently inactive since not all account activity can be seen by the public.

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How To Get an Inactive Instagram Handle

Easiest Choice – Just Use An Alternate Version of Your Desired Username

If a username you want is being used by an account that seems inactive, you should consider choosing an available version of the username for your use on Instagram. Instagram suggests adding periods, numbers, underscores, or abbreviations to help you come up with an available username. If you’re good at branding, you can make it work. Just check out what Gary Vaynerchuck did when he opted for a much shorter Garyvee username for his social media channels.

If the username you want isn’t currently associated with an account, it’s available for registration. If you’d like to change the current username on your account, you can edit your profile.

More Complicated Method – Report a Trademark Violation

Trademark violations may involve using a company or business name, logo or other trademark-protected materials that may mislead or confuse others with regard to its brand or business association.

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

According to Instagram’s Terms of Use, people on Instagram may not infringe someone else’s trademark rights. The owner of a trademark may be able to prevent others from using its trademark in a way that would confuse people into thinking that there’s a relationship between the trademark owner and a person who isn’t authorized to use the trademark.

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

Reporting Trademark Infringements

If you believe someone is using your trademark without your permission, you can fill out this form. Please be prepared to include a complete trademark claim in your report. Keep in mind that you don’t need an Instagram account to submit a report.

Before you submit a claim of trademark infringement, you may want to reach out to the person who posted the content. You may be able to resolve the issue without contacting Instagram.

To report a claim of trademark infringement, fill out this form.


A brief word on copyright. A copyright is a legal right that seeks to protect original works, such as words or images. Copyright doesn’t protect things like names, titles and slogans. Those are protected by a trademark.

How to Grow Your Instagram audience


Consistency and quality is key on Instagram.

First, you need to post beautiful images. Then you need to create a clear write up with a clear call to action. Then you need to research your hashtags (we have an Instagram hashtag directory that covers most industries).

Finally, you need to engage just like the video above shows you. You need to find people who are creating content around your industry or brand. You need to like their posts, comment on them and follow them. This will make it so you can engage them in conversation and convert them to your desired action, be that a click to your blog or a purchase from your shop.