Like most social media platforms, Instagram allows users to make their accounts public or keep them private. The latter means that most users cannot see posted content and important profile details without befriending the user.
This article will teach you everything you need to know about viewing private Instagram accounts.
It is not uncommon to want to view a private Instagram account. You may want to see what an old friend is up to without showing them what you’re posting. You may want to check out a successful account and get some ideas of your own. Whatever the reason, there are some ways to view a private Instagram account.
However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to see everything someone has posted. Now that we’ve established that it’s possible, let’s take a look at all your options.
Follow the user
Your first, most reliable and morally acceptable way to see a private Instagram account is to simply send a follow request. If you’ve already tried this and it didn’t work, keep scrolling for more options, but if you still need to send a follow request because you’re not sure how, or you’re worried the private user won’t accept it, this is the section for you .
Before sending a follow request, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of the user accepting it. Here’s what we learned:
- Have mutual friends (the more the better)
- Interact with their public responses to posts from others
- Make sure your profile is complete and you have interesting posts
- Send them a direct message to introduce (or re-introduce) yourself
Once you’re done, it’s time to send a follow request on Instagram. Here’s what to do:
- Open Instagram on your mobile device or computer. Use the To search option to find the user profile you want to see. Then select the user.
- Click Follow to submit the request.
Assuming the other user accepts your follow request, you can browse their entire account, including all posts (make sure they know when you check out their stories), but if they don’t respond positively to your request, you should try a other method.
Ask a mutual friend
Another good option that doesn’t take a lot of work is to ask a mutual friend. As long as someone you know is following the user that interests you, you can ask them to show you the private profile. But how do you know which friends are mutual?
Luckily, Instagram tells you which friends to ask. To see another user’s mutual friends, do the following:
- Open Instagram and navigate to the private user’s profile.
- Tap the link under their profile picture next to Followed by.
- Finally, you will see a list of mutual friends.
Scroll through the list and find a friend who can help you. If you don’t have any mutual friends, you can try making friends with others first.
Use Google to view private Instagram account
If you don’t want to send a follow request and wait without a clue when the request is approved (or if the owner accepts it at all), you can try Google.
This trick is based on the idea that internet search engines don’t forget. While one can set access restrictions once they join Instagram, many users do this after successfully establishing their brand. Google saves all the posts they made when the account was public and provides this information with a quick search. All you have to do is enter their name, include Instagram in your search and then hit the search button.
If a Google search doesn’t turn up much, you can also check out their other social media accounts. Most people have multiple social media accounts, especially those looking to tap into different markets and impress users who prefer one platform over another. A person’s Instagram bio can give you leads that can help you find their other social media accounts much faster.
You can also pick a photo, if you’re lucky enough to find one, and do a reverse image search, which will land you on their Facebook or LinkedIn pages.
You can discover a library of photos or other useful information this way, which may be enough for your needs.
Use fake Instagram profile to view private Instagram account
If you want to be more covert, you can deploy the Trojan horse, which involves creating a “fake” Instagram profile that appears legit in the eyes of the target. You can then submit a follow request and wait for approval.
For this trick to work, you need to be creative and take steps to impress the private account owner and influence their decision. For example, let’s say they are an elite trader and would love to share tips on how to succeed in that profession through a private Instagram account.
Submitting a follow request through your real account probably won’t work, especially if it’s not related to trading information or other related details. As such, you can create a new account that resembles that of an elite trader, complete with a dozen videos on key topics in the trading world. You could even add a litany of trending industry nuggets and a few opinions on the current state of the market, all of which would give the impression of a user the private account owner would like to link to.
Use an Instagram viewer site to view a private Instagram account
If you don’t fancy all the hassle of scouring social media channels or creating fake accounts that might go against your ethics and values, you might want to try dedicated Instagram viewer tools that do all the work for you.
There are over a dozen Instagram viewer sites that claim to help you unlock just about any private account on the platform. Some even go as far as to promise complete anonymity while you do.
However, quite a few of these tools don’t work, and most of them shouldn’t be trusted. You could end up giving away valuable personal information that can be used to infiltrate your social media accounts.
For this reason, we don’t recommend these sites, but if you do, it’s important to proceed with caution. At the very least, you should do thorough background checks and scour online resources looking for reviews and other bits of information that can give you a better idea of what you’re dealing with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to more questions you may have about private Instagram accounts.
Can I watch someone’s story without them knowing?
Unfortunately not. Instagram Stories are one of the rare aspects of social media where creators can see who viewed their posts. When you view someone’s story, they will see the Instagram account you used to view their content.
How do I know if someone accepts my follow request?
Instagram will notify you when another user accepts your follow request. You can also see that they have accepted it because the Follow button changes to Next.
If you’re having trouble viewing a private Instagram account, we recommend going legit by sending a follow request and waiting for approval. You can also search for their public posts or find them on other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Failing that, some third-party apps may be able to help you view someone’s private Instagram material. However, it is important to exercise due care before using such tools.
Are there any private Instagram accounts you managed to hack? How did you do it? Let’s join the comments below.