Incognito Insta: How to Follow Someone on Instagram Without Their Knowing?

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Written by: Alex Popa


Incognito Insta: How to Follow Someone on Instagram Without Their Knowing?

Do you want to follow someone on Instagram without them knowing? That’s impossible, unfortunately.

Instagram will notify the other person the instant you’ve tapped on the “Follow” button. Even if they’re not active, the notification will remain, and they’ll see it later.

However, there’s a way you can hide who you are from the other person. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Make your account private
  2. Make another account and use that account to follow them
  3. Ask a friend to follow them for you

The simplest method at your disposal is to make your account private. Even if the other person is notified that you followed them, your personal information, besides your name, won’t be accessible.

Keep reading to find out more about this!

Summary: In this article, I discuss how to follow someone on Instagram without them knowing too much about you. 

Although it's impossible to follow someone without them receiving a notification, you can maintain some privacy by making your account private, creating a separate account to follow them, or asking a friend to follow them for you. 

Making your account private ensures they can only see your name, while using a separate account keeps your main identity hidden. 

These methods allow you to follow someone discreetly while still adhering to Instagram's rules and maintaining your privacy. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment!

Make Your Account Private

As I said, the best solution to follow someone without them knowing who you are is to make your account private.

They will receive a notification in your name, but that’s all the information they’ll see. They won’t see your posts or other followers.

If you like this solution, here’s how to make your account private on Instagram:

1. Tap on your profile picture

Tap on your profile picture
Tap on your profile picture

The first step to making your account private is your profile page. Tap on your profile picture in the bottom right corner after you open Instagram!

2. Select the Hamburger icon

Select the Hamburger icon
Select the Hamburger icon

Next, look in the top right corner for the Hamburger icon once you open your profile page. It’s called the Hamburger icon because the three horizontal lines look like a hamburger.

3. Select “Settings

Select "Settings"
Select “Settings

Once you tap on the Hamburger icon, a new menu will open at the bottom of the page. Look for the “Settings” option and select it.

4. Go to “Privacy

Go to "Privacy"
Go to “Privacy

After you open the Instagram settings window, look for the “Privacy” option and select it. That’s where you’ll find the “Privacy Mode” option.

5. Enable “Private Account

Enable "Private Account"
Enable “Private Account

The final step is enabling the “Private account” option. This will make your account private to anyone but your followers. You’ll need to approve it if someone wants to follow you.

The same can be said about people you follow. Just because you follow them doesn’t mean they can see your personal information.

Make Another Account and Follow Them

A secondary solution to the following someone without them knowing is to create another account and follow them with that account.

Make sure you don’t attach your real phone number to the account and put a random name on it. You must ensure that Instagram doesn’t link that account to your main one.

Creating a new account is easy. Just open Instagram, log out, and use the “Create new account” option to make a new account.

You will need a new email address, though. You can’t have two Instagram accounts on one email address. But creating an email address is just as easy.

After you create your secondary Instagram account, follow that person, and you’re safe. They won’t know who you are, and you get to see their content without worries!

Compared to making your account private, this solution ensures the other person doesn’t know anything about you.

If you were using a private account, they’d know your name because it appears on the notification they receive when you follow them.

Ask a Friend to Follow Them

You can always ask a friend to follow that person and let you spy on their content from time to time. The other person doesn’t know your friend; even if they do, that’s not a problem.

The idea is that they don’t know you’re spying on their content, which is just perfect. Of course, I’m not encouraging stalking but rather a friendly observation.

You can use the first two solutions if you don’t have a friend who can follow that person. They’re just as good and won’t put your account in the proverbial crosshairs.

If you only want to get your hands on specific content from that person’s page, then a friend can temporarily follow them, get that content for you, and unfollow them.

This proposition should sound more appealing to one of your friends!


To summarize, if you don’t want the other person to know you’ve followed them, use Private Mode, a different account, or ask a friend to follow them.

But it’s impossible to stop the other person from knowing you’ve followed them. Instagram will send them a notification the moment someone follows them.

Now, if you use another account, they won’t know who the real you is. And if you’re using Private Mode, they’ll see your name but nothing else. No pictures, posts, birthdates, bio information, nothing.

If you have further questions about Instagram and related issues, comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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