How to See a Private Instagram Account

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to See a Private Instagram Account

Private Instagram accounts are only visible to their followers.

But what if you’re not a follower and still want to view that private account?

You can do that! This guide will teach you several ways to view a private Instagram account.

Some are easy enough, while others are less evident.

Do these to view a private Instagram profile:

  1. Follow the account
  2. Use Google to find old content
  3. Search on other social media platforms
  4. View the private account through a friend’s Instagram
  5. Wait for them to set the account to public
  6. Use a fake account

Please read below to discover them all!

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How to See a Private Instagram Account

How Can You See a Private Instagram Account?

Do these to see a private Instagram account:

1. Follow the account

This is the easiest way to see a private Instagram account.

Send them a follow request and wait for them to accept it.

Following an Instagram account
Following an Instagram account

Once you send them a Follow request, they’ll see it and either accept it or ignore it.

You’re in a bind if they don’t accept it straight away.

You still want to view that private Instagram account without waiting.

In this case, move on to the next solution!

2. Use Google to find old content

Google keeps tabs on everyone. That private account may have been public at some point, and Google saved some of their old posts.

Go to Google and enter that person’s username, and select Images.

This will show pictures of their old posts and photos posted.

If you don’t want something specific from them, then this solution might help you.

3. Search on other social media platforms

Chances are that the other person has other social media platforms besides Instagram.

Try your luck on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, or Snapchat.

Look on their Instagram bio for their full name and use that to search for them on other social media platforms.

Browsing through them may help you find the information you need.

If not, then move to the next solution!

4. View the private account through a friend’s Instagram

If you have a friend who’s already a follower of that private account, use them to see the private account.

You can ask your friends if they follow a certain account quickly.

Then, if they do, ask them to take screenshots of their posts or save the posts and send them to you.

It’s not that hard and is much faster than most methods on this list.

If your friend is their follower, you’ll see the private Instagram account in a few minutes.

5. Wait for them to set the account to public

Sometimes, the only thing you can do is wait for them to make the account public.

It’s unpleasant, especially since you don’t know when they’ll turn public.

But once they do, you can access all their posts, photos, comments, and so on.

Moreover, if the other person doesn’t manually refuse your Follow request, it’ll be automatically accepted once it goes public.

This means that you’ll be their follower the next time they make the account private.

Send them a friend request before they make the account public!

6. Use a fake account

This sneaky method of getting into a private account’s follower list.

Make a fake account that looks like someone they know.

You can even try to name your account like one of their friends.

This way, you have more chances of having your Follow request accepted.

Use the same profile picture as the person you’re impersonating, and then send the private account a Follow request.

They should accept it but just in case, send them a DM telling them that you had to create a new account because your previous one was hacked.

Think of something they’ll believe, and they’ll accept your friend request.

Conclusion

One of these methods should work, especially if you’re not in a hurry.

You can send them a Follow request and wait for them to accept it.

But if you’re in a hurry, you can try with a fake account, searching for old content on Google, contacting a friend, or searching other social media platforms.

The account must be present on other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter if it is popular.

Look for them there, and maybe you’ll get lucky!

FAQ

Does Instagram notify you when you search for someone?

No, they won’t.

Instagram doesn’t notify users if you look at their photos, view their profile, or look through their videos.

The other user will know only if you react to the content and comment.

The Instagram algorithm will know these things, of course. But it won’t notify the other users about it.

So, there’s no way of knowing someone is stalking your profile.

You also won’t know if someone screenshots your story on Instagram.

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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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