How to see private Instagram profiles without following them
One of the most effective ways to defend privacy and not be spied on Instagram is to configure the private IG profile. In this way, to see the content posted by that account, whether these photos, videos or Stories, users must send it a follow request (similar to the Facebook friend request). Although this, still today, is one of the most effective procedures for staying anonymous on the social network, I want to reveal a secret: with a little effort, it is possible to see private Instagram profiles without following them . In fact, there are methods that allow you to spy on most of the hidden content while not being followers of a specific invisible profile. In short, even if you have been blocked by a person, who has a private account, you may still be able to know what he is doing on the social network.
In the guide that follows, I’ll explain precisely how so you can track a private profile while not being a follower. The procedures listed are valid for iPhone, Android and PC (except where otherwise specified). Before starting, I remind you that spying on others is not allowed, and that the guide is written and published for information. I will not be held responsible for any problems caused by applying it.
See post with geolocation
One of the simplest solutions to watch a private Instagram profile without following it, is based on geolocation . In case you know that the person to be “spied” is on vacation in a location in particular, for example, you could use this detail in your favor. I state, however, that this trick is valid only for public accounts that have decided to hide some of their content from you to remain anonymous from you, or in any case for profiles that you do not follow, but always of the public type . In fact, as you already know, the posts of private profiles do not appear in the Explore section, nor in public searches.
However, to proceed in this sense, first enter the Explore section by pressing on the magnifying glass icon. Here, click on Search and then tap on the Places tab (present at the top right). Now, all you have to do is enter in the search box the name of the city or the tourist spot where that person is located.
Attention, However: the more the number of users present in that particular place increases, the more difficult it will be to find posts related to the profile you are looking for. Also remember that the first page you see will be the “ Most Popular ” posts. To view the “ Recent ” ones, you will have to tap on the appropriate item.
See posts with hashtags
Still talking about public profiles who have decided to appear invisible to you, you could view their posts using the hashtag search . As you already know, these are those interactive keywords that are preceded by the
# symbol, which are usually used to publish content and to better index it within the social network. Hashtags, in fact, are nothing more than a categorization system, which, if well used, groups similar photos into easily accessible groups.
To see the posts of a private Instagram profile without following it through the hashtags, first press on the magnifying glass (present at the bottom of the main Instagram page). On the next screen, near the toolbar (at the top), click on “ Search “.
Now, as in the previous paragraph, use the options that you find at the top to start the search via hashtag. If possible, try not to use one that is too generic , because otherwise you may have to go through thousands of different photos before you find the one that interests you. Instead, try to use a specific hashtag, which the user in question uses frequently.
As you can easily see, the number of posts they use will appear at the top of the screen that keyword. In addition, you can use the “ Follow ” button to view the shots that are categorized with that hashtag on your wall. If you want to find out in detail how this function works, I suggest you take a look at the guide on how to follow Instagram hashtags.
Checking other social profiles
It may seem strange to you, but to see private Instagram profiles without following them, sometimes you have to use other social networks . The people behind private accounts often share photos, videos and Stories on other social platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter (which could also happen automatically ). Maybe, they have configured the reserved profile just to avoid showing their contents to too many people.
Unlike the Instagram profile, usually, the Facebook profile is left public, or in any case limited to friendships tighter. If so, it would be really easy to consult the published photos, even without using Instagram.
I just gave you the example of Facebook because it is a social network used by most of the population. The same procedure, however, can also be applied on Twitter, but I assure you that it will be more difficult to obtain tangible results using Facebook.
All you have to do, therefore, is to open the app of Facebook on your smartphone and enter the name of the person you are looking for in the search bar . With a little luck, in addition to Facebook posts, you will also be able to view some Instagram photos and videos. Remember that these contents are almost always accompanied by a series of hashtags and are therefore easily identifiable.
Don’t forget, then, the Facebook Stories . In fact, the stories published on Instagram often end up in the feed of the social network stories. And if the private profile in question had agreed to share its private content from IG to FB, if you were among its circles on Facebook, then you would be able to view it.
But if you were not among the Facebook friends of this person, and the privacy of the post was set in a restricted way (eg. to “Friends”), to view the contents, you should search for the Facebook photos and videos that are in common with other users who have public privacy (or in any case the default one). For more information, read the guide on how to view private Facebook photos.
Using the Chrome browser
Late 2019 , a “security flaw” was discovered (not really like that, but let’s go ahead) which allows, through a “bridge account”, to see the private images of Instagram even without following the profile. To carry out the procedure, however, it is necessary that someone you know “acts as your shoulder”, that is, follow the user and have the Chrome browser on PC available.
To proceed, first of all, the friend who follows that user must open one of the photos present in the gallery of the spied profile. Then, pressing with the right button of the mouse above the image , you must select the item Inspect.
They will open so the tools of the Chrome developer . In the sidebar, you need to click on Network and then on the HTML tag img . By doing so, image files will appear in the space below. Of these, usually, the last is the one related to the private profile photo . To view it directly, simply copy its URL address and paste it into the browser.
Obviously, in order to view the image of the private Instagram profile without being his follower, someone owes you send the link of the same . Alternatively, this someone could share with you the screenshot of what was just shown on the screen. Once the link is obtained, however, you will be allowed to view the multimedia file even without being logged in, therefore in a totally anonymous way.
Creation of fake accounts
Many users believe that to see private Instagram profiles without following them it is enough to create a fake account , so as not to leave a trace of your identity. In reality, it’s not that simple, as any type of account needs to be validated via a follow request .
Creating a fake account would therefore not spare you from having to send the aforementioned application for acceptance to the user. It is also true, however, that by disguising it ad hoc, and perhaps by widening its circles, it might be easier to get a positive response with the bogus account.
Alternatively, you could create a secondary Instagram profile , but still real . Starting over, and perhaps posting photos more in line with that person’s interests, you may be able to be accepted in their circles.
As you surely already know, the network is an inexhaustible mine of free tools to perform more or less any action. It should not surprise you, therefore, that online tools are also proposed to view private Instagram profiles.
In this paragraph, by way of example, I have decided to name two that they work (or rather, they promise to work) in exactly the same way. These are privateinsta and whatchinsta . To use them, once you reach the pages of the respective websites, you will need to enter the username of the account you want to view in the appropriate box.
If you believe, you could try to use them , but I don’t recommend doing this . Why? Because it is practically impossible for such tools to work, as Instagram APIs related to private accounts are blocked . Therefore, third party tools (such as web apps, software and mobile applications) are not allowed to access this information.
Use of spyware or apps spy
For those who intend to see a private Instagram profile, there is also a “parallel world”, much more risky than all the procedures shown so far, but also more effective. spyware and spy apps allow you to bypass many limits and spy on private Instagram accounts without following them in depth. It is also true, however, that they are illegal . So try to understand that this paragraph was written for illustrative purposes only, certainly not to encourage you to take actions that go against the law.
You should be aware that attackers use various methods to install spyware on devices. used by those who hold a private account. They range from phishing to social engineering , up to the execution of payload.
After installing a malware of this type on the victim’s device, a hacker could collect browsing data remotely without the user’s knowledge of the phone. Among these, there would also be sessions related to Instagram.
Alternatively, many rely on real spy apps for Instagram . In most cases, these are parental control tools, which are then used for different purposes. The basic requirement to install these spying apps, however, is to have the victim’s phone for at least a few minutes. To learn more about the subject, read the guide on how to spy on Instagram that I have already published.