How To View Private Instagram Profiles

It’s time to get the answers to one of the most common and popular questions on the history of Instagram. There are lots of Instagrammers all over the worked still seeking an answer on how to view private Instagram profiles and find a way to see private photos and videos behind an account that is hidden from the eyes of the public.

You might have just started to get to know someone, and figure out they have an Instagram private account. You are not planning to send a follow request because you barely know them. You do not want them to think you are acting like an Instastalker and being a bit creepy.

Well, to brighten your day, I have to say that you will definitely find the answer on how to view private Instagram profiles and even how to find out whether someone stalks your Instagram account or not, so keep reading since this is the right place.

Who are Instagram Stalkers?

Many Instagrammers out there might not be familiar with Instagram stalkers and might not have even heard of it, so let me announce that Instastalkers are the accounts who constantly keep spying on other accounts and keep track of them. Stalkers love to view someone’s private Instagram photos and videos and would always try to find a way to see a private Instagram profile.

One of the main reasons why people choose to switch to private Instagram profiles is that they want to avoid being observed by Instastalkers. If you are not big fans of being chased, consider making your account private, which is just like a piece of cake and takes only a few clicks.

At the end of this article you can learn how to make your account private, if you have not done it still. 

Can we see private Instagram profiles?

There both moral and immoral ways to try to view private Instagram profiles, but to be frank, none of them might bring the exact result we expect.

The struggle of being able to view someone’s private Instagram photos and videos without following them has always been with us since the emergence of this social media platform, and people are still looking for a way to see what’s inside private accounts.

If you are one of the ones who always love to view private accounts on Instagram, you are as an Instagram stalker, which is not so good. However, there might be some good reasons why you are willing to view another person’s private profile without following them.  

Anyways, as I mentioned above, the methods which can help you break the walls of a private Instagram profile are divided into two categories, which we would go through in the next section of the article.

How to view private Instagram profiles?

To see who viewed an Instagram profile, you can get help from third-party apps, which are not authorized by Instagram itself.

We are humans, and we cannot deny that we are very curious creatures who’d love to know everything, especially when it comes to being able to know who checks our social media profiles.

Finding a specific Instastalker is actually impossible because Instagram does not provide its users with such an option; all we can know is how many people view our profile through the Instagram insights.

As I previously mentioned, the only way to get around this, which is not very recommended. You can always try one of the third-party apps which claim to show us exactly who viewed our Instagram profile.

Personally, I do not trust these tools, and I’d rather not risk my account’s safety for finding our who my creepy Instastalker is.

There are some possible ways we can try out to see private Instagram accounts, and it’s not true to say there is no way since it is possible. I want to teach you some tricks to make you able to view someone’s private Instagram photos and videos.

There might be many reasons why you do not want to follow a private account, but meanwhile, you are dying to know what’s going on behind the security wall of their account. To help you get what you want, here are some tricks to view private Instagram profiles:

Method #1: Make a doppelganger account

The first trick I want to talk about is the one I love the most since. I think it is very wise and actually works the best. This method surely makes an Instastalker out of us, but it is worth the try.

A doppelgänger is a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person. But how does it relate to our matter? Well, we can make a doppelganger account, pretending to become one of the existing friends or followers of the specific account we want to view their profile privately.

We would surely accept the follow request from the people we know, and when we see our friend has made a new account, we definitely will not reject the request. So, start with creating an account that has a similar name, surname, and profile picture as one of the followers of your targeted account and send them a follow request.

In this case you know at least one of the whom you have access to their profile pictures.

Instagram doppelganger

Method #2: Search usernames on Google

Another tricky way to view private Instagram profiles is to easily use their ID, name or surname to start the investigation. To begin, head to the profile you have targeted and copy their name or username and save it in the clipboard to use it in the next steps.

As the second step, open the Google image search or any other image-based search engine and paste the name into the search box. There is a huge chance that you find some footprints left by your target behind, before making their Instagram profiles private.

Another chance might be that the photos posted on Instagram have actually been shared on another social media platform as well, making it easy to find your target’s photos by using their Instagram ID against them. If the targeted person owns profiles on other networks, you may retrieve some of that information in the search.

To make the search more specific and make it bring out better results, just add quotations to the search term. For example, if you are looking for Alice Styles and They lived in California and graduated from Oxford University, you can search: “Alice Styles” Oxford University California. This strategy can be used using the real names of non-celebrities.

This method might not break the private Instagram account’s wall, but it might help you see some of the shared posts of the targeted person, either on Instagram or other social media.

Method #3: Create a Fake account

Creating a fake Instagram account is another solution when trying to view private Instagram profiles. When you do not want to get recognized for stalking people or for other reasons, you do not want to use your own account to send friend requests to others, this method will work.

To create a fake account, all we have to do is to choose a random name and surname and pick up some pictures from the internet and use them as our own. Then after creating the account.

we can reach the target and send a follow request to see their private account. Just one point that I do not recommend this solution much because it is the most illegitimate of them all. 

Fake Instagram account

Method #4: Be direct about your request

There is no need to mention that the most legitimate and logical way to get into some one’s private Instagram is to send them a follow request and wait until it gets accepted. So the best suggestion is always directly to ask someone to enter their profile and if they did not accept the friend request, you could take another action.

Method #5: Use a mutual friend’s account

Most of the times Instagram stalkers want to track down the posts of people who they know and are familiar with and not strangers. So, in most cases, it happens that one of the targeted profile’s followers is your friend, relative or acquaintance. It makes you able to ask them to send the posts of the targeted profile. This way, you have viewed their private profile without following them.

Method #6: Use Instagram private profile viewer tools

There is an option that is mentioned on almost all the websites talking about seeing private Instagram accounts. I have never personally used this method, and I do not trust it at all. But since so many people say it works, it would be no harm to mention Instagram private profile viewer.

There are several tools all over the web known as Instagram profile viewers, which claim to let their users access other people’s accounts without having to follow them. Some of these viewers are Insta looker, Watch Insta, and private Insta which I do not suggest using until you did not get any results from all the other solutions. 

Instagram private profile viewer tools

How to Make your Instagram Profile Private?

It is always recommended to have a private Instagram account if we want more security and privacy. This can keep our account and posts safe from creepy people who are addicted to stalking others on social media.

So unless you are urged to have a public account, for example if you are an influencer or have a business account, it’s better to switch to a private profile.

To make an Instagram account private follow the easy steps below:

  1. Open the Instagram app on any device.
  2. Head to the profile icon at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Click on the 3-horizontal-line icon at the top right corner of your Instagram profile.
  4. Choose the gear icon (settings) at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  5. Scroll down to find the ‘Private account’ option and switch the button to turn it on.

Now, your Instagram profile and its posts are safe and are only shown to the people that you accept their follow request.


It is very tempting to find out that there are some ways to see someone’s private Instagram photos and videos wren without following them, that’s why in this article I have mentioned all the moral and immoral ways to do this.

The choice to decide which method to use is all yours but remember not all of them would have the result you wish, and unfortunately, you might end up with the only choice left which would be to send a follow request to view a private profile on Instagram, and this way, you’d not be labeled as a creepy Instastalker as well.

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