Haven’t we all stalked somebody whether it be your friend or a stranger! The curiosity to take a look at their profile itches you. But what if when you open their profile on Instagram, it says “Private account”, devastating isn’t it?
Sadly, if you are not a follower of that individual then you won’t be able to look at their profile. But there are exceptions if he/she has set the privacy settings to Public. So, you will see their profile even if you are not a follower.
But fortunately, you have landed on a good place because here we’ll tell you how to see private accounts on Instagram.
How to See a Private Instagram?
Spying on someone’s private Instagram account is easy due to the growing technology. You can have numerous choices on third party apps which allows you to see private Instagram accounts and stories. Or you could always send a follow request.
Send a Follow Request
You can see anyone’s private Instagram handle by sending them a follow request. Once they accept your follow request, you will be able to view their stories and posts. You can follow these steps to send a follow request to any Instagram account:
- Open Instagram
- Click on the search icon at the bottom menu bar
- Click on the search bar.
- Type the person’s name or Instagram handle
- Click on the right person’s account.
- Click on the Follow button.
A notification will be sent to you once they accept your follow request. Now, you can take a peek at their profile anytime you want.
Make an Another Account
If you want to stalk someone but do not want them to know who you are then making a another account is probably the best idea. Send a follow request form your another account and look at their profile easily.
When you make an another account, do not make it very secretive but try to add something obvious so that they feel like they know you. If you make your another account without any information then there’s a huge chance that they won’t accept your follow request. Here’s how to make a another account:
- Go to Instagram sign up page
- Create a new email
- Enter a new username
- Enter a new name
- Enter password.
- Click on sign up.
- Set up a bio
- Put a DP(display picture)
- Click on Save.
Use Third-Party Apps
If you use a smartphone, you can use third-party apps which are available in the Google Play Store or App Store. You can search “Private Instagram viewer” in the Store’s search bar and get plenty of third-party apps that allow you to view private Instagrams. Some apps like Ghostify even help you with watching stories anonymously.
If you are an Instagram user from a browser, you can look up for websites and apps like mSpy, InstaStories, IGLookup, PrivateInsta, InstaRipper etc. these apps and websites help you to find and look at someone’s profile upon entering their username.
Get Your Friend’s Help
Friends in need are friends indeed! When you look at some private account profiles, you will also see mutual friends between you and the account holder. Now if your friend is a mutual friend then you can ask your friend to show their profile to you.
There is also a chance that they accept your follow request if there are many mutual friends between you and them.
Check Their Profile on Other Platforms
Some people share their pictures to other social media platforms like Facebook at the same time they do on Instagram. So it’s an advantage for us stalkers when their Instagram account is private. Search for their name on Facebook and you can see all the photos and videos there.
Also check their TikTok, Twitter and Snapchat because they would have most definitely posted their videos and photos on these platforms too.
How to Make Your Instagram Private?
Making your Instagram private is probably a better choice than putting it on public if you do not want strangers on your feed. You can make your account private by going through the settings of Instagram. Follow these steps to make your Instagram account private:
- Open Instagram.
- Click on your dp at the bottom right corner.
- Click on the three lines at the top right corner
- Go to Settings.
- Click on Privacy.
- Click on the toggle next to Private Account.
- If it turns blue, your account is private.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You See Private Instagram Without Following?
No you can not see a private Instagram account without following them first due to Instagram security. But there are plenty of third party apps that can help you see private Instagram.
Can They See How Many Times I Viewed Their Story?
No, there is no such feature in Instagram which tells the account holder about the number of times anyone watched their story. It only shows how many people watched the story.