Instagram is a mobile social media platform that allows users to share both pictures and videos with their followers and friends. The platform is very popular with businesses such as car companies and insurance agencies. Even television networks use Instagram to entertain their following. Instagram is a great social media platform for use by your average Joe. Instagram has gained over 400 million users since its creation in 2010. These users have the option to make their accounts either public or private. When a user makes their account public, anyone can view their posts just by tapping on their username. When users make their profile private, you will only be able to see their profile picture and the number of followers they have and the number of users they follow. When a user is private you will not be able to view any of their posts, or see any of their follower usernames. You also will not be able to view posts that the private user is tagged in.
How to View a Private Instagram Account Without Following
There are ways to view a private users profile. One of the solutions is obvious. Just follow the private user. When you follow a private user, the user will receive a request. When the request is received, the private user has the option to either deny, approve or ignore the follow request. If they deny the follow request you will not be able to follow the user unless you request again and the user approves. If they approve your request you will follow the user and you will be able to view everything on their profile.
Third Party Websites That Allow You to See a Private Instagram Account
There are also some websites and applications that allow you to view private Instagram profiles. These websites allow you to view both photo and video posts that are found on private Instagram profiles. This website will allow you to see posts in a private Instagram account. This website makes it extremely simple for you to view posts on any private Instagram profile.
Finsta (Fake Instagram) Account Method
Another option you have to view a private Instagram account is a good option for when you want to see the posts on the private Instagram profile, but either don’t want them to know you want to follow them, or you do not want to follow them on your main account for some other reason. You can make a secondary account of a person who seems to be interesting in something that the owner of the private account would be interesting. Yes, this method is a little sketchy, but if you can create a convincing profile that the owner of the private account may be interested in, they will likely accept your follow request from the fake account and give you the ability to see posts on the private account. Instagram also offers a feature that allows you to easily switch between your primary account and your fake account if you were to use this method to see a private Instagram account.
How to See A Private Instagram Account
Another option to view a private Instagram account does not require you to follow the user. This is the method that few people have actually figured out. If you want to view a private users Instagram account without following the user, you will need to go to the “Activity” tab on the bottom of the screen. This is the button that looks like a speech bubble with a heart in it.
When you tap this button on the bottom of the screen you will be presented with the activity on your posts. This is not where you want to be. At the top of the screen you will see the words “You” and “Following”. You will want to tap “following”.
When you tap “following” you will be presented with the activity of the people you are following. You will see posts they like, posts they comment on and so on. This is where you will be able to view private users accounts. If you tap a users picture that one of your friends liked, you will then be able to get to their full profile; even if it is private. You will be able to see their posts, their followers, who they follow, and any pictures the user is tagged in. All of this will be visible without following the user. You will only be able to do this if one of the users that you already follow likes one of the private users pictures. This is currently the only way to view a private profile without following the user.
Comment below what methods you have tried in the past to view a private Instagram profile.