How To Find Someone On Instagram Without Their Username

Your Quick Answer:

To find someone on Instagram without knowing their username, search their name on Google using ‘quotation’. It will help you find the exact keyword, and it may redirect you to their Instagram profile (if possible).

Check the mutual followers/following list of the person’s close friends because there is a high chance they can follow each other.

If you have the person’s phone number on your contact list, then upload the contact list on Instagram.

Discover other people from the ‘Discover people’ section to find them. You can also check the likes of posts of the person’s close friends to find them.

How To Find Someone On Instagram Without Their Username:

Instagram has a huge number of users worldwide who are actively using this app, and it is not so easy to find a person on Instagram whose Instagram username is not known to you.

But actually, it is not impossible, and you can find someone on Instagram without knowing their username.

There are these methods mentioned below:

1. Search with the name on Google

Firstly, you can start with the very old and very common process that is searching. If any person has a social media account, then there is a chance that the person’s name can come under Google searches.

If you have a profile picture in your account, then Google will generate it and put it into their server search engine. So if you open the Google Chrome browser and search for the person’s name, then there is a chance that you can find their photo in the ‘Images’ section, where after a click on this photo, it will redirect you to the person’s Instagram profile (if the photo is linked with Instagram, you can check the web address just below the photo to check whether it is indicating Instagram or any social media).

While searching, you can also use some tricks like a double quotation. If you write the name inside the double quotation, then Google will show an exact match of the keyword you’re searching for. If the person has added a full name on Instagram, then the search results will appear better if you use the person’s full name.

You can also do the search process on Instagram. Open the Instagram application and go to the search bar, enter the person’s name and search it; if you don’t get his profile, then try with his full name. If the person’s name is unique, you can easily find it; otherwise, it can be a little difficult.

2. Check your mutual followers/following

Checking your mutual followers or following list is also a good way to find someone’s Instagram profile without knowing their username. Suppose you are searching for a person who is close friends with the person you are looking for, then there is a high chance that they are following each other.

For that, you have to tap on the ‘Followed by’ option, which you can see just under the DP of the person. If your ‘Followed by’ list is too long, tap on the ‘Followed by’ option, which will expand and show you the entire list.

To do this process, first, open your account and go to your profile page from the bottom left corner’s profile icon. Then tap the ‘Following’ option and open any of your friends’ accounts and give a look at their bio. You will be able to find your targeted person’s profile from one of their close friends’ profiles because, in most cases, they are following each other. 

3. Connect your Contact List

Connecting a contact list to Instagram is also a good approach to finding someone without knowing their username. If you connect your contacts with Instagram, then it can access your contact list.

The only prerequisite you need is you should have the person’s phone number in your contact list. From the ‘Discover people’ section, you can access this option. 

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: First, open Instagram, log in to your account, and click on the profile icon from the bottom right corner.


Step 2: After entering the profile page, you can see the ‘Discover people’ option below the ‘Edit profile’ option. Tap on the ‘See All’ option on the extreme right of the ‘Discover people’ option.

Discover people on instagram

Step 3: Here you can see the ‘Connect contacts’ option. Tap on ‘Connect’ and then tap ‘Allow access’, then tap ‘Allow’, and your contacts will be connected. 

Connect contacts
Allow access

Now, if you want to disconnect the contacts, you can go to the ‘Settings’ then open ‘Apps’, select ‘Instagram’, and open ‘Permissions’. Now tap the ‘Contacts’ option and hit the ‘Deny’ button. 

tap the Contacts option
Deny button

4. From Instagram Discover

‘Discover people’ also helps you to find anyone’s account without knowing their username. The process of reaching the ‘Discover people’ option is similar to the previous part we have just discussed.

After reaching the ‘Discover people’ list, you can see the section is divided into three sections: ‘Top Suggestions’, ‘Most Mutual Connections’, ‘New to Instagram’. The Instagram algorithm is created so that the person with mutual connections comes to the top of the list.

Not only the people with mutual connections but also the new users are on the list, so you can access their profiles to check whether the person is the same as the one you are looking for. The ‘New to Instagram’ will be removed after 30 days of creating the account.

5. Check likes on Close Friend’s Posts

The last method but not the least is checking like on a close friend’s posts. If you know the targeted person’s close friends and if they are on your Instagram friends list, then by checking the likes on his post, you can find out the person.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: To do that, first, open the close friend’s profile and go to the posts section.

Step 2: Select any of the posts and tap on the likes that the post has.

Step 3: The entire list of the people who like posts opens on the screen there, you can search for the person’s name, or if he does not have linked his name with Instagram, then you can search by checking the profile pictures (if the person has). 

It is also very helpful to reach the targeted person’s profile.

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