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How To View Private Instagram Profiles

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✎ Key Points:

» You can view private Instagram profiles by sending a follow request and, once accepted, access their posts and profile.
» You can create a fake Instagram account, send a follow request, and wait for acceptance, ensuring you can view the private account without revealing your identity.

How to View Private Instagram Profiles:

Follow the below methods that you can follow to view private Instagram profiles:

1. Sending Follow Request

The most straightforward way to view the Instagram profile of a user whose account is private is to follow their account. 

Step 1: Search for the User

You can do this by opening your Instagram app, going to the search icon, and typing in your username. 

Step 2: Send the following request

Once the search results come, please tap on the related profile to open it. Here you will see that all their posts and followers lists are hidden. Tap on the blue “Follow” option. This will send the Follow request to them.

Send the follow
Send the Request

Step 3: Visit the profile again to view their posts

Wait for them to accept your Follow request. This might take a while, depending on how active the user you are trying to follow is. Once they accept your request, you have to visit the profile again. Now you will see that you can view all their posts and follower lists.

2. Spy with a Fake Account

If you don’t want the person to know who you are or if your anonymity is of utmost importance to you, you can use a fake account to view their profile. Use this method only if you cannot use any other method mentioned here.

Step 1: Create a fake account

You can create a fake account by opening the Instagram app or webpage and tapping on sign up. Type in your phone number or email ID and tap on “Next”. You will be sent a confirmation code that you have to type in the text box. Then create a username and password and type in all the information you want to make it look real.

Step 2: Follow them

Follow the private account using this fake account by searching their username and tapping on the blue “Follow” option. Wait for them to accept your follow request, and then you will be able to view their posts without their knowing your identity.

3. Borrow Mutual Follower’s Mobile

Another simple way to view the private account is by finding who among your friends in real life follows this private account you are interested in. Once you have found out who they are, all you have to do is ask them if you can borrow their phone for a while to use their Instagram app.

Now that you have the phone, you will be using their account to open the profile you want to see. You can go to the following list and scroll through it until you find it or use the search option. Open the account, and you will be able to see all their posts without following them or creating a fake account. 

Note: Please seek permission before using someone’s phone so as not to invade or breach anyone’s privacy.

4. Try Google Cache

You can use the Google cache method to check your private Instagram profile. However, this method will only work if their account was public at one point or if it just was made a private account. 

For this, you have to go to Instagram and see their username or copy it. Then open the web browser that you use and go to Google. Here you have to type the person’s Instagram username and press enter.

Then tap on the three dots icon beside the search result you want to open. A floating notification will open with the heading “About this result” with information about the search result. At the bottom right corner of this floating notification will be the option “Cached”. Tap on this option.

 This will show all the cached pages with that username. You will be informed that this is the older version of the website, and if you tap on any of the options, you will be led to the live page, which doesn’t exist. So it will cause an error.

Try to google cache

5. Find his Other social media

When you open the private account of the person, you are interested in, even though the posts will be unavailable for you to see, you will be able to view the user’s name. Copy this name.

And open other social media sites where you think this person might have an account, like Facebook, Twitter, or Quora. Go to these social media apps and paste the name you copied in the search option.


Scroll through the search results and open the most relevant one. You will be able to view their posts and information if the account is public. This method will only work if their account is not private. Also, considering that their Instagram account is private, there is a good chance that they value their privacy and these accounts are private.

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