Instagram’s userbase is growing every month, we live in the era of social media and many people are unsatisfied with the lack of new features on Instagram and they are turning to unofficial and unauthorized methods in order to find out how to view private Instagram profiles online. Here’s everything you need to know about these methods.
Table of Contents
- 1 What Is Instagram?
- 2 How Do Private Profiles On Instagram Work?
- 3 How To View Private Instagram Accounts
- 4 The Fastest Method – Use A Private Instagram Viewer
What Is Instagram?
Instagram is an application and website that you can use to share your photos with the world. The characteristic feature is the square format to which the photographs are adapted. Instagram has many filters that make our art more attractive. This free app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Instagram was founded in 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Marek Krieger. The application name is derived from the combination of the words instant camera and telegram. The accounts are held by individuals, celebrities (most followed users on IG) and companies that promote their activities in this way. Authors of the most popular profiles often receive opportunities to earn money, e.g. by promoting a product on their profiles. They can also sell their photos. Currently Instagram is available in 33 languages and belongs to Facebook Corporation. It also briefly cooperated with Twitter.
How Do Private Profiles On Instagram Work?
By default, your Instagram account is publicly visible. All the photos and videos we upload to the Instagram are visible to everyone who enters our profile. However, not everyone wants their profile to be public. There is a solution for such people – setting their account as private.
When you switch your IG account to private, the content of your profile will be available only to your accepted followers. No one who isn’t following you will be able to see any picture or video on your profile unless they use something like a private instagram viewer. Only your username, description and profile picture will be displayed.
Your consent will be required for someone to become your follower. This works in the same way as, for example, adding friends to Facebook. If someone tries to follow you, you will have an option to either accept or deny their request. Or you can just ignore it. People you do not accept will only see the message “This account is private” when they enter your profile.
How To View Private Instagram Accounts
I have seen many people claiming that it is possible to easily access profiles set as private on Instagram and see their photos, I was intrigued and decided to investigate and I already know it’s possible, but in most cases it’s not that easy. The most legitimate methods are especially tiring and can take a lot of effort and time, whereas the fastest ways to see a private Instagram account can become quite annoying. Let me save you the biggest headache – learning what works and what doesn’t.
Be careful though, there are sites that “offer” you a way to view private Instagram accounts but ask you to provide your password, so the profile that is vulnerable is yours and not the one of the user you want to access. Never give your password to anyone.
Yes, when you post your photos or videos and place hashtags, your photos can be viewed by the public, even if your profile is set to private. Of course, finding someone through a hashtag is a tedious and time-consuming process, because the search is sequential and is photo by photo.
If this user whose photos you want to see does not get many likes you will find it difficult to find their post through the tagging method. On the other hand you should know their preferences to know what hashtag to look for, as well as knowing that the feed is constantly updated so that the photo you are looking for can simply “get lost” in the content of users who have posted more recently.
The Simplest Way To View Private Instagram Profiles Is To Follow Them
As I have seen many times, starting to follow a user is often enough for them to authorize my profile in just a short period of time, they also often follow me back and I could see all of their photos. They accepted me even though I didn’t know them, because they simply wanted to get that one more follower.
So this would be the first step I would take to see a private Instagram.
Does the user whose private profile you want to view not want you to see his or her photos? Then perhaps you should think about respecting their wish, but if you don’t want to do that, there are still some options left for you.
But if curiosity really got the better of you, here’s what else you could do:
- Ask a common contact to show you their profile
- Create a fake profile and start following this user, if he finds your profile interesting (you could create it taking into account his preferences), he will surely accept your follow request. Creating a fake profile isn’t hard, just time-consuming, you have to make sure to post some real-looking photos, don’t disclose your real details and get some other people to follow you before you try to follow your target
- If you follow them on Facebook or Twitter and they share their Instagram publications there, you could see them through these other social networks (you may be able to access the posts their share, but not their Instagram profile, so access provided by this method will be limited to what this person is willing to share outside Instagram)
The Fastest Method – Use A Private Instagram Viewer
This is what worked best for me. It was fast, painless and super easy to do since I didn’t have to bother with creating a fake Instagram account or using my real one. The last method is to use a webAPP or mobile application in order to view private Instagram profile of your choice, photo and video on the whole platform. The majority of these tools doesn’t work but there is a couple that do. Here’s a list and we will try to keep it updated.
#1 – Accessing.Tools
[currently down for maintenance]
This is our winner at the moment. It’s a webAPP that works in your internet browser. What you have to do is input the username of your target, nothing else and wait for the unique URL to be generated for you, click on it and you’re done. You will be able to use this method to see any private Instagram account.
These are the names of some other apps that we stumbled upon, but were unable to confirm if they are 100% functional.