There’s no doubt that Instagram is one of the most popular sites in the world. It’s an amazing platform which people use to share their photos & videos with their followers or friends. Most of the people share their content with everyone but some decide to share their personal pics or videos with a few people.
See there are two kinds of accounts on Instagram – Public & Private accounts. Public accounts are well public i.e, everyone can see the posts even if they follow the person or not. While private Instagram accounts can only be viewed by people who are accepted by the other person i.e, only when the other person allows you to see the posts, you will have to send them following request first.
And it’s not every time that the person you want to follow will accept your request. Or, sometimes you’re just too shy to send them the request. If it was that easy you won’t be here right now, you’d be browsing pic & videos of that person. (Speaking from the experience of a good friend.)
Before we get to the main methods to view private Instagram profiles we should tell the people the key differences between Public & Private Instagram accounts. If you’re not interested in that you can skip to the methods…
Public Vs Private Instagram Account – Which is better?
Ok so now you know there are two kinds of Instagram accounts. You would be thinking which one is better to have – private or public account? There’s no exact answer to this as it depends on what you want to get out of it.
There are pros and cons to both though. If you want to keep your privacy and want only certain people to know about your life, events, or anything then a private account will be the best for you.
However, if you’re a social butterfly and want to share your adventures with the rest of the world you should make a public account. That being said, you should make the account according to your needs.
Private Instagram accounts are best for –
- People who are concerned about their privacy.
- Those who want to keep a low-profile.
- People who don’t want or care about huge followers.
- Those who don’t want to share anything with the world.
Public Instagram accounts are best for –
- People who want to grow their business.
- People who don’t mind sharing their stuff with the world.
- Those who want to become an influencer, public figure, etc.
Now that we know about these account types in details if you want to make your IG profile private here are the exact steps to follow –
How To Make a Private Instagram Profile?
Here are the steps you have to follow in order to make your IG profile private –
- Open the Instagram app on your phone.
- At the bottom right corner, you will see a profile icon, click on that.
- At the top right corner, there will be a menu icon (3 horizontal lines), click there.
- Open settings, they will be at the bottom right corner – represented by a gear icon.
- You will have to scroll down there will be an option – “Private account”, switch that on.
Follow these steps to make your IG account private. Now, without wasting more of your time here are some of the methods to view private Instagram profiles. Let’s begin…
Some Methods To View Private Instagram Profile
There are little chances of this method working but still, something’s better than nothing. Right? Here are the steps you will have to follow for using this method –
- Go to Instagram and search for the person’s account you wish to follow. Even if the account is private you will be able to see the username.
- Then visit the search engine you use. We think you also use Google so visit the site or enter the username directly into the search bar (if you’re using Google Chrome).
- There are some chances that the person you want to see pics of would have left something public before going private. This method needs a lot of luck. If you’re lucky you may find some images.
This method will only work a small number of accounts. While not perfect, this method is worth giving a shot. Maybe, the gods would be happy on you and you will find some images on search engines.
Use A Fake ID
This method is highly unethical, use this method only when you have no hope of connecting with the person from your real account. While this method is not recommended by use, you can use it on your own RISK.
This method doesn’t require anything practical, for it to work you will have to create a fake account (you’d know that). Again there’s a bit of luck involved in this method, if you’re unlucky then it won’t be for you.
You will just have to create a fake account of the same/opposite gender, add attractive images from stock images and send a request to the person. Wait and hope that they accept the request.
Things to consider when making a fake Instagram account –
- Add genuine photos to the accounts. Try to make the photos interesting but don’t overdo it.
- Make your account private. It will make the account more interesting.
- Use a female persona as their requests are accepted much easily.
- Send the request to the person you want to add and wait. If you aren’t accepted message them, you will get accepted.
This method works most of the time. If you want to add a male creating a female account and uploading good pics will be enough though. It’s easier for males to accept female requests than it’s the other way around.
Ask The Person Directly
We get it, you don’t want to do this but there’s no better way. The most effective way to view private Instagram account is to ask the person directly, it’s better than wasting your time on ineffective methods. Who knows your request may even get accepted by the person you want to follow.
You will never know until you try!
But if you’re going to send them a request, you have to keep these things in mind:
Send a message first – Some people just don’t want unknown people to see their posts. You might know the person but it’s possible that the next person doesn’t even know about your existence. If this is the case, you should first message them and tell them why you want to follow them.
If you have some mutual friends then it will be easier. You can just tell them about your friends and how you know them. It won’t take much time for you to get approved. This is the most genuine method.
Have patience – It takes time for us humans to trust someone. If we are asked to trust someone we will take some time to consider. It’s the same here, even if you follow the above advice it will take some time for the next person to respond. It will take much time for them to trust you.
Only after you have earned their trust they will allow you to view their pics & videos. Although it also depends on who you send the request. Some people trust others easily while others are very selective.
Use Instagram Private Profile Viewer
The last method on this list is to use websites which claim to provide you pictures of private Instagram profiles. They also claim that you can download those pics with just a few clicks. Use these sites at your own risk.
You need to be very careful when you enter sites like these. We recommend that you don’t use this method as it may lead to your data getting stolen and some sites will download viruses or malware to your computer. You don’t want that. Right?
These sites lure users by providing services that are impossible to be true. First of all, Instagram doesn’t allow any 3rd part API to get access to its data so you won’t be seeing the pics even after using these sites. Some of these sites also send you to survey sites which will require your personal details to complete.
If you still want to know about them here’s how they work – They will need an Instagram username, now they’ll ask you if you just want to see the images or download them. They will also ask for your personal information & then they will redirect you to the account you want to see.
These sites almost never work, we don’t want to share their links for this reason. But still, if you want to go with them here are some of these sites – WatchInsta, InstaSpy, etc. Search for their links in Google but be careful!
These were some of the best methods you can use to view posts of private Instagram accounts. The method we recommend is that – you ask the person directly, we know you’re looking for some methods by which you can view the account without any hassle but it isn’t just possible to do so as Instagram is pretty secure.
Using other methods is just a waste of time as they depend on your luck. And, using an Insta private profile viewer tool isn’t much secure it can also get your data stolen and in worst case scenario it can be misused.
So, what are your favorite methods to view private Instagram profiles? Did any of the method work for you? If yes, which one? Is there any method we didn’t cover here? Let us know in the comments below…