How to see a private Instagram? Is this even possible?

Glam Style
6 min readNov 16, 2022


How to see a private Instagram? Is it even possible, and if so, how to do it? Here’s everything you should know about the subject.

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There are times when we feel like reviewing the contents of a profile on Instagram without clicking the follow button. While in the case of public accounts we will not have the slightest problem with this, those with privacy settings enabled are usually well protected. How to see a private Instagram? Let’s check whether the most commonly recommended ways really work!

Instagram — a private profile. How does it work?

If you have been using Instagram for a long time, you most likely know what the profile privacy settings are all about. However, if you are just beginning your adventure with this popular application, the availability of posts from different users and female users may be a mystery to you. How does a private profile on Instagram work?

Enabling a private profile in the app makes photos, videos and stories published by a given user or user visible only to his or her male and female observers. What’s more, in order to become one of them, one must first send a request for observability, which can be either accepted or rejected. Of course, you only get access to the content uploaded to the profile with the former option.

A private profile on IG is a great option for people who use the app as a diary, reserved for their closest friends or female friends and acquaintances. However, we must keep in mind that this is also a quick way to cut the reach of the posts you add. People who care about standing out on Instagram are unlikely to benefit from this option in the privacy settings.

How to see a private account on Instagram? The easiest way would be… to send a request to watch. Yes, we know that this is most often what we would like to avoid. But we must remember that this is the safest and fastest way to see the content of a person who has a private account.

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How to see a private Instagram?

As we mentioned earlier, the easiest way to see a private Instagram is to send a request to observe the profile. But what if the user in question does not accept it? Are there other ways to see a private IG? On the web, you can often find advice according to which you should create a so-called fake account or use external tools. Unfortunately, these ways have many downsides, which we write about below. Before you decide to try one of them (or both), it’s worth considering whether it’s really worth the risk.

How to see a private Instagram — a fake account

Creating a profile on Instagram, on which we will be incognito, gives us the opportunity to send a request to observe a person, without sharing our data. While this is in accordance with the app’s terms of service, peeping from a fake profile can mess with stalking. We know that this is quite a popular practice. On the other hand, we definitely do not recommend it. And this is for your own sake, as well as for the sake of the person whose Instagram account content you want to view.

What’s more, this way doesn’t always work, because people who have a private profile on Instagram are most often reluctant to accept new followers and observers, especially if they aren’t sure they know them. A fake account, with no followers, posts or profile picture, tends to be conspicuous, and is often automatically rejected by other users and followers.

How to see a private Instagram — external sites and apps

Another frequently recommended way to view the contents of a private profile is to use external sites and apps that have been created for this purpose. Despite the fact that some of them prove to be effective, we must remember that they violate the rules of Instagram’s regulations. Their operation is in the legal “gray zone”, and in addition, it often happens that by viewing a private account, you have to pay for the service, without getting a guarantee that the whole operation will be successful.

Before you decide to use this method, be sure to carefully check other users’ reviews of the site or application in question. Otherwise, you may fall victim to fraud or theft.

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Private account on Instagram — how to see without asking to watch?

One of the popular “lifehacks” on how to see a private Instagram (or rather, the content that has been uploaded to a given account) is… to type the name of the profile into Google browser and search for photos and videos in the graphics tab. To increase the effectiveness of this method, it is a good idea to add the word “instagram” to the profile name.

How does this method work? It often happens that a given user or user has combined profiles on different social media, for example, Facebook and Instagram. In case only one of them is private, the photos and videos assigned to the other should appear in the browser.

Unfortunately, the way usually works only for very popular accounts, with a large number of observers and followers. If you are looking for a celebrity/celebrity or an influencer/celebrity, Google may show you some posts, even if his/her IG is private. On the other hand, if you feel like “peeking” this way at a friend or acquaintance who doesn’t have a huge following, this method may not be very helpful.

How to make an account private on Insta?

If you don’t want every user or every app user to be able to see the content you share on your profile, you can put a privacy restriction on it.

How to set up a private account on Instagram? We provide step-by-step instructions:

  • Open the Instagram app and go to your profile.
  • Press the icon of three horizontal dashes, which is located in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Go to settings and select Privacy from the list.
  • Turn on your private account.

From now on, any person who wants to view your profile will be forced to first send a request to observe. Remember that people who were previously your followers will continue to have access to the content on your profile. Fortunately, you can review your list of followers at any time and remove accounts that don’t suit you.

Also, don’t forget that changing your account settings to private will make the posts you add hidden from app users who are not your followers. Hashtags won’t work either, and other accounts won’t be able to share your rels. If you’re looking to gain a large following and rock your account, you’d better forgo changing your profile settings to private.



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