Since its creation, Instagram has quickly become one of the most popular social media sites as of the present, where users can effectively upload and share photographs. From family photos, vacation photos to simple selfies, Instagram enables you to share with the world your latest memories or photographic creations.
Other features such as stories, tags, hashtags, etc. allow users to easily gain exposure and find new opportunities on the site. However, social media popularity seems to come with a price, particularly for public Instagram profiles.
This price comes in the form of privacy, with many having the habit of “Instagram stalking”, or spying on someone else’s life and activity through Instagram. Like many other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, Instagram has responded by allowing users to have the option of keeping their accounts private. This setting will restrict all your posts and stories for the viewing of followers only.
Non-followers cannot access any content shared by a private account holder, except their profile picture and biography. What should you do if you become curious about what’s going on behind a private Instagram account? Read more below to know about our 9 most effective methods to view photos and videos on a private Instagram account.
1. Send a follow request
First, you would want to try accessing a private account the legitimate way – by sending a follow request. You just click the “Follow” button on the user’s profile. The button will turn to “Requested” mode pending the account holder’s decision. Wait for their response. If your follow request is accepted, you can freely view posts on your private account. If not, move to the next step.
2. Create a fake Instagram account
What should you do if the following request from your original account had been rejected? Chances you do not have a strong enough mutual connection with the private account holder, or some detail about your original profile makes him/her uninterested in forming a new connection or share posts with you. In this case, you may consider creating a fake Instagram profile disguised as someone else to seek the approval of the private account owner.
Choose a female name for the fake profile and a profile picture that features a real person (not a celebrity). Statistics have shown that approximately 80% of fake accounts on social media have female names, as people often have a faster and more positive response to such accounts. Thus, you might have a higher probability of getting accepted as a follower on Instagram.
Put your account setting on private to lure the private account owner into spying on your posts as well. Upload some photos sporadically to create the impression of an active and genuine account. Now, send a follow request and once again wait for a response from the private account.
3. Use Private Instagram Viewer Apps
If the first two methods prove to be unsuccessful, you can resort to a private Instagram viewer tool, which is numerously available online. Here, we have compiled the 10 best apps for this purpose.
With PrivateInsta, you can freely view private Instagram profiles without even having to own an Instagram account. The application is supported on Windows, OSX, iOS, and Android operating systems. You can maintain your anonymity while browsing through posts on a private Instagram profile.
Visit PrivateInsta’s webpage and enter the username of the private Instagram account you wish to see in the text box. Click Submit and wait for the system to access the account you have chosen. The photos will be automatically downloaded, but you will need to complete a survey to view them.
A second option to hack into private Instagram accounts is Private Instagram Viewer. This application is completely free and does not require you to complete any survey to use.
Go on Private Instagram Viewer’s website and fill in the Instagram username that you wish to view. The system will retrieve all relevant users, stories and hashtags on Instagram for you to choose from. Select the one that you wish to view, and click Unlock & View photo to proceed. You may need to wait a few moments for the page to be unlocked. Afterwards, you can freely view the content on the account like a normal follower.
Another choice of spy app for Instagram is InstaLooker. Go on the website and click the “Spy Now” button. Type in an Instagram username to begin. Relevant feeds will be retrieved from the system, and you will be able to view and even download any photos on private accounts as you wish. However, you will have to complete surveys in order to achieve the final result. I also have doubts about the effectiveness of this application in accessing data on a private Instagram profile.
Istaprivate is a popular free method to view a private Instagram account without having to complete surveys. Simply submit the username of the private Instagram account you want and click “View Profile”. The process will be finished in a matter of seconds and data will be retrieved for you to view.
InstaRipper is a popular suggestion to view private Instagram accounts that can be used on both desktops and smartphones. This application will need to be downloaded onto your device. Once you have the app, open and write down the Instagram username that you want to hack. Choose “Unlock Private Profile” to decrypt data. Open Instagram on your default browser and you can proceed to view photos on the private account.
Like PrivateInsta, InstaGramiesIGLookup is another app that allows you to view a private account’s content without having to own an Instagram account. Go on your selected browser and open InstaGramies’ website. Submit the Instagram username of the private account you want to view. The photos will automatically appear in a hidden mode under an arrow with “download” written on it. Click on the arrow to view each Instagram photo respectively.
A top choice for an Instagram private profile viewer app is LikeCreeper. Not only can you unlock any private account on Instagram, you can also access activities of the account and download photos. The best part is that you need not sign up or download the software to be able to use the app.
Gwaa Viewer is a relative newcomer in the field of Instagram private profile viewer, but a good choice nonetheless. To begin, select “Click to see private Instagram”. A new page will appear with a textbox for you to enter the username of the private Instagram account you have chosen. Click “Continue” and wait for the system to process the data in a few moments. Confirm if the app has correctly retrieved your targeted account. Private photos from the account will be fetched and displayed for your viewing.
InstaDPS is a free Instagram private profile viewer app with relatively good reviews, on account of its simple and straightforward interface. Write down the username of the private account you wish to view in the textbox and select “Get Profile Photo”. The chosen account will be scanned and its profile picture will be retrieved shortly. You can choose to download the photo by right-clicking and choosing “Save Image”.
I. Private Insta Viewer
Private Insta Viewer is another popular app that enables you to hack into any private Instagram account and view all posts and activities including photos, videos and comments.
Just simply type in the username of your targeted account and choose the correct one from the number of relevant accounts shown. Private Insta Viewer has the ability to hack into the Instagram server and retrieve account information at your request.
To acquire access to private content including posts, shares, and comments, you would first have to verify that you are human. Upon completion, the data is entirely at your disposal.
Private Instagram Viewer Apps work on the same basis as websites that enable you free access to the latest movies, songs, premium WordPress themes, plugins, etc. Like these websites, there is always the risk of spyware and the compromise of your online security. Thus, cracking tools such as these should be used with discretion, and best not at all.
If you really wish to see a private account’s posts, the first method is safest and most legitimate. After sending a follow request, perhaps try sending a private message informing the account holder of your identity and intentions to better establish a relationship. Should he/she be satisfied, your follow request will be accepted and you can directly view posts without worrying about online safety.