How To Search Instagram Without An Account

Published : 04 Apr 2022 05:18 PM | Updated : 28 Apr 2022 07:29 PM

Have you heard your friends talking about the cute pictures posted on Instagram? What about trending videos and something someone shared on their Instagram stories? All that may sound like something interesting that you would want to see and do. Unfortunately, you don’t have an Instagram account.

You do not need an account to do that! So how do you go about it? This guide covers how to search Instagram without an account or an Instagram app on your device.

Is it possible to view Instagram posts without an account?

Before we go any further, it is good to know that Instagram prides itself on protecting the privacy of its users. This is how users can make their pages and profiles private. Because of this, you will not be able to access a private user's list of followers, the people they follow, or whatever they have posted. I think this is a good strategy on their part.

It is possible to view restricted content on Instagram even if you don't have an account. You can find a specific Instagram profile provided you know the exact username and the profile you are looking for is set to public.

When browsing without an account, you use the “backdoor” that allows you to view and search a few things. However, this trick does not work on private pages and profiles, it is only possible with public pages and profiles.

With public profiles, you can only access the public users' profile pictures and thumbnail photos on their posts. Isn't this a good start? You will not be able to see comments, give feedback, play any Instagram Stories or Instagram TV.

How To Do An Instagram Search Without An Account

The kind of search you perform will depend on the page or profile you are looking for.

How to find a public profile

Specific profile

To start with, you need to know the username of the person or group you are looking for. Follow the steps below:

  • Go to your computer’s internet browser.
  • In the URL field, type then add the username of the person you want followed by “/”.
  • If that seems a little hard to remember, just type the username with the @ symbol or the username followed by the word “Instagram” on the search bar.
  • Click the correct out of the many search results that pop up and you will be directed to the profile.
  • Once on the profile, start browsing through the content.

Random profile

When searching for random pages or posts, you need to use a third-party tool or hashtags.

Using a third-party tool

Third-party tools allow you to do a more specified search on Instagram without an account. You can retrieve search results that will lead you to posts and profiles with particular specifications. Say you are interested in posts by males or females, with a certain number of followers or all pages with a specified keyword.

These Instagram viewers have a website that requires you to fill in some fields for the keyword you are searching for, the number of followers you want, type of profile, gender, or any other criteria and click the search button.

The most popular Instagram viewers are Anon IG Viewer, Imglnn, ToolZu, GreatFon, Dumpor, and Inflact. However, you must beware of some sites which are not safe to create a free account.

Using the hashtag

A hashtag is a topic preceded by the # symbol typed minus any spaces commonly used in Twitter and Facebook. A hashtag helps to sort content types on social media.

Hashtags help you find pages with similar content on Instagram if you do not have an account. Below is how a search via hashtag works:

  • Go to your internet browser.
  • Type the hashtag followed by “Instagram” on the search field e.g., #fashion Instagram.
  • Pick the correct search result.
  • Start browsing for posts once you are on the Instagram platform.
  • Hit on the content that interests you.
  • If you want to see the profile of the uploader, click on the Instagram username.

What you can do without an Instagram account

You can view Instagram without an account but there is not much you can do other than:

  • View public profiles
  • Click on bio links
  • View and download stories, videos, and photos
  • View total posts, followers, and following
  • View comments made on posts
  • See related accounts

What you cannot do without an Instagram account

If you register and sign in to get an Instagram account, you get the freedom to do a lot including:

  • Following and networking with other users
  • Posting content
  • Like users’ photos and videos
  • Zoom in on photos
  • Posting comments
  • View highlights
  • Camera effects and stickers

Do you have to search Instagram without an account?

Performing an Instagram search without an account is a convenient way to get to know how the platform works and gives you an idea of what using the platform feels like. You get to enjoy (or not) the features and decide whether it is something you should register for or not.

Furthermore, sometimes it is good to chat with your network on social media and not merely do an Instagram search. You show your support to celebrities or organizations that you like. You will only know how all these work by starting from the search that does not require an account.


As already noted, searching Instagram without an account limits you when it comes to content, you are restricted to post thumbnails. To be on the safe side and view as many things as you want, you need to register for and log into an Instagram account from time to time to see what your friends have posted and what is trending, as well as do several other things.

Instagram is an engaging social media platform that you can sign up for using your mobile phone either for an individual account or group professional account. You can deactivate your account any time you want.

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