How to View Instagram Without an Account

Visit a profile directly to see pics and comments

What to Know

  • If you know the profile you wish to view, go to Instagram's site to view the page.
  • If you don't know the username, go to Imginn's site and search for the profile.

This article teaches you how to view Instagram without needing to log in with an account. It also looks at the benefits and limitations of using such a method.

Is It Possible to See Instagram Without an Account?

Yes, it's possible to see Instagram profiles and photos without an account. However, you need to know the name of the profile you wish to view. Here's how to see Instagram without an account.

If you don't know the name of the profile you wish to view, you won't be able to find it using this method.

  1. On your smartphone or computer browser, type in where username is the profile you wish to view.

    Click the x to the right of the login notification to remove the banner.

  2. To view a photo or video, right-click on the image.

    Instagram profile with a photo highlighted.
  3. Click Open Image in New Tab to avoid needing to log in or sign up.

    Instagram profile with image right clicked and Open Link in New Tab highlighted.
  4. You can now view the image. Click on a video to play it. It is also possible to scroll down and view all the comments. 

    Instagram profile with image open and comments displayed.

How to See Instagram Without an Account Using a Third-Party Service?

Using the official Instagram site does not allow you to search for profiles, but you can do so using a third-party website. Here's how to do so with one of the most effective: Imginn.

  1. On your web browser, go to Imginn.

  2. In the search bar, type in what you're searching for and press enter.

    Imginn site with search bar highlighted.
  3. In the search results, look for the person you are searching for.

  4. Click their profile image to view the profile.

    Imginn website with profile results highlighted.
  5. Click any images to look at them.

    Imginn website with image highlighted.

What Can You Do on Instagram Without an Account?

Viewing Instagram without an account is possible, but quite limited. Here's what you can do on Instagram without an account.

  • View profiles. If you know the profile name, you can check the user's profile information as well as see any links they may have in their bio.
  • View images and videos. It's possible to click on an image or video to see the content. 
  • See comments. It's possible to read comments left by registered users.
  • Browse anonymously. Instagram's algorithm means it can suggest related accounts based on what you've looked at. When not logged in, there's no way of your activity being traced.

What Can You Not Do on Instagram Without an Account?

Without an Instagram account, you will face some limitations. Here's what you can't do without an Instagram account.

  • Post comments. It's not possible to leave comments or even likes on a photo or video.
  • Follow an account. There's no way of following an account anonymously. You need to be registered to follow someone.
  • Privately message a user. Without an account, it's impossible to privately message someone.
  • Search for a profile. Unless you use a third-party website, there is no way of searching Instagram without being logged in. 
  • How do I view private Instagram profiles?

    The only way to see a private Instagram profile is if you send the owner a follow request, and they accept it. Only accepted followers or people who were already following when an account became private can see its contents.

  • How do I view an Instagram Story anonymously?

    You must be logged in to see Instagram Stories. Some sites and apps claim to let you download old Stories without being logged in, but you should be skeptical of these, especially if they ask for your password.

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