Maybe you’re trying to spy on them because you want to find out some information, or maybe you’re just trying to see their pictures, but you know they’re not going to accept you.

Unfortunately, from the get-go, Instagram wanted to give their users an option to make their account private because they cared about their user’s privacy.

Most social media platforms have options where you can make your account more private than it is such as Facebook and Twitter.

The quickest way to View a Private Accounts Photos

Right off the bat…

The quickest way to view a private Instagram profile and see their pictures without following them would be to get a friend to follow the private account so you can see their pictures from their phone. If the friend is already following them, you can simply tell them the reason why you want to check the private account and they’ll happily let you view it.

You can scroll down below if you want more options to view private accounts.

The Reason Instagram Gave users the Option to go Private

Private Instagram Account

The first reason as to why there are private accounts is because the owner of the account can choose who their target market.

They can do this by accepting who they want to follow them and rejecting who they don’t think fits their target audience.

The second reason as to why people make their account private is because they want to build a sense of mystery, so they can receive more follow requests.

You’ll mainly see meme pages do this so that you’re intrigued to see the type of content they upload.

A lot of Instagram admins who own pages with a large number of followers swear that they gain a lot more followers by putting their account on private.

Reid Hailey, the founder of Doing Things, a media company that manages a network of Instagram pages with a collective 14 million followers, says that before one of his large accounts went private, it was growing at an average of 10,000 new followers per week. Once it flipped to private, that number jumped to 100,000.

1. Make Another Instagram Account

The first way you can try and view a private Instagram account without following the owner is by making another burner account. When you make a burner account, this means that you won’t have to use your real account to follow the private account.

When making the burner account here’s what you need to do:

  • Add up to 5 pictures
  • Gain a few followers
  • Make your account private
  • Make your profile picture attractive

Make sure you use pictures that look genuine. You could take them off someone else’s profile but make sure it looks like someone they would know. Try using a gender opposite to them as they’re more likely to accept.

When you gain followers, make sure that you’re also following a few accounts, so you look like a real account.

Once you’ve followed and have received followers, you’ll need to make your account private and add an attractive profile picture. This is going to increase your odds of being followed by a huge amount because it sparks curiosity. After you’ve done this, you should request to follow them, and chances are that they’re going to accept your request and you can view their profile.

2. View Their Profile from a Friends account

Since you don’t want to follow this person or they’re not accepting your request, the next thing you could do would be to ask a friend to follow them.

If they’re already following this person, this would be even better because they don’t have to go through the process of waiting for them to accept.

You can simply ask that friend to view the persons account from their account and this shouldn’t be a problem.

It’s a much quicker and easier alternative than making a burning account to follow the person.

3. Send the Person a Private Message

Message the private account

If this person isn’t accepting your follow request, the next best step to take would be to message them privately asking if they could accept your request.

This would be a good step to take if you know that they receive a lot of follow request and they have a relatively popular Instagram account.

For example, if someone requests me, they don’t stay at the top of the list.

Instagram follow requests

They are scattered in the list of requests I have, so I don’t know which one is the most recent.

This means that the person you’re trying to follow may have not seen your request yet.

Messaging them asking them to accept your request increases your odds by a lot.

Don’t Use a ‘Profile Instagram Viewer’

Don't use a fake private account view tool

There are many tools on the web that ‘allow you to view peoples private Instagram account’ but you’d be quite naïve to believe this.

All websites that claim to do this can’t do this and they will ask you to fill out some sort of survey before you can see peoples accounts but after doing so, you still can’t view them.

The whole point of private accounts is to make sure that the user has privacy and control over who can see their picture.

There’s no way Instagram would give other people the control to be able to view other people’s private accounts and create a tool and publish it on the web for others to use.