How To Find Someone on Instagram

We’ve all been guilty of doing some Instagram stalking here and there. But what if you can’t locate someone’s profile on Instagram?  Everyone has an Instagram account these days, so it’s unlikely they aren’t on Instagram.In this article we teach you how to find someone on Instagram, so you can memorize their profile from their first post in 2013 to 4 hours ago. So launch the Instagram app and let’s get started.

Search Bar

Tap the magnifying glass in the lower left hand corner of Instagram. Tap the Search bar, then tap Accounts. You do not need to know the person’s Instagram handle to search for them. If they have their name on their profile they will show up in the search. Enter their name in the search and the top results will load. You can view the profiles for the search results as long as their account is not private to see if you have found the person you are looking for.  Or you can try and identify them from their profile picture. Which is located to the left of their Instagram handle.

Discover People

Go to your profile page. Tap the 3 horizontal lines in the top right corner. Then, tap Discover People. There are three ways to connect with friends through the Discover People tab.   

1. Connect to Facebook

You can connect to your Facebook contacts. Instagram will ask for you to sign into your Facebook account and allow access. Your Facebook friends list will appear with any contacts that have Instagram profiles. You can click the blue Follow button for any of the contacts you wish to follow. Does Lacey who you hate follow on Facebook have an Instagram account?  

2.  Connect to Contacts

Instagram can connect to your phone’s contact List. Instagram will ask for permission to access the list. Your contact list will appear with anyone who has an Instagram profile linked to the phone number or email address you have stored for them. Click the blue Follow button for anyone you want to connect with. Brad who you met out last Saturday night has an Instagram account and it’s not private.  Time to do some instastalking to see if you’re compatible.

3.  Suggested

Instagram will provide suggested accounts for you to follow.  The algorithm they use for creating suggestions is based on people you are already following on Instagram, are friends with on Facebook or are in your Contacts.  The top suggestions appear and you can scroll through and click follow for any account you want to follow. You just bought a pair of yoga pants at the Lululemon pop up and now Instagram is suggesting you follow them.  #creepy

People Search

If you are still having trouble locating the profile of the person you are searching. Run a person search using a service like Kiwi Searches. In just a couple of minutes, you will be connected with the social media accounts of the person you are trying to locate. To ensure you are searching for the right person, Kiwi Searches will provide you with information such as:

  • Phone Numbers
  • Email Address
  • Social Media Profiles
  • Current & Previous Addresses
  • Job & Education History
  • And More!


Now that you know all the ways on how to find someone on Instagram, don’t get lost in someone’s profile for hours. Remember, people only post what they want you to see on Instagram. If you really want to know what’s going on check out their DMs.  

Now that you’ve found their profile, to learn how to track their DM’s without them knowing, go here.  

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