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How To Find Someone On Instagram: 5 Effective Methods

Social media platforms have become more than just a place to share photos, videos, or insights. These apps help revive long lost relationships and reconnect people who haven’t seen or talked with each other in a long time. Sure you can communicate with someone via a phone call or email, but social networks can offer that and much more. These platforms include Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and more. 

We’ll be sharing with you below various methods for how to find someone on Instagram specifically.

Instagram 101

Instagram (IG) is a social networking app that’s meant to be a venue for sharing photos and videos. It’s famous for its hashtags and post heart reaction. The app aims to bring its users closer to the people and things they love.

The interaction starts through following and being followed back, or vice-versa. Users can then directly message (DM) each other through the built-in messaging app. People can simply double-tap posts to let the uploader know they appreciate the photo or content. Comment sections below each post are meant for open and friendly communication across all users.

Using your Instagram account, you can see the latest trends on the stuff you’re interested in, share your photos with the world, and discover people. One can easily look for users, tags, or places within the app through its search bar or the discovery feature.


Instagram Search

There are numerous ways to look for someone on Instagram. It may take some time, but these methods are proven to be effective.

Via Legal Name or Username

You can find people on Instagram if you know their exact name or username. If you do, simply click on that magnifying glass at the bottom of the IG homepage, and enter their name or username into the search bar. 

This might take some time if the person you’re looking for has a common or generic name/username. You’ll end up getting a long list of profile pages to browse through.

Via Phone Number

This only works if you have two things: (1) you have to know what their active number is; (2) they must have connected their phone number with their account.

Using phone numbers or phone contacts is a great method in locating people. To do so in IG, follow these steps:

    • Tap the hamburger icon at the top right corner on your IG profile page.
    • Select Discover People; it should lead you to the Find People page.
    • Navigate to the Contacts section, and tap the Connect Contacts button.

Via Other Social Networks

Instagram allows you to search for and follow your friends from Facebook. To do this, click on the hamburger icon on the top right corner of your profile and select Discover People. Then, select Connect next to Connect To Facebook. Select your Facebook account and press continue. 

Via Pages, Artists, or Hashtags

Think of any popular pages in which the person you’re looking for is more likely to follow. If that person is a fan, they have probably liked or commented on their posts. You can then tap the profile from there. This could also work on by searching hashtags that they’ve likely used.

Via Common Friends

Finding people through common friends’ “followers” or “following” lists is another way to go. This may take some time as this means that you have to browse through and sort out various contact lists. You could, however, cut this long chase by straightforwardly asking common friends about the person you’re looking for.


Overall, you can use Instagram to access popular pages, follow interesting stuff, invite friends, or reconnect with someone. Whatever your intention is, make sure you use these online platforms with good intentions, courtesy, and professionalism. Don’t harass users on any social media accounts to follow you back or accept your friend request.

If you’re merely a concerned parent, spouse, or employer looking for someone’s Instagram account for basic monitoring, without any malicious intentions, there are certain apps to help you. Once you’ve found the account, you can utilize reliable monitoring apps to check out their activities on Instagram.

About Pat S.
Blogger, writer, yoga enthusiast, and cell phone monitoring software expert.

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