How to Find Someone on Instagram

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Do you want to find someone on Instagram but don’t know their username? You usually have to ask them for their username in person, and you might not always remember their username. But what if you don’t have the opportunity to ask for their username?

The only way to find someone on Instagram is to search their name on the search bar. The issue you might face is that instead of using a real name, the person you are searching for might put their username differently. But there are many other methods of searching for people on this social media platform.

It is no secret that finding an Instagram account of a single person can be difficult when there are over millions of active users on the platform. However, modern algorithms used by Instagram provide various effective solutions for quickly and easily finding friends. Here, I have mentioned some of my favorite methods and ways to find someone on Instagram if you don’t know their username.

Search Their Name

If you don’t know their username, then this is a simple method. If the person has an uncommon name, it will be easier to find them as there will be fewer search results. Having a common name can be more challenging to find on Instagram since verified users will dominate the search results. Furthermore, Instagram search results are limited to a set number of results. As a result, if you search for a generic name, the search results may not even include the person you’re looking for.

Here is how you can search for someone on Instagram without knowing their username.

  • Open your Instagram account and go to the search bar.
  • Type a person’s name and look for their profile picture.
  • If you still didn’t find the account, then type the person’s full name.

To get the required search result, the person you’re looking for must have their full name or name on their profile. Having said that, unless they are highly secretive, most people have their names on their profiles. This method is effective, especially if the person has included their full name on their profile. If they have added their full name as a username, a Google search for their full name may bring up their Instagram. However, if the person did not include their name on their profile, you can use the other methods to locate them.

Use Discover

Another method is to use the Discover option and go through suggestion lists. You can find the Discover option at the menu tab. Instagram Discover is a unique but highly effective way to find people you may know to follow. Instagram’s algorithm surfaces people who have mutual followers and following and gives you the suggestion lists.

Here’s how you can get suggestion lists through the Discover option:

  • Navigate to your profile and tap the menu icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • Select “Discover people.”
  • Scroll down to “All Suggestions” to find people you might know to follow.

“All suggestions” is a list of people who are followed by the people you follow. Based on their followers, Instagram’s algorithm suggests people you might know. Meaning, if a user is followed by someone you’re following, they’re likely to be suggested to you. People who are new to Instagram are also listed under the “All Suggestions” tab.

The person who just created an Instagram account should have one or more people mutual following with you to get on the suggestion list. If you don’t know the username of the person you are searching for then, using the Discover people option is an excellent method. There is a better chance that you will find the person.

Connect Your Contact List

Another method is to connect your contact list to Instagram. Allowing Instagram to access your phone number is a great way to find your friends and family. Through your contact list, Instagram checks whether someone with the same number has an account or not. You can use this method through the Discover people option present at the menu tab.

Here’s how to link your contact list to Instagram:

  • Navigate to your profile and tap the menu icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • Go to the Settings option and select the Account option.
  • You will see the Contacts Syncing option in the middle of the menu.
  • Slide the Contacts Syncing option and switch to on.

You can now find and follow people you know on Instagram without knowing their usernames by connecting your contact list. This method is beneficial if you have an extensive list of contacts and connect with them on Instagram. You can disconnect your contact list from Instagram by tapping on the “Disconnect” button. The only requirement for this method is to have someone’s phone number on your contact list. After that, you can sync it to Instagram and find people to follow.

Check Likes of Their Close Friend

Another method is to look into your friend’s likes to find the person you are looking for. If you still can’t locate the person using the previous methods, you should try this one. If you are connected to a close friend of the person you are looking for on Instagram, you might track them down through likes.

Here, the person you are looking for is likely to be following his/her close friends on Instagram. So, if you can find one of their close friend’s Instagram, it would be easier to find them through likes.

Here’s how to use this method:

  • Navigate to the profile of one of the individual’s close friends.
  • Open one of the recent posts and tap on the likes.
  • Look up the name of the person you are searching for on the list of likes.

This method involves additional effort because the person may not have liked all of their friend’s posts. You’ll have to search through several posts to find them. Furthermore, it is entirely dependent on the person’s name. If the person did not include their real name on their profile, you must look at their profile picture or posts to identify them.

Find Mutual Followers or Following

The last method is mutual followers, which helps you find someone on Instagram even if you don’t know their username. Instagram provides a feature that allows you to view mutual followers under a person’s profile by using the “Followed by” list.

Here’s how you can use the mutual follower’s method to find someone:

  • Go to the profile of a close friend of the person you’re looking for.
  • Go to their list of following and followers list.
  • Look up the name of the person you’re looking for in their following and followers list.

The “Followed by” feature helps to locate someone when you don’t know their username. This method is especially true if you follow one of your close friends and access their followers and following list. It is most likely that the person you are looking for will follow their close friends. However, if the person you’re looking for didn’t put their name on their profile, it will be more difficult for you to find them.

You have to scroll down the followers and following list and look for the profile picture in such a case. However, if the person does not have a profile picture and has not included their name, you will have to visit multiple profiles. You have to look at the number of mutuals from the “Followed by” feature and examine the photos of them. The greater the number of mutual followers someone has, the more likely they are related to you.

Conclusion

It can be challenging to find someone if you don’t know their Instagram username. However, if you follow these five methods outlined in this article, you should be able to locate the person you’re looking for. Once you’ve completed these requirements, you’ll be able to find almost anyone on Instagram without knowing their username. It’s always a pleasure to hear from readers about our work. Tell us some of your best ways of finding someone in the comment section.

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