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How to find someone on Instagram by number and username

According to data from research conducted by the agency We Are Social together with the service Hootsuite, in 2019, the audience of Instagram has grown to 1 billion. And in Russia, more than 30 million people use the social network every month.

There is no doubt that Instagram represents a huge base. You can meet many acquaintances here, from neighbors to school friends to distant relatives. But how do you find the right person among those billions of users? Let’s look at the most effective ways to find them.

Searching for people on Instagram

Unfortunately, Instagram does not have the same handy filter for finding people. Here you can’t set data like country of residence, age, work, interests, and place of study. This is due to the policy of the social network. Instagram cares about privacy, so it is assumed that if desired, the user will share his profile with others, and if he wants – close the account and remain anonymous.

Finding the person here is not an easy task, but if you make the effort, it’s still doable. You can search by several data. Searching for subscribers to your Instagram account is now unnecessary. At you can choose real followers or bots, as well as add views and likes to your YouTube channel, if you have one.

By photo

Searching by photo has a better chance of success. But in this case, you must have a picture of the person you want to find.

Do you have a picture? Then you need to:

  • Open an image search on Yandex or Google;
  • Click on the icon with a magnifying glass and a camera;
  • Upload the image and click “Find.”

The search engine will give you all the sites where this picture is found. Today, the search works very well, and if the uploaded photo was published in the profile of a person, with a high probability you will find this post, and already through it you will go to the profile.

Let’s try to find the Insta-profile with an example.

Let’s load a photo into the “Yandex.Pictures” search. We’ll get a list of sites.

In this case, the id of the VK page is immediately visible in the list. Let’s go to the profile.

Next, look at the information about the profile in VK – usually there are links to profiles in other social networks. In this example there is no link to Instagram, but there is a link to Youtube channel.

In the information about the channel we find a link to Instagram.

When searching through “Yandex.Pictures” there is a chance that the photo will take you to another social network profile, and there you will find a link to the person’s Instagram. But you might not get lucky, the chance here is 50/50.

By name

The chance of finding a user knowing only his name is one in a million, and literally. Instead of initials, everyone registered in a social network chooses a unique nickname, and it’s not always tied to the name. And even if the name is used in the nickname, it is still a thousand combinations from different users. And it’s almost impossible to guess which nickname the one you’re looking for ended up choosing.

So ideally you should also know the last name. How to use these data to find the person?

  • Open the Instagram application;
  • Tap on the “magnifying glass” icon;
  • Then tap the empty “search” field at the top;
  • Select “Accounts.”
  • In the search bar, enter the person’s first and last name.

The search will only turn up a small number of users, so you can only count on luck here. The rarer the first name and last name occur in a single combination, the higher the chance of finding the right person. And that is only if he or she considers it necessary to specify these data in the curriculum vitae.

By phone

Searching for a person by phone number is considered the most effective in Instagram. The social network has developed a convenient synchronization of contacts. If your phone book is populated with the number of the person that he or she has linked to his or her account, it will only take a few minutes to search.


  • Open Instagram;
  • Click on the three horizontal bars in the upper right corner;
  • Select “Interesting People.”
  • Click the “Connect” button next to the “Connect Contacts” option;
  • Click “Allow access” to allow Instagram to sync your contacts;
  • Allow the app to access your contacts list.

Instagram will then find the users in your contact list, and offer to subscribe to them. Sounds simple, but unfortunately, in September 2019, this feature began to fail. Users began complaining en masse that Instagram wasn’t showing their phone contacts, even with sync connected. So far, this problem has not been solved, with some users having the function working and others not. This is most likely due to privacy complaints. Not all people want third-party users to be able to search for them by phone number.

As an alternative, you can type the phone number into the search bar of your browser and try to find a mention of it on the Internet. If the person listed it in their Instagram contacts, you’ll come up with the right profile. If you don’t have time to look for the service, you can go to Captainsmm –, where you can find subscribers, views and likes for the most popular social networks – Instagram, YouTube, Telegram and tic-tac-toe.

By Subscriptions

If you are familiar with the person’s social circle, or know their favorite bloggers and idols, you can try to find the profile through them.

So what you need to do is:

  • Find the user the person you’re supposedly subscribed to (or opposite, someone who is subscribed to the person you’re looking for);
  • Open their profile on Instagram;
  • Go to “Subscribers” (or “Subscriptions” if you’re looking for black people).

Then you have to manually search for the right user. You may recognize him by his avatar or nickname. If there are a lot of users, you can search by subscribers (subscriptions) for the name and surname of the desired person. If you’re lucky, your search will be successful.

Searching for people without registering

What to do if you are not registered in Instagram, but you really want to find a profile of a particular person in it?

I want to mention right away that there are many services and private “dealers” on the Internet, offering services to find people in Instagram. In 80% of cases it is a banal scam for money.

So remember: there is no need to pay for a search to a third-party service. They have exactly the same information available to you, and they have the same search capabilities as you do. There is no secret way to find a person on social networks.

But there is a free site STAPICO. It searches by name and hashtags, and you do not need to be registered on the site or on Instagram to start searching.

You just open the site, scroll to the bottom of the home page, and enter the data in the blank “search by name and #” field. Then you click on search and get the results. By the way, there you can also open any profile you find, and view the posts published in it.

Finding a person on Instagram is not an easy task. The more background data you have on hand, the easier it will be to make a search. And if you can’t, you can try to find the person in another social network, such as Facebook, and through these accounts to get to the profile in Instagram.

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