How to View Instagram Without an Account

If you’re on an Instagram hiatus, have had your account blocked for some reason, or simply choose not to manage…

If you’re on an Instagram hiatus, have had your account blocked for some reason, or simply choose not to manage an active account of your own, you might be wondering if it’s still possible to view trending Reels and advice posts.

The short answer is yes – provided that the account or post that you want to view has been made public.

Here’s how to view Instagram without an account of your own.

Two Easiest Ways to View Instagram Without an Account

1. Via URL

If you want to view a specific profile or user on Instagram, and you know the username, then you can search via this URL:

https://www.instagram.com/USERNAME

If the profile is public, then you will be able to see their posts and updates with ease. Business profiles in particular tend to manage public profiles, meaning that even without an Instagram account of your own, you will still be able to access and view their posts and updates.

If the profile is private, then you will likely be able to see their profile picture and bio but not the posts on their grid.

NOTE: If someone sends you a link to an Instagram post, you will only be able to view the link if the profile that they have linked you to is public. If the post that they send you is linked to a private profile, you will be unable to see the link.

2. Via Third Party Apps and Sites

If you don’t already know the username of the profile that you want to view, there are some third party sites that let you search for users without being directly logged into Instagram.

One of these sites is called Imginn and works by searching Instagram according to the search terms and name that you enter. A number of potential profiles will be presented, from which you can select to view the profile.

What You Can Do On Instagram Without an Account

If you’re wondering exactly how much you can do on Instagram without an account or login of your own, this largely depends on the account privacy settings of specific profiles.

Typically, as a non-user you can:

  • View profiles and visit the links that are referenced in user bios
  • View the posts of public profiles
  • Read comments linked to public posts

However, you cannot:

  • Comment or like posts
  • Access the DM function or send any form of message to a user
  • Follow an account

If you want to use Instagram for engagement without the limitations outlined above, then the easiest thing to do is create an account and become an established user.