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How to view Instagram without an account on Android

Instagram is not my cup of tea! These were the exact words of my close friend. She likes seeing pictures and videos of her favorite people but doesn’t want to be involved in mainstream social media. So, I showed her how to view Instagram posts and reels without creating an account on her Android phone. 

If you also want to view anyone’s Instagram profile or check their stories anonymously, you may do all this without logging into an account. Curious to know how it’s done? Well, then, stay with me till the end of this article. Let’s start: 

How to view Instagram without an account using username

You can visit anyone’s Instagram profile anonymously via a web browser on your Android phone. All you need is the correct username of the person whose posts you want to view and ensure the account is public. However, if you don’t know the correct username, I’ll share a trick to find the profile later.

  1. Launch your preferred web browser on your Android phone.
  2. Enter[username] in the URL bar.  
    Here, the username denotes the Instagram profile you wish to view.  
  3. Tap Enter to land on your desired Instagram profile.
    Open browser, enter website and username and tap enter
  4. You can see and open the posts of your desired account in the grid format. You can also play IGTV videos or Reels. Simply tap the reel or video to play it. 

Tip: If Instagram keeps directing you to the signup or login page, close the browser windowReopen it → Repeat the above steps.

How to view Instagram posts and reels without an account

Without an account, Instagram won’t allow you to tap and open an enlarged version of a particular post. It will instantly display a popup requesting you to log in or sign up. So, what to do? Fret not, follow the steps here: 

  1. Go to the Instagram profile via a web browser on your Android phone.
  2. Long press on the post you want to open.  
  3. Choose Open Link in New Tab from the drop-down menu. 
    You might get a different wording for the same feature per your web browser.  
  4. Now, you can view the full version of the post.
    Long press on the image, select Open Link in New Tab and you can see the post
  5. Along with the post, you can see the likes and user comments. You cannot like or comment on the post. However, you can share it by tapping on the airplane icon

Using the Instagram website method is a bit of a hassle, especially on Android phones, as Instagram will continuously redirect you to the official app. So, I prefer using third-party Instagram viewers.

See Instagram without an account via third-party apps

Several third-party apps can help you see Instagram posts without an account and download Instagram posts’ images and videos from public handles for free. Below is a list of some of my favorite Instagram viewer apps you can try and test.

Here, I will demonstrate the steps using Imginn.

  1. Navigate to your web browser and visit Imginn’s official website
  2. In the search bar, type in the name of the account you are searching for.  
  3. Hit Enter.
    The app will send a popup to confirm if you are a human. It will take a few seconds
  4. Tap the account to open the profile.
    Enter the username in search bar, tap enter, select account and you can see the whole page

If you want to try other third-party sites to view Instagram anonymously, here are some excellent options to try:  

  • Dumpor: Efficient web-based Instagram viewer 
  • Instagrab: High-quality Instagram downloads 
  • Instalooker: Ideal for viewing private Instagram accounts 

However, most Instagram viewer websites don’t include checking Instagram stories. And I won’t let you miss them because you don’t have an account. Stay with me in the next section to view Instagram stories discreetly.

How to view Instagram stories without an account 

With the InstaStoriesViewer tool, you can view and download the Instagram stories of any user without an account for free on any device. 

  1. Visit InstaStories Viewer’s official website
  2. Fill in the username in the search bar.
    You can use three formats: username, @username, and 
  3. Press Enter.
  4. The smart bot takes you to the desired profile to see their Stories and Publications.
    Open the website, enter username in search bar, tap on the profile picture to see stories 

Other alternative Instagram story viewer apps you can try are: 

I hope by now you can view Instagram stories and reels without creating or logging into your account without any hassle. So, let’s explore some essential Instagram titbits that you must know.  

What can you do on Instagram without an account? 

Here is a list of all the good things you can do on Instagram without an account. Check them quickly: 

  • View Instagram user profiles: The portal allows viewing a user’s profile feed. However, you can only scroll and view up to 30 posts in the said situation.   
  • See images and videos: Viewing an image or video is possible on Instagram even without an account.   
  • Bio links: You can visit the links in the profile bio.  
  • View comments: The app allows you to read comments left by registered Instagram users.   
  • Anonymous browsing: No login means your surfing won’t be traced.   

Limitations of using Instagram without an account 

Instagram is a treasure trove of entertainment, information, and opportunities. If you don’t have an account on this photo-sharing app, you are missing a lot of fun. Here’s a snapshot of everything you cannot do on Instagram without an official account:

  • You cannot post pictures, record reels, or add stories.  
  • The app restricts you from accessing any user’s posts, reels, and stories with a private account.
  • No Instagram account means you cannot send friend requests or direct messages to friends, family, pages, or any random Instagram user.   
  • Without an account, you cannot save posts of other users or create highlights of your stories.  
  • You cannot add comments on other users’ Instagram posts. 
Can I view private Instagram profiles without an account? 

Yes, you can view private Instagram profiles without an account using third-party private Instagram viewers.  

Can I view Instagram comments without an account? 

Yes, you can read the comments of registered Instagram users without an account.  

Wrapping up…

Instagram is not only for the registered users. You can ditch the whole account signup process and still view posts on Instagram. I hope this article helped you do that quickly. Do let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • Srishti Pandey

    For over five years, Srishti has been exploring the tech space with her writing glasses long forgotten on her head. As an Android user for years, she likes fiddling with the features and experimenting like a curious child. Thanks to her Master’s degree in English Literature, she is pretty good at weaving words that decode complex tech jargon and present it in a language that is easy to understand and put-to-good-use. With her keen interest in digging out the most sorted gadgets and apps, she saves her readers a few extra hours of not-so-fruitful Internet surfing.

  • Ava Biswas

    With over three years of prolific content creation in the Android and Windows niches, Ava stands as an accomplished tech content editor. Her ability to break down technical concepts into reader-friendly content has established her as a go-to authority for consumer tech. She cultivated her expertise during her tenure at iGeeksBlog and TechBurner. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Applications, she has a solid foundation for comprehending and simplifying complex technological topics. So, Ava is dedicated to bridging the gap between complex tech jargon and everyday readers, ensuring technology is accessible and enjoyable for all.

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