How to find out who owns an Instagram account?
Written by: Hrishikesh Pardeshi, Founder at Flexiple, buildd & Remote Tools.
Last updated: Jan 19, 2023
Instagram has around a billion users, just halfway to what Facebook has. You'll always find someone who says that they don't have an Instagram profile. In most cases, they have made a fake Instagram account to consume the content without being themselves.
It's not that this happens only on Instagram, it happens on all other social media websites as well.
This post is for you if you're looking to trace fake accounts on Instagram or want to find the account owner of the Instagram profile in question.
Before we share how to find out fake accounts on Instagram, you should know how to spot one.
TLDR & Summary
If you want to trace a fake profile on Instagram or want to find the owner of an Instagram account, we have compiled a bunch of steps to help you with that. Before you find the owner of the Instagram profile, you should know how to spot fake profiles on Instagram.
Here are the ways to find who owns an Instagram account for quick access:
- Ask them directly
- Analyze their profile
- Use the people search engine
- Reverse image search
- Check on other social media platforms
Table of Contents
Possible ways to determine a fake profile on Instagram
- No admin details in the bio
- Following exponentially more than followers
- No photos of the person. If the profile has followers in thousands and very few posts, it's unlikely to happen. Unless the person is well known prefers to be inactive on Instagram
- Little to no engagement on their posts
How to find the location of any Instagram account
Use location tracking URLs to find out their location. However, that location may not be their primary location. They can be anywhere in the world.
bitly is a link-tracking tool that shares helpful information related to the link. Information like the location of the user who clicked on the link is what's required for this post.
All you have to do is shorten any URL and send it as DM to the person directly. Once you send it, wait for the person to click the link.
On the bitly dashboard, you will see the geographical data of the account you're tracking. Make sure, you don't share the link with others. Also, you should also not open the short URL. You won't be able to know which record is yours, especially if they're in the same location as yours.
Find out emails of fake Instagram accounts
You can find out the email address of the fake Instagram account. Use this wisely and don't use these methods & tools to spam someone.
Here are the steps to find emails of fake Instagram accounts:
- Use TexAu to scrape the email of any Instagram user. TexAu provides a 14-day free trial (no need to add a credit card)
- This method will work only if the Instagram user has added an email to their Instagram profile
- If it's actually a fake account, the Instagram user must've used a temporary email to bypass the login process or even a fake email account.
How to find out who owns an Instagram account?
We have compiled tried & tested ways to find out who owns an Instagram account. Let's explore those in detail
#1 Ask them directly
The best way to find out who owns an Instagram account is to directly ask. If the account is fake, they will not respond. Simply ignore or report if required.
#2 Analyze the profile
Most fake profiles will have some definite signs. Their profile picture will say it all. It will be too good to be true. Or it can be a generic profile picture that many Instagram accounts can have.
See their followers list to find out who are the people they follow. Followers & following will be almost the same. People who run fake accounts usually work on a follow-unfollow strategy. Numbers don't lie.
#3 Use the people search engine
People search engines like BeenVerified can help you find the people you're looking for.
Make sure you don't use such information for unethical reasons. Been Verified will ask you to give your consent in this regard.
#4 Reverse image search
Reverse image search can help you find the real Instagram profile of people you think are faking their identities. In this case, an Instagram username won't help, but if you have any images of them, you can add to Google's reverse image search.
#5 Check other social media accounts
If you can't find real Instagram profiles of people you think are fake, try to find their accounts on other social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat & LinkedIn. If they have a business account, there's a very high chance that they'd be active on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is very strict about names. LinkedIn doesn't allow psuedonames. Also, LinkedIn allows only one account & you can't create multiple accounts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you find out who owns an Instagram?
There's no direct way to find that. But you can either ask them directly. If the account is a fake account, they won't reply.
Can I trace a fake Instagram account?
You can't trace a fake profile as there are several third-party apps to create fake accounts. By the time you reach halfway to finding out who owns an Instagram account, they'll create new profiles.
If someone really wants to create a mess using a fake account, they won't reveal anything that's real, including the email.
How can I find out who runs an Instagram account for free?
If you want to find out who runs an Instagram account, either directly ask them via DM. If the account is fake, you won't get any reply. Or worse, DM won't be open for anyone to message.
How do you find out where an Instagram account was created?
You can't know exactly where the Instagram account was created, but if the account is a business or creator profile, Instagram lets you know the country from which the account is managed.
How do you find someone on Instagram without knowing their name?
Google's image search can help here. You should have at least one photo of them. Upload the photo from your desktop to find what Google has related to that photo. If you have their contact details, try to find them on other social platforms using their email account.
How can I find out if my boyfriend is on Instagram?
If he doesn't want to be found, he wouldn't be using his real name. Try searching using his pictures on Google images. Tap the camera icon in the search bar to upload the image. We wish you don't get disappointed!
How do you find the phone number behind an Instagram account?
You can't find the phone number of any Instagram account unless it's a business account and opted to show the number of their Instagram profile.
However, you can sync your contacts with Instagram. You will see all the profiles that are in your contact list.
How do you find out the email behind an Instagram account?
Use TexAu to find the email of any Instagram profile. If you don't have to do it for several profiles & forever, this can be very useful.
How do you find the owner of a fake Instagram account?
There's no direct way to find that. You can only guess & make assumptions. Find who engages with the posts, and if they have other profiles (highly possible) they'd like from that profile. That's your first hint.