How to find out who owns an Instagram account – Quick Guide

Instagram is a social media platform which allows users to register more than one account.

While many social media platforms merely turn a blind eye to this sort of thing, Instagram actually encourages this. And actually, it even allows users to have more than one account registered to the same email address or mobile phone number.

In this article, we are going to look at how you can find out who owns an Instagram account, using methods directly on Instagram and elsewhere. Let’s get into it.

Finding out who owns an Instagram account – Is it possible?

With the option of multiple accounts being taken up by millions of people across the world, it would seem on the face of it that it’s impossible to know who owns what Instagram account, particularly if the ‘personal information’ on the account is anonymous.

The answer to this question isn’t entirely clear cut. Sure, it’s possible to find out who owns an Instagram account – but actually securing this information is either going to require the user in question to help you out or for you to stump up some cash.

Regardless, we are going to provide you with the best options available for finding out this information.

The quickest and potentially most straightforward way of finding out who owns an Instagram account is to simply ask them.

Instagram allows users to direct message each other, regardless of whether you are following each other or not, so slide into their DMs and ask them who it is behind the account.

Of course, if someone is being deliberately ambiguous with their profile information then it is unlikely that they are going to just straight up tell you who they are.

However, it is certainly worth a go because it can save you the pain of investigative work if, on the off chance, they are happy to reveal all.

To direct message someone on Instagram, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Instagram account via the mobile phone app.
  2. Use the search bar to locate the account that you wish to direct message.
  3. If you follow each other, then there should be a big grey button at the top of their profile that says ‘message’. Select this button and send your message.
  4. If you don’t follow each other but their account is unlocked then a message button should also appear, albeit a little bit smaller.
  5. If you don’t follow each other and their account is locked, then you will need to select the here dotted icon on the top right of their profile and select ‘send message’.

This is the easiest way to find the account owner of any Instagram accounts that you come across. Though, there are potentially other social media websites you can use to help you with this.

Use a third party platform

If direct messaging the account doesn’t work then it’s time to do a bit of digging yourself. One of the most popular ways of figuring out who owns an Instagram account is to actually go away from Instagram and use a third party site to do the digging for you.

There are many out there, and sadly any that advertise themselves as free won’t work so you are going to have to pay to get the results you’re after. If you’re happy to do that then the two that we would recommend are Spokeo and BeenVerified.

Both have the potential to get the job done and are easy to use. BeenVerified has even been used on television show, Catfish, to help locate real users behind fake social media accounts.

Use reverse image search

One way you can potentially find who is behind an Insta account is by performing a reverse image search on their images. If the owner is using genuine pictures, there’s a good chance they’ve shared these images elsewhere on the set – perhaps somewhere where they’ve left their name.

It can be best to do this with the profile picture, as this is often used across all of their other social media platforms too. You can easily perform a reverse image search by using the “Search Google for This Image” option on both Android and iOS devices.

Do a dummy login

If you don’t want to pay for either of those services then there is one more thing that you can try on Instagram itself.

This method will only have success if you suspect that the person behind the anonymous/fake Instagram account is someone that you know in real life.

What this method involves is you logging out of your Instagram account and “trying” to log in to the anonymous/fake account.

When you attempt to login and get the password wrong, you will be prompted to reset the password. In order to reset the password you will be required to send a code either to the email address or mobile phone number that they signed up with.

The email address/phone number, or part of it at least, will appear on this prompt page. If you recognise the email address or number then you will be able to figure out who it is.

If it’s a phone number they registered with then you can even tap these digits into your phone to see if it matches with anyone in your contacts list.

If you don’t recognise this email/phone info, then you can at least use this information to aid your search away from Instagram.


To conclude, finding out who owns a specific Instagram account can be a tricky nut to crack, and impossible at times if you don’t want to pay for an external service.

Having said that, you can sometimes figure it out by doing a little bit of investigative work yourself, much like finding out how to hide Instagram posts. Either way, we hope that the advice provided within this article will help you figure it out.

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Andy is a Professional Content Editor with expertise in a whole host of areas (or so he tells us anyway). His main interests are sports, tv/film and social media. He has reviewed over 100 apps so far for Apps UK.

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