How to find an Instagram account by phone number

Julia Moore
It's possible to find people on Instagram by their phone number. But the search will be successful only if the person’s account is connected with the number. In case if you want to look up for someone this way, be ready to sync your page with the list of your contacts. So, your page can be found in the same way. You can remove or hide your number on Instagram. Do you wonder how? Read this article to get the answer.
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Guide how to find someone on Instagram by phone number

Just a few steps to search for an IG user by their phone number.

  • Add someone's phone number to your Contacts.
  • Open Instagram and tap three menu bar in the top right corner. Find Settings.
  • Choose Account.
  • Tap Contacts syncing.
  • Next to the Connect contacts item, move the slider to the right. Instagram will sync all the phone numbers and make a search through its database.
  • Restart Instagram and go to the Settings one more time. Choose Discover people.
  • You can see the list of Instagram accounts who linked their pages to the phone numbers that you have in your phone contacts.

When search for an Instagram account by phone number is impossible

If you search for an Instagram account by phone number, but can't find the user you need, there can be the following reasons:

  • A person didn't connect an Instagram account to a mobile number.
  • The account is connected to another phone number that you don't know.
  • It's challenging to understand which of your friends has a fake page or profile without an  avatar.

How to find out someone's fake and real Instagram account with their phone number

It's not always easy to find the Instagram real page. But sometimes fake pages are connected to a familiar phone number. So, you still can try to look up someone's account this way. 

You need to sync your Contacts with the Instagram account before you search. 

  • Look through the accounts in your contacts list on Instagram. Write out or take screenshots of the account usernames that are unknown to you.
  • Leave the app.
  • Delete the phone number of that person whose account you want to find out on Instagram.
  • Log in to your IG account and sync Contacts again.
  • Scroll through the list of contacts and try to find if any Instagram profile has disappeared from your list. If it disappeared, congratulations! You've found the right account. 

Nothing has changed? Then it's impossible to find the person on Instagram by their phone number. Maybe, the user didn't specify the number when registering, uses another one, or didn't register at all on Instagram.

How to remove or hide your phone number from Instagram?

Don't want someone to find your account on Instagram by the phone number? The platform doesn't provide users with the removing feature, so you can't delete it. 

If you don't want users to find you on IG by phone number, follow the recommendations:

  • Don't connect your Instagram account to your phone number. If your account is blocked, or you forget your password, then recovery may be possible by email.
  • Connect your Instagram account to a virtual number. We don't recommend it. It's easy to lose access to the virtual number.
  • Link your IG account to a new number that no one from your friends knows and don't use it anywhere else. And you don't need this SIM card to be in your phone. Use it only once when you sync your page with a phone number. Keep it in a safe place. Remember! If you don't use this phone number at all, it will be disconnected after some time. Ask your mobile operator what you need to do to keep it alive.

We recommend using this method to hide your real phone number, which you give your friends, online stores, etc. Thus, you'll keep your anonymity, and you won't lose access to your Instagram account.

If you notice that someone is stalking you on Instagram, we advise you to read this article to find the answers to how to see who views your Instagram profile.

Did you manage to find an account by mobile number on Instagram? Do you want to take back your list of contacts from Instagram? After the search, you can turn the sync off.

  1. Open Instagram and go to Account.
  2. Find Sync Contacts.
  3. Next to the Connect contacts item, move the slider to the left.

Let’s recap

You can find someone on Instagram in two clicks. But at the same time, you give such personal information as your phone number. Even if you connected a mobile number, which no one knows, you still share with Instagram who your friends are. Moreover, you can find someone's profile not only by his/her phone number, but also using hashtags, location, photos, etc. Read more about it in our article.

Which ways do you know how to find someone on Instagram?