Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t provide a native feature that directly shows you who views your profiles or content when you feel someone is stalking your Instagram. Even a business account can’t give you names, but only how many people viewed your profile. But there are round ways to figure it out.
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Step 1. Find stalker accounts
There are three methods to help you find out who’s stalking your Instagram. I believe everyone has a unique situation, so these methods may not work for everyone. However, I hope they can give you a clue on how to deal with harassment.
1. Check your direct messages and look at your followers
Some stalkers send you direct messages to harass you. Usually, they use a fake phone number or fake email address to register an Instagram account and stalk you. Block this account helps a little because they have another account to spy on you.
At this time, you need to look at your followers, and remove people you don’t recognize or you don’t normally interact with. This step aims to narrow down the suspect’s list.
After removing people you don’t know, upload a new post and limit it to only followers. if the stalker knows your latest Instagram post, the stalker is most likely someone you know.
2. Check your suggested users’ list & people you may know
Another way to tell is if you start seeing the same person show up in your ‘ suggested users’ list or in the ‘ people you may know’ section on Instagram. That means that Instagram’s algorithms have noticed that this person is interacting with you a lot and thinks they might be a good person for you to follow.
3. Check who views your Instagram Stories
Since Meta doesn’t share visitor data, there are no official ways to get an accurate public log of who visits your profile. But a workaround is to see who views your Stories on Instagram.
As long as your account is not private, you can see who viewed your story, Instagram Stories is the only way to know who’s watching, and the stalker may be listed on it. A stalker may not necessarily follow your Instagram account, but they need to click your profile picture to see your profile and they may accidentally check your story and leave a footprint.
Simply upload an Instagram story, wait a few hours, and then check the folks who saw your story to find out who’s stalking you.
- Choose one of your Instagram stories
- Swipe it up.
- Check the username to find out who viewed this Instagram story.
Step 2. How to catch a stalker
When you find suspicious viewers, the next step is to find out who owns this account. I recommend using people search tools to uncover the owner.
The reason is clear. Usually, it’s hard to find information from a potentially suspicious stalker account, and it could take you a lot of time to investigate by yourself. While a people search tool cannot guarantee absolute accuracy, it can offer valuable clues, and, most importantly, save you time.
Contact information and addresses
No username search
Search over 120+ social sites
Free basic results (location, age, and relatives, etc)
Not available on iOS
$0.95 for each separate report
$19.95/mo for unlimited searches
Diverse search options, with image search included
Best online dating investigation service
Results somewhat inaccurate
Founded in 2007, BeenVerified is one of the best-known people search websites online. Its reverse username search helps you identify the real person behind an Instagram profile. BeenVerified aims to help people easily access public records to protect themselves against catfishing and other common scams.
1) Go to the BeenVerified username search page, enter an Instagram username, and click Search.
2) Wait patiently when BeenVerified scans for the matching owner. After the search completes, you may see who’s the account owner, and unlock the person’s details including name, phone number, email address, and photos when available.
You can see Spokeo’s ads in series, shows, and other media. It is the most well-known people search service in the United States. Spokeo searches over 120+ social sites which obviously has a wider search range, and it also provides basic information including the account owner’s real name, possible phone number, and more.
Unlike other people search tools, Social Catfish lets you search with an image. As a professional online dating investigative service, it combines advanced facial recognition with detailed background checks. You just upload a picture, and it will identify the person and track what websites he/she has a profile on.
1) Visit the Social Catfish search page. Upload an image and click Search.
2) It may take a few seconds to complete the search. Once done, unlock the full report and get the useful information you need.
How to protect your privacy on Instagram
When using any social media site, it’s important to think about your privacy and make sure your personal information is safe, especially when you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
If you are being stalked on Instagram, it’s important to report it to the platform so they can take action against the person who is doing it. You can also block the person who is stalking you, which will prevent them from being able to see your photos or interact with you in any way.
- For your password, use a combination of at least six letters, numbers, symbols and punctuation marks.
- Make sure your email account is safe and secure.
- Every time you use a computer or phone that you share with other people, log out of your Instagram account.
- Be careful about using any third-party apps (such as Insta-collage), as these may not be secure.
- Never give your password to anyone else.
- Not to share your location. Especially when you’re at home, work or school.
Dealing with unwanted messages
Sometimes you might receive message requests from people you don’t know on Instagram. You don’t have to accept a message request from anyone you don’t want to, you can simply delete them.
If someone is sending you sexual messages, you can report them to Instagram.