Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms for posting photos, videos, and stories. With billions of users all around the world, it’s possible to find just about anyone on the application.
But if you’re looking for someone’s account, it can be a little more difficult, especially if they’re not part of your mutual accounts. So, before anything else, you’ll have to make sure that you know their Instagram handle and that the account is actually the right one.
Once you’re certain, take a look at whether the account is public or private. Either way, here are some of the main steps you can take to stalk someone without getting busted.
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Use A Separate Application
People who are active on social media are more likely to check their social media activity, such as viewers, likers, followers, and more. Hence, if the person you’re stalking is someone who’s very active on social media, you should be more careful. The simplest approach to stalking someone is to use a separate or third-party Insta stalker application.
It would be disastrous if they found out, particularly if you and the person you’re stalking had a falling out or went through a terrible relationship. By using this fantastic tool, you can view their stories anonymously.
Make A Sock Account
The next thing you can do is to make a sock account or a fake Instagram. Or, as some refer to it these days, a ‘finsta’ account. When doing this, it’s important to make it look like a real account.
Therefore, you should consider putting some photos in your sock account. Don’t forget to update it regularly so that it will look less like a fake account. If you want to follow a private account with your ‘finsta’, you might end up getting blocked if your account looks suspicious.
Meanwhile, once you have access to the account you want to stalk, you can now access anything they post. However, you’ll still want to be extra careful so you don’t look like a creepy stalker.
Here are some of the things you should consider while stalking:
Make It Look Legit
Again, if you have an account that has one post or that never posts, it’ll look like a fake account. Avoid using a fresh account to stalk a profile, especially if the person you’re stalking diligently checks on the people who are sending them a follower request.
Furthermore, manage the account regularly, to make it look like an active and legitimate account.
Be Careful When Scrolling
When you finally get access to the account, remain calm and be careful, especially when scrolling. This is because you might end up liking a post from a long time ago. And this is going to look awkward and make you look like an obvious stalker.
Avoid Watching Their Stories Immediately
Avoid watching all their stories immediately every single day, because it’ll look like you have your notifications on for all their posts. And this is fine if they’re an influencer or a celebrity. But if they’re just regular people, it’ll be weird to see that you’re always the first person to view their stories.
On the other hand, if you’re going to watch their stories, you should watch them right before they disappear so they don’t find out.
Wait For The Highlights
Don’t watch their stories anymore if you notice that they always put their old stories in their highlights. Just wait for the highlights. Anyway, if you don’t follow them, they won’t know whether you’re a viewer or not.
Ask Someone Else To Stalk For You
The next thing you can do is ask one of your friends to do it for you. For instance, if your friend is already following the account, you can simply ask them for updates from time to time. But it’s important to make sure that your friend won’t tell on you.
At the same time, it’s better to not expect your friend to spend as much time and energy stalking, unless they’re also invested in stalking that person.
Stalking Using A Personal Account
If it’s public, it’s possible to use your personal account, but there are limitations to this. You can view existing image posts, video content, and their highlights, and they won’t know about it.
However, you can’t use your personal account to view their stories because they might spot your profile. This is why, as much as possible, it’s better to avoid stalking someone’s Instagram profile with your personal account.
Stalking on Instagram is doable and quite easy, especially with stalking apps becoming available. But there are also other options, like making a sock account or asking your friends to do it for you. However, when stalking, it’s important to know your limit and avoid doing anything harmful to yourself or to others.
Tom Fogden is a writer for Itseriestech with a range of experience in the world of tech publishing. Tom covers everything from cybersecurity, to social media and website builders when he’s not reviewing the latest phones, gadgets, or occasionally even technology books.