Finding someone on Instagram via their phone number is so simple and easy. So if you don’t know how to do that, or if you have any problems finding the people who have Instagram and you have their number in your contact list, this article is for you.

How to find someone on Instagram?

First, let me talk about some different ways you can try and find people who use Instagram. The easiest way is to look for the person’s name in the search bar. Of course, this doesn’t always work, since you may not be spelling their names correctly, or they may use something different than their real names. So this is not enough.

Sometimes Instagram may suggest to you the people who you might know. However, in most cases, this doesn’t happen.

Another easy way to find someone on Instagram is to connect your Facebook account through your Instagram. Since both of these social media are owned by the same person, you can use either of them to find your friends.

So if you have already synchronized one of these apps with the other, you will receive suggestions of your friends’ accounts that you can simply follow.

Another way that you can find someone is through hashtags. Usually, by hashtags, you may be able to find famous stuff or people on Instagram, but not probably the people or friends that you know.

How to find someone on Instagram by phone number?

To find someone on Instagram by phone number you should use a reverse number lookup tool, which shows the social profiles by phone numbers. The second way is to sync your contacts to Instagram app.

Instagram used to send a notification when a contact number join telegram, and you could easily find people by their number. This however has changed and it has become trickier in the app.

Before I explain how to find someone on Instagram by their phone number, keep in mind that this method works only if the person that you are trying to find on Instagram, has already added their phone number to their Instagram account.

Also, know that many articles explain how you can do this, but unfortunately, most of the methods they show are either old or simply Do Not Work. Here I’m simply going to show you what to do and what really happens afterward.

 Bear in mind that old methods do not work on the latest version of Instagram. I’m assuming that you are using a new version of Instagram.

Method 1: Use reverse number look up

Here I would introduce a reverse number look up, which I have checked before. Please note that this tool can show you some basic info, and if you want to see the social profile you should pay a few dollars. There is no real free reverse number look up tool on the Internet. is an online tool to find Instagram account by number. However, it does show you some of the basic information for free, if you want to get a complete record and details, you need to pay a few dollar for it. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to on your phone or laptop
  2. Click on “Phone
  3. Enter the phone number
  4. Click “Search
  5. Click “Social Profiles
  6. Download the report
find instagram by number
find someone on Instagram by number
find Instagram by number

The second tool is which is again a reverse number lookup tools. However, none of these kind of tools mentioned that they show Instagram account, or they guarantee to do so. They just look for the number and gather all the information connected to that number including social profiles, pictures, relationships, addresses, etc.

find someone on Instagram by number
Find Instagram by number using reverse number lookup

Method 2: Connect your Instagram to your contacts numbers

The above mentioned tools are free, if you just want to see the name of the person. However, if you really want to find a person’s Instagram using their phone number for free, you should connect your Instagram to your contacts. Make sure you have saved that person’s number in your phone. follow the steps below:

How to Connect Instagram to your contact numbers

Step by step, follow the following guidance.

  1. Open your Instagram app
  2. Tap your profile picture (go to your profile)
  3. Tap three-lined (three-dots) icon on top right
  4. Scroll down to find “Settings”.
  5. Tap Follow and invite friends
  6. Tap “Follow contacts”.
  7. After you’ve done that, a new window like what you see in the photo will pop up. Tap on “Allow access”.
find someone on Instagram by syncing contacts
find someone on Instagram by syncing contacts

Here the app asks for your allowance. According to many available articles and sources here you will see a list or something that will show you the people who you know instantly. However, this is not true in 2022!

A couple of years back yes, but not now! According to Instagram, the app will recommend your contact list that has an Instagram account. In some cases, this doesn’t necessarily mean you will see your contact list right away. You will get recommendations on your device or in your feed from Instagram later on.

What happens afterward is that your Instagram account will connect to your contact list. If your contact list has an Instagram account and if they have done what you’ve just done, then you will be able to find them or they will be able to find you. Also, the app will show you many more suggestions aside from your contact lists. It seems that suggestions are based on what you may be interested in or simply they are your followers’ friends and stuff like that.

How to disconnect contact?

You have enabled a feature to be able to find an Instagram account or someone you know. How about disabling this. Is it possible to do so? Yes absolutely. For whatever reasons you may want to disable this feature or disconnect contact so that no one can find you by your phone number.

Here I’m going to show you how to do so.

  • Go to the hamburger icon in your app. It’s like the previous section.
  • Click on “Settings”
  • Look for “Account”.
  • Scroll down to where it says “Contact syncing” and tap it.
  • Now tap on the blue section.

Conclusion: There are a few different methods that you can use to find an account on Instagram. As you have already read this article, finding someone by their phone number is only one way. I hope that you have found something useful in this article and have already found the people you were trying to find.

Also, know that if you have not been able to find someone by their phone number it doesn’t mean you are not applying correctly what you have taught here. Maybe the person does not have an Instagram account.

Maybe they had an account, but now they have deleted or deactivated it. It could be anything, they may have an account, but they have not added their number or the number that you have in your contact list to their account. So there could be a bunch of reasons for this.


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