How to find people on Instagram

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Over a billion people use Instagram every month. IG stories are another social phenomenon, attracting over 500 million people to share their experiences every day. With such a massive following, chances are you’ll find plenty of your friends on the platform.

As a social media platform, Instagram is all about following other profiles, so you can stay up to date on what they’re up to. Thanks to the clean and simple interface, it’s a pretty easy thing to do.

Add people you know

When creating an Instagram profile, people often don’t use their real name. Instead, they opt for a witty nickname or pseudonym that they feel connected to. This means that many times you won’t be able to find a person by their real name. Instead, you will need to know their Instagram username to start following them.

Since Facebook owns Instagram, IG makes it easy for you to add your Facebook contacts. Assuming you already have your Instagram and Facebook profiles and have Instagram installed on your smartphone, follow the next few steps.

  1. Open the Instagram app on your smartphone.
  2. On the app’s home page, tap the “Profile” icon in the bottom menu. It’s the far-right icon in the shape of a person.
  3. Tap the menu icon in the top right corner.
  4. Tap “Settings”.
  5. Tap “Account”.
  6. Tap “Linked Accounts”.
  7. Tap “Facebook”.
  8. Enter your Facebook login information and press “Login”.

This will now connect the two apps and you can see the list of your Facebook contacts in the “Discover People” section.

It should be mentioned that in addition to Facebook, there are other applications that you can also connect to Instagram, such as Twitter, Tumblr, Ameba and


Discover other people

With your Facebook account connected to Instagram, it’s time to discover other people.

  1. On the app’s home page, tap the “Profile” icon in the bottom menu.
  2. Tap the menu icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap “Discover people”.

This page lets you see other people you’re not currently following on Instagram. These can be people who are currently following your profile, as well as recommendations provided by Instagram’s algorithm. Here you can also find your contacts that IG imported from Facebook.

To start following someone, tap the “Follow” button next to their name, and that’s it. Their posts and stories will now start appearing in your Instagram feed. To access your feed, tap the “Home” icon in the bottom menu. It’s the first icon on the left, represented as a house.

How to find people

Find people on Instagram

If you know the person’s Instagram username, just search to add them to your feed.

  1. Tap the magnifying glass icon in the bottom menu.
  2. At the top of the screen, you will see the “Search” field.
  3. Type in their username and you will see their profile picture in the list below.
  4. Tap their entry in the list.
  5. Once their profile page opens, tap the “Follow” button, and that’s it.

If you want to discover other amazing people and their content, you can browse many new articles available in the search menu. Based on your personal preferences and the people you follow, this page will populate accordingly, with the aim of suggesting content you might find worth following.

A percentage of accounts, especially those that aren’t celebrities and businesses, also feature the user’s real name. You can find them by typing the person’s real name in the search box.

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Thanks to their constantly evolving algorithm, Instagram allows you to discover a lot of fantastic content. It also makes it easier to find people and connect with them.

Have you managed to find your friends on Instagram? Are there any great Instagram profiles you’d like to recommend? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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