When an Instagram user has their account set to private, you won’t be able to see any posts published by this account. It is possible though to see comments made by this account under posts published by another public account. However, it can be challenging to find those comments.
Here are some tips:
- Google the user’s Instagram name and enclose the name in quotation marks. This search will typically return a number of hits from third-party Instagram posts viewer sites that take photos from Instagram and publish them on their sites. These hits might list the user you’re interested in as a follower of another user or even show comments they made under another user’s pictures. Make sure to also look at the images this search returns, as those often include pictures the user commented on. Next, go back to Instagram and search those other users you identified. Scroll through comments on their photos to identify comments made by the user you’re interested in.
- Identity friends, partners, or family members of the user you’re interested in and search their Instagram accounts, if public, for comments by the user you’re interested in. Also check if the person you’re interested in has public accounts on other social media platforms that can help you identify more of their associates.
- Once you’ve identified a comment made by the user you’re interested in under a post published by another account, make sure to look through other photos on that account. Chances are the person you’re interested in commented on more than one photo! If you identify any photos the person you’re interested in is tagged in, also go through the accounts of other people tagged in the same photo.