How to Spy On Someone’s Instagram Messages without them realizing

Have you ever stopped to consider the possibilities of anonymously spying on someone’s Instagram DMs? Sure, it sounds crazy, but the even crazier thing is that it is possible. Through the article, I want to show you the best methods for tracking Instagram messages and other service communications.

How to spy on Instagram account

Hi everyone! It is your dear friend Frankie again. I want to take some time today and show you more about the increasingly popular Instagram app.

With roughly 119 million users as of 2020, many worry about just how safe this service is.

There have been countless claims over the years with articles and publications stating that you can ‘track someone’s Instagram DMs without letting them know’ or just that Instagram messages can be hacked.

With the addictive draw of social media applications, as well as their complexities and entertainment value, more people than ever are using these communication avenues.

The dangers and risks are real with the ease of use, marketing, and wide access.

Parents have become naturally concerned with what their children might be doing on the app and what they could be doing differently to be more proactive in keeping them safe.

There is no mistaking the possibilities of predators and other hazards. If you are a parent, you want to keep tabs on activities and conversations as much as possible.

Any parent would likely see the predatory threats alone as reason to flip through messages sent and received on Instagram.

I do not claim to be a mind reader, but I will say that there are multiple well-meaning reasons why you might track someone’s Instagram DM without letting them know. Among the most popular of these is:

I have created a very simple and easy solution. This magic solution I devised renders you invisible to suspicious eyes and grants you access to messages you so badly want to read.

Before we go any further I wish to divulge that I do not support the acquisition or use of this information for criminal actions.

There is no getting around the legal red tape of stealing someone’s personal information. If it happened to you, it could result in financial hardships and stress.

Frankie’s Take:

Soon you will see the ways that spying on Instagram is possible. I will introduce you to some spy apps that really work and some of the techniques that cyber criminals have used. I will be happy to then share some tips and tricks you might want to know to keep your account safe from this same type of intrusion. Enjoy the read!

3 Ways to Spy on Someone’s Instagram (Premium and Free) without Their Knowledge

If you are security conscious with a strong password, your Instagram account is relatively secure.

So, secure means non-hackable right?

I would be lying to you to tell you that there was no way to break through these barriers and get the information a person might want.

Need to know how it is done? Here is your chance. You can:

  • Use a spy app for Instagram
  • Reset the account’s password
  • Use a phishing page to obtain credentials

Whichever of these tricks you might choose, you do not need to be an IT specialist to achieve the goal.

No matter what device and operating system you prefer, you can quickly learn how to hack someone’s Instagram account and password information.

Chomping at the bit to learn how? Keep reading below!

1. Stealing Saved Browser Passwords

Spy on Instagram Stealing Saved Browser Passwords

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to spy on Instagram messages is by stealing passwords someone saves in their browser.

This is a completely free approach that requires no IT skills to achieve. You will only need to know the login information (email address or mobile number) linked to their Instagram account.

Let me take you through the steps of hacking messages and getting the password fast to get the information you seek.

This guide is also going to give you some tips for reading these messages discreetly rather than under the pressures of a time limit.

Seem like something you might be interested in?

As I always say, don’t let your past failures keep you from your success.

Step one – get the target phone. Sounds easy enough, right?

Here is what you are going to do:

Step 1: With the phone in hand, open up Instagram to their login page.

Step 2: Next, click that you ‘Forgotten your Password’

forgotten your password on Instagram

Step 3: You will be prompted to enter the email, phone number, or username associated with the account. You might also use the ‘Log in with Facebook’ option on an Android.

Step 4: Go to the email of the user and reset the password.

Great job! You’ve completed the hack. Login with the new information and read the messages you wish.

You should be aware that this is not fully successful, though.

Are there limitations to this method?

There are a couple of distinct limitations.

Limit 1: Hacking someone’s profile is not an extensive solution. Once the target cannot access their account anymore, they will reset their password again.

Limit 2: Two-factor authentication is another obstacle about this technique. When 2FA kicks an email to the victim of the hack about a suspicious login attempt or the changes to the account, the profile will get secured again.


✅ You do not need an app

✅ It is free to do

✅ Simple and easy to achieve

❌ You cannot do this without access to the phone

❌ You need to know personal information like the email and Facebook account

❌ Cannot happen without physical and uninterrupted access to the phone


Frankie’s Take:

There is no way you can spy on someone’s Instagram using this method if you cannot access their phone.

2. mSpy Instagram Tracker

spy on Instagram using mSpy

Hence the gram is one of the best environments for children and adults to share their life with others online. Unfortunately, this makes them fall victim to predators more easily. They befriend them on the service and lure them to meet up.

I have a pretty good solution to monitoring this Instagram account for your children.

I found the mSpy Instagram tracker easy to use for reading messages on your child’s profile secretly. It is easy to install and very user friendly, it can be done remotely without needing the target phone in hand.

Here is what you can expect to track with the app:

  • Read messages the target wants to keep hidden
  • Check content posted to the site including GIFs, memes, photos, and stories.
  • See who is following the user.
  • See who they are following.
  • Read and review comments and likes to posts shared.
  • See any pictures that have the target tagged in them.
  • and much more…
Note: mSpy allows you to monitor more than just Instagram – you can also review activity on Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat and more.

Isn’t it crazy to think just how easy it all is? Even more, the service works with either Android or iPhone users.

There is a substantial amount of information you can monitor with mSpy

Not only is this an ideal service for concerned parents, but possibly even businesses looking to learn a little more about what the competition might be doing/planning. It is revered as the best Instagram spy app to bring out the colors of everyone’s intentions.

How does mSpy work when monitoring Instagram?

Let me begin by talking about installation – which only takes a few minutes and requires no technical savviness to complete. Should you experience issues installing though, there is a free 24/7 support line. This is available in multiple languages. You can also pay a fee for a premium service known as mAssistance (roughly $30) that guides you through the full installation process step by step on the phone.

Ok – back to what we were talking about though.

Here is what you need to know about getting the app to work:

  1. Start by purchasing a package from the mSpy official page
  2. Install the application on the device you need to track
  3. Look to your dashboard for incoming activity updates
mSpy Dashboard Instagram
mSpy Dashboard
Tip: If you want to learn more about this installation, I have written a rather comprehensive guide on the subject with small steps, images, and descriptions. By reading it you can also find a discount voucher for the service as a thank you for the readers of this blog.

With the program installed and ready to use, now you just get to sit back and read the information as it comes. You have access to comments, DMs, visited profiles, search histories, and SMS right at your dashboard.


Try Out mSpy For Free by logging into the FREE demo: CLICK HERE for more information.

The app is completely invisible on the target phone, so there will never be icons or images that indicate that the victim’s phone has been altered in any way.

Another important feature about mSpy is the price. For all it does, the service is relatively affordable at roughly $40 a month. If you buy several months, the price drops considerably – an annual plan works out to be just about $9 a month – a substantial savings.

Are there limitations to this mSpy service?

I might suggest that the only limitation is that to get the full spectrum of features to read DMs and similar functions, the target iPhone needs to be jailbroken and Androids must be rooted.

Both actions free the phone of its restrictions from either Apple or Android. This process cracks the device to make them more accessible to spyware.


✅ Takes less than a minute to download

✅ This is a one-cost app that does not require a monthly charge

✅ Works on both Android and iOS devices

✅ You can monitor activity remotely

❌ Costly

❌ Have to install it physically to the target device

❌ Must jailbreak or root phones to use full functionality


Frankie’s Take:

You are unlikely to find a more efficient and effective spying system than the reliable software mSpy. You do not need to have IT skills to install and can be the ideal fit for all levels of espionage.

IMPORTANT: The use of mSpy software is for legal applications only. Spying on Instagram and other social media platforms could result in monetary and criminal penalties against the violator. You might even break local laws by installing surveillance software in any capacity. Often, you have to inform the owner of the device that you are installing an Instagram spy app or any trackers.

[Read more: How do I Track a Phone by GPS?]

3. Social Engineering Option

Spy on Instagram using phishing

You can use social engineering to spy on Instagram activities without being detected. This involves manipulating someone to give their credentials without realizing it.

One of the most popular versions of social engineering is phishing. You can find out a password relatively easily this way and then use it to log in to the profile.

This is one of the most common methods of stealing sensitive information like credit card numbers or other credentials deemed personal. Ultimately, this can be used to discover the activities of someone on Instagram, Facebook, iMessage, and more.

You should be aware that phishing is a cybercrime punishable by law. It is critical to act responsibly and without ill-intent when protecting your loved ones.

Many of these schemes begin with the creation of a fake Instagram login page that encourages the user to enter their account information. These credentials are sent to you directly.

Surprisingly enough, this tends to raise very little suspicion as it is common for social media platforms to require password changes and updated profile information.

I have already put together a full article about phishing, so take a second and read about it.

Does phishing have limitations?

The primary downside to this approach is that you must have decent computer skills and time to spare.


✅ Low chances of being caught

✅ It is free to implement

✅ You are invisible

✅ Information is available right away

❌ Accounts are not accessible if two-factor authentication is enabled

❌ People might be suspicious of URLs

❌ Phishing emails often end up in the spam folder

❌ You cannot remotely control information


Frankie’s Take:

While this method is free, it is very complicated to implement and find success. HTML coding and PHP language skill sets are critical, but you must also have a firm understanding of the internet as well. If you do not have someone that can do this for you with these skillsets, I would not recommend this approach.

FAQ for Spying on Instagram

No doubt you have learned a lot in this short period. You also likely have some questions regarding what’s best, costs, and more.

I have listed a few of the questions that I see the most below.

And here they are.

Is it illegal to spy on Instagram and read someone’s DMs?

There are many countries throughout the world, including the US, UK, and Canada, where spying on an Instagram account without the consent of the victim is a crime.

There is a bit of a gray area and exceptions here, though.

One of the allowances is when you have children that are minors. Parents are allowed to monitor the actions of a child’s Instagram account to keep them safe from predators on the internet. With sexting, pedophilia, and cyberbullying only getting worse, this is a solution many parents should consider.

Are any Instagram spy apps free?

Not to only give you the bad news, but there are no free methods of spying on Instagram that are safe or reliable. Instead, the only credible free method is the first option I mentioned about Stealing Saved Passwords on Browsers (Method 1).

Are there other programs besides mSpy that work for Instagram?

The short answer is yes – the main one being FlexiSpy (here’s an honest FlesiSPY review). You can follow this link for more about this service. You can also try Hoverwatch. These are a little more complicated to use and that is why they are not rated as highly or used as readily as mSpy is.

I have also found that there are ways that you can spy on Instagram remotely without necessarily using spy tools. An example might be Cerberus, which was created as an anti-theft solution, but can also be used as a spying application for social media profiles. The drawback is that you need to root the phone and will need access to their device for a long time to install the necessary components.

Likewise, you can look at apps in the stores like Story Saver for Instagram (Android) or Story Reposter (iOS) that let you view Instagram stories without detection.

If I only know the name of the account, is it possible to spy on it?

Unfortunately, no. You might find dozens of websites offering this, but they are absolutely scams. These sites will steal your money or personal information.

Is it possible to spy only Instagram activities?

Tracking the actions of a specific Instagram account means staying up to date with the changes like a story, photo, or comments posted on the service. What you need to do is follow the instructions that I have added below to keep tabs of this activity.

The first thing that you will need to do is activate notifications on the profile. This only takes a few seconds and it’s very simple to do.

First, go to the profile of the user that you wish to monitor. No matter what device you use, click on the “Already Following” tab and then on “Notifications”.

Using the conveniently displayed buttons, you should be able to activate ticks for posts and stories, which allows you to receive an alert every time something new is added.

Similarly, if you need to know what several different profiles are doing on Instagram simultaneously, you can just check the activities of the users you follow in a single section. Select the heart shaped button and access the Notifications available. After that, move to the Already Following section.

This area allows you to see what your friends have liked when they see other posts and their actions. For more about this, I have a detailed guide that I wrote that could help.

How to Protect Your Privacy and Stay Secure On Instagram

While Instagram is one of the best social media apps you can have on your phone, you shouldn’t forget that opportunistic people are lurking everywhere.

You have to protect yourself online just like you do when offline.

Being social animals though, we triumph and best enjoy life by sharing jokes, pictures, and much more. But, you cannot trust everyone because someone might be interested in reading your Instagram messages for devilish reasons.

But here’s the kicker, using these simple steps you can now stop someone from spying on your Instagram account?

1. Never give your phone to someone else

Now, if you are always granting easy access to your phone, your Instagram account has a higher chance of being hacked.

Most people will install spyware to monitor your online activities and read your messages once they have access to your gadget. Besides, they can change your password and use it to sign in using another gadget.

Always check privacy settings and pay special attention toLogins,” “Logouts,” “Stories Activities” and “Password Changes“.

2. Avoid Connecting to a Public Wi-Fi network as it puts you at risk

Using public Wi-Fi may sound like a good idea, and you might have used it at some point. Lucky for you, you know better, for public wi-fi may not be the most secure place to engage in various online activities.

Someone else can quickly pick up passwords and a lot of other private details. For truth be told, it takes a few tools to hack your Instagram account when you are on public Wi-Fi.

Ridiculous you may say, but hackers have been known to set up hotspots with which they tempt you with. Connect and boom, your data is a click away.

Does this then mean you should not use a public wi-fi? Well yes, but if you must adhere to this.

  • Use the two-factor authentication step
  • Avoid sharing or accepting files in public Wi-Fi
  • Mask your IP address
  • Learn to identify your genuine network

If you need more information about this, I recommend reading this article about the simple steps to protect yourself on public Wi-Fi.

3. Check your iPhone for Spyware

Sounds scary? Yes, but it is possible to have spyware in your phone.

Hackers have upped their game and are now opting to use spy software to access your smartphone, with the intention of stealing confidential details.

If you suspect someone is accessing your iPhone, try to figure out how they did it and eliminate this threat.

Proceed as explained below:

  1. Get an anti-spyware for your iPhone to scan and delete malware programs.
  2. Always keep your iOS updated as it fixes bugs and eliminates any spyware on your phone.
  3. Restore the device often to erase and get rid of different contents and data, which include spyware.

If you are curious, I have already put together a full article about the process of scanning your iPhone for spyware, and you can read about it here.

4. Create a Strong Password (and Remember It)

The most critical step is to create a strong password that you can always recall.

A well-curated password will keep you safe, but you must not reuse it on any social media page. You can have a patterned way of creating your password, but you can be confused as you sign up more and pages.

Luckily, you can use a password manager that will save the passwords for you. Alternatively, you can use the voice identity, add more symbols, or combine words that are easy for you to recall.

Avoid saving your password and if you must do so, hide the characters.

5. Activate two-factor authentications

Instagram may prompt you to add the two-factor authentications or 2FA. You are shielded by a strong password and second confirmation step before you can open the account.

This procedure enables you to confirm that you are the one trying to access the account. It can be a text to your cell phone number or email address.

Any attempts to log in will be stopped if you fail to verify the sign in. If you keep the secondary protection step with yourself, no one can access your Instagram account even if they have the password.

Activating your cell phone or email address for your account verification is an easy step, and it is accessible to everyone around the world.

6. Secure your phone’s lock screen

Most of the time, your Instagram is open on your phone. Persons who do not respect privacy can get access to the phone and log in to your account.

Since your mobile phone is private, you can create a screen lock that does not allow anyone to access your device.


This certainly feels like the end of a long journey, and I hope that I haven’t bored you with all the information that I’ve provided.

Before we officially say goodbye, I would like to give a quick recap of what I’ve explained during this article to ensure that you haven’t missed anything important.

In the first part of the guide, I showed you the three ways on how to see someone’s Instagram DMs (and not only) without Them Knowing. Let me quickly recap these:

  • Use of an Instagram spy app (I consider this to be the best option🥇)
  • Resetting the account’s password
  • Use of a phishing page

Finally, I showed you how to protect your privacy and stay secure on Instagram.

Apart from online hackers, if someone steals your phone, they can get passwords for your social media accounts.

But a secure screen lock that has a fingerprint, face recognition, or even a pin code will keep your phone contents safe. As long as you are the only one who can unlock the screen, your Instagram account will be safe.

Keep your loved ones safe by spying on their Instagram messages online invisibly and helping them know how to use the app safely.

Your Instagram account can get hacked at any time, but you can prevent it.

If you would like to increase your privacy level for your phone, I would suggest that you take a look at my guide on how you can remotely spy on someone’s phone and how to defend yourself from these situations.

If you have any questions or comments, you can feel free to use the form below. I will happily answer any of your questions as soon as I am able to.

Best of luck!

PS – I bet you could also like my guides on how to spy on a Facebook account and how to read someone else’s WhatsApp conversations and how to hack a Snapchat account.

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About Frankie Caruso

Hello! I am Frankie Caruso and I love to fiddle with all of the popular messaging applications with the hacking techniques that I love. I want to find out how to breach the defenses of these apps and exploit weaknesses.

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