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    How to find a person by phone number on Instagram

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    How to find a person by phone number on Instagram. How to find someone on Instagram using their phone number. Staying connected with people is one of the main purposes of social media and online networks. And since making connections starts with finding the people you want to connect with, it's pretty much important to know how to go about it. Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and all other popular social media platforms have different methods of finding people.




    You can use one of the social networks to find people who share your interests, add them or follow their pages. The most common way to find people on social networks is to search for their usernames or their names. But this is not an effective method of finding someone you know because many people use similar names and usernames on the same app. Also, it takes a long time. Finding someone by phone number is more effective.

    How to find a person by phone number on Instagram

    Accessing your contacts or address book to find your friends is a common feature on Facebook and Twitter. However, not many people know that you can also find people on Instagram using their phone numbers. It is quite elegant and is hidden in the Instagram app.

    If you don't remember the username, full name, or name of your friend on Instagram, that's fine. You can find and contact them using their phone number, which only works if they've added it to their Instagram account.


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    How to find someone on Instagram using their phone number

    First, make sure you have the person's number saved in the phone book. Also, if you want to find more than one person, make sure their phone number has been saved in your device's address book (Android or iOS). Only after that, follow the steps below.



    Method 1: how to find someone on Instagram using the native option

    1. Launch the Instagram app on your phone and tap the Profile icon in the lower left corner of the app.
    2. On your profile page, tap the Hamburger menu icon in the top right corner to reveal the profile option. Select Discover people.
    3. On the Find People page, go to the Contacts section and tap the Connect Contacts button.
    4. If you are using this feature for the first time, Instagram will ask for access to your phone contacts. Tap Allow option to grant Instagram access to your contact list. This will allow the app to access your contact list and identify people who are already on Instagram.
    5. Once you've granted the app access to your contact, Instagram will automatically sync phone numbers from your phone to your account. Any Instagram accounts associated with a phone number on your contact will then appear in the Contacts section of the Find / Discover People page. You can then proceed to choose who you want to follow.
    6. If none of the phone numbers in the contact list are associated with an Instagram account, the message “No contacts available” will be displayed.

    If you can't find your friends via their phone number, then there are only two reasons. Either they registered using a different number or they didn't add their number.

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    Method 2: let Instagram find your friends with their phone number

    1. Launch the Instagram app and go to the Profile section of the app.
    2. Tap the Hamburger menu icon in the top left corner and select Settings at the bottom of the display.
    3. On the App Settings page, select "Follow and invite friends"
    4. On the next page, select Follow Contact and Instagram will list all usernames linked to a phone number in your contact list.
    5. If none of the phone numbers in the contact list are on Instagram, the message “No contacts available” will be displayed on the screen.

    Whenever your contact joins Instagram using their phone number or links their phone number to their Instagram account, they will appear in the Contacts section of the app.




    I warn you that ...

    • Trying to find someone you don't (personally) know so well on Instagram using their phone number can be considered unethical.
    • You won't be able to find people who haven't linked their phone numbers to their Instagram accounts using the two methods listed above.

    Now that you know how to connect and find people on Instagram using their phone numbers, use the knowledge to connect with friends and family in your contact list.


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