I don't plan on joining Instagram any time soon. But I have many friends who use the service and they occasionally ask: "Did you see what John posted yesterday?" I tell them no, and then ask them to link me, at which point they throw their hands in the air and say: "Um how?"

Is there a way for Instagram users to link non-users to specific Instagram photos?

Can non-users find specific user pages without joining Instagram?


UPDATE 06/11/2012: This is now possible “natively” by going to instagram.com/profile_name. Source.

UPDATE 17/04/2020: But clicking any picture opens a login popup instead of details

Yes, if you know your friend’s Instagram username, you can use Webstagram. Search for his/her username and see his/her photo stream. (E.g.: Ariana Grande’s photos.) However, note that if the respective user’s profile is set to private, you can’t see the photos. Source.

  • True! To elaborate: Simply enter a username for XXXX to view his/her public account activity: web.stagram.com/n/XXXX Jun 28 '12 at 18:43
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    It seems you can only natively view an account for a couple of pages before a popup demands you login now. Dec 5 '19 at 14:20
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    The links in this answer are all dead links as of today. :(
    – bgoodr
    Jan 8 '20 at 14:50
  • As of 10/06/2020 my solution below still works (using a browser extension)
    – jlo
    Jun 10 '20 at 6:53

Webstagram has a little delay, of an hour or two. I use Statigram.

Statigram is a web viewer for your Instagram photos. Join Statigram for terrific statistics about your account and tools to manage your community.


As of early November, you can now view public Instagram profiles and photos via the web.

ie. http://instagram.com/justinbieber

... should put some of those third-party apps out of business.

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    As of today, if you click on the above link and scroll down a bit (wait a few seconds), it stops scrolling and you are blocked by a login wall that looks like this i.imgur.com/T3pZdoB.png. Thus my interpretation is that If you don't have an account in instagram, they won't let you see any content at all. FAIL.
    – bgoodr
    Jan 8 '20 at 14:55

As of May 2020 the only way I can access content on a desktop without logging in is this browser extension (tested with Opera). I tried all other options, but none of them work anymore after Instagram's latest push of forcing login to see any pics/videos.

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