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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?

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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.

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  • 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
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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.

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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
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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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