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How to See Someones Activity on Instagram

author_icon Cody Walsh time_icon Last updated Jun 07, 2021 03:00 pm

Instagram is a social platform where people share personal photos and information about themselves. Each user can double-tap any post to "Like" it or add a comment at the bottom. The direct messaging feature allows people to chat and communicate freely.

A common question about Instagram is that can I see a friends Instagram activity. It seems simple enough but many people failed to do it. If a similar query on Instagram friend activity has brought you here, this article will be beneficial. You will find out how to see what someone likes on Instagram and how to know if someone is online on Instagram after reading.

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Important: Instagram's Following Activity Tab is Gone Since 2019

How do you see what someone likes on Instagram?

Back to 2019, you can see what friends liked on Instagram by tapping the Heart icon, and find Following tab. It will show you all friends' activity, like who liked a post, who left a comment, etc. But now Instagram's following activity tab has disappeared.

Previously, the Following tab let you see the likes, follows and comments of your friends, but it's true that Instagram has removed the "Following" tab in the Activity feed. According to the spokesperson of Instagram, Following activity wasn't widely used and some users felt uncomfortable when they saw some vulgar content. As a result of it, Instagram following activity disappeared and the days you can easily see Instagram following activity are over.

instagram following tab has disppeared

Good or bad, some features are still retained, like you can someone's most recent posts and their comments on Instagram. But that doesn't meet the needs of most people. In the following part, we will show you some simple tricks to see the recent news of the people you follow. If you want something that really works, jump to next part and check how to see someone's activity on instagram without following them.

1. See Someone's Most Recent Posts on Instagram

There are two ways by which you can see someone's most recent posts on Instagram. Firtsly, if you followed someone, go to the home page, scroll through the news feed and see if their post shows up. Or, you can visit their profile page to see details. The steps to see someone's Instagram posts include:

  • Step 1: Go to the search bar in Search & Explore on your mobile device. Search for the username of the Instagram user whose recent posts you wish to see.

  • Step 2: Once you are on the user's profile, you will see their most recent posts at the top and the oldest posts towards the bottom.

  • Step 3: Click on a particular post to see when it was shared.

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However, if the Instagram profile you want to track is set as Private, then you must first request to follow and wait for the person to accept your request.

You may be interested in: Top 5 Private Instagram Profile Viewer.

2. See When Someone is Online on Instagram

In order to see when someone was last online on Instagram, you need to have conversations to the person on Instagram Direct Message first.

  • Step 1: Go to your Instagram Direct Messages. You will see a complete list of all the people you've talked to Instagram.

  • Step 2: Click on the username to see the time the user was last online. Note that for you to see when a user was last online, the user has to be the one who sent the last message in your Direct Message conversation.

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3. See who someone recently followed on Instagram

Do you have this problem as well? That is when you are on a Ins profile page, you can click Followers or Following to see a list of users, but it is not in chronological order, so you don't know who recently followed.

Thankfully, there is a way around. I am not sure whether this trick will work afterwards, but so far it works. You can access Instagram through web browser instead of the app, and it will show recent followers.

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How to See Someone's Activity on Instagram Without Following

The need to see someone's activity on instagram is increasing. If you are not in the following list, the only solution is to make use of KidsGuard Pro Instagram activity tracker. Things like Instagram activities, messages, posts, app notifications, screen time and so on can be easily tracked using this app. Also, it can run secretly in the background of smartphones without any suspicions and giving unprecedented access to the target device. The easy operations and powerful features of KidsGuard Pro make it an ideal choice for people to track Instagram user activity.

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What Does KidsGuard Pro Do

  • As an advanced monitoring tool, it has many functions. You don't need to provide the Ins account or password to track the information. Now, check the main features below:

    View Instagram conversations, stories, photos and videos someone liked or posted on Instagram, Instagram usage time, the content someone is browsing, etc, which is also supported to download these data.

  • Unrestricted access even if you are not in the friend list or the Instagram account was set to private. Moreover, you can capture the real-time screen of the target device, at the same time, the data is automatically synchronized to online dashboard for you to view.

  • Invisible Instagram tracking. The app works in stealth mode and uploads the information to your online account. You don’t need to be worried about caught by the target phone user.

  • Other powerful features include WhatsApp/Facebook/Snapchat monitoring, location tracking, calls tracking and more.

  • A free demo is here to help you understand the features better.

[Video] How to track Instagram likes/comments/following & follwers, etc.

We have tested KidsGuard Pro on Aug, 2020 and made a video here, just to put off your doubts.  A detailed step by step installation guide can be found in the next part.

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How to see a specific person's activity on Instagram with KidsGuard Pro

First of all, you should accept the condition that your have to access someone's phone first to install KidsGuard Pro. 3 mins is enough. Now, let's find out how to track someone's activity on Instagram step by step.

Step 1: Get a valid account

The first thing you need to do is to create your KidsGuard Pro account and get a license before you can use the advanced features. If you don't have an account yet, you can click the Sign Up button to get started.

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Step 2: Download and Install the KidsGuard Pro app

Then manage to get the cell phone of the target people you want to track, download the KidsGuard Pro app from After that, sign in to your account and follow the app instructions to enable some necessary settings. The app icon will hide from the home screen and become incognito after you set it up correctly.

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Step 3: Start monitoring Instagram

Now log into your account on KidsGuard Pro official website and access the Android dashboard, where you can check everything.

  • To see someone's Instagram likes, comments, and who someone recently followed, select Capture Screenshot feature while the target user is using Instagram. This will send you a real-time screenshot.

  • To see someone's conversation and activities on Intagram, select Instagram under Social apps. This will show you the incoming and outgoing messages, as well Instagram notifications.

  • To see Instagram screen time, select App Activities under Phone Files.

  • To see the photos and videos someone posted to Instagram, select Photos and find Instagram folder.

  • Other features waiting for you to explore

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Extra Tip: How to Hide Activity on Instagram

Are you interested in knowing how to hide your activity on Instagram? If yes, this extra tip will be helpful.

  • Step 1: Go to your Instagram profile, tap on the three lines on the top right corner of the app.

  • Step 2: Tap on Settings. Scroll down to the Privacy section and tap on "Activity Status."

  • Step 3: Toggle off the button that says "Show Activity Status" and your activity on Instagram will no longer be public.

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Final Thought

We have discussed the effective way to track Instagram user activity. KidsGuard Pro turns out to be very useful when you didn't follow the person you want to track, or you seldom have the chance to open Instagram on his/her device. This Instagram activity tracker app truly works and allows you to track the Instagram activity of friends or family without knowing. The app also has its flaws. You need to access the target device for one time to install the app, and the data syncing may delay.


By Cody Walsh

Posted on Oct 31, 2019 ( Updated: Jun 07, 2021 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.

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