Instagram Search: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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Instagram Search: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
Instagram Search: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

This wikiHow teaches you how to use Instagram's search feature. You can search for everything on Instagram - from specific topics and hashtags to users - on both the mobile app and the desktop site.


Method 1 of 2: On a mobile

Search Instagram Step 1

Step #1. Open Instagram

Tap the Instagram app icon, which resembles a multicolored square camera. This will open your Instagram home page if you are logged into your account.

If you're not signed in to Instagram, enter your email address (or phone number or username) and password before continuing

Search Instagram Step 2

Step 2. Tap on the 'search'



It's the magnifying glass-shaped icon at the bottom left of the screen.

Search Instagram Step 3

Step #3. Tap on the search bar

This is at the top of the screen. This will open your onscreen keyboard and the filter tabs will appear at the top of the screen.

Search Instagram Step 4

Step 4. Choose a filter

At the top of the Search page, tap one of the following tabs:

  • Top - Displays a list of the most popular (or relevant) people, tags, and places that match your search.
  • Accounts - Limits search results to people with usernames that match your search.
  • tags - Limit search results to hashtags that match your search.
  • Places - Limit search results to locations that match your search.
Search Instagram Step 5

Step 5. Enter your search term(s)

Type what you want to search and tap To search on the keyboard.

  • On Android, you can tap Enter or a magnifying glass icon instead of To search.
  • When searching for tags, you don't need to include the pound sign (#) in your search.
  • You may need to tap the search bar again after choosing a filter before the keyboard reappears.
Search Instagram Step 6

Step 6. View the results

To do this, browse through the list of search results.

You can open a result (for example, the list of a hashtag or a user profile) by tapping it

Method 2 of 2: On desktop

Search Instagram Step 7

Step #1. Open Instagram

Go to in your computer's web browser. This will open your Instagram homepage if you are logged in.

  • If you are not logged in to Instagram yet click on the link login and enter your account information to continue.
Search Instagram Step 8

Step #2. Click on the search bar

It's at the top of the page, to the right of the "Instagram" heading.

Search Instagram Step 9

Step 3. Enter your search term(s)

Type the name, word, or location you want to search for.

Search Instagram Step 10

Step 4. View the search results

As you type, you'll see a drop-down menu below the search bar; this is where your search results appear. You can scroll down through the search results to search them.

Clicking on a search result will open it


The search results Instagram shows are influenced by your current location, friends list, the content you like, and more


  • Make sure you use the correct filter when searching for a specific item (e.g. a person). For example, if you enter a person's username on the tags you will not find the person you are looking for.

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