How To View Instagram Profile Photo

Instagram, with its visual-centric approach, has become a highly popular social media platform. Whether you’re a long-time user or a newbie, you may have noticed that Instagram does not allow you to view profile pictures in full size directly on the app or the website. However, there are methods you can use to view Instagram profile pictures in full size. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through one of these simple methods.

Steps to View Instagram Profile Photos

Please note, this method is for educational purposes only. Respect other people’s privacy and do not misuse this information.

Here, we will use the Instagram website to view a full-sized profile photo. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open the Instagram profile of the user whose profile picture you want to view.
  • Step 2: Right-click on the profile picture and click on “Inspect” or “Inspect Element” based on the browser you’re using.
  • Step 3: A small section will open with the HTML code of the webpage. Here, you need to find the URL of the profile picture. It usually begins with “…” and ends with “.jpg”.
  • Step 4: Copy this URL and paste it into a new tab in your browser.
  • Step 5: Now, you can view the full-sized profile photo.

Code for Automating the Process

If you’re familiar with Python, you can write a simple script using the BeautifulSoup library to automate the process. Here’s a basic example:

    from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
    import requests

    def get_instagram_photo(url):
        response = requests.get(url)
        bs_html = BeautifulSoup(response.content, 'html.parser')
        photo_url = bs_html.find("meta", property="og:image")['content']
        return photo_url

    profile_url = '<username>/'

Replace <username> with the Instagram username of the profile you want to view. This script will print the URL of the profile photo, which you can open in a new browser tab to view in full size.


Remember, always respect the privacy of others while using these methods. It’s essential to use this information responsibly and ethically. Happy browsing!