Instagram is a data goldmine. You can find and extract personal contact phone numbers, email addresses, locations, and what people like and dislike – all from their Instagram accounts.
Of course, marketers and businesses can benefit immensely from getting a hold of this information.
There are many marketing opportunities once you have a database of phone numbers, such as sending text messages, telemarketing/cold calling, or plugging them as custom audiences in Facebook Ads.
However, extracting phone numbers from Instagram accounts isn’t always an easy job.
And if you’re here, it means you’re looking to achieve precisely this.
So, whatever your reason is, we’ll go over a few ways you can extract phone numbers from Instagram accounts.
Without further ado, let’s take a look.
3 Easy Ways to Extract Phone Numbers from Instagram Accounts
Although there are many ways you can try to extract phone numbers from accounts, most of them are either ineffective or take a lot of time.
So, we’re covering the three ways you can get phone numbers from Instagram accounts that usually give the best results.
- Ordering phone numbers from targeted Instagram users
- Manually getting contact numbers from your Instagram followers;
- Automatically extracting phone numbers from Instagram with Python & GitHub
However, before getting into each option, the hard truth you need to hear is that only 15% of all Instagram accounts have their phone numbers publicly displayed.
And I can’t link to any source that confirms this number because there is none (well, except us).
We calculate the exact percentage based on our 40M Instagram users database.
Yup, you read that right.
We’ve been an Instagram data provider for the last 3 years, and out of the 40M users in our database, there are only 6 million profiles with their number included.
Keep in mind that every contact we keep is validated by our research team and regularly updated, so we filter a lot of fictitious/invalid phone numbers.
But, let’s explain the three ways you can extract phone numbers from Instagram.
So, that brings us to the first (and safest) way to extract numbers from Instagram accounts.
1. Order Verified Phone Numbers From Targeted Instagram Users
There are tons of tools out there that pose as Instagram phone number finders.
Some may work to some extent, and others will only take your data without giving anything in return.
Welcome to the internet.
So, what you need to do is get validated Instagram data that includes phone numbers from specific accounts.
As we already mentioned, our main product is targeted emails. However, a lot of companies also want us to extract phone numbers from targeted Instagram users.
Our clients use our team of researchers to get phone numbers from:
- Followers of their competitors
- The followers of (relevant) Influencers
You can also use our database of millions of users to find phone numbers based on:
- Specific keywords they have in bio (ex. CEO, Entrepreneur, Designer, etc)
- Instagram category (Users choose one of 1556 categories. ex: Writer, Lawyer, Gamer, etc.)
- Profiles they follow
Use the form below and get access to our database, where you’ll find Instagram accounts and their phone numbers. Simply describe your niche audience, keywords they would use in their bio, or just name a couple of your competitors.
2. Manually Getting Contact Numbers From Your Instagram Followers
This is our least favorite option because, well…15% are just terrible odds. To find 3 phone numbers, you need to visit 20 accounts!
However, in some cases, it’s the only viable option. Especially if you’re on a tight budget or just need a few phone numbers.
For example, if you have fewer than a thousand followers and want to reach out to your audience personally, then I suggest doing this manually.
First, make sure you’re using the Instagram mobile application. Then, open the profiles one by one, and look for the ‘Contact’ button. If they’ve made their personal information public, then you’ll find the button and get the number. However, if you cannot locate the ‘Contact’ button, that means that the user doesn’t have the phone number public.
Open up a spreadsheet and write down any numbers you find together with the username.
3. Automatically Extracting Phone Numbers From Insta With Python & Github
Important note: Please be advised that automatically accessing Instagram is against their terms of service.
This is just an educational resource and for those of you who don’t have the time, resources, and want to be 100% on the legal side of things, get in touch with us and just buy email addresses from Instagram.
Are you a developer, have a developer in-house, or the budget to spend on a freelancer dev?
Is your plan to go after your competitors’ followers or any Instagram influencer that your customers love?
While it takes a lot of time and money, creating a data scraping tool in-house can be super profitable for your brand. However, creating a tool can only be ROI positive IF you plan on using the phone numbers for a long-term marketing campaign.
If not, then go back and reconsider the other two options.
To start building a tool, you need a lot of Instagram accounts that will do the scraping (some of them will get banned) and have phone numbers to validate them.
Always use proxies to hide your location and never use your business/personal Instagram accounts to extract data.
To access the unofficial Instagram API, use mobile endpoints through Python, PHP, or anything that can log in to Instagram accounts and scrape the data. It’s only a few lines of Python code, but (unfortunately) there is so much more to it.
We have an extensive guide on how to build your own Instagram scraper where you can code all the samples you need for extracting email addresses, phone numbers, bio text, comments, etc.
However, keep in mind that automated access to Instagram is against their ToS. So, If you plan on doing this for commercial use, you might consider using a real database collected by a research team (like ours) or an Influencer agency.
How to Find Someone on Instagram by Phone Number
A lot of people reading this article want to know how to find an Instagram account using a phone number. First of all, there’s no option on Instagram that allows you to do that or any effective workarounds.
That’s why we created a free tool that lets you find someone on Instagram by phone number.
It works by trying to find the Instagram users (along with their email, bio, location, name and last name, and 25 other points) in our database based on the phone number you currently have.
Create a free account and get 1500 free credits. You can also try to search Instagram profiles based on email addresses which will drastically increase your chances of finding the right person.
Here’s a screenshot of the free tool (and keep in mind that we spend very little time on UX 😋).
Instagram Phone Number Extractor – Is It Worth the Trouble?
We’re not going to try to solve the cold email VS cold call dilemma here because it always depends on your business’s niche. However, we can agree that cold emails can warm up an audience before giving them a call.
The biggest downside of extracting phone numbers from Instagram is the low percentage (15%) of valid numbers. You obviously need to go over many Instagram profiles to get to a phone number list with a decent size for a marketing campaign.If you want to skip the whole process and get the data fast, book a free call with our team so we can discuss your specific use case and which Instagram users you want phone numbers from.
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If you are interested in learning more about how you can get validated Instagram data, make sure to schedule a quick call with our team, where you can discuss the details related to your targeting.