Open your Instagram profile, and locate the Instagram ID for the people you want to follow. Click on Follow when a profile you want to follow comes up. Wait for the person to approve your request if her profile is private.

  1. Set up an Instagram account

    Download the Instagram app on your smartphone or tablet, or set up your account through the Instagram website using a computer. Select privacy settings that give other people the level of access you want them to have, whether you want the public to have access to your profile or just want friends to be able to see it.

  2. Find potential Instagram friends

    Access the Settings page in your Instagram app, and tap the prompt that helps you find friends. Look through the suggestions from your smartphone's list of contacts, your Facebook friends or a list of suggested profiles from Instagram. Click Follow next to the ones you want to see in your news feed.

  3. Search for Instagram account names online

    Enter the person's name and the word "Instagram" into the query field on the search engine of your choice. Look for the Instagram profiles of public figures this way; in the case of your own friends or acquaintances, make sure that you have the right Instagram profile before following it, as many people have the same name.