How to See Who Viewed Your Highlights on Instagram

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Instagram is undoubtedly one of the most popular photo and video sharing apps in the world, with over a billion users. Instagram users upload an incredible amount of photos and videos and regularly send direct messages.

In August 2016, Instagram introduced “Stories,” a feature roughly copied from Snapchat but with a robust Instagram implementation. Instagram highlights are similar to stories, except they're permanently embedded in your profile until you delete them.

Highlights are front and center of your Instagram profile page, allowing you to present what you are or your company. Since Highlights aren't deleted after 24 hours like Stories, you can edit them periodically to keep your profile fresh and exciting.

Here's how you can see how many views a particular highlight has received and how to find out who has viewed your Instagram highlights.

How to see the number of views on Instagram highlights

Periodically, you might want to see how many views an Instagram Highlight has received, either out of curiosity or for professional purposes. View counts are beneficial because they let you know when to change or delete them based on their performance. However, the number of views and who viewed a particular highlight are limited to a 48-hour window. After this period, these statistics are gone forever. Here's how to display the number of highlights on Instagram.

  1. Visit your “Instagram” account and tap on gkjg in your profile section.
  2. Click on a highlight to open it.

  3. In the lower left section next to " Seen by, " the current frame count is displayed.

How to Check Who Viewed Your Highlights

To see if a particular account viewed your Highlights, or if you're curious who viewed them, follow the steps below. Again, you are limited to a 48 hour window. Your highlights are permanent until you delete them, but view stats have a time limit.

  1. Go to your profile on Instagram.

  2. Tap the icon of the highlight you want information about.

  3. Press the " Seen by " in the lower left corner of the screen to see the list of people who have viewed your highlight.

You can also hide a highlight from someone if you want, and you can always undo it by changing the privacy settings in the Settings menu.

Instagram Highlights Management FAQ

Can you see Instagram Highlight Stories without a poster knowing?

No you can not. However, there is a way to see someone's story without them knowing it's specifically you. You can do this by creating a new Instagram account and watching their highlight from that newly created account. They can't prove it's you unless you use your image.

However, if an Instagram account is set to private, stories and highlights also become private, so you'll need to send a follow request in order to see them.

Can I see who has viewed my Instagram story that I posted in Highlights after 24 hours?

Yes, you can definitely see everyone who has viewed your Instagram story because it was posted in Highlights. However, you can only see viewers and view count for 48 hours and then those two are gone forever. You can still view highlights until you delete them.

Can you see how many times someone views your Instagram Highlights story?

No, you cannot see how many times someone views your Instagram Highlights story. Instagram Highlights only receives the number of views and who viewed it, not how many times they viewed it. The person watching your story could see it a million times, and you would never know. It would probably be for the best.

Can someone see if I've seen their Instagram Story or Story Highlights if I'm not following them?

Yes, Instagram Stories will show everyone who sees your story, followers or not, although stalking is not recommended. If you don't want someone to know it's you, create a different account without your photo or take the plunge and be their follower anyway!


All in all, Instagram Highlights is a great way to save your favorite stories and share them with your followers forever. Those who have developed businesses definitely find them helpful in promoting their products and business. Either way, with the ability to see who's viewed your highlights and how many people have viewed them, as well as the ability to delete and edit your highlights as you see fit, Instagram is definitely a great way to " highlight” your life or business. Unfortunately, it could be better if the view statistics were permanent, or at least, much longer than 48 hours.

Do you have any experience, tips, tricks or questions regarding the number of viewers and who watches your Instagram stories? Leave a comment in the section below.

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