How to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Stories

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Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
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Everyone loves a little Instagram, right? Well, its Stories feature gives you the ability to produce a daily slideshow of images that you can use to tell others about your day. The stories disappear after 24 hours, but it was definitely a big hit! Today, with over 150 million users, Instagram Stories clearly has a huge following.

Either way, the app's functionality isn't always easy to grasp. So here is a series of tips and tricks, with step-by-step guides, to help you take full advantage of Instagram Stories.



In this edition of the Tips & Tricks series, we take a look at how to see who has viewed your Instagram story.

How do I know who sees my Instagram stories?

Almost everyone likes to share stuff, but the best part about the whole process is finding out who saw it. We all want to know who is watching us. If someone starts messaging you about a story, you can be sure they've seen it, but what about when no one is messaging?

Open Instagram on the home screen

To check if someone has viewed your Instagram story, open the app and go to the home screen. You should see a screen similar to this:

Open your story

There will be a bunch of circles at the top of your screen that represent the stories of the people you follow. To view someone's story, including your own, you need to click or tap the circle of your choice. If you see someone's story, you will appear in the left corner of the specific story you have seen.



To note* To create your own Instagram story, click the camera icon in the top left corner, just above your own story icon. When you have created a story and click on "Your story", it will appear in your story. Once that happens, you can see who viewed your story for the next 24 hours, which is when it disappears.

Click the eye icon

As shown above, you can see a story I created using an image from my gallery. In the lower left corner, you can see the number of people who viewed the story. In this particular case, it's 23 for this specific story. However, as I have more stories, this amount may be incorrect.

More people see your first story than the last for two reasons: when someone swipes right, they'll always see your first story, and you can skip the rest of someone's story by swiping right at instead of touching or clicking to the right. If you want to see who's viewed all of your stories, including the first one on your screen, click "Viewed by..." in the bottom left corner.

Inspect viewers

In the blue area you can see all your stories from the last 24 hours. The first captioned story above is “Wavy Hair,” which has 46 views. The bingo card has 23 views. Since I'm looking at the bingo card, I can see everyone who has viewed my story. The only way to not know who has seen your story is to not know the person literally. Instagram keeps track of every person who viewed your story.



If you want to check your other stories and see the detailed list of people, click on the story you want to see and another menu will appear. Most likely, the person who saw your 4th story saw your 1st story, but someone who saw your 1st story may never see your 4th unless your 4th story replaces the rest of your stories and becomes the 1st . As noted, people are more likely to see your first story than the last.

The next step is to verify your analytics.

If you have a business account, this list will appear so you can do the following:

  • Track how many people see your story
  • Press next
  • leave your story
  • Follow the person because they saw your story

The above features are useful if you want to grow a decent number of followers on your Instagram account.

To view your analytics, click or tap the chart icon (marked by the red box on the screen) to bring up the page. If you don't care about growing a channel, these stats won't mean much to you, but they're interesting to see.

To exit these screens, click your phone again and you will return to the home screen.

As far as privacy is concerned, only you can see who has visited your story and how many visits it has had. If it's a total failure, you'll be grateful for that little detail.


As you can see, seeing who viewed your Instagram Stories is not that complicated. Just follow the guide above and you are good to go!


Should you be concerned about someone viewing your stories?

When it comes to the internet and social media in particular, many users ask themselves, "When should you worry about your privacy?" There's not exactly a cookie-cutter answer here. There are several reasons why you might want to see who views your content.

Are you trying to impress someone and hoping they notice? Are you trying to follow your path to Instagram fame? Or are you worried that someone is viewing your content for malicious purposes?

If you're wondering if a crush or influencer notices your stories, it would probably be easier to ask them if they've seen it, got tips or liked it because you can't see how many times they saw it. .

Assuming you want to follow your path to fame, change your Instagram account to a business account where you can get real-time updates and analytics.

Finally, if someone is harassing or harassing you, block them. It's as simple as that honestly. You can also report abusive users and those who use your Instagram story for reasons that go against community guidelines.

Is it possible to see a story without the knowledge of the creator?

If you're concerned about your safety or a stalker on Instagram, you might be curious if it's possible for someone to see your story undetected. Although there are third-party apps and websites that claim to do this, most won't let anyone see your content if it's private and not your friend.

There is a workaround that many Instagram users swear by, but it can be a bit tricky and only shows a preview of the story. If you are not familiar with all the features of Instagram stories, it is possible to pause and preview the next one without being detected.

By choosing a story to the right of yours, the user can long press on the current story and slowly swipe the screen to the right where they can preview your story. Since the user never fully opened your story, you would never know they were interested.

However, if they scrolled all the way to the right, Instagram would recognize that they opened your story and you would receive a notification. So, as we said, this can be tricky.

Frequently Asked Questions

Just in case our article didn't answer all of your questions, we've included more information here.

Can anyone tell how many times you have seen his story?

No, although these are heavily weighted theories that those who watch stories the most will appear at the top, they have yet to be proven. , it may be a good idea to completely hide your story from them. You can do this when posting, select the option to share your story with, and kick that person if something goes wrong.

Can anyone tell if I'm capturing a story?

Instagram tends to go back and forth on this, but currently not. Only direct messages with photos on Instagram send screenshot alerts. It's best to avoid posting anything that you don't want someone to save for later.

Can I know who viewed my profile?

No, the only indicator that someone is snooping is if they interact with your profile. For example, click on your Story, comment, like, share, etc.

Can I see who viewed my Instagram story after 24 hours?

Only if you have set your Instagram account settings to archive your stories. Visit the horizontal three-dot icon on your profile page to access your archives. Stories in your archive folder will only show your viewers for a period of 48 hours according to Instagram, so if you want to investigate who watched your stories, you'll need to act fast.

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