How to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Highlights

Instagram is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular photo and video sharing apps out there, with more than a billion users. Instagram users upload an incredible amount of pictures and videos and send direct messages back and forth regularly.

In August of 2016, Instagram introduced “Stories,” a feature pretty much copied from Snapchat but given a robust Instagram implementation. Instagram Highlights are similar to Stories, except they are permanently embedded in your profile until your delete them.

Highlights are at the front and center of your Instagram profile page, letting you present what you’re all about or your what your business is all about. Since Highlights don’t get 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 tell who has viewed your Instagram Highlights.

How to See the Number of Views on Instagram Highlights

Periodically, you may want to see how many views an Instagram Highlight received, whether out of curiosity or for business purposes. View counts are beneficial because they let you know when to change or delete them based on their performance. However, viewing counts and who viewed a particular highlight are limited to a 48-hour window. After that period, those stats are gone forever. Here’s how to view Highlight counts on Instagram.

  1. Visit your Instagram account and go to your profile section.

  2. Click on a highlight to open it.

  3. In the bottom-left section next to “Seen by,” the current views count is shown.

How to Check Who Saw Your Highlights

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

  1. Navigate to your profile on Instagram.

  2. Tap the icon of the Highlight you want information on.

  3. Tap on the “Seen by” button in the bottom-left corner of the screen to see the list of people who saw your highlight.

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

Instagram Highlights Management FAQs

Can you see Instagram Highlight Stories without a poster knowing?

No, you can’t. 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 watch their highlight from that newly made account. They can’t prove it’s you unless you use your likeness.

However, if an Instagram account is private, the stories and highlights also become private, so you would have to send a follow request to be able to view them.

Can I see who viewed my Instagram Story that I posted in Highlights after 24 Hours?

Yes, you can definitely view everyone that saw your Instagram Story because it was posted in Highlights. However, you can only see the viewers and view counts for 48 hours, then those two elements are gone forever. You can still always view the highlights until you delete them.

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

No, you can’t see how many times someone sees your Instagram Highlights story. Instagram Highlights only receive view counts and who saw them, not how many times they looked at it. The person who looks at your story could see it a million times, and you’d never know. This would probably be for the best.

Can someone see if I viewed their Instagram Story or Highlights Story if I do not follow them?

Yes, Instagram Stories will show anyone who views your story, followers or not, although stalking is not recommended. If you want someone not to know it’s you, make a different account without your photo or take the plunge and be their follower anyway!

Wrapping Up

Overall, Instagram Highlights represent a great way to save your favorite stories and share them permanently with your followers. Those with developed businesses certainly find them useful to promote their products and company. Regardless, with the ability to see who has viewed your Highlights and how many people saw them, plus the ability to delete and change your highlights as you see fit, Instagram is certainly a great way to “highlight” your life or business. Unfortunately, it could be better if the views stats were permanent, or at the least, much longer than 48 hours.

Do you have any experience, tips, tricks, or questions related to seeing the viewer count and who is viewing your Instagram stories? Leave a comment in the section below.

3 thoughts on “How to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Highlights”

L Garcia says:
Does the same go for a business account? Can a business account see if you viewed their story after the 24 hours? I know that recently business accounts can view their views for up to 48 hours. but does that mean anything after the 24 hours can also be seen?

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