How to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Highlights

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

Instagram Highlights are similar to Stories, except they are permanently embedded in your profile until your delete them. Whereas Stories disappear after 24 hours, Instagram Highlights are Stories that you pin to your profile.

Highlights are at the front and center of your Instagram profile page, letting you present what you or 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 tap on the profile photo in the lower right-hand corner.
  2. Click on a highlight to open it.
  3. In the bottom-left section, next to Seen by, the current view count is shown.

How to Check Who Saw Your Highlights

Follow the steps below to see if a particular account has viewed your Highlights or if you’re curious to see who has viewed them. 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 about.
  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.

Overall, Instagram Highlights represent a great way to save your favorite stories and share them permanently with your followers. Those with developed businesses 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 undoubtedly a great way to “highlight” your life or business. Unfortunately, it could be better if the view stats were permanent, or at the least, 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.

Instagram Highlights Management FAQs

We’ve included this section to answer more of your questions about Instagram Highlights.

Can you see Instagram Highlight Stories without a poster knowing?

No, you can’t secretly view highlight stories. However, there is a way to see someone’s Story without specifically getting identified. You can create a new Instagram account and watch the 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 become the same, so you would have to send a follow request to view them.

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

Yes, you can view everyone who saw your Instagram Story because you posted it in Highlights. However, you can only see the viewers, and the 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. Instagram only displays 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 scenario is probably for the best.

Can someone see if I viewed their Instagram Story or Highlights Story without following them?

Yes, Instagram Stories will show anyone who views your Story, followers or not, although you shouldn’t stalk them. 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!

How do I add my Instagram Stories to Highlights?

If you aren’t familiar with Instagram Highlights, you may wonder how to add Stories to your profile. Fortunately, the process is quite simple. Here is how to add your Stories to your Highlights:

1.) Open Instagram and tap on your profile icon in the lower right corner. Then, tap the + sign in the highlights section (just above your posts).

2.) Select the Story you want to pin to your profile.

3.) Tap Next.

4.) Select the Story’s cover photo and name your Story.

5.) Tap Add or Done (depending on if you’re using an Android or iOS device).

Now, your Story will appear in the Highlights section of your Instagram profile. When people visit your profile, they can tap on your Highlight to view it.

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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