How To See Who Viewed Your Instagram Stories
Instagram Stories were a big hit with users worldwide. They’re interesting, customizable, and make for great entertainment. It’s for this reason; they’re just as fun to view as they are to make. If you’ve taken advantage of Instagram’s Stories feature, you’d probably love some feedback about who is watching your artwork.
In this edition of the Tips and Tricks series, we look at how to see who viewed your Instagram story.
How to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Story
Almost everyone likes to share stuff, but the best bit about the whole process is discovering who has seen it. We all want to know who’s checking us out. Fortunately, you can see every person who viewed your Stories after you posted them. Here’s how:
- Open Instagram and tap on your Story icon in the upper left corner.
- In the lower left corner you will see another users’ profile icon. This indicates that someone has viewed your Story.
- Tap on the icon to view all of the users’ who have viewed your content.
- If you don’t see the icon in the lower left, it means that no one has viewed your Story.
- If you want to double-check that no other users’ have watched your Story, swipe up from the bottom. You’ll see that no names are listed.
Now that you know how to see who viewed your Story, there’s still plenty to learn.
More people see your first Story than your 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 instead of touching or clicking right. If you want to see who has seen all of your stories, including the first one on your screen, click the “Seen by…” in the bottom, left-hand corner.
How to Check Your Instagram Story Analytics
Analytics are slightly different from the views we’ve talked about above. While Analytics won’t tell you who saw your content, they will give you a lot of insight into how your Stories are doing. From how many other users they’re reaching to how many views you’ve had, Analytics is the perfect tool for marketers and influencers alike.
The next step is to check your analytics.
If you have a business account, this list will appear so that you can do the following:
- Track how many people view your story
- Press next
- Exit your story
- Follow the person because they saw your story
The above features are helpful if you want to grow a decent following on your Instagram account.
To view your analytics, click or press the graph icon (marked by the red box on the screen) to view the page. If you’re not worried about growing a channel, these statistics won’t mean much to you, but they are cool to see.
To exit these screens, click back on your phone, and you will return to the home screen.
When it comes to privacy, only you can see who has visited your Story and how many visits it had. If it’s a total failure, you’ll be thankful for this little detail.
As you can see, viewing who saw your Instagram Stories is not that complicated. Just follow the above guide, and you’re good to go!
Should You Be Concerned About Someone Viewing Your Stories?
With respect to the internet and social media, in particular, a lot of users are left wondering, “When should you be concerned about your privacy?” There isn’t exactly a cookie-cutter answer here. There are several reasons you may want to see who’s checking out your content.
Are you trying to impress one person, and you’re hoping that they’re noticing? Are you trying to track your path to Instagram fame? Or, are you worried that someone is viewing your content for nefarious purposes?
If you’re wondering whether or not a crush or an influencer is noticing your Stories, it would probably be easier to ask them if they saw it, had any tips, or liked it since you can’t see how many times they viewed it.
Assuming you’d like to track your path to fame, switch your Instagram account to a Professional Account where you can get real-time updates and analytics.
Lastly, if someone is stalking or harassing you, block them. It’s that simple, honestly. You can also report abusive users and those who use your Instagram story for reasons that go against the Community Guidelines.
Is It Possible to View a Story Without the Creator Knowing?
If you’re concerned about your security or an Instagram stalker, you may be curious to know if someone can view your Story without detection. While some third-party apps and websites claim to do this, most don’t actually let anyone view your content if it’s private and they aren’t your friend.
There is one workaround that many Instagram users swear by, but it can be a little tricky and only shows a preview of the Story. If you aren’t familiar with every function of Instagram’s Stories, it is possible to pause and preview the next one undetected.
By choosing a Story to the right of yours, the user could long-press the current Story and slowly drag the screen to the right where they could preview your Story. Since the user never actually opened your Story all the way, you’d never know they were interested.
However, if they happened to scroll all the way to the right, Instagram would recognize that they did open your Story, and you’d get a notification. So like we said, it can be tricky.
Frequently Asked Questions
In case our article didn’t answer all of your questions, we’ve included more information here.
Can someone tell how many times you viewed their Story?
No, but there are some theories that those who view the stories the most will appear at the top of the list. If you suspect that someone is viewing your Story multiple times and you don’t want them to, it may be a good idea to hide your Story from them altogether. You can do this when posting, select the option for who to share your Story with, and exclude that person if there’s a concern.
Can someone tell if I screenshot a story?
Instagram tends to go back and forth on this, but currently, no. Only Direct Messages with photos on Instagram send screenshot alerts. It’s best to avoid putting anything online you wouldn’t want someone to save for later.
Can I tell who viewed my profile?
No, the only indicator that someone is snooping around 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’ve set your Instagram account settings to archive your stories, visit the horizontal three-dot icon from your Profile page to access your Archives. According to Instagram, the Stories in your archive folder will only show your viewers for 48 hours, so if you want to investigate who viewed your Stories, you’ll need to act quickly.