How to See Who Viewed Your Videos on Instagram
Instagram is a very powerful tool to reach people, whether you are using a personal account or a business one. If you utilize Instagram to grow your company or your audience, you need to be optimizing your performance on the platform, and that means collecting data. One of the most important pieces of data is how many people see your posts and watch your videos.
Checking the basic popularity of a video is simple. For example, you can see how popular an Instagram video is just by checking out its plays/views or follows. You can then assess how well it has performed with your audience by comparing those views to other uploaded videos.
How to Check Plays/Views on Instagram Reels
By default, Instagram Reels lets you see how many times your videos were played/viewed. Views is now known as “Plays” when it comes to Reels. The process for checking the play count on one of your Reels is fairly simple.
- Go to your profile by clicking the “profile icon” button on the bottom right.
- Select the video that you would like to check the view count.
- Scroll to the bottom to view the number of “Likes” it has. Tap on “## likes,” where “##” denotes a number, to view the number of plays it has.
The “### plays” count (formerly views) denotes how many individual times the Reels video got viewed for at least 3 seconds. It’s important to note that video loops also count. The same person can watch the video several times. Your views also count towards the number of plays.
Note: You can’t find view counts for videos that were uploaded before November 19, 2015.
How to Check Views of an Instagram Story
Aside from Reels, you can upload videos as an Instagram Story. Stories can be viewed by your followers for 24 hours. After that, they automatically disappear, and they get sent to your archive. For stories, the term “Views” still gets used—not “Plays” as it does for Reels.
To check the number of views on your IG Story video, follow these steps:
- On the “Home” page, Tap on “Your Story” in the upper left-hand corner.
- While your IG Story plays, tap on the “Activity” icon in the bottom-left corner.
- An “eye” icon appears, showing the number of views. To see who actually viewed your IG Story, check out the “Viewers” section on the bottom half of the screen.
The advantage of posting a video through Instagram’s Your Story is that you can see both the total number of views you have and who viewed it. Replays do not count as views, and viewing it yourself also does not count as a view.
How to Check Your Video Views in an Instagram Business Account
To get serious about your Instagram account, you need to convert to or create an Instagram business profile. This action gives you a much wider range of analytical tools than a regular account, including Instagram Insights. From there, you can see the number of views your IG video has accumulated.
How to Find Your Metric
Finding your metrics is simple:
- Tap on your “profile” icon in the bottom-right section.
- Select the video you want check views on.
- Tap on “View Insights” below the video. The insights page loads where you can see all the data for your video and check its views.
The view count is the most basic measure of how popular your video is. As previously mentioned, Instagram views are recorded after three seconds of seeing time, which helps determine how well a video does. If you’re spending time and money on producing good quality content, you need to know whether it’s hitting the spot or not. Instagram Insights metrics allow you to quantify the success of your content. It also provides impressions, reach, and followers.
In closing, seeing how many times your Instagram video got viewed/played is a valuable tool, especially for those doing it professionally or promoting their business. Seeing who viewed your IG vieo is also beneficial, but that only works for Instagram Reels.
Instagram Video Views FAQs
Can I see Instagram people/profiles that viewed my video post?
For Instagram Reels, the answer is yes, you can see who viewed your video. For an Instagram Story, you can only see the number of views. However, you can see who liked your Story. There are tools available to show you which content people like most and which posts reach more of an audience. If you’re using a professional account, these metrics will help you to grow your followers and increase your reach.
Can I watch my videos to increase their view count?
The short answer is yes, you can raise your view count on Instagram videos by watching them yourself. However, this feature only works for Instagram Reels. Your views of your Instagram story do not count, and replays of the story by anyone also do not count. If you really have a mindset to increase views, use one of your other accounts to watch your videos for more than three seconds.