It’s hard to think that Instagram Stories, which debuted in 2016, has evolved into a better method to engage your friends, family, and fans with your daily dose of material. This is due to the fact that it appears atop Instagram posts when you first open the app and immediately moves on to the next user’s content, making it easier to reach than ordinary posts.
However, Stories, like anything else in life, has its own set of drawbacks. While any of your followers or anyone (if your account is public) can see your post without liking it or notifying you that they saw it, watching someone’s Stories notifies them that you saw it until the tale expires.
This implies that if you watch someone else’s Instagram Story, they’ll be able to see if you saw it. Is it possible to examine someone’s Story without them knowing? That’s why we’ve come to investigate.
Why you may want to view someone’s IG Stories privately?
If you’re wondering why someone would want to watch other people’s Stories without telling them, there are a few possibilities.
- Stop businesses and merchants from targeting you with adverts on Instagram when you’re shopping for their products.
- Keeping an eye on someone you know, such as an ex or a crush (something you should never do!)
- Keep an eye on a slanderous account without informing the account’s owner.
to look at a competitor’s product/page brand’s
- Without the influencer’s knowledge, brands can validate their material.
- Examine the material of an Instagram user who has blocked you.
Can you view Instagram Stories Anonymously?
Yes, but it comes with its own set of constraints. While there is no official way to browse Instagram Stories secretly, there are numerous workarounds that allow you to do so. Setting your account to “Private” does not prevent your name from appearing in the list of persons who have watched another person’s Story. When you touch on someone’s article, both Public and Private accounts will be added as “viewers.”
What types of Instagram Stories are available for private viewing? It’s vital to note that you can only see Instagram users’ Stories if their accounts are set to Public. You won’t be able to see Instagram Stories from individuals who have set their account visibility to ‘Private,’ as you might assume. This restriction also applies to tales that are shared with someone’s “Close Friends” group. There is no way to access Stories that someone posts for their “Close Friends” without using a workaround.
How to View Instagram Stories Anonymously or Privately
If you’ve made up your mind and want to see someone’s Instagram Story privately, you may use one of the techniques listed below to get started.
Method #01: The easy and the most annoying way
Using your phone’s Airplane or Flight mode is the simplest of the options we’ve described here, but it can also be the most inconvenient.
To utilize this method, go to the user’s Instagram profile page and make sure you can see their posts. You can only see someone’s post if their profile is set to public or if you’re one of their follows. Wait a few seconds for their Stories to load on your phone after you’ve visited their profile page. If the person’s profile image appears at the top of your Instagram Home Screen, you can also do this from there.
When a story has been loaded, a red and orange ring appears around the user’s profile picture (or a green ring if you’re one of their “Close Friends”). Turn on Airplane mode or Flight mode on your smartphone from Quick Settings on Android or Control Centre on iOS when this ring displays.
Open the person’s Story by touching on them once Airplane mode is turned on. Depending on whether Instagram loaded their Stories for you, you can see as many as you want. Return to the Instagram home screen and force close the app after seeing their Stories.
Swiping the app screen upwards from the Recents on iOS will close it.
After deleting the Recent Apps panel on Android, not all apps terminate immediately. On Android, go to the app’s App Info (by touching and holding on Instagram’s app icon) and select the ‘Force stop’ option to force close apps.
If you don’t close Instagram properly, your view will register on their list of people who saw their story.
There’s another simple way to read someone’s narrative on your phone if you don’t want to waste time putting your phone on Flight mode every time you want to see their story. This method entails creating a new Instagram account from your existing one, but there is one thing to keep in mind. On this new account, you should not publish or have any information that can be traced back to you.
Open the Instagram app on your phone to establish a new Instagram account from your existing one. Tap and hold your profile photo in the bottom right corner of the app after it’s opened.
This will open a new popup menu at the bottom. Here, tap on the ‘Add Account’ option.
Since the aim here is to create a whole new account that’s not traced back to you, select the ‘Create New Account’ option.
You’ll be prompted to create a username for your new account on the next screen. Make sure your new username isn’t the same as your old one, and that it has nothing to do with your name or your interests. After you’ve typed the username in the appropriate field, click the ‘Next’ button.
After that, you must create a password for your account. Enter a password that you prefer or let your phone suggest one for you (both Android and iOS offer a password generate tool when creating new accounts). It’s better to let Android or iOS establish a password for you because this is a secondary account that you won’t use very often.
Once you have entered a password or generated one, tap on the ‘Next’ button under it.
On the next screen, tap on the ‘Complete Sign Up’ option.
Instagram will now create a new account for you. After you’ve completed the registration process, you’ll be led to the ‘Find Facebook Friends to Follow’ screen. To avoid associating any personal information to this new account, select the ‘Skip’ option.
Next, you can either add a random profile photo or tap on ‘Skip’ to avoid adding one.
You can now see any public account’s Instagram Stories secretly using your new account. You’ll have to actively look for someone’s profile inside the Instagram app to see their new Stories because this is a new account. They won’t show up at the top of your Instagram app as they usually do.
To find someone’s account, touch the Search icon at the bottom of the Instagram app and type in their name or username to see their stories.
You can switch back to your regular Instagram account at any time once you’ve finished observing (spying!) on someone. Tap and hold the account picture icon in the bottom right corner to do so.
Select your primary account from the popup screen to return back to browsing Instagram the normal way.
Method #03: Using Stories Viewer apps and websites
Don’t worry if you’re not satisfied with any of the methods listed above. There are a number of programs and websites that allow you to view and save Instagram Stories discreetly. These platforms have their own features, such as the ability to download the Stories you see, and others don’t even require an Instagram account to view them. We’ve put together a list of websites and programs that you can use to sneakily check someone’s Instagram Stories.
That’s all there is to know about anonymously browsing Instagram Stories.