Social Media Instagram Who Viewed My Instagram? Learn how to see who's viewing your stories by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on July 08, 2020 reviewed by Christine Baker Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Christine Baker is a marketing consultant with experience working for a variety of clients. 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Use Instagram on a PC or Mac Get Instagram for iPad What is the Galaxy S10 Instagram Mode? View Instagram on the Web Online Connect Instagram to Facebook Tools for Posting From the Desktop Tweet Share Email You won't be able to see who's viewed your regular Instagram photo or video posts, but it's pretty easy to figure out how to see who's viewed your photo or video stories. These instructions apply to Instagram for Android, iOS, and iPadOS. How to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Stories Tap your profile picture bubble at the top of your feed to view your story. Look at the lower left corner of your story. If any of your followers have already viewed it, you'll see one or multiple profile picture bubbles with a seen-by label beneath it. If you don't see this indicator yet, tap the X in the top right corner to close the story and wait a little bit longer for your followers to view it. After waiting, repeat steps three and four. Tap the profile picture bubbles with the Seen by # label to open the view tab. You'll see a list of all the people who've viewed your story, along with the total view count in the top left. Tap the X in the top right when you're done. Tap any viewer's profile picture or name to go directly to their profile. You can also tap the three dots beside their name to hide the story so that person can't view it again or alternatively the mail icon beside their name to send a direct message. Customize your story's viewing and sharing settings by tapping the gear icon in the top left corner of the story. From here, you can configure the following options: Hide Story From: Select people from your followers list to hide this story from them.Close Friends: Create a list of close friends if you only want to share this story with specific people.Allow Message Replies: Allow your followers or only followers you follow back to reply to your story or turn replies off altogether.Allow Sharing: Allow your followers to share photos and videos from your story as messages. Customize your story settings any time you want, even when you don't currently have any live stories, from your account settings. Open your profile, tap the menu icon in the top right, tap Settings, scroll down to Privacy and Security and select Story Controls. Check your notifications by tapping the heart icon in the bottom menu after the 24-hour story expiration period. Upon expiration, you should receive an automatic notification tell you how many people viewed your story. Tap that notification to open the story's view tab to see who viewed it. Screenshot Increase the chances of your story being viewed by more of your followers by keeping it around longer than the default 24-hour period. To do this, all you need to do is set your story as a Highlight. Tap to view your story and then tap the Highlight button in the bottom right. Although it will disappear from your followers' feeds after the 24-hour period, it will remain on your profile until you remove it. Consider setting your Instagram profile to private if you don't want people who don't follow you to view your stories. As long as your profile is public, anyone can tap your profile picture to view your stories. Whenever you view someone else's story, that person can see that you viewed it. There's no way to view other people' stories anonymously, so if you don't want someone to know that you're viewing their stories, your only options are to either view it through somebody else's account or not view it at all.