Who Viewed My Instagram?

Learn how to see who's viewing your stories

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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.

How to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Stories

  1. If you haven't already, post a story to Instagram by tapping your profile picture bubble (labeled Your Story) at the top of your feed.

  2. Wait patiently for your followers to discover and view your story. If you only have a few followers (as opposed to hundreds or thousands), you might need to wait more than just a few minutes.

  3. Tap your profile picture bubble at the top of your feed to view your story.

  4. 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.

    A screenshot of the Instagram app for iOS.

    If you don't see this 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.

  5. Tap the profile picture bubbles with the Seen by # label to open up 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.

    A screenshot of the Instagram app for iOS.

    You can 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 from them so they can't view it again or alternatively the mail icon beside their name to send them a direct message.

  6. 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.

    You can customize your story settings any time you want, even when you don't currently have any live stories, from your account settings. Navigate to your profile, tap the menu icon in the top right, tap Settings, scroll down to Privacy and Security and select Story Controls.

  7. 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. You can tap that notification to open the story's view tab to see exactly who viewed it.

    A screenshot of the Instagram app for iOS.

    You can 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.

  8. 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, absolutely anyone can tap on your profile picture to view your stories.

Keep in mind that whenever you view someone else's story, they'll be able to 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.