How to Hide Instagram Stories
Ever since Snapchat gave the world a whiff of the stories feature, they have been blowing up all across the internet. In fact, they became so popular that Instagram couldn’t help but adopted this feature. But the giant social media platform didn’t only grab a hold of this feature, it has popularized and perfected it. Be that as it may, the 21st century is all about filtering content and you don’t have to unfollow someone just to prevent their stories from appearing on your screen.
Here’s how to hide Instagram stories.
Why Would You Want to Hide a Story?
Instagram stories are simple to shuffle through. You just tap the middle or right part of your screen to go to the next story or the left part of your screen to go back to the previous one. Swipe left/right to skip to the next person’s stories. With such easy navigation, is it really that bothersome to simply swipe right/left when you don’t want to see some content? Well, it may not seem like it, but if you follow a ton of people (as many Instagrammers do), it may become a massive waste of time.
Most people would rather have relevant content that will entertain, inform, and/or inspire.
Alternatively, you may want to prevent a particular person from viewing your stories, whether they’re following you or not. Whatever the reason, you should be able to prevent people from viewing. Instagram knows this and has made it very much possible to do so.
Hiding Someone Else’s Stories
Although it essentially means permanently hiding stories from a particular Instagram user that you follow, it is called Mute/Unmute on Instagram. Why wouldn’t you simply unfollow them and be done with it? Think about this. You may like a person and want them in your life but, for whatever reason, have a distaste for their Instagram content. If you unfollow someone, they will find out and might not take it so lightly. This is why you can easily mute someone’s stories without them knowing it.
This is very simple to do and fairly straightforward. Just go to the story bar at the top of Instagram’s screen, find the story that you wish to mute and hold the person’s story icon (do not tap their story, as this will simply display it). In the pop-up menu that appears, tap Mute and you won’t be seeing any stories from this person from this point on.
If you want to unmute a person, go back to the stories bar and scroll all the way to the end, where you’ll see the muted stories grayed out. Hold them and tap Unmute. You can do this as many times as you like.
Hiding Your Stories
Alternatively, you may want to prevent a particular profile from seeing your stories. Maybe the content of your stories simply doesn’t concern them or maybe you don’t them spamming reposting your stories. Whatever the reason, you can hide your stories from someone else’s feed, whether they’re your followers or not.
To hide your stories from a profile, go to Settings (profile avatar icon and then the three horizontal lines). Go to Privacy and then tap Story followed by Hide Story From. In the list that appears, select the profile or profiles that you want to prevent from seeing your stories. After you’re done selecting, tap Done.
Another way to hide your story from someone is to go to your story and tap the number that indicates how many people have seen it. From there, go to the three-dot symbol next to their name and tap Hide Story From [Their Username].
Additionally, you can hide your story from the hashtag or location page. You can check whether your story is appearing at either of the mentioned pages by entering the screen that displays those that have seen your story. Tap the x in every hashtag/location that you don’t want the story to appear in.
Who Can See My Story?
If your account is in private mode, only the allowed people can access it and see your posts and stories. You can hide your stories from them but they’ll still be able to see your posts. To activate private mode, go to Settings, tap Privacy, navigate to Account Privacy, and flip the switch to on next to the Private Account setting.
If your account is public, anyone who stumbles upon your account can also see your stories. All they need to do is go to your profile and tap the profile picture. This will show them all of your active stories. Of course, you can hide your stories from anybody who isn’t connected to you – by accessing your story and following the previously outlined instructions.
Instagram Story Privacy
When it comes to stories, you are in total control of who sees them and what. This is very convenient and also necessary, as stories have emerged as Instagram’s signature top feature. The only thing that you can’t control about stories are the ads that are bound to appear in your feed.
Have you ever hidden your stories from someone? What about muting someone? What for? Feel free to discuss in the comments section below.