How To See Who Viewed Your Instagram Stories
Everyone loves a bit of Instagram, right? Well, its Stories feature gives you the ability to produce a daily slide show of images that you can use to tell others about your day. Stories disappear after 24 hours, but it has certainly been a big hit! Now, with over 150 million users, Instagram Stories clearly has many fans.
Regardless, the functionality of the app isn’t always easy to grasp. So here’s a series of tips and tricks, with step-by-step guides, to help you fully enjoy using Instagram Stories.
In this edition of the Tips and Tricks series, we look at how to see who viewed your Instagram story.
How do I know who sees my Instagram Stories?
Almost everyone likes to share stuff, but the best bit about the whole process is discovering who has seen it. We all want to know who’s checking us out. If a person starts messaging you about a story, then you can be pretty sure they’ve viewed it, but what about when nobody sends a message?
To check if someone has viewed your Instagram story, open the app, and go to the home screen. You should see a screen similar to this:
There will be a bunch of circles at the top of your screen that represents stories of people you follow. To view someone’s story, including your own, you need to click or touch the circle of your choice. If you see someone’s story, you will show up in the left corner of the specific story you saw.
Note* To make your own Instagram story, click the camera icon in the upper left corner, just above your own story icon. When you’ve created a story and click “Your Story,” it will appear in your story. Once this happens, you can view who has seen your story for the next 24 hours, which is when it disappears.
As shown above, you can see a story that I created using a picture from my gallery. In the bottom left-hand corner, you can see the number of people who have seen the story. In this particular case, it’s 23 for this specific story. However, since I have more stories, this amount may be incorrect.
More people see your first story than your last for two reasons: When someone swipes right, they’ll always see your first story, and you can skip the rest of someone’s story by swiping right instead of touching or clicking right. If you want to see who has seen all of your stories, including the first one on your screen, click the “Seen by…” in the bottom, left-hand corner.
In the blue box, you can see all of your stories from the past 24 hours. The first story captioned above is “Wavy hair,” which has 46 views. The bingo card has 23 views. Since I am looking at the bingo card, I can see all of the individual people who looked at my story. The only way you wouldn’t know who saw your story is if you literally don’t know the person. Instagram keeps track of every single person who looked at your story.
If you want to check your other stories and see the itemized list of people, click the story you want to see, and another menu will pop up. Most likely, the person who saw your 4th story saw your 1st story, but someone who saw your 1st story may never see your 4th unless your 4th story replaces the rest of your stories and becomes the 1st. As stated, it’s more likely people will see your 1st story than your last.
The next step is to check your analytics.
If you have a business account, this list will appear so that you can do the following:
- Track how many people view your story
- Press next
- Exit your story
- Follow the person because they saw your story
The above features are helpful if you want to grow a decent following on your Instagram account.
To view your analytics, click or press the graph icon (marked by the red box on the screen) to view the page. If you’re not worried about growing a channel, these statistics won’t mean much to you, but they are cool to see.
To exit these screens, click back on your phone, and you will return to the home screen.
When it comes to privacy, only you can see who has visited your story and how many visits it had. If it’s a total failure, you’ll be thankful for this little detail.
As you can see, viewing who saw your Instagram Stories is not that complicated. Just follow the above guide, and you’re good to go!
Can someone tell how many times you viewed their story?
No, although that are some heavily weighted theories that those who view the stories the most will appear at the top.
Can someone tell if I screenshot a story?
Instagram tends to go back and forth on this, but currently no. Only disappearing messages on Instagram send screenshot alerts.
Can I tell who viewed my profile?
No, the only indicator that someone is snooping around is if they interact with your profile. For example, click on your Story, comment, like, share, etc.
Can I see who viewed my Instagram Story after 24 hours?
Only if you’ve set your Instagram account settings to archive your stories.