How To Tell Who Views your Instagram
If you’re an avid user of Instagram, you may wonder, “Is there a way to see who views my Instagram posts?” Do you want to know who has been checking out your Instagram stories? Do you think you might have a stalker on Instagram? Do you want to see which posts work best for your audience by seeing who is visiting your Instagram feed the most so you can cater your stories to them?
You’ll be happy to know that you can see who has been looking at your Instagram, and this TechJunkie tutorial will show you how!
Can You See Who Looks At Your Instagram?
Unless someone is commenting, liking, or sharing your posts, there is no way to tell who is viewing your posts within Instagram. There is no way to see who is viewing your profile unless they try to connect with you.
Instagram does not track who is viewing what content, nor do they track how often someone visits a profile or watches an Instagram story. Similar to Facebook, you won’t be able to see WHO views your profile and posted content.
Though some might think this would be a little intrusive on people’s privacy, others would find this type of feature immensely helpful. Instagram tries to balance privacy and freedom for all users.
Their desire for privacy means that you have the option to set your account to private, block users, and remove unwanted followers while giving others the freedom to browse content anonymously.
Even without seeing who is viewing your content and profile, there are a few ways to gain insight into particular features of the application.
Can You See Who Views Your Instagram Story?
While you can’t see who views your profile or posts, you can see who watches your Instagram Stories.
All you need to do is navigate to your Story, which you can do by clicking your profile icon at the top left of your screen. Once you open your Story, swipe up, and you’ll be able to see how many people have watched your story and who these users are. You can scroll down to see all the people who have viewed your Story.
While this only applies to Stories, it can give you a decent idea of who is paying attention to your posts.
If you’re wondering who is viewing your story multiple times, there is a theory about this. Instagram has provided no official word about how they order the viewers on the list we’ve discussed above. This theory states that those who appear at the top are those who have viewed your content the most.
Instagram uses algorithms to connect you with content that appeals to your interests giving this theory some plausibility.
Making a Private Instagram Account
If you’re concerned about someone who’s obsessively checking your content on Instagram, you can limit these unwelcome views by changing your settings to a more private mode. Doing this will limit who can see your Instagram profile and any posts, comments, or updates.
By visiting the settings on Instagram, you can toggle the privacy setting to “Private.” This setting means that your content is only available for viewing to your followers – the ones you’ve accepted as trusted viewers.
Although this doesn’t help you understand who your viewers are on Instagram, it does give you the freedom to keep your content secure.
Seeing Who Follows You On Instagram
Another insightful tool you have is checking who is following your Instagram account. Although this doesn’t let you know who is viewing your profile or posts the most, this will let you know who can see your content if your account is set to private.
To check your Instagram followers:
- Tap on the profile icon located in the bottom right-hand corner of the app
- At the top of this page, tap ‘Following.’
- Scroll through the list to see who is following your account
If you’d like to remove someone simply tap “Remove” next to their username, tap remove again to confirm. If you have privacy concerns, this is another way to ensure those viewing your Instagram content are doing so with your permission and trust.
Instagram Business Account Reporting
Instagram provides some analytic tools to business accounts to help them identify audiences and better promote their company or products on Instagram. Similar to individual accounts, this does not tell you WHO is viewing your account. You may use this tool to help you understand how well your business account is doing, not to give you insight into specific Instagram users’ activity.
A business account will let you know how many views you’re Instagram account is getting. If you’d like to migrate to a business account, we have the details here:
- Open Instagram and select the Menu in the upper right
- Tap Settings
- Then tap Account
- Tap Switch to Professional Account
- Follow the prompts to complete your Instagram Professional set up
Instagram may or may not verify your business before switching your account. They may check it and only let you switch if you have a business email. Feedback is mixed with some switchers saying their account was changed overnight with no checks and others saying they received an email at their business address telling them the account had been switched.
Wait at least seven days for data to accumulate within your Instagram account. Then:
- Look at the top of your Instagram profile at the views counter.
- Select that counter to see when most people visited.
- Select Insights and Audience
- Look at Followers to see what time of day the most people visited your Instagram.
- Select a post you uploaded after you converted to a professional (business) account.
- Check the small bookmark icon to see how many people screenshotted it.
Using Third-Party Apps To See Who Views Your Instagram The Most
You may wonder if there are third-party application that provides insight into your Instagram viewers. We have explored several apps that make these claims, and ultimately it seems that the risk is more significant than any possible benefit.
Third-party applications are downloads on your phone, computer, or tablet that gain access to your personal and private information. These downloads can lead to hacks and malware.
Some applications want you to provide your Instagram login rather than just linking your account. Linking allows third-party apps to access specific datapoints from your account.
Others request you give your password to it to enable it to access the same data. It stands to reason that you should never, ever provide your Instagram password to any app, however good it says it is.