If you’re an avid Instagram user, ask, “Is there a way to see who viewed my Instagram posts?” you may wonder. Want to know who viewed your Instagram stories? Do you think you can have followers on Instagram? Want to see which posts work best for your audience by seeing who visits your Instagram feed the most so you can deliver your stories to them?
You’ll be happy to know that you can see who is viewing your Instagram, and this TechJunkie tutorial will show you how!
Can You See Who Viewed Your Instagram?
If someone isn’t commenting on, liking or sharing your posts, there’s no way to tell who viewed your posts on Instagram. The social media site doesn’t have any features that tell you exactly who viewed your profile unless it’s trying to connect with you.
Instagram doesn’t track who views what content or how often someone visits a profile or watches an Instagram story. Similar to Facebook, you cannot see who has viewed your profile and posted content.
While some may find this to be a bit intrusive to people’s privacy, others will find this type of feature extremely helpful. Instagram tries to balance privacy and freedom for all users.
Privacy desires mean you have the option to set your account private, block users and remove unwanted followers, giving others the freedom to browse content anonymously.
Even without seeing who viewed your content and profile, there are several ways to learn about certain features of the app.
Can You See Who Viewed Your Instagram Story?
While you can’t see who viewed your profile or posts, to be See who’s watching your Instagram Stories. To see who has viewed your Instagram stories, do this:
- Go to your Story, which you can do by clicking on your profile icon in the top left corner of your screen.
- Once you open your story, swipe up and you will be able to see a list of everyone who has viewed your story.
While this only applies to Stories, it can give you a good idea of who’s paying attention to your posts.
If you’re wondering who watched your story multiple times, there’s a theory for that. Instagram has not made an official statement on how they rank viewers on the list we discussed above. This theory states that those who appear at the top are the ones who view your content the most.
Instagram uses algorithms to connect you with content that appeals to your interests, adding some plausibility to that theory.
How to Open a Private Instagram Account
If you’re worried about someone obsessively controlling your content on Instagram, you can limit these unwanted views by changing your settings to a more private mode. Doing so limits who can see your Instagram profile and any post, comment or update.
You can change the privacy setting to “Private” by visiting the settings on Instagram. This setting means that your content can only be viewed by your followers, people you consider to be trusted viewers.
While this doesn’t help you understand who your audience is on Instagram, it gives you the freedom to keep your content safe.
See Who Follows You on Instagram
Another savvy tool you have is checking who follows your Instagram account. While this won’t let you know who has viewed your profile or posts the most, it will let you know who can see your content if your account is private.
To check your Instagram followers:
- Tap the profile icon located in the lower right 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 want to remove someone, just tap “Remove” next to their username, tap remove again to confirm. If you have privacy concerns, this is another way to ensure that viewers of your Instagram content do so with your permission and trust.
Instagram Business Account Reporting
Instagram provides some analytical tools to business accounts to help them identify target audiences and better promote their company or product on Instagram. Similar to individual accounts, this one does not tell you who viewed your account. You can use this tool to help you understand how well your business account is doing, not to tell you about the activities of specific Instagram users.
A business account will let you know how many times your Instagram account has been viewed. If you’d like to switch to a business account, you can find the details here:
- Open Instagram and Menu top right
- Faucet Settings
- Then tap Bill
- Faucet Switch to Professional Account
- Follow the prompts to complete your Instagram Professional setup
Instagram may or may not verify your business before changing your account. They can check and only let you switch if you have a work email. Some changers get mixed feedback, saying that their account was changed overnight without any control, while others say they received an email to their business address informing them that the account was changed.
Wait at least seven days for the data to accumulate on your Instagram account. Later:
- Look at the top of your Instagram profile in the view counter.
- Select that counter to see when most people visit.
- choose Analytics and Audience
- To see what time of day most people visit your Instagram, look at Followers.
- Select a post you uploaded after converting it to a professional (business) account.
- Check the little bookmark icon to see how many people have taken the screenshot.
Using Third-Party Apps to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Most
You may wonder if there is a third-party app that provides information about your Instagram viewers. We’ve reviewed several apps that make these claims, and in the end, the risk appears to outweigh any potential benefit.
Third-party apps are apps downloaded on your phone, computer, or tablet that provide access to your personal and private information. These downloads can lead to hackers and malware.
Some apps will ask you to provide your Instagram login information instead of just linking your account. Binding allows third-party apps to access certain data points from your account.
Others ask you to give your password to give them access to the same data. No matter how good it says, it makes sense to never give your Instagram password to any app.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if someone is following my page?
We actually have a whole article on this topic here. Because Instagram doesn’t keep track of who visits your profile page, it also doesn’t track how many times someone checks your page.
While some theories suggest that your profile visitors will show up at the top of your tag lists and other lists, there is no official statement from Instagram that this is the case.
Can I tell if someone has seen my Instagram Stories?
Yes. And of course, we have more information on this topic here. Instagram Stories gives you a list of viewers, but not how many times a viewer has watched your stories.