Social media can be a double-edged sword as it cuts both ways. Of course, once you take a look at what people are posting, it won’t appear as new anymore, but on many platforms, the person who posted it can see that you’ve viewed it.
This is usually not a problem, but sometimes you may have a reason not to want the person you follow to know that you control their content. For example, if you look at a friend’s Story on Instagram, you’ll appear in a list of users who have viewed it.
If you want to prevent this from happening, there are a few options you can use. In this article, we will take a closer look at them.
Option 1 – Wait until it’s about to be archived
Probably the easiest method, if not the most instantly satisfying, is to wait almost 24 hours after the Story has been posted.
As of early 2019, the audience list for archived stories has been removed by Instagram, so all you have to do is wait a while. Once the 24-hour time limit is almost up, you can check out the story on their profile and you shouldn’t get caught unless you’re constantly refreshing your viewer list.
However, it can be a little hard to judge that since Instagram doesn’t tell you exactly how long the Story has been. However, if you’re online when it rises, you can set a reminder to check before it disappears. Otherwise, you may want to try one of the options below.
Option 2 – Take a Look on Mobile
It’s a bit risky and doesn’t work for everyone. However, if you really need to take a look right away, you can give this method a shot. Basically what you do is:
- Open the Instagram app on your phone and go to your news feed.
- The latest news is at the top of the screen and you have to tap one of the stories to the left or right of the story you burned to sneak a peek.
- For this example, assuming you select Story to the right of your target, you should swipe right without removing your finger from the screen. You should be able to see the first picture or the first frame if it’s a video.
- Drag your finger to the left without letting the Target Story take up the entire screen. In other words, make sure that the Story you uploaded first stays on the screen all the time.
Again, this doesn’t always work and it’s pretty easy to stumble, so you might want to practice on a Story posted by someone you’re not trying to hide. If you do it right, the story should have the highlighting orange and purple circle when you return to your news feed.
Option 3 – Use Part Three Web Service
there are 3 numbersrd– Party options for viewing people’s Instagram Stories anonymously, but one important caveat – these only work on Public profiles. If it’s private, you won’t be able to see anything.
Here are some of the top 3rd-party options.
Storiesig is one of the simplest and fastest to use, although it has more limited functionality compared to other sites. You can only download Stories and Stories Highlights, but the page itself is very simple and very fast to load, no images to waste your data. It works for PC, Mac and mobile phones.
Instadp Downloader is another simple site with a few extra options if you need them. Besides downloading Stories, you can save people’s Profile pictures in the full size they were uploaded instead of the smaller size you normally see. You can also download people’s videos by pasting the video’s URL on the site. However, there is no option to download Featured Stories.
IGsave has all the options on both other websites as well as the extra useful plugin that you can download everything to your computer or mobile device or share on various social media platforms.
You Didn’t See Me, Did You?
Instagram doesn’t make it easy for you to check out people’s stories without them knowing. However, as long as their profile is set to public and you get to the story before the 24-hour timer automatically archives them, you can use one of these tricks to sneak peek.
If you have other methods that we haven’t mentioned here, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.