One of the best features Instagram has added recently is their Stories feature, allowing you to post short videos and photos that disappear after 24 hours. Although Instagram doesn’t require you to be following someone to view their stories, it’s generally a best practice not to watch random people’s stories until you’ve mutually followed each other, otherwise they may feel like you’re creeping on them!
Thankfully, there are some easy ways to view someone’s Instagram stories anonymously and without following them first. Follow along as I walk you through each one of these methods.
Method 1: Creating A New Instagram Account And Watching The Stories Without Being Logged Into Your Original Account
When you have multiple accounts, it is much easier to view stories without logging in. Simply create a new account and log out of your original account. Open up that new account and follow your target. When you find a story you want to watch, simply copy the username or add it to your followers so you can watch their future stories as well. Repeat with more accounts if needed. All of these steps are easy enough even for beginners! Good luck!
If you don’t have any other accounts but want to learn how to create one, check out the guide on creating an Instagram account here.
Method 2: Using A Browser Extension
This method only works on desktop browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. I recommend using Google Chrome since most of these extensions were created by Google engineers anyway. You can use extensions like Ghostery and uBlock Origin which will block all tracking attempts while viewing videos through Instagram’s website version instead of using their app version. In addition, both extensions offer great protection against other types of malicious code including phishing attacks and identity theft attempts as well! Just make sure that Cookie Tracking Protection is enabled on your browser when installing any of the extensions mentioned above!
Method 3: Using Airplane Mode View Instagram Stories Anonymously
Airplane mode is a great way to view Instagram stories anonymously because it makes your account invisible to anyone trying to follow you. On Instagram, when users go into airplane mode, their accounts are hidden from followers for 30 minutes. Followers will not be able to see that you’re online or active on Instagram. It’s a sure-fire way of viewing Instagram stories anonymously without being followed back or spammed by other users.
Using airplane mode also allows you to have peace of mind knowing that no one can tell what you’re doing while using Instagram. This is especially useful if you’re using an unfamiliar device and don’t want others to know where you are or what device you’re using.
So how do you get started?
- First, open up your settings menu.
- Then scroll down until you find Airplane Mode and click on it.
- Next, click Turn On.
- You’ll then be prompted with a message saying that airplane mode is now enabled and all radios are disabled.
- Once in airplane mode, open up Instagram and tap Your Story.
You’ll notice right away that your profile picture has disappeared as well as any other indicators showing who’s currently using Instagram (i.e., timestamps).
If you want to get out of airplane mode before 30 minutes pass, simply repeat these steps but choose Turn Off instead of Turn On. That’s all there is to it!
Method 4: Using Instagram Story Viewer Apps
There are several apps that you can use to view another person’s story without them knowing. When they upload images or videos, they will be available on your phone for 24 hours after they were first uploaded. This is how you can view their stories anonymously. To do so, follow these steps
Story Reposter (iOS) is a mobile app that can help you achieve this. Once downloaded, open up Instagram and go to someone’s profile. Find their most recent story and click it once. You’ll see an option at the top which says, View Story. Clicking it will take you to a screen with all of their latest posts from today’s date until midnight tonight, including any live video broadcasts that they may have posted as well as photos and videos from other people’s accounts if they shared them in their own story. The stories are arranged in chronological order, so scroll down through them to find what you’re looking for. If there is no new content on their story, then there won’t be anything to view.
For anyone else to view your stories without your knowledge or permission, you need to turn off your location services on your phone. This can be done by going into Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Off. If you do not want anyone else to see where you are when posting photos or videos on Instagram then make sure that your location is turned off before posting anything on Instagram.
Other services that can allow you view Instagram stories anonymously include:
Why Do People View Instagram Stories Anonymously?
There are so many reasons why people try to view Instagram stories anonymously. Most of those reasons are mainly personal, but the obvious ones include:
- Stalking someone
Probably your ex whom you feel too proud to let know that you’re still keeping track of their activities.
- Information gathering
This can come from law enforcement agencies, which can use social media to track the activities of their targets as indicated clearly in this case.
Is It Illegal To View Stories Anonymously?
Story privacy is a relatively new concept, and we’re still learning about it. But at least for now, viewing someone’s story without them knowing may not be explicitly illegal. If it was, you wouldn’t see all those pollsters and academics asking people to fill out anonymous surveys all of the time. However, that doesn’t mean that Instagram won’t know who you are if you view a story anonymously—it just means that you can’t get in trouble for doing so. And with that knowledge in hand, your next step is… well, there isn’t one. Enjoy your privacy! (And maybe start thinking about how you’ll make use of it.)