How to view Instagram Stories without them Knowing?
Since its launch in August 2016, Instagram Stories has become one of the most popular features on the platform. More than 500 million people use Instagram Stories every day, according to the company.
But what are they, exactly? And are they safe?
Here’s a look at what Instagram Stories are, how they work and what privacy risks you should be aware of.
What are Instagram Stories?
Instagram Stories are short, photo and video-based posts that disappear after 24 hours. They appear in a separate feed from the rest of your Instagram posts, and you can see who has viewed each one. You can add filters, stickers and text to your Stories, and there are also a number of creative tools, such as the ability to create Boomerangs (short, looping videos) and add music.
How do Instagram Stories work?
To create an Instagram Story, tap the “+” icon at the top of your feed or swipe right from anywhere in the app. This will open the camera, where you can take a photo or video or choose one from your camera roll.
Once you’ve taken or chosen a photo or video, you can edit it with filters, stickers, text or any of the other creative tools. When you’re finished, tap “Share” to add it to your Story.
Your Story will appear in a separate feed at the top of your followers’ feeds, and they can view it by tapping on your profile photo. Stories appear in chronological order, and each one is marked with a colored ring around your profile photo so people know it’s new.
As with regular posts, you can see who has viewed each of your Stories by tapping on the view count at the bottom of the post. Unlike regular posts, though, Stories don’t show who has liked or commented on them.
What are the privacy risks of Instagram Stories?
There are a few privacy risks to be aware of when using Instagram Stories.
First, unlike regular posts, Stories are public by default. That means anyone who follows you can see them, unless you change your privacy settings. Second, when you share a photo or video to your Story, it’s also shared with Instagram’s servers. That means the company has a copy of it, even if you delete it from your Story. Finally, as with regular posts, anyone can take a screenshot of your Story. So if you’re sharing something sensitive, be aware that it could be saved without your knowledge.
To make your Story private, tap the “privacy” icon at the bottom of the screen before sharing it. This will let you choose whether to share it with everyone, just your followers or only people you select. You can also control who can see your Story by adding it to a close friends list. Only people on that list will be able to see it. To do this, go to your profile, tap the menu icon in the top right and select “Close Friends.” From there, you can add and remove people from your list.
Finally, keep in mind that even if you make your Story private, people you’ve shared it with can still take screenshots and share it with others. So if you’re sharing something sensitive, it’s best to share it with only people you trust.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to view Instagram stories without them knowing:
1. Log out of your Instagram account and then log back in using a private browsing window. This will ensure that your account is not being tracked.
2. Find the person whose story you want to view and click on their profile.
3. When their profile opens up, click on the three dots in the top right corner.
4. From the drop-down menu, select “Add to Close Friends.”
5. Once you’ve added them to your Close Friends list, their stories will appear in a separate feed that only you can see.
6. To view someone’s story, simply click on it and it will start playing.
7. Once you’re done viewing the story, close the private browsing window and you will automatically be logged out of your account.
That’s all there is to it! By following these steps, you can view Instagram stories without them knowing.
As a bonus tip, you can also use this method to view Snapchat stories without them knowing.