Can you see who views your Instagram Story?

Julia Moore
Instagrammers add posts and Stories to their profiles not always for fun. Sometimes they want to share interesting moments and discoveries with their subscribers, or know their opinion on a subject. Of course, instagrammers want to be aware whether their relatives and friends view their content, and whether there is a stalker keeping incognito. You can see who views your Instagram Story using the list of viewers. There you’ll get answers to all the questions above.
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How can you see who viewed your Stories?

When you open a Story, you can get its list of viewers and Insigths. If 24 hours since your Story was published haven’t passed, you can open it from your profile page. 

To see the list of viewers: 

  1. Open a Story.
  2. Tap the users icons.
  3. Switch to the tab with an eye icon.

There you see a list of viewers. By tapping a profile photo, you can get to the viewer’s page.

If you can’t see the tab with the list of viewers, it means no one watched your Story yet. If you want a user to view your Story, tag them

Can you see the list from a computer?

The list of viewers is also displayed on your Story when you watch it from a computer. But there is no Insights' tab, there are only usernames. 

Here is how you can see the list of viewers from your computer:

  1. Open a Story
  2. Tap the users’ icons.

How can you see who watched your Stories after they disappear?

You still can know who viewed your Story, even if it has disappeared from your profile page. The list of viewers is available in your Instagram Archive for 48 hours since the content was published. Stories go there automatically after 24 hours since they were posted, the time when they disappear from your profile. You won’t find Stories that you deleted manually there. 

Here is how you can see the list. 

  1. Open account settings
  2. Choose Archive
  3. Tap the menu.
  4. Choose Stories Archive
  5. Tap a Story
  6. Tap the list of viewers.
  7. Switch to the tab with an eye icon.

If there is no Story you need, check your Archive settings. 

Stories Archive settings

Stories go to the archive only if you haven’t changed the default settings. Check whether the feature works, and turn it on if it doesn’t. 

  1. Open your account settings
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Open Privacy
  4. Go to Story
  5. Tap the button near Save Stories to Archive if it’s gray. If it’s blue, the feature is turned on. 

Anonymous views

If your profile is public, people may watch your Stories anonymously. They do it using online Instagram savers or viewers. People don’t have to authorize their IG accounts on such websites. So you will never know they saw your Story. Their username won't appear on the viewers list.

If you don’t want people to watch your profile anonymously, make it private. Unfortunately, it will also disallow users to see your posts, Reels, IGTV if they are not following you. 

Read how to make your account private here

The bottom line

Now you can see who viewed your Instagram Story even after it disappeared from your profile page. Open the list of viewers on a Story in the app or on the website using a computer. Go to the Archive to see the views of a disappeared Story, it’s available only in the app. 

If you can't see who watched your Story, nobody has viewed it yet. If you can't find a Story in Archive, check the auto-save settings.

Did you find a stalker among users who watched your Story?