How to Watch Instagram Stories Anonymously

Everyone has experienced the moment when we wanted to watch Instagram stories anonymously. Whether if it was because you were curious to see what one of your followers has posted. Or you were mad at them and didn’t want to open them. But at the same time, you didn’t want them to know that you viewed their story. Whatever the reason, maybe we just wished that our name wouldn’t come up on their viewer list. While I guess we can all agree that Instagram has a lot of advantages. However, there are still a few disadvantages. Watching Instagram stories anonymously is, unfortunately, one of them. And there isn’t actually a way that so that they don’t know that I watched their story. Or is it?

Through Instagram

A tip was shared on social media on how you can do this with 3 simple steps. This tip is actually the easiest when watching someone’s story, and it takes only a few seconds to do it. So let’s just get right into it.

  • First, you have to be following the person in question. It doesn’t matter if the account is private or public. You should be on their followers’ list. You can open a fake account if you don’t want to use the real one.
  • Then you need to scroll to the top of your Instagram Story’s feed. Click on the person’s profile to the right of them (not the person in question).
  • Lastly, you need to carefully swipe left from the person’s story a little but not all the way through. Just as much as you can see their post and then carefully swipe right. So that you don’t accidentally swipe all the way to the left and open their story.

A reminder that you will only be able to watch their first Instagram story anonymously (if they posted more than one).  The videos won’t play when using this trick. You will only see a picture of how the video starts.

With Airplane Mode

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The Airplane mode trick is actually really simple. You just log into your account as usual and wait till all the stories are available. Once they are all available, close the Instagram app. Then turn on your Airplane mode (the phone that you are using doesn’t matter because both
iPhone and Android have it). The stories were pre-loaded, so the person won’t be able to tell that you viewed their story. That is because you are not connected to a Wifi/using data.

With the Siri Shortcut 

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The Siri shortcut is another method that we found useful if you want to stay anonymous while watching someone’s stories. If you don’t already have it, then you can download it for free on Appstore. Although if you have iOS 13, you won’t have to.

Then this link will give you a shortcut of seeing all the available stories once you type in their username. You can also download that story to your Camera Roll/iCloud and they won’t be notified of anything.

 Online Instagram Stories Viewer

There are many online tools that can view Instagram stories for free. They also have a button that allows you to download them doesn’t matter if they are pictures or videos. As long as they have been posted in the last 24 hours, you will be able to see them.

A reminder that this trick only works with public profiles. If this person has a private account, you won’t be able to use any tool.

  • PC:

Go to “” and type the person’s username. Don’t worry if you typed it wrong because you will get a list of people with similar usernames. You will be able to see all their available stories at the moment and when they have lastly uploaded. Once you find the profile that you were looking for, you will be able to watch their Instagram stories anonymously.

One great advantage of this app is that you don’t have to
download any extra third-party app. Even if the person has blocked you, you will see their stories since you are viewing them anonymously. You can also download their stories. This might actually be quite helpful if you are an entrepreneur and are looking for what your rivals are doing. Since they won’t know and you can prepare for your next move.


If you want to do this on your iPhone, then you only need
to download the “Story Reposter” app. Once you install it, you need to put on your Instagram details. Then you will type the accounts that you want to watch their Instagram stories anonymously.

A list of people who match with that username will show up. So you need to click on the one that you want to watch. Although you have to remember that if you are on this
person’s block list or the user has a private profile, this method won’t work. (you can try downloading the app “”)


You can use a phone if you don’t have a computer to proceed. We also have an app that you can install on Android, which does the same thing. “Story Saver for Instagram” that you can install from Google Play Store. The steps are all the same as when you are using a computer and an iPhone. So you can just scroll up to look at them.

This app also offers an option to watch only one particular story by taping on a little square icon. Then you will be able to choose if you want to “Repost it,” “Share it,” or “Save it.” If you decide to share the story on another social media, then don’t worry. The person won’t be notified. Even if you decide to save that story, they won’t be notified about it either.

What if you look at their story but it was an accident?

We have all been in this situation where we opened a
story of someone by mistake, and we just wished that we could remove our name from their viewed list. Well, if that’s the case, then we have prepared two ways on how you can fix your mistake. Follow the instructions below so that you can continue:

Blocking them

The first option is blocking them:

Let’s say that you viewed their stories by accident. Is there a way that you can undo this action? Well, let’s just say that you are in luck if you did actually view their story by accident. One way that you can remove your name from their viewed list is by blocking them.

That is because when you block someone on Instagram, then your view will no longer show up in their list. Although after you block them, make sure not to unblock them for 24 hours. Because once you unblock them, your name will re-appear on their viewed list. That is why we advise you to let them in your block list for 24 hours (or even a little longer).

Warning that once you block them, they won’t be on your followers’ list. So you will have to re-follow them again after you unblock them.
And if you follow them, of course, they will get a notification. So we advise you to think carefully before doing this trick. On the other hand, if you don’t plan on re-following after blocking them, then you can totally try this trick.

Deactivate your Instagram account for 48 hours.

The second option that you can try is deactivating your Instagram account for 48 hours. Yep, you heard us right deactivating your account is another way that we found where your name gets removed from the viewed list after your account deactivation. We know that a story only lasts for 24 hours. Although if they decide to archive their story, then they can look at their viewer list for 48 hours. That is why we recommend you deactivate your account for a little more than 48 hours, just to be sure.

After these 48 hours have passed, you can reactivate your account and just continue using Instagram like always. This can be hard if you are addicted to Instagram, and we don’t blame you, honestly. There are lots of fun things that you can do on Instagram, but if you accidentally opened up their story, then these were the two options that we could find.

We hope that the tips on how to watch Instagram stories anonymously that we have prepared for you were useful, and if you have any further questions, then do not hesitate to contact