If you watch someone's Instagram Stories, your name will appear in the list of people who have viewed it. But sometimes, you may want to view stories anonymously for any reason. Fortunately, there are some secret tricks you can try depending on whether the person's profile is private or public. Here's how to view Instagram Stories without them knowing on your iPhone.
How to view private Instagram stories without them knowing
Step 1. Open the Instagram app on your iPhone.
Step 2. At the top, you will see all the stories. (See the image below and then read this step to the end before implementing.)
In the image, there are two stories: one is from the person whose story you want to see without letting them know. The second story is from another person whose story is next in order.
Then he plays someone else's story. Now immediately tap on the left side of the screen. You will see the time bar at the top stop moving.
Step 3. Now, without releasing your touch from the screen, very slowly start moving your finger to the right side. Now you will begin to see that person's story.
Don't let go of your touch. After you've seen most of your story, swipe left and tap off when you're on the other person's story.
What we did above is basically take a look at history. You don't get to see 100 percent of the entire story area, but you get a pretty relevant look.
When you exit stories completely, you'll see that the ring is still colorful around that person's profile photo, further confirming that you haven't officially viewed their story yet.
How to View Public Instagram Stories Anonymously
If you want to view the story of a person whose Instagram account is public, follow the steps below.
Step 1. View and take note of the username of that account.
(Tap and hold the person's story thumbnail. A pop-up window will appear at the bottom of the screen. Here you can see the full username. You can also tap View Profile to see the full username.)
Step 2. Go to https://insta-stories-viewer.com/billieeilish/ in your browser (on phone or computer) and type the account username there and then tap on search.
Step 3. Scroll down (highlights, etc.).
You will see the account's Instagram story. Below the story, there is also a Save button to download it. If the story has a video, you will also see a Play/Pause button. In case there are multiple stories, you will see all of them listed there https://igsaved.com/reel/.
This method is useful if you want to view the history of an account that has blocked you (as long as the account is public).
This is how you can view stories from private and public Instagram accounts without the person knowing. Now, these were simple methods. But if you want to take things to a crazier level, another way is to make a “Finsta,” which stands for Fake Instagram Account.
Another equally crazy way is to view the story as you normally do and then immediately block that person. Do not unblock the person for the next 24 hours (the length of time a story remains visible).
Plus, if by chance the story you watched is saved as a highlight, it can stay online for a year. So if you unlock that account for next year, they'll know you viewed their story! I told you at the beginning that this is a crazy method!
You can also try using apps like Story Saver for Android. On iOS, these apps are usually removed as soon as they gain some popularity.
See also: https://tiksaved.com/