How To See Who Viewed your Instagram Stories

Posted by Peter on November 30, 2019

Everyone loves a bit of Instagram, right? And its Stories feature – the ability for users to produce a daily slide show of images that you can use to tell others about your day before they disappear after 24 hours – has been a big hit. Now with over 150 million users, Instagram Stories clearly has a few fans.

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But the functionality of the app isn’t always easy to get to grips with. So here’s a series of tips and tricks with step-by-step guides to help you fully enjoy fully enjoy using Instagram Stories.

In this edition of the Tips and Tricks series, we take a look at: How to See Who Viewed Your Story.


How do I know who sees my Instagram Stories?

We all like to share stuff. But the best bit about the whole process is seeing who has seen it. We all want to know who’s checking us out. If a person starts messaging you about a story, then you can be pretty sure they’ve viewed it. But what about when nobody makes a sound. Then what?

To check if someone has viewed your Instagram story, select the app, and go to the home screen. You should see a screen similar to this:

You should see a bunch of circles at the top of your screen; these are all stories of the people you follow. To view someone’s story, including your own, you need to click or touch the circle of your choice. If you see someone’s story, you will show up in the left corner of the specific story you saw.

To make your own Instagram story, click the camera icon in the upper left corner above your own story icon. When you’ve created a story and click “Your Story,” it will appear in your story. Once this happens, you can view who has seen your story for the next 24 hours.

Above, you can see a story that I created using a picture for my gallery. In the bottom left-hand corner, you can see the number of people who have seen the story; in this case, it’s 23 for this specific story, but because I have more stories, this amount may be incorrect.

More people see your first story than your last for two reasons: When someone swipes right, they’ll always see your first story, and you can skip the rest of someone’s story by swiping right instead of touching or clicking right. If you want to see who has seen all of your stories, including the first one on your screen, click the “Seen by __” in the left-hand corner.

In the blue box, you can see all of my stories from the past 24 hours. The first story captioned “Wavy hair” has 46 views, while the bingo card has 23 views. Since I am looking at the bingo card, I can see all of the individual people who looked at my story. The only way you wouldn’t know who saw your story is if you literally don’t know the person. Instagram keeps track of every single person who looked at your story.

If you want to check your other stories and see the itemized list of people, click the story you want to see, and another menu will pop up. Most likely, the person who saw your 4th story saw your 1st story, but someone who saw your 1st story may never see your 4th unless your 4th story replaces the rest of your stories and becomes the 1st. As stated, it’s more likely people will see your 1st story than your last.

Checking analytics is your next step. If you have a business account, this list will appear so you can track how many people view your story, press next, exit your story, or follow because they saw your story. This is helpful if you want to grow a decent following on your Instagram account.

Click or press the graph icon marked by the red box on the screen to view this page. If you’re not worried about growing a channel, these statistics won’t mean much to you, but they are cool to look at. To exit these screens, click back on your phone, and you will return to the home screen.

Only you can see who has visited your story and how many visits it has had. If it’s a total failure, you’ll be thankful for this little detail.

Are you getting tired of the pictures on your Instagram? Want to know how to delete them all? Check out our blog post about removing all of those unwanted photos!

Can anyone tell if someone screenshots your photo or story post? Click here to find out.

Are you tired of continually scheduling posts on Instagram day by day? Don’t you wish there was a program to do that for you? Check out our blog post on the best Instagram schedulers!

Want to take better selfies for your Instagram stories? Pick up a selfie light!


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