How To Tell Who Views your Instagram the Most
Want to know if someone in particular has been checking you out? Think you have a stalker on Instagram? Want to see which posts work best for your audience? Want to see who views your Instagram the most? This tutorial will show you how to identify your audience so you can better cater to them.
Currently, Instagram has no official indication system that shows you who views what and when. You post, set your privacy settings and let it be viewed or ignored as your audience dictates. It would be nice to see who viewed what but that’s a little intrusive. Instagram tries to balance privacy and freedom of movement on the app alongside analytics and I think it does a good job.
Business users can identify the most popular days and times of views but ordinary users cannot. It still won’t show you who views your posts, just your Stories so it isn’t perfect. I’ll show you the business side of things in a second, first let’s deal with individual users.
Who views your Instagram the most?
Even though you cannot officially tell who views your Instagram the most, there are indicators. There are also apps that say they can show you who visits your Instagram but everyone I asked who had used one said they didn’t work.
The only way to see who viewed your Instagram is through Stories. If they are public, Stories will show who viewed them. Select a Story and you should see a list of people who have viewed it. If you’re lucky, the list will be long. If you’re not, it will be much shorter.
There is a theory that the person at the top has viewed your Instagram Story the most while the person at the bottom viewed it the least. This is only a theory as Instagram have not denied or confirmed it either way. There is a decent amount of anecdotal evidence that frequent visitors to an Instagram Story will appear high in the list of viewers but this isn’t proof by any means.
However, unless you convert your Instagram account to a business account, it’s the only way to know.
Use a business account to see who views your Instagram the most
Instagram provides some analytic tools to business accounts to help them identify audiences and better promote your company or product. One of the metrics you can analyze is viewers and is a sure way to see who views your Instagram and when.
The downside is obviously that you need to convert your Instagram into a business account.
- Open Instagram and select the Menu.
- Select Options and Switch to Business Profile.
- Add your Facebook Business Page when prompted for them to verify, or skip.
- Add your business email or phone number when prompted.
Instagram may or may not verify your business before switching your account. They may check it and only let you switch if you have a business email. Feedback is mixed with some switchers saying their account was changed overnight with no checks and others saying they received an email at their business address telling them the account had been switched.
Wait at least seven days for data to accumulate within your Instagram account. Then:
- Look at the top of your Instagram profile at the views counter.
- Select that counter to see when the most people visited.
- Select Insights and Audience.
- Look at Followers to see what time of day the most people visited your Instagram.
- Select a post you uploaded after you converted to a business account.
- Check the small bookmark icon to see how many people screenshotted it.
Using third party apps to see who views your Instagram the most
There are a few apps that say they can tell you who views your Instagram account. Apps such as Reports+ For Instagram, Social Track and Social Fans, among others say they can tell you who views your Instagram the most. Most reviews and news reports say that none of these apps are reliable, so use at your own risk.
Plus, some third-party apps want you to provide your Instagram login rather than just linking your account. Linking allows third party apps to access certain datapoints from your account. Others request you give your password to it to allow it to access the same data. It stands to reason that you should never, ever provide your Instagram password to any app, however good it says it is.
On one hand it’s a shame you cannot see who views your Instagram the most. On the other hand, it stops you targeting them with tuned posts or from knowing exactly who likes your stuff. This mystery adds an element of mystique to the app that just adds to the excitement I think!