How to View Instagram Stories Without Them Knowing

Written by Barry Allen

August 30, 2022

How to View Instagram Stories Without Them Knowing

If you are one of those people who feel shy to watch your crush’s story or if you are avoiding your friend’s story because of some sweet little fights, but you have that desire in you to know what your friend is doing, whether they miss you or not, and the urge for the gong, then we got you covered. In this article, we will see how you can View Instagram Stories Without Them Knowing that you have watched them.

There are numerous third-party apps that we have talked about in one of our articles (how to view Instagram stories without an Instagram account). If you read that article, you will get to know the name of some third-party apps that will allow you to view the story anonymously. Moreover, in this article, we will not use a third-party app; instead, we will discuss some tricks that will help you view the story without downloading any app on your phone. So let’s get started, shall we?

Tricks to View Instagram Stories Without Them Knowing

Various tricks are renowned among people who are well-versed with Instagram. Let us see how you can use those tricks to view someone’s story anonymously on Instagram.

Trick 1: Turn Off Your Mobile Data or Wifi

This trick is straightforward to perform. Follow the steps to know how you can watch Instagram stories without them knowing.

Step 1. Open your Instagram app. Make sure you have a good internet connection while doing this.

Step 2. Wait for a minute to get the story loaded. Once you see the story of that person whose account you want to view anonymously, close the Instagram app.

Step 3. Turn off your Internet.

Step 4. Wait for one to two minutes.

Step 5. Open your Instagram app again and click on the story you want to view anonymously.

Step 6. The other will not know that you watched their story with this method.

This way, you can watch anyone’s story just by turning off your Internet.

Trick 2: View the Story Present Next To The Main Story

This trick is well-known, but remember, you can not watch the whole story through this trick, nor can you watch the video in the story. You only get to see a glimpse of the story. To know how this trick works, follow the given steps.

Step 1. Open your Instagram app and ensure you have a good internet connection.

Step 2. Now, view the story on either the left or right sides of the main story.

Step 3. Long press on the story to pause it.

Step 4. Slowly swipe the story to whichever side the main story is present. Do not rush, as you don’t have to view the whole story. Do not swipe entirely, as the user will get to know that you have watched their story.

Step 5. You can try doing this with the stories you watch. Once you get comfortable doing this, only then head to do this with the story you want to see anonymously.

How to View Instagram Stories Without Them Knowing

Remember that you won’t be able to view the user’s full story, be it image or video.

Trick 3. Turn On Airplane Mode

The purpose of the airplane mode is to disconnect all the signals of your phone; however, it can also be used to view Instagram stories without them knowing. To know how this works, follow the given steps.

Step 1. Open your Instagram app while you are connected to the Internet.

Step 2. Let the story get loaded completely.

Step 3. Once it does, turn on the airplane mode

Step 4. Wait for one minute.

Step 5. View the story that you wanted to view anonymously.

Because the Internet connection is not there, you might be unable to view the complete video. Read the following trick to know how you can view Instagram stories completely and too anonymously.

Trick 4: Through Another Account

Creating another account on Instagram is as common as creating a single account. Almost all users must have more than one account on Instagram. In this trick, you have to take help from another account. But ensure that the person whose story you will see anonymously is unaware of this account.

Switch to your second account. You must know how to switch accounts if you have created another account. If not, allow me to tell you that you have long pressed on the profile icon given at the bottom right. It will present you with different accounts you have created from which you have to tap one. Once switched to another account, search for the user profile through the Instagram search bar. Now, you can view the story without revealing who you are.

But if you have only one account, follow the steps to learn how to create another account.

Step 1. Open the Instagram app.

Step 2. Click on the profile icon at the bottom.

Step 3. Click on the menu bar.

Step 4. Scroll down to Add a Switch account written in blue.

How to View Instagram Stories Without Them Knowing

Step 5. Click on the add icon.

Step 6. Click on create a new account.

Step 7. Enter your username. Click on next

Step 8. Enter your password.

Step 9. Enter your date of birth.

Step 10. Click on complete sign-up.

Step 11. Once you have created another account, you can view anyone’s profile without revealing your identity. Remember, when signing up, click on do not sync contacts as the user may get to know that you are one of their contacts.


In this article, we saw how you could view Instagram stories without revealing who you are with the help of four different tricks.



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