How To View Instagram Stories (Anonymously) Without Them Knowing

How To View Instagram Stories Anonymously
View Instagram Stories Anonymously

In the 21st century, Instagram’s reels and stories have become inseparable parts of our lives. We often find ourselves caught in them when we spend time on Social Media. This is because we cannot hold back the urge to view the stories uploaded by the people we are following. But what if you want to desperately view someone’s story but without letting them know that you’ve viewed it?

There can be several reasons why you want to view someone’s story anonymously. You might want to know what your Ex is up to, or you just want to stalk your crush. There may be other reasons as well. Marketing experts and influencers may want to check out the Instagram stories of their competitors without listing themselves as one of the viewers.

Whatever be your reason, to watch someone’s Instagram story anonymously, you don’t have to go any further to see how to do it. In this article, we have put down four feasible methods to view someone’s Instagram story without letting them know.

Without wasting any time, let’s dive right into them.

Trick 1: Swipe Back

This is one of the easiest and popular maneuvers to view someone’s Instagram story without getting caught! Let’s see what this trick is about:

First of all, sign in to your Instagram account and find the story that you want to watch anonymously. Now move forward and tap to view the next story in line.

Pause the story that you’re currently watching, and now you need to swipe back slowly towards the story that you wish to see. Keep swiping backward until you reach the middle of both the profiles. Both the adjacent stories will appear as sides of a 3D rectangle.

At this point, you will be able to peep into their story without mentioning your name to the story viewers. Make sure that the entire process is done without any hurry; otherwise, the owner will get to know you’ve viewed their story.

This method has considerable disadvantages, first being that you cannot watch any video uploaded in the story, and you can only watch the first story on the profile and not the next ones.

Trick 2: Airplane Mode

This is another straightforward way to secretly view Instagram stories on the Instagram app. It uses the Airplane mode that is present on both Android and iOS Smartphones. Let’s see how to view stories anonymously using this trick.

First of all, you simply need to open the Instagram app and log in to your account.
Next, wait for at least thirty seconds so that all the stories can load on the app.

Now enable the Airplane mode on your Smartphone and head back to the Instagram app and watch all the pre-loaded stories.

Since you’re viewing the stories in Airplane mode, Instagram will never know you’ve viewed these stories.

After viewing the stories, close and force quit that app so that it does not run even in the background.

Now disable the Airplane mode and launch the Instagram app as you would. Congrats! You’ve viewed the stories anonymously.

Trick 3: Install Chrome Extension

This trick works if you want to view the stories on the desktop browser. It involves a Chrome Extension ‘Chrome IG Story’ that can be downloaded from Chrome Web Store. Let’s see how to use this extension to view Instagram stories without anyone knowing.

First of all, visit the Chrome Web Store and download the ‘Chrome IG Story’ extension (no need to sign-up). If you use Firefox as your default browser, you should download the ‘StoriesWatcher’ extension. This extension lets you watch Instagram stories anonymously without creating an account.

Now visit Instagram on the web and login into your account.
After signing in to Instagram, watch all the stories as usual, and you will not leave a single trace behind.

Note: If you're not comfortable with downloading the extension, you can head to their website and view and download all the stories.

Trick 4: Use Third-Party apps

If you want to be foolproof and not want to add your name to the view count, it’s best to use third-party apps. One added advantage of using third-party apps is that you’ll be able to download the stories as well.

There are several third-party apps available to view and download stories. It’s best to use the ‘Story Reposter’ app for iOS Smartphones and the ‘Story Saver’ app for Android. Search and download these apps from App Store or Google Play Store.

Once installed, log in to these apps using Instagram credentials and search for the account by entering the name in the search box. You’ll see all the stories and highlights uploaded by that account in a feed format.

Since you’re using a third-party app to view the stories, the view will not be counted.
Bonus: If you use Instagram on Desktop, visit and type the username of the account. If that Instagram account is public, all the stories uploaded by them will be available on this website.


These all the 4 tried and tested ways to view someone’s Instagram story without leaving behind any view. You can try all of these methods once and stick to a technique that seems almost foolproof. Do you know any other way to view Instagram stories anonymously? Let us know in the comments.

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