View hidden Instagram stories: anonymously, online
If you're no longer seeing someone's stories on Instagram and want to know if they've hidden them from you, here is this article we'll show you how to find out. We'll also explain how you can view a story without being seen.
How to know if Instagram stories are being hidden from you?
Most social networks allow you to set privacy settings that protect your safety and privacy. Instagram offers a range of privacy settings based on its features. For example, you can make your account private and accessible only to friends. However, you can also block your stories from those already following you. Finding out if someone has hidden their Instagram stories from you is very simple.
Note that if the person with a private account does not accept your follow request, you will not be able to see their stories or their content in general (except for their profile picture, username, bio and a number of posts, followers, and followed).
- Use Instagram without registering
If you log in to Instagram without registering, you can check if you see the stories of a public profile that do not appear if you log in with your account. If this is the case, the user will have blocked your stories. To do so, you only have to enter the URL of the Instagram account in your browser's search bar and ensure that you are not logged in.
- Use another account
Another effective trick is to log in to the profile of the person you suspect has hidden stories from you but from a different account than yours (by asking someone else to log in to see it). If the other account has the stories open, but yours doesn't, then the user has hidden their stories from you.
- Create a new account
Along the same lines as the previous trick, if you want to check for yourself, you can create a new account and log in to the profile of the person in question. Note that this method is not foolproof, as the person may have the profile set to private, as well as restricting the viewing of their stories to whoever they wish or only showing them to the 'Best Friends' list on the social network.
- Review Facebook profile
Many users have their Facebook and Instagram accounts synced, so it's likely that if this is the case for the account you suspect has hidden stories from you, you can go directly to their Facebook account if you have added them. If their stories are displayed on Facebook but not Instagram, the user may have hidden them from you.
How to view Instagram stories anonymously?
- Airplane mode
If you want to see your friends' stories without them knowing (without appearing on their seen list), open your Instagram account in airplane mode from your phone. This way, you can browse stories, and Instagram will not record that you have seen them, and you won't appear on the list of people that have viewed a story. However, airplane mode will disconnect you from the internet, so unless the Instagram story in question has already been downloaded, viewing it might not be possible.
- External page
There are also external sites, such as InstaNavigation, where you don't have to enter your credentials or sign in to view someone's stories in hidden mode.
In order to use it, go to the InstaNavigation page. Enter the username of the account whose stories you want to hide and click the magnifying glass to locate it. If the account is public, the stories will be loaded, and you can view them without leaving a record. However, this method does not work for accounts that are private.
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