All Pros and Cons of Viewing Instagram Stories Anonymously & How to Be a Good Stalker
Nowadays, IG opens up limitless possibilities for both self-expression and business development.
15:10 20 April 2021
That's why more and more people find the platform more and more exciting. Like any other platform, Instagram gives people the chance to become more open and friendly, but at the same time, it also develops vulnerability. Some “unscrupulous” users do not mind taking advantage of this openness and using other users' data (often content) for their commercial purposes through stalking (watching user's content anonymously) and downloading. In this way, openness can lead to bad consequences.
Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of stalking and how to become a good stalker (watch IG Stories anonymously) without hurting other users.
The pros of anonymous Insta Stories watching
- Spying on competitor's content
I agree that sometimes a user doesn't need to know that his rival is watching for his content. In that case, anonymous viewing is the best option. That way, you can improve your business strategy on IG by analyzing your competitor's Stories, IGTV, and other content.
- Rare spying on ex-girlfriend or boyfriend
Curiosity is a typical human trait, but within limits, of course, all the more so when it comes to an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend. In this case, anonymous browsing will help you satisfy your need for curiosity without the other party's notice.
- Spying without having an IG account
If you've deleted your Insta account and don't want to deal with it anymore but still don't mind spying on InstaStories of users you're interested in, you're welcome to join the ranks of stalkers. With today's online stalkers, you may watch IG Stories anonymously without having your personal account.
The cons of anonymous Insta Stories watching
- Information theft
It is one of the most unpleasant consequences of stalking. Users (especially in business theft) can steal information and use it for their commercial purposes or present it on their behalf. But such cases are not very common.
In any case, if you put some information on the net, people may use it (but only for their personal use and not for commercial purposes), and that's OK. That's what openness is all about.
- Stalking affects people's mental state, especially their vulnerability
Of course, no one wants to be in the shoes of someone stalked and constantly feels unpleasant anxiety. But this happens when the stalker (most often a fake account) starts commenting inappropriately or committing other actions on IG against your account.
Luckily, nowadays, Insta has a “blocking” function or generally a possibility to create private accounts to keep yourself safe from "unintelligent'' users.
- Constant spying on ex-girlfriend or boyfriend
Sometimes simple curiosity can escalate into something bigger, and you can't get rid of constant spying. You want to put the past behind you, but it's not always easy.
How to be a good stalker and watch IG Stories anonymously
There are many easy ways to watch IG Stories anonymously today: tricky ways or via using special tools.
Method 1. Airplane mode feature
The airplane mode or Wi-Fi switch-off "blocks" the Internet connection, and you may browse a Story without the Internet: your nickname won't be shown among Stories "viewers".
To browse a Story this way:
- open the IG page to reload (refresh) the Stories line;
- turn on "flight mode" on your phone using Settings on Android or swiping from the screen bottom to the top on iPhone;
- switch again to Insta to view the Story.
Method 2. "Sneak Peak"
Simply put, it is a partial swipe from the next Story. This way is quite a simple one to watch IG Stories anonymously. The idea is to open the Story next to the desired one, then hold it down and partially swipe back up to the one you're interested in. Don't open it to the end, or you'll end up on the list of people who've viewed it.
NB: this method is only suitable for viewing pictures in Stories, not videos.
Method 3. Online tools and third-party apps
There are specially designed instruments such as online viewers (StoriesDown, Insta-Stories, SmiHub, Stories-IG, etc.) or phone apps (Story Reposter for iPhone or Story Saver for Android). The first ones operate online (just insert a username whose Story you wish to browse into an entry field), the second ones need to be installed.
As an alternative to the tricky ways, these traditional methods can also be used if you often resort to stalking not only Stories but also profiles.