Best ways to see Instagram Stories anonymously
IG Stories have become the most popular content on the platform today.
09:56 21 April 2021
The majority of users immediately start browsing the latest Stories when they open their accounts, and only then the news feed — Stories engage Instagrammers. It is because they are only valid for 24 hours and then disappear. Maybe that's why they “beckon” users to refresh their feeds again and browse another batch of Stories.
The time for Stories to go viral is upon us. On the one hand, it is good that people openly share their thoughts, offers, breaking news, and inspirations with others, but sometimes you need to look at a Story of a competitor, ex-boyfriend, or ex-girlfriend, for example, and not be on the list of "Viewers".
How to see Instagram Stories anonymously using phone in-build feature, an online Instagram viewer, phone apps, and 3 more methods of Stories browsing.
Read below to find out more about each method and choose the one that is the best for you.
Six ways of anonymous Insta Stories browsing
Method 1. The airplane mode phone feature
It's a practical and sneaky way to see Instagram Stories and not to be on the list of "Viewers". Both iPhone and Android have a flight mode.
To view a Story this way, you have first to load your Insta feed, turn on airplane mode, and then go back to IG to view the refreshed Stories. The idea is that you update Stories with the Internet enabled, and when you activate the flight mode feature, you view them without the Internet, so you don't show up in the "Viewers" list, and it's still anonymous.
Method 2. Web viewers
SmiHub, Instalkr, Insta-Stories, Stories IG, Gramvio, etc., are examples of online Stories viewers. There is no need for installations or registrations — only Internet access to see Instagram Stories unnoticed. Some of the savers are multifunctional and allow you to browse a user's posts or enjoy Instagrammer's content without having your Insta acc.
An online Stories viewer operates in the following way:
- you should load a page of a service with a browser on your device;
- insert a username to view his or her Stories;
- hit a view/search button (or any other button depending on a service you've chosen).
Method 3. Browser extension
This method is also widely used but requires some additional steps to start the browsing. A web browser extension needs installation (Chrome IG Story extension or StoriesWatcher for Firefox). Still, at the same time, you may freely see Instagram Stories even without having your own IG profile (after installation of a browser extension).
Method 4. Apps for mobiles
If you're someone who enjoys frequent anonymous viewing of Stories from a mobile phone, you might also want to consider unique apps which, of course, require installation from the Play Store or App Store. For example, you may try a Story Reposter app (iPhone) or StorySaver (Android).
After installing the app, log in to your IG profile and find through a search bar or your followers list a user whose Stories you desire to browse anonymously.
Method 5 "Sneak Peak"
It is another tricky way to see Instagram Stories "discreetly". You should partially open up the Story you desire. But let me say straight away that you will only be able to view pictures, not videos.
To watch a Story with this method, load a Story next to the wished one, hold the screen and swipe from left to right to partially open the necessary Story.
Be careful not to open the Story entirely, or you will appear on the list of those who have viewed it, which means the mission of anonymous viewing has failed.
Method 6. Fake accounts
If you don't like using any external tools, you may also resort to creating another account. This method is slightly outdated nowadays, as IG administrators block more and more fake accounts. Nevertheless, if you are smart about creating an account and managing it correctly, this method has its place too.
The main thing is not to give yourself away with photos and texts by which the user you are interested in can recognize you. If it's a private account, you'll need to make sure that the person will approve your request, and if it's a public account, you may be able to view Stories anonymously without doing additional actions.
I should warn you that anonymity is not always a good thing. Don't abuse it and become a bad stalker who uses other people's content for his profit; after all, we are good users and respect the privacy and authorship of other users, aren't we?