Today, one of the most popular social networks, Instagram, allows users to discover who exactly watched their stories. But it would help if you admitted, it’s not very convenient when you want to remain anonymous and view someone’s story.
For example, you want to know what your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend is doing or who you decided to unfollow from and remain unnoticed. In other words, are there ways to watch Instagram stories anonymously?
The answer is yes, and it can be done regardless of whether you are a follower of this person or not. Some applications and techniques allow you to hide the name in the list of those who watched the story.
Let’s figure these anonymous IG story viewer tools out!
*Note: Most of these methods will only work if the account you want to view anonymously in public.
The Reason to Use Anonymous IG Story Viewing Methods
Instagram stories have made some kind of revolution. In a 15-second video or a simple photo, a person can show himself what he is doing and what is happening around him in real-time. Such stories do not overload the Instagram feed with beautiful publications. Instead, on the contrary, they complement the visual image of a person, brand, or company.
Even though Instagram is a fairly open social network, you can anonymously view pages of any blogger, brand, competitor, and even exes. But if you want to see the Instagram story, then you are no longer anonymous. And these people in the list of viewed profiles can also find your nickname.
Few would like to reveal their identity. Besides, IG stories disappear after 24 hours. Then the user can add them to the highlights. But what if he doesn’t want to do it? How to download and watch them without his knowledge?
To do this, there are 6 working and safe ways to view Instagram stories anonymously.
Method 1: Using Online Services
The fastest, easiest and safest way to view Instagram stories is to use an online service. If you think you need to download it or register, then you are mistaken. Such services work online. They do not need to be downloaded or registered. They have no restrictions on use.
Instagram stories are also often multifunctional. They provide not only viewing Instagram stories but also the ability to download Instagram content, tools for searching for hashtags, fonts, scheduled posting functions, and even a built-in messenger with many functions to maintain instant communication with customers.
They work on a similar principle:
- Copy the link to the Instagram profile of the person whose stories you want to watch anonymously.
- Paste a link to the selected service into the search field.
- Click “Download.”
Now the service will show you all the recent stories of this profile. If there are several, you can choose the ones you want to download or just watch.
*Note: Any Instagram content is shown in the quality in which it is uploaded. If you want to download it on your PC or phone, the service will download it without losing quality and full resolution without a watermark.
If you still doubt this method, then here is a list of proven services that work not only quickly but also safely:
Method 2: Using a Fake Profile
If you need to access IG stories and keep them anonymous, it’s easier to use a fake profile. It opens viewing the history in Instagram incognito without registration, but only open accounts. How it works:
- A new full-fledged Instagram page is being created with a link to a new phone number or email.
- Login, password — must not match the current page.
- The profile is filled with data, provided with photos, videos, and contacts. This is necessary in order not to be banned.
- Random followings are also needed for profile credibility.
Using a fake page, you can openly view stories anonymously without linking to third-party products, applications, etc.
Method 3: Using Browser Extensions
When online services and fake accounts seem too simple or, conversely, complicated, there is an alternative — a special extension for the desktop version of the Chrome browser — the IG Stories for Instagram plugin.
Free, without registration, easy to use — this is how it can be described. Available in the Chrome Store. It’s easy to find by name through the search and install.
Immediately after installation, the plugin is ready to watch stories on Instagram anonymously online. The corresponding icon will appear at the top of the screen.
Access to Instagram stories will be opened through the extension. You need to click on the icon, log in to the social network profile, and then through the feed with relevant posts in the standard way. You can watch all the publications of public accounts. The system does not read views, and respectively, complete anonymity is preserved. It’s easy to check:
- View the story through a browser with the extension.
- Log in to your account from your smartphone.
- Open the posts feed.
A purple circle should appear around the avatar of the user whose posts have been viewed. It means that the system did not take into account the viewing.
The plugin is suitable for the covert viewing of follower profiles and all open Instagram accounts.
Besides, you can download stories through it. For this, there is a “Download” button on the left.
The correct operation of the extension can be understood by the activity of the icon on the screen. If it disappears, the plugin will stop working. Usually, the reason is that the browser is not updated in time.
Method 4: Using Telegram Bot
If you’re an active Telegram user, this method is for you. Using Telegram, you can keep track of users’ stories while maintaining anonymity. A new view will appear in the profile statistics, but its author will remain unknown. Through bots, you can watch and download stories, photos, or videos according to the scheme:
- Add to the Telegram search the name of the bot @igspybot.
- Open the chat dialogue with the bot, and write the account’s nickname whose stories you are interested in.
- Almost instantly, the bot will send stories from the profile.
- To access the file, you need to download it to your smartphone.
A similar spy bot is @Instasave_bot. You require entering the user’s nickname in the message to download the needed IG content. The bot will offer a story to choose from. However, before viewing them, you also need to download them.
Method 5: Using Airplane Mode on your Phone
Another working and rather unusual way is to use airplane mode on your phone. You just need to turn it on before you want to check someone’s story.
The whole idea of the method is that Instagram automatically uploads several stories as soon as you open it. Thus providing a quick view. However, the function only works if there is a stable Internet connection on the phone or Wi-Fi.
The viewing scheme looks like this:
- Open the desired Instagram profile.
- Turn on airplane mode on your phone. This needs to be done before you start viewing this user’s stories.
Now you can view the Instagram history of the selected account anonymously.
*Note: This method is only suitable if the user has added several stories. If there are a lot of them, they most likely cannot be loaded on time.
Method 6: Using Phone Apps
You can use special mobile apps to watch stories anonymously via your phone. Their huge plus is that no registration is required to view stories. In addition, they work separately from Instagram, which means that they make it possible to remain an anonymous viewer.
However, the reviews left in the app stores show that almost all programs have been working incorrectly lately. The fact is that Instagram is trying to close access to the social network for third-party resources. For this reason, many applications may be unstable.
This issue is most acute for iPhones because the App Store removes all programs that contradict the official Instagram application. But despite this, some applications continue to work, and we’ll talk about them.
For iOS: The “Story Plus+IG” application allows you to search for an account by phone number, email, and name. You can pin quick access accounts to view the desired profiles by logging into the application immediately. There is a free version and a paid premium subscription.
For Android: The “StorySaver+” app helps you anonymously view not only stories but also live videos. You can also use it to download them to your device. The functionality is free, but you will have to watch small commercials between story views. It is worth noting that the application does not work for everyone; it periodically stops working.
Anonymous viewing of stories is possible by creating a second profile, using bots, applications, and online services. The latter remain the most reliable and easiest to work with.
If the viewing is one-time, then any method will do. To hide activity regularly, it is better to use websites, browser extensions, or secure applications that do not request authorization on Instagram.