Who can see Instagram stories? (And how to hide it)

Who can see Instagram stories? (And how to hide it)

Who can see Instagram stories?

By searching for this answer to this question, I learned directly that you are a new Instagram user.


If you have a lot of questions about Insta Story and everything related to it, here I have written many articles about this matter.


Let me talk to you specifically in this article about who can view your Instagram story.

Not only that, but also how you can control who views your personal story, and some other important information.

Now, in a simplified way…

Who can see Instagram stories?

This directly depends on the type of account you have on Instagram.

If your account…

  • Private: Only your friends can see your Instagram stories.
  • Public: Everyone who accesses your account while the story is active can see it. This means that the matter is not limited to only your friends, but everyone.


If you want to control who views your Insta story in a simple way, all you have to do is convert your account from a public account to a private account.

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The method in pictures to transfer the account is as follows:

  • First, go to your account, then follow the steps in the following image to go to the account settings.

Go to Instagram account settings

  • After that, options will appear to you as in the picture. We need to go to the account privacy box…

Control the privacy of your Instagram account

  • Now the next step is to press the button in front of a private account, as in the picture, and thus only your followers will be able to see your Instagram stories:

Convert your Instagram account to a private account

Maybe your account is already private, but you don’t want anyone of your current friends to see your Instagram story.

All you have to do is hide the Insta story from the settings so that it does not appear.

So let us now move on to find out…

How do I hide Instagram stories from someone?

Many people are already asking, is it possible to hide Instagram stories? The answer is simple.

Of course, the story can be hidden from people and shown to a specific person.

Hence, if you decide to hide your Instagram stories you now have two options: 

  • Identify the people you do not want your story to appear to and hide it from them.
  • Specify the people you want your Insta Stories to appear to as close friends only.

Each of the two options above is better than the other in certain situations.

For example…

  • If you want your story to be visible to only a few people, it is best to use the close friends feature.
  • If you only want to exclude one or two people, it is definitely better to use the Hide story from feature or hide the status.

As for the steps, they are as follows…

  • Go to your account, then settings as shown in the following image: 

Go to Instagram account settings

  • After that, you must choose privacy, as in the picture: 

Control the privacy of your Instagram account

  • Now, by scrolling down, you will find in front of you the Story, Status, or Story option. Go to it: 

Control Instagram story features

  • After that, you will find before you the two options that I previously talked to you about, which are: hiding the story from specific people in the first option, or showing it to close friends as in the second option: 

Hide Instagram stories from a specific person

But how can I find out who viewed my Instagram story?

It’s very simple if you follow the following steps…

Find out who viewed your Instagram story

All you have to do is:

  1. Log in to the Instagram application.
  2. After that, you will find your story on the home page at the top left or right of the page.
  3. Click on it, and you will find your story.
  4. Now simply drag the screen from the bottom to the top with your finger and you will find a list of all views of your Insta Story.

This was my simplified answer to the question “Who can see Instagram stories?”

I hope you found the simple answer to your question.

Finally, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me so that I can help you.

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