The filter-famous social media has skyrocketed in publicity over the past few years. In addition to the handy filters, Instagram has caught on for other reasons as well, ‘Stories’, for example. Starting out as a Snapchat feature, stories flowed into Instagram in 2016. For those unaware, ‘Instagram Stories’ is a feature allowing you to share photos and videos that disappear after 24h and shows the poster who viewed them. That said, the question arises: how do you go about viewing someone’s Instagram story anonymously? While the official app doesn’t show you others’ Instagram Stories without a trace, there are workarounds to it. Read on, if you’d like to learn 4 interesting methods on how to see others’ Instagram stories anonymously:
Method #1: Instagram Story Saver
Get the Instagram Story Saver if you’re using Android (Sorry iOS users).
Log in and search for stories you want to view. The main menu shows the default list of friends’ latest stories. Select from them or use the search for finding other ones while avoiding spelling mistakes. Found what you want to view? Cool. Now you have 2 options:
1- Save (recommended): Allowing you to save the story as a video to watch later.
2- Share: While this saves the video, also lets you share with friends on apps, WhatsApp, for example.
Method #2: Chrome IG Extension
Get the Chrome IG Story by Alec Garcia which only supports desktops (sorry Android and iOS fans). Once installed, you should see an eye icon by your stories which gives you anonymous views. Aside from hiding your name, it also secrets that someone even saw the content. It’d be extremely creepy seeing an anonymous bunch flocking to your stories, otherwise.
Matt Navarra, TNW’s head of social, thinks this extension sure will gain publicity, but expects Instagram to take it down, saying:
“This may well prove to be a popular sneaky feature with some users, however, I can’t see Instagram being too happy about it. It may well lead to them sending a cease and desist letter to its creator. They have been pretty quick to kill similar tools like this that breached its terms of service in the past”
Although this is one heck of a plugin, don’t be surprised if it disappears all of a sudden.
Method #3: Online Tools
1- Storiesig: Head over to storiesig.com. Put in the target’s username and hit enter. If the user has any stories, you’ll get options to watch or download them.
2- Story Insta: Go to storyinsta.com. Enter the targeted account’s username to download and/or view and hit search button. The stories should appear with date and other information (tag, hashtag, location, text…) if available. Use the download button to save it.
3- Weinstag: Go to weinstag.com. Throw in the username with no @. Now you can see and download their stories. Enjoy.
Tip: Another great alternative for viewing Instagram stories is the Instagram Story Downloader. It’s totally free to use and works across all devices.
Method 4: The Sneak Peak
Find the story you’d like to view, and also the story right beside it, which will serve you as a helping hand to peak at the targeted story.
While you’re viewing the next/previous story, swipe left/right gently, but not completely, and hold it there. You should be able to see the part of the story.
Hit the back button and you’d see the circle of the story intact, meaning that you haven’t officially viewed their content.
Method #5: Cut off the internet
Let the stories load and then go to their page. Now switch to flight mode from Wi-Fi and return to their page after a few seconds to view the story and your name won’t be revealed.
– This method might not work anymore due to Instagram update, make sure you test before use
While people may have different reasons to sneak into Instagram stories, we highly suggest you don’t use the given tricks with bad intentions, like stealing people’s content or reposting without permission. We hope you’d be responsible enough while implementing the given tactics.
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