As a netizen, if you ever hear the term stories around somewhere, it’ll directly take your mind to Instagram. This is because of the exponential growth in the popularity of stories on this particular social media platform. But were you aware that Instagram wasn’t the first platform to launch the stories feature? In fact, it was not even an original idea by Instagram. The feature was first launched by Snapchat in October 2013, with a concept of temporary or time-sensitive content that disappears after 24 hours.
The feature was rolled out on Instagram three years later, after which it found its way to both WhatsApp and Facebook. Over time, Instagram kept upgrading its stories feature with various customizable viewer options and filters.
In this guide, you’ll find answers to “Can you see who views your Instagram story if they don’t follow you?” and “If you don’t follow someone on Instagram can they see that you viewed their story?”
Our blog today also revolves around Instagram stories as well. If you feel like learning more about how stories work on the platform, stick with us till the end!
If I Don’t Follow Public Profile on Instagram, Can They Still See I Checked Their Stories?
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s skip ahead to the specific question we’re here to resolve: If you don’t follow a public profile on Instagram but check their stories still, will they find out?
Well, this might not be the answer you were looking for, but YES, if you don’t follow public profile on Instagram they can see that you checked their stories. In short, any person who views your story, follower or not that doesn’t matter, will appear in the story viewers list.
Here’s how it works:
When you open any of your own stories and swipe up the screen, what do you see? The Viewers list of your story. On this list, the name of every user who has viewed your story will be mentioned.
If you’re a private account owner, this should be complicated as all your viewers are already your followers. Whereas, in the case of a public account, random people can view your stories as well.
No matter who’s viewing your story, their name is bound to turn up in your Viewers list.
So, if you’ve checked a public account owner’s story and are wondering if they could’ve seen it, then yes, they could have. But not necessarily. Most public account owners don’t bother with checking every single one of their story views because who has got the time? And once the 24-hours window is complete, even they won’t be able to check their list.