How to See Who Shared Your Instagram Story as a Direct Message

Instagram is a platform that has evolved significantly over the years. With time, it has not only grown in scope but also in its features, such as reels, IGTV videos, stories, and highlights. While the concept of some of these features has been borrowed from other social media platforms, the others are totally fresh and have significantly contributed to Instagram’s growth.

see who shared your instagram story as a direct message

Initially, you could only upload stories; then came the feature to reply to it, react to it, like it, and share it. Now, you can also create permanent highlights of your stories to stay on your profile indefinitely. Isn’t that genius? Rolling out temporary features and then offering a chance to make them permanent.

Our blog today is going to talk about one such story feature: of sharing a story with someone else as a DM. But that’s not it; we’re going to talk about how you can check who has shared your story as a DM on the platform. Stick with us till the end to learn all about it.

We understand that you’re here to figure out who shared your story as a DM. But before we answer this question, we’ll first have to verify whether or not is such a thing possible on the platform. As you might already know, features like these come with terms and conditions attached to them.

To determine whether or not you can figure it out on Instagram depends on what kind of account you have on the platform. Want to learn more about what features are offered for which account? Keep reading to find out!

How to See Who Shared Your Instagram Story as a Direct Message

As you must’ve gathered from the term “private” itself, a private account on Instagram is one in which no one can view your profile or content without your permission. In other words, if you own a private account, the only people who can share or even view your story are the ones whose follow request you’ve accepted.

By now, you might’ve picked up on the fact that for all the privacy and security it provides, a private account also comes with limitations of its own. One benefit of this account is that your followers can only share your story as a DM with a mutual follower. While this limitation works in your favor, the next one will not.

Another consequence of a private account is that it doesn’t have any insight tools, which is why you wouldn’t be able to figure out who shared your story as a DM and with whom. You won’t even realize such a thing has happened unless someone tells you about it. The only thing that you can actually keep track of is the viewers of your story. Curious about how that’s done? Check out this step-by-step to guide you through the process:

Step 1: Launch the Instagram mobile app on your smartphone.

Step 2: As soon as the app opens, you’ll find yourself on the Home tab, consisting of the recent updates of all the people/pages that you follow.

On the top-left corner of this tab, right below where Instagram is written, you’ll find your Stories section. It is from here that you can watch the stories of those you follow.

At the left-most part of this section, you’ll find a circular thumbnail profile picture with Your story written under it. If you’ve added a story in the last 24 hours, you’ll see a pink or grey ring surrounding this thumbnail (pink if you haven’t watched your story after posting; grey if you have).

Remember: If there’s no ring around your profile picture’s thumbnail and you can see a blue + sign at the bottom of it instead, it means that you haven’t posted any story in the last 24 hours.  

Step 3: As soon as you tap on this thumbnail, your story (or stories) will open in full view. If there is more than one story, they’ll play out in the order that you had uploaded them in.

Step 4: There are two methods of checking the Viewers list on a particular story:

Can you notice the Activity section at the bottom left corner of your screen? Tap on it, and your Viewers list will be opened.

Alternatively, you can also simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open this list. Atop this list, you’ll also find the exact headcount of your viewers with an eye icon drawn next to it.

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