How to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Story After 48 Hours

Stories were launched on Instagram in 2016; the same year when live videos were also introduced on the platform. But if you were to guess the popularity of both features today, which one would you vote for? We know for a fact that at least 8 out of 10 users would go with stories. And we’re not saying it’s because live videos are less helpful; both these features serve their own purposes. But as far as having spontaneous fun is considered, a majority of Instagrammers prefer stories over live videos.

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Another major difference between these features – launched side-by-side – is that while live videos are more commonly used by celebrities, businesses, influencers, and creators with public accounts, the stories appeal to both public and private users equally.

Regardless of the differences shared by live videos and stories, they do have striking similarities. Both of them come with a deadline and are likely to disappear as their time expires (unless you save them to your profile permanently).

Also, while there are ways to keep them on your profile indefinitely, the viewer lists on both features aren’t easy to bring back.

In this blog, we’re going to talk about the possibility of seeing who viewed your story after 48 hours of posting it. Is such a thing even possible or not? Keep reading ahead to find out!

Checking who viewed your Instagram story: Here’s how that’s done

Before we get to the main question at hand here, there’s another relevant query that we’d like to address first: the process of checking one’s viewers’ list of the story they upload.

We know that this might sound surprising – even hilarious – to those who use the platform consistently, but there are newcomers who struggle with actions like these; particularly because they have no experience with it.

So, if you’re one of those users, this guide is for you. (Feel free to share it with a friend in your circle if they’re new to Instagram). Let’s get started!

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

The Home tab is the first place that you’ll be taken to – wherein the posts and stories of all the people (and pages) you follow will be arranged. What you’re looking for is right on this tab as well.

Step 2: Can you spot the Stories section towards the top of the screen?

Well, the first profile here – the one at the leftmost corner – should be your own.

Step 3: If you haven’t added any story in the last 24 hours, you’ll see a round blue icon with + drawn on it towards the bottom side of your profile picture thumbnail.

On the other hand, if you have added one, there’ll be a circle outlining the thumbnail. Its color could either be grey or orangish-red, depending upon whether or not you’ve watched it yet.

In the latter case, tap on that thumbnail to open your story in full display.

Step 4: As the story opens, swipe up on the screen, and a list will open with the names of people who follow you mentioned on it.

How to See Who Viewed Your Instagram Story After 48 Hours?

Now that we’ve gotten the basics out of our way, we’ll focus on providing an answer to the query that has brought you here. You’re wondering if there was a way to see who viewed your Instagram story after 48 hours, weren’t you?

Well, we hate to disappoint you, but the truth is: Such a thing can’t be done on Instagram. You have to keep in mind that the very purpose of introducing stories is to give users a space to post temporary content.

Now, while highlights are a good way of making these permanent, as long as the viewership of a story is involved, there’s little scope once the story has passed its 24-hours mark.

So, although you can always check the number of viewers on the particular story – next to the eye icon we talked about in the last section – finding the individual names would be impossible.

If this is a common problem you face, we’d suggest you to set a 24-hour-later alarm when you upload any new story.

When the alarm rings, it’ll notify you that your story will soon expire, taking with it the viewer’s list. And you can check that right away.

Checking who liked your Instagram story after 24 hours: Can that be done?

We just discussed that it’s impossible to see who viewed your Instagram story after 48 hours; the viewers’ list expires after the first 24 hours.

However, if someone wanted to only see the users who liked their stories, could they do that after the story expires? Why, yes, they could!

In one of its most recent updates, Instagram has decided to let users see who has hearted their stories beyond 24 – and even 48 hours – of posting them.

This feature was an extension of how Instagram puts the profiles of users who like your story on top of the viewers’ list. It’s Instagram’s way of telling you that people who support you in the little things matter a lot.

And the best part? You can check who liked your story for the last five days! Isn’t that something?

If you’re wondering how it’s done, the process is quite similar to that of checking the viewer’s list on a story (a guide we’ve attached above). If you’ve added this story in question as a highlight, you can access it directly from there.

Alternatively, you also find it in your Stories archive. We hope this helps!

Wrapping things up

Now that it’s time for us to take your leave, we’d quickly walk you through everything new we learned today one last time.

The focus of our conversation today was stories on Instagram and the scope of viewing their viewers’ lists after they expire. We talked at length about how it wasn’t possible and then discussed with you a new update on the platform.

It allows you to view who liked your stories up to five days back. We’re excited for you to check on your story admirers and would love to help you with anything else on Instagram. Share your struggles with us below!

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