How to View Snapchat Stories Without Them Knowing

Snapchat is a popular instant messaging and media sharing app that lets you easily talk with friends, exchange pictures and videos (known as snaps), view live stories from around the world, and explore news in Discover. The app is filled with a massive range of filters, exceptional tools, and interesting features. That’s why Snapchat has indeed become the users’ favorite platform in no time.

view someone's snapchat story without them knowing

It is a place for memories shared instantly in snaps, stored in stories, and lived in groups. People flaunt the best moments in their stories, and as friends, you share these moments with them.

You have to be credits to the app as well as the peer-induced fear of missing out. And hence, like it or hate it, you can’t ignore it. Because, honestly, all your friends, colleagues, and the whole of your social circle is busy socializing here.

What sets it apart is the fact that no one can capture a screenshot of your posts or save them without the user getting notified for the same. Your posts also remain for 24 hours and you can check out the list of people that watched your posts.

But have you wished that you could watch someone’s Snapchat story without them knowing? Have you ever felt that you should check the stories but refrained from doing so because you got scared the user will know you have seen it?

Well, that’s one of the most commonly asked questions these days.

And not only for Snapchat but almost every social networking site.

People wonder if there’s a way they can watch the target’s story without getting their names on the watch list.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to view Snapchat stories without them knowing.

Sound’s good? Let’s get started.

What are Snapchat Stories?

The Snapchat story is like Instagram and Facebook story that remains on your account for 24 hours. After this duration, the story gets removed automatically. You can put anything – from a video to a simple picture or a filtered post, on the Snapchat story.

Once the users start watching it, you can click on the small eye button to get a list of people who viewed your post. Note that only your friends (those you are friends with on Snapchat) can view your stories.

Let’s move on to the tips for watching stories on Snapchat without the user’s knowledge.

Is it Possible to View Someone’s Snapchat Without Them Knowing?

Unfortunately, there is no direct way that allows you to view someone’s Snapchat story without them knowing. But, guess what? We have a trick that will help you see a story without them knowing. In simple words, you can watch any story on Snapchat without notifying the user about it.

The methods we have listed below are tested and proven. We have checked each one of them and they worked.

How to View Snapchat Stories Without them Knowing

Method 1: Enable Airplane Mode

  • Launch Snapchat on your phone and log into your account.
  • Tap the Stories feature on the home page and refresh it to load all the stories uploaded. Make sure you don’t click on the stories as the user will be notified instantly if you view them.
  • Once the app has loaded all the stories, close it.
  • Now, turn off the Wi-Fi or mobile data (whatever you are using for the internet) or simply turn the airplane mode on.
  • Open Snapchat once again and check out the story feature.
  • You can watch all the stories without the user’s knowledge. Remember that the user’s view list will not display your username if you watch the stories with the airplane mode on. Simply put, the user will not be notified about you having watched their stories until your turn the internet on.

It is a tested and proven strategy for viewing just about anyone’s story without notifying them. However, this method works only when you do not turn on the internet as long as the story remains active. In simple words, you need to keep your connection off until 24 hours to ensure that the user does not know about you viewing their stories.

So, the best you can do is watch these stories when they are about to expire or disappear. Take a note of when the user uploaded the story and wait for the next 20-22 hours before trying the above method. Once the 24-hour period is over, you can turn off the airplane mode and connect to the internet.

Method 2: Enable Airplane Mode & Clear Cache

If you do not wish to part with your data connection for such a long time, there is another way as well. For this, you will need to open the Snapchat app and keep it connected to the data for some time to let all the stories load. Then, you can switch on airplane mode in two minutes or so and see the story that you want to view without them knowing.

At this point, your view has been recorded but not been sent to the server because you are not connected to the internet. As soon as you are back online, it will be sent to the server, and the person will see your view on their story.

To prevent this from happening, you need to stay in airplane mode and close Snapchat.

For Android:

Now, go to the settings > installed app > select Snapchat. You will be able to see a clear cache and data option at the bottom, click on it, and tada! Your app cache is now gone, and your recorded view as well. You can now safely switch off airplane mode and use the internet.

view someone's snapchat story without them knowing

For iPhone:

For iPhone users, instead of clearing the app cache, you will need to uninstall the app itself from the device. This will remove all app data from your phone. Then, you can again install it from the Apple store and continue using the app safely.

Method 3: Watch Snapchat Stories Anonymously Online

So, there is a good chance you two (the target and you) have mutual friends. If you have a friend who’s also following the target’s Snapchat account, you can use their account to watch the users’ stories anonymously online.

For this method to work:

  • You must have a friend who’s also friends with the target on Snapchat
  • They must be near you and willing to give their mobiles to you

Using this method, you can maintain your anonymity, however, your friend’s username will be recorded in the target’s “story view list”.

Final Words:

Viewing a story in airplane mode and then uninstalling the app is a good way. Although clearing the cache works all the time, this method eliminates the chances of failure. Just put your phone on airplane mode, view the story, uninstall the app, wait for some time to reconnect to the internet, and install the app yet again! As simple as that.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.