How to Watch Someone’s Instagram Live Video Without Them Knowing

Ever since Instagram launched the live story function, people can’t help but watch these videos over and over again. A live video function has allowed content creators to post long videos, showing detailed tips on a particular topic.

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If you have been using Instagram for a while, you must have noticed how you can know who viewed your story. When you watch someone’s story, the list of the viewers will show up right on your screen, giving you an idea of who viewed your story. Now, there are times when you want to watch someone’s Instagram live and story without them knowing or without revealing your name. Perhaps, you would like to stalk someone but you don’t want to expose yourself.

Is it Possible to Watch Someone’s Instagram Live Video Without Them Knowing

When you join a live video, the user hosting the video, as well as, other participants get a notification telling that a user has joined the live. Your name will appear on the screen as soon as you join the video. Basically, Instagram does not have any built-in tool for hiding your name. You can’t really avoid getting seen by the host unless you are watching the story and live videos of a person with hundreds of thousands of followers.

There is a chance the person hosting the video might not see your name if they get hundreds of participants joining the live at the same time. It’s only normal to miss who has seen the video when you have so many people joining. But, that rarely happens. Besides, you never know if they catch you joining them.

The good news is you can join someone’s live Instagram video without revealing your identity.  These methods work 100% given that you use them as instructed. Let’s take a look at a few tips for watching someone’s Instagram live without them knowing.

How to Watch Someone’s Instagram Live Video Without Them Knowing

1. Use a Fake Account

People do it all the time. Whether it is for stalking someone or scrolling the feed, a fake Instagram account comes in handy when you need to join someone’s live video anonymously. There is no way the user can know you have watched their video when you join with a new account. All you have to do is sign up for a fake Instagram account with your email address or phone number, search for the target account, and tap on their story.

You will enter their live videos without disclosing your name. However, this method doesn’t work if the target user has a private profile. You need to send them a follow request and wait for them to accept it so that you can get access to their feed, including the stories, posts, live videos, and so on. So, this method works only if the user has a public account or they have already accepted your follow request.

2. Change Your Username for a Short White

Another great trick to watch someone’s Instagram live is by changing your Instagram username for a short while. If you don’t have a separate account or you simply don’t want to use a fake profile to stalk someone, the best thing you can do is change your Instagram username.

It takes only a few seconds. Go to your Instagram profile page, click on the “edit profile” button. Remove the current username and replace it with a new name. You can also change the name that appears right below your profile. Select the right tick icon located on the top of the screen to save changes. Once you have watched the video with a new username, you can switch back to the original name.

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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.

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