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You may want to preview Instagram stories without being seen for several reasons. You don’t want the user to know you’ve watched their Instagram story preview.

Though social media has opened our lives, we may sometimes wish to scroll the feed in silent mode.

I have decided not to watch some Facebook reels because I don’t want the person to know I watched the clip.

Often, these are family members, and the reels might not be appropriate for everyone’s consumption.

It could be your colleagues, family members, spouse, friends, etc. Some people in our lives deserve some privacy or minding your business. 

If there is a way to see their social activities without them knowing, that would be better for everyone. The Instagram story preview bar allows its users to preview stories. 

So if you’re looking for ways to preview Instagram stories without being seen, here are some helpful tips you should try today.

4 Ways to See Instagram Story Preview in Ghost Mode

Partial Swipe

The first hack to try is the partial swipe method. It is not the best way to preview IG stories in ghost mode, but it gives you a glimpse of what the story might be all about.

It’s simple and requires no tricks or technicalities; here is how it works.

Open your Instagram app; in the stories bar, don’t tap on the story you want to view; instead, tap on the next story.

Open the story next to the one you want to preview, and as it plays along, slightly swipe to the right side of your screen to view the story. 

If you do this correctly, you can view about 40% of the story without actually opening it.

For example, let’s say I want to watch John Obidi’s story on the Instagram app but don’t want my name to appear on his “seen list” Here is what I will do.

Instagram stories bar

I will tap on the man_like_cbankz story to get to Jonhobidi’s story.

As you open the story, you can use one finger to pause and the other to swipe right to view Johnobidi’s story without him knowing.

This is what you should get if you do it correctly. 

partial swipe of Instagram story

As you can see, I have partially viewed Johnobidi’s story while watching another person’s Instagram story.

It is a simple hack, but it worked 90% of the time.

To verify if this hack worked and if Johnobidi does not have my profile on his seen list, you can go back to your story list to view the ring color around his story.

Instagram Stories bar

Here is it. As you can see, Johnobidi still has his color ring around the story, while man_like_cbankz has the seen ring.

You can try this as well to preview Instagram stories without being seen.

One disadvantage of this method is that you can’t watch the video and may accidentally swipe 100%.

If you swipe all the way, as you do with Facebook reels, which is not like Instagram stories, the account author will know you’ve watched it.

So careful not to swipe fully.

Airplane Mode

The Airplane mode is a very simple tip that you might have overlooked. You’ll be able to preview the story completely anonymously.

This is how it worked. Open your Instagram app and let the stories load on the main screen.

Once the story you want to preview loads, turn on airplane mode on your phone and tap to preview the story on Instagram.

You won’t be able to watch the story fully as the internet will be cut off from your phone. But it’s a good hack to get a glimpse of the story.

Blind Story

Blindstory

The Blind Story app is a good option if you want a foolproof method for previewing IG stories without leaving any traces.

This simple Android and Apple IOS app lets you watch and download Instagram stories and even repost them without leaving any clue.

It has extra features that make it an even more interesting IG preview app for regular or heavy Instagram users. You can search for any public account on Instagram and see their stories. 

You can download stories, repost them, and add people to a list such as favorites. This option lets you receive notifications when they post on Instagram. 

And that’s not all; the app lets you automatically catch and save stories to your device memory before they get deleted.

This feature saves special memories, videos, and photos on Instagram.

Blind Story is available for your smartphones in the Android and Apple stores.

Anonymous view for Instagram Stories

This is a Google Chrome extension that lets you view Instagram stories anonymously. The story’s author will never know you watch it.

You must install it on your Google Chrome browser and open Instagram on a laptop computer. Sorry, you can’t use this on a mobile phone. It also allows you to upload photos and videos to your Instagram stories.

You can record live Instagram streams for offline viewing later.

This is a cool feature for recording your favorite shows or educational videos on Instagram. This is a good Instagram story viewer tool that is worth trying.

Download Anonymous View for Instagram Stories Chrome extension here.

FAQs

How to See Recent Instagram Stories

There are two main ways to see recent Instagram Stories

Your Following List: Open the Instagram app and look at the top of your feed. You’ll see a row of circular profile pictures with colourful rings around them. These represent accounts you follow who have posted recent stories.

Active Stories: Profiles with a colourful ring (red, orange, yellow) have active stories you haven’t seen yet. Tap on their profile picture to view their story.
Viewed Stories: Profiles with a grey ring indicate stories you’ve already watched. You can still tap to replay them if you want.

Direct Messages: Another way to access recent stories is through your Direct Messages. Tap the paper airplane icon in the top right corner of your screen. At the top of your message inbox, you’ll see profile pictures with colourful rings for accounts with posted stories. Tap on a profile picture to view their story.

How to See Suggested Stories on Instagram

Instagram suggests stories you might be interested in based on your activity, such as likes, comments, account information and who you follow. These stories appear at the end of your following list (after stories from people you follow) or between viewed stories. They’ll be labelled “Suggested” and have a small grey arrow next to them. Tap on a suggested story to view it.

How to Turn Off Suggested Stories on Instagram

Unfortunately, there’s no direct way to completely disable suggested stories within the Instagram app (on iPhones or Android devices). However, there are a few workarounds you can try:

Limit Interactions – Reduce your interaction with suggested stories. Don’t tap on them or click through to suggested profiles. This might signal to Instagram that you’re not interested in them.
Hide Specific Stories—If you find a particular suggested story annoying, tap on the three dots next to its username and select “Hide Story.” This will temporarily hide that specific story.
Manage Following – Look at your following list and consider unfollowing accounts you no longer engage with. This can influence the types of stories Instagram suggests to you. (Note: This approach is more about refining your overall feed, not directly turning off suggested stories.)

How Can I See My Instagram Story History?

Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t offer a direct way to view your story history (stories you’ve posted). Once your story disappears after 24 hours, it’s gone from the platform. However, you can see your own Instagram stories by following these steps:

Open the Instagram App on your phone. 
Tab your profile picture at the bottom right corner
Click the 𝄘𐄀  sign at the top right corner of the page
On the next screen, click “Archive”.
You will see a list of your stories. You can tap on a story to view it. 

How to View Stories You’ve Watched on Instagram

By default, Instagram doesn’t maintain a history of stories you’ve already watched. Once you navigate away from a story, it disappears from your immediate view.  However, as mentioned earlier, stories you’ve viewed will appear with a grey ring around the profile picture in your following list or Direct Messages. You can tap and replay them if you wish.

Conclusion…

Viewing Instagram stories in ghost mode is possible. And it’s something we all might want to do at some point; you can try any of the listed tricks. 

Try the swipe method if you don’t want to download or use a third-party tool. But tools will give you what you want, more features, and a total anonymous view.

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7 Comments

  1. Great content and informative. It’s great to know about different types of previews of Instagram Story.

  2. Hi Adeshokan Shamsudeen,
    You share clever hacks to preview Instagram stories without being seen, offering privacy to users while scrolling through social media.

  3. Hello Shamsudeen Adeshokan,
    Thank you for sharing this informative post on Instagram Story Preview.
    I would love to see more posts from you on this topic in the future.

    Thanks again!

  4. Hi Adeshokan Shamsudeen ! It’s great content and very informative for us. Through this content, I came to know about different types of Instagram previews. Grateful to you. Take respect. Thank you.

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