Can You See Who's Viewed Your Instagram Story? Yes, And Here's How

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In case you missed it, your favorite photo-sharing app launched Instagram Stories, a brand new feature which resembles Snapchat's feature of the same name. The surprising Instagram update allows you to keep your followers apprised of your of-the-moment happenings without risking oversharing or disrupting your well-manicured feeds. With the advent of the feature, a big question on my mind is: Can you see who views your Instagram Stories? I mean, if you can, that kind of changes your whole Instagram Stories game, right?

Traditionally, Instagram hasn't allowed users to know exactly who views a video in their feed unless the user chooses to like it. Video view counts rolled out earlier this year, giving Instagrammers more insight into the popularity of their posts independent from likes. Still, who the views are coming from remains a mystery. On the other hand, Snapchat shows its users exactly who has viewed each section of their stories, and it looks like Instagram has taken a cue from the Story-making forerunner in developing its own take. With Instagram Stories, you can see exactly who views your story. So now you can check out who's checking out your story, no questions asked.

Once your Instagram Story is up and going, you'll begin collecting views. Unlike Instagram videos, which will show you a total view count, but not the names of the individuals who have viewed each one, with Instagram Stories, you can see exactly who has taken a look (and even edit their viewing settings once they have). All you have to do is go to your Story — you can do so by clicking your icon at the top left of your feed — and swipe up. Next to an eyeball image, Instagram will give you a count of just how many eyes have witnessed your creation, as well as exactly who. Scroll down to see more people.

Bonus: Instagram also provides curated options regarding who can even see your Stories to begin with. Once you've created your Instagram Story, you can click a button in the lower right corner to choose "Story Settings" and edit its privacy. You're able to "Hide Story From" specific people who follow you, as well as decide on particular messaging options, allowing message replies from everyone, people you follow, or no one at all. Once you've collected views, you can click an "X" to the right of a viewer's name and choose to "Hide" the story, and anything you add to it moving forward, from them.

So go ahead and give it a go! While it's still unclear to most as to whether someone can see if you've watched, you might be surprised by who is not-so-secretly checking out your Instagram!

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