How To Undo/Hide Seen From Instagram Story, Messages

Ever since Instagram Stories feature was launched I am using and exploring it a lot and here in this article, I have come up with a few tricks which will let you hide Instagram Story seen from another user’s story. This means that you can use the methods mentioned here to view someone’s Instagram story and direct messages without notifying them on the Instagram website, Android and iOS smartphones. Moreover, it is possible to watch the stories of people without even following them but that is of course only possible for public accounts.

In case you have already accidentally viewed someone’s story or message on the Instagram app and looking to delete or undo your seen from the viewer’s list then also we’ve got you covered. We will start with the same here.

Here are the quick links to jump to specific sections in the article as required.

  1. Delete Or Undo Seen From Instagram Story Or Direct Messages
  2. Hide Seen From Instagram Story
  3. Hide Instagram Direct Message Seen

1. Delete Or Undo Seen From Instagram Story Or Direct Messages

At times, it happens we view stories by mistake and at the same time, we don’t want the owner to know. The good news is that you can hide your view. Whether the profile whose story you have viewed is private or public the process to remove your seen remains the same. Here’s how.

The steps are the same and applicable to both Android and iOS devices. So, let’s get on with it.

1. Open the Instagram app and go to the profile of the user whose story you viewed.

2. Now, tap on the 3 dots at the top right and select Block.

Remove Seen from Instagram story viewers list

3. Confirm your decision by selecting Block.

That’s all you need to do. Basically, blocking the owner of the story will remove your view from their story and also delete the DM conversation with them. But there’s a catch.

As soon as you unblock that particular user, your view will come back and appear again in the story viewers list. So, to counter this keep that person blocked until their story(photo/video) expires which you viewed. This means the maximum time you need to wait before unblocking them is 24 hours.

In case you want to unsee a DM then you’ll have to keep them blocked. As once you unblock them the conversation will be back and they will be able to see the “Seen” or the read receipt.

To unblock someone, go to your profile and tap on the Hamburger menu icon at the top right and select Settings.

Instagram app settings

Next, tap on Privacy and security and select Blocked Users/Accounts.

Privacy - blocked accounts Instagram

Now, select that specific user. This will take you to their profile. Tap on 3 dots at top right on their profile and select Unblock. Confirm the same on the next pop-up box.

Undo Seen from Instagram Story


After that story has expired, you will have to follow them(if you were following them earlier) again as blocking someone removes them from your following. Another thing you should know is that blocking someone will make them unfollow you(if they were following you earlier). So, you stand a risk of losing a follower in case they don’t follow you afterward.

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Now, let’s look at the several methods you can use to see someone’s story anonymously.

2. Hide Seen From Instagram Story

Did you ever wish to watch Instagram stories anonymously? In other words, do you want to view other users Instagram story and at the same time don’t let them know? Yes, it is possible. I tried out a few ways and fortunately found a few which work. So let’s get the ball rolling.

Method 1: View Someone’s Instagram Story Without Notifying Them On The Web

This method makes use of the Instagram website to view others Instagram stories without notifying.

To take advantage of this you need to use Chrome browser. So, if you don’t have it yet then this should be a good enough reason to install it on your PC/Mac. Once done, follow the steps below.

  • Previously we used Chrome IG Story extension but now it has been removed from the store so you can add its alternative IG Stories for Instagram extension to your Chrome browser. This extension also lets you watch Instagram stories on your computer.
  • After adding it, open the Instagram website and log in to your account. If you had it already opened then reload the web page.
  • As you might already know, Instagram shows the story of people you follow on the right-hand side. But once this extension is installed, you will also see the stories at the top of the page as shown below. These stories come from this extension. Now from the top feed, select the story of the user that you wish to watch anonymously. 
watch Instagram stories privately
  • Then it will open a page where you can see their story in full screen. Here, there’s no need to change any setting as it will let you watch the story of users you follow without notifying.
view Instagram story without showing it on the owners Story
  • To confirm that you have viewed it anonymously, you can head back to the Instagram app and the story avatars of the accounts you viewed will still be highlighted with radiant colors and are not changed to grey. In case you don’t know, the stories you have viewed are highlighted in grey.

Note: Make sure that you don’t click on the stories that are on the right-hand side.

Using this tool, you can not only watch stories but also live videos from the people you follow. For live videos, it will open a new web page where you can see them without any issues.

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For viewing stories on a smartphone without notifying you may use the methods mentioned below.

Method 2: Watch Anyone’s Instagram Stories Privately In Android

  • Install the Story Saver by YOBA from Play Store on your Android device.
  • Next, you have to log in to the app using your Instagram account.
  • After this, you will see the Instagram stories of all the users you are following. Now here, remember you have to tap on the name of the user or profile and not on the picture. As tapping on the profile image will take you to the Instagram application.
view and download instagram stories
  • It will then take you to the page where all their stories will be shown. Here either you can long tap/press on any of the photos or videos to view them. Or swipe left on the screen to see their stories accordingly. Viewing story using this app will hide your seen from their Instagram stories.
View Instagram story anonymously on Android
1 – Long press on the desired photo or video. 2 – Or Swipe left to view the stories from the start.

You can also view the stories of people without following them. For that, all you need is the username for that profile and search it using this application.

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Method 3: View Instagram Stories Without Following And Letting Them Know On iOS

1. iPhone users can install Repost Story for iOS app. It is available for free on the App Store.

2. Similar to the Android app you’ll have to log in with your Instagram account in this app as well. 

3. On logging in you’ll be able to see the stories of the people you are following at the top. Tap on the profile avatar of the person whose story you want to view.View Instagram Stories Anonymously iPhone app


4. On the next screen, you will be able to see the active stories uploaded by that person. You can tap on the individual story(photo/video) to view it in full screen.View Instagram story without notifying iPhone app

5. Apart from this, you can also view stories of people even if you’re not following them provided the profile is public. To do that, tap on the search icon on the home screen of the app and type the username. Select the desired user from the list.View Instagram story without them knowing or following iOS

6. After that, you’ll be able to see their stories.

Watch Instagram story without following on iPhone

Using this app, even though you viewed the story the owner won’t be notified.

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Method 4: See Someone’s Instagram Story Without Them Knowing On iPhone/Android/PC/Mac Browser

1. Visit on any of your devices with your favorite browser. In this case, I have used the Safari browser on my iPhone. The best part about using this web app is that you can view the stories without logging in to your Instagram account.

2. Type the username of the person whose story you want to view and tap return. It is not mandatory for you to follow that person in order to view their story using this website.View Instagram Stories Without Following Them

3. Next, tap on the user details. If that user has a public account and has uploaded story then all the media files in the story will be listed. You can tap on the respective file to view.

Here is another useful tutorial for Instagram stories: Add Multiple Photos Or Longer Videos To Instagram Stories

3. Hide Instagram Direct Message Seen

For messages, we share a simple trick which allows you to hide Instagram direct message seen or read receipt.

Update: This method is updated with the trick that works with the latest version of the Instagram app in 2019.

How To Know If Your Instagram Direct Message Is Read?

You can easily know if someone has read your direct message on Instagram. If “Seen” appears below the message you sent then that means the recipient has read it, otherwise not.

Hide Instagram Direct Message Seen
Appears as Seen in a private conversation

Also, if there are multiple users in the conversation then an eye symbol will appear with the Instagram username who has viewed your message.

Instagram Direct Message Read Receipts
Username appears in a group conversation

Now, what if as a recipient of a message you do not want the Seen to appear when you read the message? Follow the steps below.

There is no direct setting or option to hide Instagram messages read receipts and you need to follow the below workaround.

1. As soon as you receive a direct message, you will get an Instagram push notification. Do not tap on it.

2. Open the Instagram app and tap on Instagram Direct icon at the top right corner.

3. Instagram Direct conversations will load. Do not open the conversation for which you want to hide the read receipt.

4. Turn Off WiFi or cellular data(disconnect from the Internet completely)

5. Now, select and open the desired conversation to read the messages and at the same time don’t want to alert the sender with Seen receipt. You will be able to view the messages.

6. After that, you will have to log out of your Instagram account. Don’t turn On the internet or Wi-Fi yet. You need to log out of your Instagram account without the internet connection.

7.  To log out, come back to the news feed(Home) screen and tap on the profile icon at the bottom right of the screen.

8. Under your profile, tap on the cog icon(3 dots on Android) at the top right corner and select Log Out.

9. Now, switch on the Wi-Fi on your smartphone and log in to your account on the Instagram app.

The sender won’t get Seen even though you read the message. You can continue to use Instagram Direct with other users and still the user won’t get notified that you have viewed their messages. But do not open the conversation for which you wish to hide your seen. If you do that then the sender of the messages will get the seen receipt. In case they send more messages then follow the same steps above to read their message without letting them know.

Here’s a video where I am explaining the same hack.

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Hemant Mendiratta
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  1. Your name is listed there and you can see only one picture/video. I have two accounts and i just tried this and its not working.

    • Hi Milica,
      It is sad to hear that it didn’t work for you. But I am still able to use the same method to view Instagram story without letting the owner know about it.

      I have added a few more methods in the article. I hope one of them works for you. Let me know if you get it working.

      • It’s any method to see on desktop someone’s instagram story without following them? I can see only my followings insta story’s (with using method 1)

  2. about method 1 does it matter that the photo or video is uploaded from ios or android device?
    does this method work for both of them ?

    • Hi John,
      It does not depend on the smartphone(iOS or Android) from where the story was uploaded. It will work for both of them.

  3. Hi, what will happen if I block person after viewing his/her story? Will my name disappear from the list? Thanks for Answer:)

    • Hi Ale, Yes on blocking that particular user, your name will no longer be there in the story viewers list. But I won’t recommend such an aggressive method if the sole purpose is only to view a story without notifying.

  4. Hi! what if I own a second account, with a different email but I log with the same app on the same mobile phone? I mean, if I watch with the second one, when I will log in with the first one again, the name will be listed too? I thought not, but I am not sure anymore.

    • Hi Hanna, multiple accounts are not dependent on each other. If you view the story with the second account using the trick. The view won’t be reflected when you switch to the first account on the same app.

  5. Now it seems like if you watch someone’s stories offline, the view will get registered as soon as you are online again 🙂
    Btw, I have a friend who watched my stories but I couldn’t see she watched it and that’s what made me come here. Could this also be because of some bugs?

    • Hi Jonas, Yes I also see that now coming online notifies the owner of the story.
      Your friend might have viewed your story using any of the 1-3 methods mentioned in the article.

    • Hi Belfunk,

      Yeah, I see these apps have been removed. I have updated the article with a method that can be used on smartphones both iOS and Android.
      I hope this helps 🙂

  6. Hi, I viewed someone’s story who I do not follow how can I remove my name from the seen list when he checks. I viewed one pic by mistake. Is there any way I can remove my name from the seen list.


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