As an avid Instagrammer, with a public profile, it is common to wonder who might have checked your profile picture (or profile bio).
While many Instagrammers do follow the ‘Like and Follow’ process, not everyone does the same.
To be honest, there is a huge majority (like me) who prefer checking out the profile without actually following the Instagram account.
And this brings us to the next question.
How do I track profile visitors who don’t care to follow?
Does Instagram let me see who viewed my profile?
Until date, Instagram does not allow you to know who visited your Instagram account.
At least not now and certainly not an in-app functionality to track your Instagram profile visitors.
Instagram, like Facebook, is tight-lipped about this particular question, for obvious privacy issues.
To put it simply, they have the data but they aren’t sharing it with anyone, not even you.
If you do a quick search on Google Playstore or iOS store, there are many cool alternatives to help you discover who have checked your Instagram profile.
But does these third party apps work in uncovering who have visited your Instagram profile?
The question of the hour is, do these apps actually work? Nope!
Here’s the problem.
Most of these apps are fake and they usually pick random Instagram names and display the same to you.
What’s worst is that there are some paid apps which you are required to pay a small amount of money if you want to see more than five names.
Going through user reviews on the Play Store and App Store will paint the same picture.
They pick random names and scramble them up when you check next. Not to mention that an ad will pop up every few minutes.
So, why does these apps are not able to track the profile visitors?
The Instagram API doesn’t share such information with third-party apps. While some apps do reveal who unfollowed (or followed) you recently, churning out the name of your profile visitor is asking for too much.
More importantly, once you allow these applications to take a look into your profile, you have no idea how these apps will handle your data.
If you are serious in tracking your visitors and checking who viewed your Instagram profile, the now-popular Instagram Stories feature is the best way to do so, since the stories posted by public accounts are accessible to almost everyone (unless they are blocked from viewing it).
So here goes.
The first step is to swipe up on your Instagram story (any of your stories) like this.
Next, click on the eyeball icon and the list of people who visited your story will be nicely displayed.
Note: This includes users who aren’t following your Instagram account.
Now here’s a little (or major) challenge.
This method still doesn’t show you who viewed your Instagram profile as it only shows you who had viewed your Instagram story.
And if this sounds creepy (like someone who you don’t know is constantly stalking you on Instagram), then hit the block button to instant block them.
Too many people viewing your Instagram stories?
You can opt to switch to a private account if you wish to keep your private data private.
Manually checking the Instagram Stories on a daily basis could be annoying. However, that’s the only way, at least for now.
So, coming back to the question ….
Sadly, the answer is “No” for now.
There is no process in place which would let you see the names of your profile visitors.
More importantly, Instagram is planning to keep them a secret for privacy reasons.
I hope you find this quick trick in finding who viewed your Instagram stories useful (and as a powerful alternative to who viewed my Instagram profile).
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