3 Ways to View Instagram Stories Anonymously

Published: | By Mick Essex

This is a question we are getting more and more frequently from our Instagram Feed users. The short answer is yes (in more than one way, in fact), but there are certain things for you to consider.

First, it is important to respect Instagram users' privacy. Second, you do not want to violate Instagram's terms of service, but there are ways you can try. 

I should also mention that nothing is 100% foolproof, but these are three ways I know of to view Stories anonymously.


1. Create a “Finsta”

Some people choose to create a secondary, anonymous account to view Instagram Stories and Reels. This method keeps your main account private but requires managing another account.

This is the oldest and most common method. I assume the first person to do it was probably someone trying to discover if their partner was cheating, but no one knows for sure.

  • What does Finsta stand for? 

Finsta stands for a fake Instagram account. It is a second account you would create to mask who you truly are, allowing you to browse Instagram without anyone knowing it is you.

2. Turn on Airplane Mode


I discovered this method not that long ago, and it seems to work just fine. After loading Stories on your device with an internet connection, switch your device to airplane mode so you can view the Stories offline. 

Once viewed, close the Instagram app before going online again. This method might not be fully reliable due to Instagram's caching and updating policies.

3. Use a Third-Party Website or App

I've looked into and tested both of these websites and they work well, but be aware when using them. I have to disclose that they could pose risks to your privacy and security and perhaps violate Instagram's terms of service. Do your own research first.

  • InstaNavigation

InstaNavigation is a service that allows you to view and download Instagram Stories anonymously. 


Simply enter the username of an Instagram account to access its public content, including Stories, without revealing your identity or requiring an Instagram account. 

InstaNavigation prioritizes your privacy by not requiring account registration or login details. Also, it does not store personal information or track your activity. 

The service uses SSL encryption to ensure the security of its users' browsing activities. 

While viewing content anonymously is the primary feature, the service also allows you to download content, including stories and posts, provided they are from public profiles. 

All the features of InstaNavigation are offered free of charge.

  • Instagram Story Viewer

Instagram Story Viewer is a similar tool that helps you look at Instagram Stories and download them privately.

It also uses security encryption, does not require signing up for or logging in to an account, and is free to use. 

Get a Sneak Peek at Instagram Stories

Whether you opt for a Finsta account, use airplane mode, or try a third-party service, it's crucial to prioritize your security and adhere to Instagram's guidelines. 

Regardless of what you choose, always consider your privacy and the reliability of a method, and never violate the terms of service. 

Being informed and cautious lets you discreetly enjoy Instagram content without revealing your identity.

Author Bio

Hey, it's Mick. I'm the Growth Marketing Manager at POWR. My marketing career spans two decades, primarily in growth marketing in the healthcare space, with stints in broadcast television, advertising, and copy editing. 

I’ve been running social media campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others since 2009.

I went to the College of Journalism at the University of Louisiana - Monroe and a storyteller at my core. My wife Elizabeth, son Gavin, and pup Jolene currently call Lafayette, Louisiana home.

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