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How to see who stalks my Instagram account

An Instagram account can be a very personal space, so no one wants unwelcome guests there. This article explains how to see who stalks your Instagram account and how to remove them.

Paulius Ilevičius

Paulius Ilevičius

How to see who stalks my Instagram account

Can I check who viewed my Instagram profile?

Unfortunately, Instagram hasn’t yet introduced a feature that allows you to easily check who views your Instagram profile. We hope this much-needed feature will appear in the future because it will make the Instagram app safer and more transparent.

For now, users must resort to various workarounds to see who stalks their Instagram profiles and to get rid of unwanted Instagram stalkers. Here we provide a few of those methods.

Methods to discover Instagram stalkers

Here are a few of the most popular methods to see who stalks your Instagram profile.

Check your Instagram profile interactions

The first and easiest thing to do is simply to check your profile interactions. Just click on the heart icon in the top right. Here you can see who liked and commented on your Instagram post, or has followed you.

Check Instagram interactions

Keep in mind that here you won’t be able to see who viewed your Instagram posts or stories. However, if people you find suspicious persistently like or comment on your Instagram pictures or stories, it is a strong indication that they are stalking you. Moreover, if a user interacts with your content but doesn’t follow you, it is also a red flag. It means that such users have to visit your profile to see your Instagram photos or stories because they don’t see your content on their feed. And that is what Instagram stalkers often do.

Check who views your Instagram stories

Another way to find out who your Instagram stalkers are is checking who viewed your stories. When you open your story, just click on the viewers at the bottom left. Now you can see all the users that viewed your story.

Instagram story viewers

Again, if Instagram users don't follow you, they need to make an effort to check your stories, that is, to open your Instagram profile and click on your profile picture. They can’t see your Instagram stories in their feed. Seeing unrecognized people regularly viewing your stories without following you is a strong indication of stalking.

Instagram first shows your stories to the most relevant Instagram users — your close friends and people with whom you have the most interaction. When you open the viewer list soon after publishing your story, it ranks the viewers chronologically. However, the ranking algorithm changes when your Instagram story reaches a certain number of viewers. Then people who interact with your stories and posts typically get ranked first, while the least active ones go to the bottom of the list. So if you regularly find unrecognized users among your top viewers, it is likely that they are Instagram stalkers.

Check your Instagram followers

Another thing to do is to analyze your Instagram follower list more thoroughly. To do this, just tap on your profile photo on the bottom right of the screen and then tap on the follower number. Here you can see all your Instagram followers.

Instagram follower number

If you see anyone you don’t recognize, open that user’s account and check it. Here are a couple of signs of a fake account:

  • the user has very little or no activity.
  • the user doesn’t have any photo or other info allowing you to identify the person.

We recommend deleting fake accounts because potential Instagram stalkers can hide behind them, increasing the risk of Instagram scams. Moreover, we advise removing all the accounts that you don’t recognize and find interesting. When it comes to your social media following, quality is more important than quantity, and the latter usually comes with additional threats.

(Don’t) use third-party apps

Another way to identify your Instagram stalkers is by using a third-party app. Tons of these apps are available. Most show who follows or unfollows you, likes your post, or blocks you. Some of them even boast that they can show who views your profile.

While third-party apps may sound like a convenient method, we advise avoiding their use. None of these apps give you accurate and reliable results. The problem is that major social networks don't share visitor data, so third-party apps don’t have accurate info on user behavior and often show random data.

Moreover, most of these types of apps are free, so they often sell user data to third parties and flood their users with ads to monetize their activity. They also frequently require you to share your Instagram account with them. So, they can see your Instagram data if you agree with such requests. Therefore, third-party apps will likely create additional threats rather than give you some valuable insights.

Use Instagram Insights

You can always use Instagram Insights, which provide you with detailed statistics of your Instagram activity. Here you can see the level of engagement and other interactions. However, this feature is only available if you have a business or creator Instagram account.

How to block Instagram stalkers

The first method to deal with stalkers is blocking them. To do this you should:

1. Go to your follower list by clicking on the Instagram profile picture on the bottom right and then tapping on the follower number.

Instagram follower number

2. Find an Instagram account you want to block and tap on it. Then tap the three dots on the top right.

Three dots instagram

3. Choose “Block” and follow the instructions on your screen.

Block option

If you wish to report an Instagram stalker or a suspicious Instagram account, just follow the instructions above and tap “Report” instead “Block.”

Report option

Another less nuclear option is to remove followers without blocking them. You need to:

1. Go to your followers list by clicking on the Instagram profile picture on the bottom right and then tapping on the follower number.

Instagram follower number

2. Tap “Remove” next to the follower you wish to remove.

Remove a follower

You can also simply prevent a person from seeing your stories. All you have to do is to:

1. Go to your story and click on the follower list.

Instagram story viewers

2. Tap the three dots next to the follower’s name.

Three dots next to followers name

3. Here choose “Hide your story” to hide a story from this person. You can also block and remove Instagram followers here. The latter option means that the removed follower won’t see your content.

Hide your story

You can even hide your Instagram stories and posts from selected users. To do so:

1. Tap on your Instagram profile picture on the bottom right.

Instagram profile button

2. Tap the three stripes on the top right.

Three stripes on the top right

3. Choose “Settings.”

Settings option

4. Choose “Privacy.”

Privacy settings

5. Go to “Story.”

Story settings

6. Go to “Hide story from.” Here you can choose Instagram users that you want to hide your Instagram stories from.

Hide stories from

In the same section you can also choose your close friends by tapping on the “Close friends” section.

Close friends section

When you post an Instagram story, you can then decide whether it will be visible only to this group of trusted people or to anyone.

How to avoid Instagram stalkers

One of the most reliable options for avoiding stalkers is making your profile private. To do so, go to the “Privacy” section by using the workflow above and tap on the toggle next in the “Private account” section.

Private account section

Note that now your posted Instagram content won’t be visible to people who don’t follow you.

In the same “Privacy” section, you can tweak other Instagram privacy settings. For example, you can hide your activity status in the “Activity status” section or limit various unwanted interactions in the “Limits” section.

Privacy section

Stay safe and make sure to avoid other Instagram threats.


Paulius Ilevičius
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Paulius Ilevičius is a technology and art enthusiast who is always eager to explore the most up-to-date issues in cybersec and internet freedom. He is always in search for new and unexplored angles to share with his readers.