How to know who viewed your Instagram Highlights
Written by: Hrishikesh Pardeshi, Founder at Flexiple, buildd & Remote Tools.
Last updated: Jan 19, 2023
You've posted a story on Instagram and have added the stories you want to preserve as Instagram highlights for the future. But the problem is you want to know who has viewed your Instagram highlights.
If you use Instagram for business, knowing who views your Instagram highlights can introduce you to more people who can be your followers (if not already following).
What is "Highlights" on Instagram?
Instagram is one of the best social media platforms. When you add Instagram stories it's visible for 24 hours. However, if you want to save important stories that you don't want to disappear, you can add the stories to Instagram highlights.
Doing this will save you stories forever. Every time people visit your Instagram profile section, they can view your highlights section & see stories from the past.
Highlights immediately save your stories forever. Instagram highlights are like archives for your Instagram stories.
TL;DR & Summary
Instagram is a great place to share your life with friends & family. When you use the platform for business, story archives become one of the most important places for visitors to your profile.
You can add old stories as a highlight and save them as archives for new visitors on your profile forever. You can see who has viewed your Instagram highlights and get in touch with them in case you want to add them as followers.
- You can edit the name of highlights, and add or remove stories.
- You can know who has viewed your Instagram story highlights but only for the first 48 hours of publishing. After 48 hours, the count will not be recorded, but the highlight will stay as is.
- You can add only your original story as a highlight. You can't add someone's story as a highlight.
- You can even choose to show your stories to close friends so other users can't view them.
- You can edit profile to match the highlights you add.
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How to See Who Viewed your Instagram Highlights?
You can know about Instagram highlights views on your smartphone & web as well. But there's a catch. Unlike Instagram stories, the view counts of the highlights last for 48 hours only. When you save the stories as Instagram highlights, it stays there until you remove them.
However, the view count is viewable only for 48 hours. That is, after 48 hours, even though the Instagram highlights are visible to all, the count isn't visible even to you.
Simply put, you can know who viewed your Instagram highlights for 48 hours.
With that said, let's see how to check the view counts of Instagram highlights.
Checking who viewed your Instagram highlight on the Instagram app:
- Open Instagram app
- Go to your profile page
- Tap on the Instagram stories highlights
If you've added an Instagram highlight less than 48 hours ago, you can view the count at the bottom left corner
- If you have a personal profile, you won't see analytical data. Only the viewer's list will be visible. If you've converted your Instagram profile to a business or professional profile page, you'd see advanced data related to the highlights.
Note: Image 1 shows advanced analytics for an Instagram highlight for the creator profile. Image 2 shows the viewer's list for an Instagram highlight & Image 3 shows the viewer's list of an Instagram highlight for a personal profile.
Checking who viewed your Instagram highlight on the desktop:
- Open the Instagram account
Click on your profile picture
Click on the highlights you want to check who viewed your Instagram highlights
Click on the view count in your bottom left corner
How to add an Instagram Story to Highlights?
Once you publish your Instagram story, go back to your Instagram account & refresh the home feed.
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Tap on your profile icon to view the story highlights. Then tap on the highlight icon in the bottom right corner.
If you have created at least one highlight, you can select that to add the story to that highlight.
If not created already, you will be asked to create a new highlight. Tap on the + icon to create a new highlight for your Instagram account.
How to remove an Instagram story from Highlights?
If you don't want to have the story on your highlights anymore, you can remove it. Here's how to remove the Instagram stories from highlights.
- Open the highlights you want to remove the story from
Navigate to the story & tap on the three-dot menu in your bottom right corner
Tap on "Remove from highlights" and then confirm by tapping, "Remove video"
Note: If you face any issues creating highlights, try clearing the Instagram cache & try once again.
Who can see your Instagram highlights?
If you have a personal account, you can set it to a public account or private account. If you set your account private, only people who follow you can view the highlights.
If set public, anyone (even those who don't follow you) can view the highlights.
If you set your profile to creator or business, you can't set it to a private account.
That is, your Instagram profile page will be public and all the details (including highlights) will be visible to the public.
If you want to set your account to private, first make sure you have a personal account. Once confirmed, go to your profile, tap the burger menu (three horizontal lines) then tap "Settings".
Then go to the "Privacy" menu & turn on the "Private Account" toggle.
Frequently Asked Questions
#1 Can you know who viewed your Instagram highlights?
If you have set your profile as public, anyone can view your highlights. If you've set your Instagram account as private, only your followers can view your stories.
If you've converted your Instagram profile to creator or professional, all your highlights will be visible to anyone on and off Instagram.
However, irrespective of the account type, if anyone views your Instagram highlights after 48 hours, the count won't be recorded.
Related: How to hide your followers on Instagram?
#2 How to Create new a Story Highlight?
If you've never created a highlight before, go to your Instagram profile and tap on the + icon below your bio. Name your highlights & add stories. You will need some active stories to add to the new highlights you create. Tap add to create new highlights.
An alternative way you can create a highlight is to go to the story you want to add. Tap the Highlight icon in the bottom right of your screen.
#3 Can you see who viewed your Instagram highlights after 48 hours?
There's no way to know who viewed your Instagram highlights after 48 hours. Even if you have a business or creator Instagram account.
#4 Will you know if someone takes a screenshot of Instagram highlights?
As of now, there's no such feature that tells you if someone's taken a screenshot of your highlights. You won't be notified when someone views your Instagram highlights as well.
The only time Instagram notifies you is when someone takes a screenshot of the DM you send. When you send a photo (taken using the Instagram camera) as view once and the person you sent it to takes a screenshot, you will be notified.
The best part is, even if you miss the notification, you will see a dotted spiral next to the photo you sent.
#5 How do I control who can view my story?
Go to your Instagram story settings & update who can view your stories. You can mention the profile you want to hide story from. Once you update the setting, you can hide story from new users.
#6 How to create a custom cover photo for all Highlights?
Use Canva to create custom cover photos. Create a cover photo size of Instagram highlights is, 1080x1920, and place the subject (text or icon) at the center of the image.