What Happens When You Hide Your Story On Instagram

Your Quick Answer:

  1. When you hide your story on Instagram, it’s not visible to the users from whom you’re hiding it. 
  2. You can select the users from whom you want to hide your story and then post your story so that it is not visible to the marked ones. 
  3. But if you want your story to be visible to some users only, you’ll need to post it as a Close Friends story. 
  4. Mark the users, to whom you want to show your story, as Close Friends and then post it. The story will appear in a green circle with a green star icon on the top of the story. 
  5. However, if you want your story to be visible just to your followers, you can switch from a public to a private account. 
  6. You can even restrict people from seeing your story by blocking the user out of your profile or removing him from the Followers’ list too. 
  7. If you don’t want to see others’ stories, then mute his story or unfollow the user on Instagram. 

What happens when you hide your story on Instagram:

When you’re hiding your Instagram story, you can do it by either hiding the story from certain specific people or you can just making it visible to a few of your selected followers.

Here’s what happens when you hide a story on Instagram: 

1. Hide from Certain Followers:

If you’re restricting some followers from seeing your story by adding their name under the Hide story from the list, it hides all your upcoming stories from these followers. Unless you remove them from the Hide story from the list, they’ll not be able to see any story that you post from your account on their profile. 

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If you don’t want someone specific to see your Instagram story, this method helps you to do so. You can just add the person to the Hide story from the list so that your story doesn’t appear in his profile. It will appear and be visible to all of your followers( and non-followers in case of public account) except for the ones whom you’ve restricted. 

2. Show Only to Close Friends (Specific Followers):

If you want your story to be seen by some specific followers only, you’ll need to post it by selecting these specific followers as your Close Friends. Only those handful of Close Friends will be able to see your story only. None of your followers or non-followers would be able to see it except for the ones whom you’ve marked under the Close Friends list. 

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A Close Friends story on Instagram appears in a green circle and is marked with a green star icon whereas the regular story appears in a red circle. Therefore, if you’ve posted a story that’s visible only to your close friends, those users to whom the story is visible will be able to know that it’s not a regular Instagram story but a Close Friends story by seeing the green circle around it.  Thus, if you’re planning to post a story that’s visible to some specific user, you should know that they’ll be able to know that the story is visible to them because they’re added as Close Friends by you on Instagram. 

3. Hide Story from Non-Followers: 

If your account is public, then all the stories that you post are visible to both followers and non-followers of your account. 

But switching to a private profile hides the story from the nonfollowers. Whenever you post a story from a private Instagram account, it will only be visible to the ones that follow your Instagram account. 

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But if you don’t want to change your public account to a private account, you can still make the story visible to just the followers of your account by adding all the followers as Close Friends and then posting a story that’s visible to Close Friends only. 

4. Take Control of Who Sees Your Story: 

Whenever you’re hiding your story from someone or making your story visible to some followers only, you’re choosing the audience of your story.

Take control of who sees your story

This helps you take control of who can see your story and who cannot. You can restrict all your stalkers and non-followers from seeing your story too by switching to a private account. It helps you have greater boundaries regarding who can see your story and who cannot. 

What are two ways of hiding Instagram story directly:

There are many methods that you can follow:

1. Hide Story from Specific Followers:

You can hide your Instagram story from certain specific people by including them under the Hide story from the list. The users who are marked under this list will not get to see your Instagram story on their Instagram profile unless you unhide the story from them. If you don’t want your stories on Instagram to be viewed by some followers, you need to mark them under the list of hidden followers and then post the story. All your upcoming stories would automatically stop appearing to them. 

Here is how you can hide your Instagram story from some specific users:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram application. 

Step 2: Log into your account. 

Step 3: Click on the profile picture icon from the bottom right of the page. 

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Step 4: Click on the three lines icon.

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Step 5: Next, you’ll need to click on the option Settings. 

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Step 6: Then click on Privacy. 

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Step 7: Click on Story. 

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Step 8: You’ll need to click on 0 people below the Hide story from header. 

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Step 9: Then search for the user from whom you want to hide your upcoming stories and mark the name. 

Step 10: You can even mark the names from the list by scrolling it. 

Step 11: Then come back to the previous page to save the changes. 

Video on How to Hide Instagram Story from Someone:

2. Make Story Visible to Certain Followers:

If you want your Instagram stories to be seen by a few specific people from your Followers list, you can just mark them as your close friends and then make the story visible to them only. Post it by choosing the Close Friends option instead of the Your Story option. 

When you’re posting your story by making it visible to Close Friends, it will only be visible to the ones whom you’ve chosen as your close friends. The Followers who are not marked as Close Friends will not be able to see it. 

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram app and log into your account. 

Step 2: Next, you’ll need to get into your profile page and then click on the three lines icon. 

Step 3: Then click on Settings and on the next page, click on Privacy

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Step 4: You’ll need to click on Story and then click on 0 people under the Close Friends header. 

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Step 5: Mark the people whom you want to add to your Close Friends list. Click on Done. 

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Step 6: Come back to your homepage and then click on the + icon. 

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Step 7: Click on Story and select any picture or video that you want to post on your story. 

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Step 8: Click on the Close Friends option that’s at the bottom of the page and post it. 

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Step 9: The story will be marked with a green star icon. 

Indirect ways of hiding Instagram stories from people:

Follow the below methods:

1. Block The User:

If you want to hide your story from someone, you can also block the person on Instagram too. However, this would be an extreme step as the person would not be able to find you on Instagram until you unblock him. He will not be able to message you on Instagram, nor will he be able to see your story or posts. 

The person will not receive any kind of notification that you’ve blocked him as Instagram doesn’t inform users about who has blocked him.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram application. 

Step 2: Log in to your account. 

Step 3: Then search for the user whom you want to block on Instagram.

Step 4: Click on his username from the search results to go to his profile page. 

Step 5: Then click on the three dots icon.

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Step 6: Click on Block and confirm it by clicking on the blue Block button again. 

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2. Make your Account Private: 

If you want your story to be visible just to the followers of your account, you can easily make it happen by changing your public account to a private account. A story posted from a private account is only visible to the users who follow the private account but if it is posted by a public account, all the users who are just stalkers and non-followers would be able to view it too. 

Here’s how you can change a public account to a private account on Instagram:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open Instagram and log into your account. 

Step 2: Next, you’ll need to go to your profile page and click on the three lines icon. 

Step 3: Then click on Settings. 

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Step 4: Next, click on Privacy

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Step 5: You’ll need to enable the switch next to Private account to make your account private. 

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3. Remove Person from Your Followers’ List:

You can even remove the person from your Followers list so that he cannot see your story. The stories that you post from your profile, appear to those accounts that follow you on Instagram. But if you don’t want somebody to see it, remove the user from your list of Followers. Then the story would stop appearing to him. If you have a private account, the removed user won’t be able to see your story until he follows you again on Instagram.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram application. 

Step 2: Next, log into your account. 

Step 3: Then go to your profile page on Instagram. 

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Step 4: Click on Followers. 

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Step 5: It will show you the names of the people who follow you on Instagram. 

Step 6: Search for the person whom you don’t want to show your story. 

Step 7: Then click on the Remove button next to the name of the person and he’ll be removed from the list.  

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How can I hide others’ Instagram stories from my account:

If you don’t want to see someone’s Instagram story on your account, you can just mute his story or stop following the user on Instagram. 

The stories that appear on your Instagram account are from the users whom you follow on Instagram. But if you don’t want to see them temporarily, you can mute them. But if you want it to disappear permanently from your account, you can just stop following the account on Instagram.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram app and log into your account. 

Step 2: Next, you’ll be able to see the stories on your homepage. 

Step 3: Click and hold the story that you want to mute. 

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Step 4: Then click on three dot. 

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Step 5: Click on Mute. It would disappear from the story section. You can unmute it anytime you want. 

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Steps to unfollow someone on Instagram: 

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram application and log in to your account. 

Step 2: Search for the user whom you want to unfollow. 

Step 3: From the search results, get into his profile. 

Step 4: Click on the Following button. 

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Step 5: Then click on Unfollow. 

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Step 6: Confirm it by clicking on Unfollow on the confirmation box. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How To Hide Your Story From Everyone On Instagram?

If you want to hide your story from all of your followers, you need to mark all of them under the list of Hide story from so that it’s not visible to anybody. But if you want to hide it from non-followers, you can just switch to a private account. 

2. How To Tell If Someone Deleted Their Instagram Story?

You need to visit the profile of the user and then click on his profile picture to see if any story opens up or not. If the user has deleted the story, then it won’t open up any story but if it’s still there, you’ll be able to see it. If the profile picture is surrounded by a red circle, then there’s a new story uploaded by the user which you’ve not seen yet.

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