Why Can’t I See My Friend’s Story On Facebook

Your Quick Answer:

You can’t see your friend’s story, which means you are not adding him as your friend on Facebook.

There could be another possible chance that he changes his story’s privacy settings.

If his story has crossed the 24 hours time limit, then you can’t see his story.

To see your friend’s story on Facebook, open his profile and add him as your friend; after that, you can see his story because by default Facebook sets the story settings as ‘Friends’. Users can easily see the stories shared as ‘Public’ on Facebook.

If you’re anyone’s friend and you see his story, he can see your name on the viewer’s list; otherwise, he won’t know. 

Why Can’t I See My Friends Story On Facebook:

On Facebook, when you are going to post something on Facebook, you can change the privacy of your story. You can make it ‘Public’, where all users on Facebook can see your stories. If you choose ‘Friends’, then only your Facebook friends can see your stories, and if you choose ‘Custom’, only the person you select can see your stories.

1. You’re Not Friends with Person

If you can’t see your Facebook friend’s story on Facebook, then first you should look at whether you are his friend or not on Facebook. Because if your friend shares the story publicly, then if you are not his friend, also you can see it.


As you can’t see it, that means your friend does not share it publicly, so open your friend’s profile and check if you are his friend or not.

If you are not his friend, then send him a friend request, and if you can see that you are his friend but still you can’t see his story, then your friend has changed his story privacy settings. 

2. The Stories are Private

As we have mentioned earlier, even after being friends, you are excluded from privacy settings if you can’t see your friend’s story.

The Stories are Private

If you post something on your story, you can see after selecting a photo or a video that there is an option ‘Privacy’ at the bottom left.

After clicking on it, you can see some possibilities there. If your friend chose ‘Custom’ and did not select you, then even being his friend, you can’t see his post; if your friend select ‘Friends’, then tap ‘Hide story from’ and select your profile, then you can’t see his post because he hides you. So, if your friend has chosen any of these options, you won’t see his post.

3. Stories are Expired

The most common reason you can not see someone’s story is because the story is expired. If the story is expired, you can see the message ‘Story no longer available. The story is expired means the story may not be available because it has crossed 24 hours.

Because Facebook stories will disappear within 24 hours of posting, you won’t see them anymore if you cannot see someone’s Facebook story in 24 hours.

Some users on Facebook sometimes share the same things in stories as well as in posts. So, if the story is expired, you can see the same thing on your friend’s post. But if he has not shared it as a Facebook post, only shared it as a story, then after 24 hours, you will not be able to see it. 

How to See Someone’s Story on Facebook:

Follow the below methods:

1. Add him as Friend

As we have mentioned, most Facebook users (excluding celebrities) usually share their stories with the privacy settings ‘Friends’. So, to see someone’s story on Facebook, you should be their friend. To add the person as your friend and to see their story:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open your Facebook account, and log in to your account; then, you will enter the Facebook Homepage, where you have to tap on the ‘Search bar’ at the top of the screen. 

Click on Search Icon

Step 2: Write the person’s name you want to search for, click on his name, and enter the person’s profile. 

Search Profile

Step 3: Click on the ‘Add Friend’ option below the username to add him as your Facebook friend.

Click on Add Friend

Step 4: Now, wait until the person accepts your friend request. 

Step 5: After he receives your friend request, both of you can see your story (if both of you set the story setting as ‘Friends’). On the Facebook homepage, you can see your friend’s stories on the upper side. 

Seen story of friends

Step 6: You can also open the person’s profile and tap on their profile picture; if he has shared any story, a pop-up will generate at the bottom; tap ‘View Story’, and you can see his story. 

story seen

2. Only Public stories You can see (without adding)

There is only one option by which you can see anyone’s story without adding them as your friend, and that is if they share their stories by using the ‘Public’ feature.

In most cases, celebrities who share stories to entertain the audience or any businessman who shares stories to promote something eventually are trying to make more followers, so they use this feature. Other than these people, many users share stories publicly. You can see their stories easily. 

🔯 Will the person Know if you view Someone’s Story or Collections?

If you are the person’s friend and you see his story, he will know about it. Because after sharing a story at the bottom left corner, Facebook shows the number of viewers. If you tap on the upward arrow key, you can see your friend’s name who has seen your story.

So from there, he will know if you have seen it or not. But if you are not his friend, then you can see his post if it is publicly shared, but the person will not be able to know that you have seen it. Even after viewing his post, if he unfriended you, he would also not see your name on the viewer’s list. 

The Bottom Lines:

Facebook has the feature to change story settings to ‘Public’, ‘Friends’, and ‘Custom’. Facebook users can use this feature to share their posts publicly or hide some people.

Hopefully, now, after reading this article, you all can understand why you can’t see your friend’s story on Facebook, and you will be able to change your story’s privacy settings.

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