Month: June 2022

How to Hide your Instagram Story From Other Users?

Are you wondering if there is a way to hide your Instagram story from other users? Well, you’ve landed on the right blog. 

Many businesses have immensely benefited from this feature on Instagram

You may want your stories to be visible to only a select user group for various business reasons or perform A/B testing for marketing purposes.

So if you’re a business or an influencer looking to do just that, we’ll share the exact tips that will let you know how to do it. 

How to Hide Your Instagram Stories From Mobile Users? (iOS & Android)

We never go anywhere without our mobile phones. Fortunately, Instagram has options for this so you can hide your stories when you are on the go or when a system or laptop is unavailable. Following are the simple steps that explain how you can mask your Instagram story using your mobile device. 

  • Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone or your tablet 
  • Click on the ‘user’ icon in the bottom right corner
  • Next, you should click on the 3 lines icon in the right corner, then you can click on the ‘Setting’ present in the menu 
  • Once you are inside the settings, go to ‘Story Controls’ 
  • In that go to ‘Privacy and Security section and then to ‘Hide Story From’ option 
  • After you select the users from whom you want to hide the story, you have to click on the tick mark on the right top corner 

Note – If you want your story to be visible to all, then you have to unselect the users from whom you hid your story and then again click on the tick mark. 

How to Hide Your Instagram Stories After You’ve Shared It? (Mobile – iOS & Android)

Sometimes you’ll remember that you had to hide your story from certain users after you share the story. By then your story would have got some engagement and it’ll be difficult to delete it. You need not take the dire step of deleting your story. There’s also an option to hide your story even after you’ve posted. Simply follow the instructions below if you’re caught in such a circumstance. 

  • Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone or your tablet 
  • Click on the ‘Home’ button present in the bottom left corner
  • Next, click on ‘Your Story’ which will be present in the top left corner of your Instagram profile picture 
  • After your story pops open, choose ‘More’ or the 3 dots in the bottom right corner
  • A menu will appear in which you have to click on the ‘Story settings’. After you click on this, you’ll be redirected to ‘Story Controls’ in which you have to choose ‘Hide Story From’
  • Select the users from whom you want to hide the story 
  • Press the tick mark if you’re an Android user, and the done mark if you’re an iOS user. This option will be present in the right top corner 

Note – If you want your story to be visible to the users from whom you choose not to show it, unselect them and simply press the tick or done option. 

How to Hide Your Instagram Stories Via Laptop or Desktop?

Many of you may not be familiar with operating the settings options through a mobile device. So you’d prefer to use a laptop or desktop. Unfortunately, there are no options available on Instagram to mask your story via the settings that are visible on a laptop or desktop. However, you can find the instructions to hide your story through your computer.

  • Open your Instagram account through your preferred browser 
  • Click on the ‘user’ icon on the top right corner and go to ‘Settings’
  • Once you click on that you’ll get various options under which you have to select  ‘Privacy and Security’
  • Under this, you have to select ‘Support’ and then go to ‘Privacy and Security Help’
  • In this section, you have to again click on Customizing Your Experience’, and then finally select ‘Choosing Who Can See Your Story’. Once you click on this, another page will open where you can find the instructions to hide your Instagram story from a desktop or laptop 

How to Hide your Story From Someone Who Doesn’t Follow You? 

As an influencer or business, your profile will be visible to anyone. So even your story will be visible to users who don’t follow you. So, to mask your Instagram story from specific users who don’t follow you, here are some steps.

  • Open the profile of the user from whom you want to hide your story 
  • Tap on the 3 dots present in the top right corner
  • Choose the ‘Hide Your Story’ option and then click on ‘Hide’ 

Please note that this option might be available only through a mobile device. 

Is Hiding your Instagram Story the Same as Blocking a User?

If you block a user, you’ll immediately unfollow the user, and that user will also unfollow you. The blocked user cannot view any of the posts you share even if you’re account is public. 

However, if you hide your Instagram story from specific users, they won’t be able to see your story. They’ll still be able to see your other posts just like a normal follower. They won’t be able to view that specific story you hid from them and will be able to view the rest of your content. 

Conclusion 

Marketing on Instagram is a tough game. There’ll definitely be ups and downs. But by using this platform on a regular basis, you’ll definitely be able to get some form of interaction from your target audience. 

However, every user will not be the same. And some might indulge in sharing unwanted comments just to damage your reputation which will be a great threat to your marketing strategy. So you can use the steps mentioned in this article to safeguard your account from such threats. This will also be a great option to test the type of content your target audience likes.