One day, you're scrolling through Instagram when you see someone you follow having a live session.
For some reason, you want to join in but you don’t want that person to know that you are watching their live broadcast.
Sadly, Instagram does not have an option that allows users to watch IG live anonymously.
Every time someone new joins an Instagram live, both the host and the viewers are getting notified.
While it might seem like a bummer for those hoping to view Instagram live anonymously; there are a few simple ways to work around this.
Users are able to see who is viewing their Instagram live videos.
A small counter with an "eye" icon shows you how many people are watching someone’s live video.
By tapping the “eye” icon, users can see all the usernames of the people who have joined their live broadcast.
As we previously mentioned, there is currently no native feature that allows users to remain anonymous when watching live videos broadcast by people they follow.
There are, however, a few simple solutions that can hide users’ identities while watching someone’s live stream.
One way to watch someone’s Instagram live video anonymously is by creating a new account, or so-called ‘Finsta’ (fake Instagram account).
You can create your new Instagram account by using the same email address or phone number you have registered your “real” Instagram account with.
To stay anonymous, don’t register with your Facebook profile.
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If creating a new Instagram account is too much hassle, changing your username and profile picture is a quicker way of hiding your identity.
Keep in mind that if the person you are watching, who is live checks your profile, they will be able to see your pictures and images you have shared.
✅ If you find this guide helpful, make sure to check our article on how to turn off Instagram live comments as well.
Another way to watch someone’s Instagram story without them knowing is by using someone else’s account.
This way, the person who is broadcasting a live video on Instagram will see the account you are using but they won't know it's you.
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Almost all users tend to share their live videos on their Instagram Feeds.
Once users share their broadcasts on their Feed, you can watch them anonymously. This way, you won’t need a new account to watch their stories, nor borrow someone else's.
Live broadcast replies won’t include comments or likes from the original likes. The number of viewers will restart once users share their replay.
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As for now, the social media platform does not offer a built-in option that enables users to watch live stories anonymously.
Users can only try some of the mentioned workarounds to view someone's Instagram live anonymously.