Some TikToker has discovered how to view someone’s Instagram Story without letting them know you’ve viewed their Instagram Story, and believe me when I tell you this is highkey hot girl shit.

As anyone not in a stable, long-term relationship knows, Instagram’s Story feature is both a blessing and a curse for the dating game. On the one hand, it provides a low stakes way to start flirting up a storm (and you can even use the ‘Close Friends’ feature to your thottiest advantage).

On the other hand, when you break up with someone, it’s a fucking nightmare. Their profile sits at the top of your Instagram feed, just daring you to open it up to find out what fun thing they’re doing without you. And to make matters worse, that person can then SEE that you’ve looked at their story. Humiliating.

So like I said, this TikTok genius has discovered (or at the very least, shared) a nifty hack for peeping someone’s Insta Story without them knowing.


You have to already be following the person. Sorry to anyone who’s unfollowed their ex in a rage or unleashed the block button. This won’t work for you. On the plus side, it does sound like you’re in a healthier frame of mind for moving the fuck on and being your bad bitch self, so… swings and roundabouts.

For everyone else, read on.


Scroll across the top of your Instagram Story feed until you see their profile. If you’ve recently been channeling a huge psycho stalker because you’re just ‘going through some stuff right now’, then good news! Their profile should be right at the top.


DON’T CLICK ON THEIR PROFILE. What are you, an idiot? No.


Click on the profile of the person to the right of them.


Very, very carefully, swipe that person’s story as if you’re going to go back to your ex’s story. Don’t swipe all the way. Just a little bit.

If you do it right, you should get a peak of the Instagram Story prior to the one you clicked on. You won’t be able to view a video, and you’ll only be able to the first story (if they have more than one), but it’s enough to tell you if it’s worth properly watching.

Shout out to @sofiaagurgenashvili for spreading the good and/or toxic word.

@sofiaagurgenashvilii can’t talk rn #hotgirlshit #fyp♬ busy doin hot girl ish – Chelsea

One commenter also pointed out a second way of doing this, which is a little bit riskier, but the payoff is so much better.

If you turn on Airplane mode and turn off your WiFi (on an iPhone, at least), you can then watch the person’s entire story without them knowing.

(Don’t ask me how that works, I guess Instagram has a preview locked and loaded somehow.)

I tried it with the PEDESTRIAN.TV account and my own Insta Story, and it bloody worked. Huge! Try it with your toxic ex today! (But I take zero responsibility if you fuck it up and then Chad sees that you watched his Sunday bowlo sesh with the boys, sorry. That’s on you and Chad.)