Instagram is an American photo and video sharing social media app which is owned by Facebook. It was previously created for the users as a platform for sharing photos and videos. Now, it allows users to upload all kinds of media, which can be edited with filters and organized with tags and location information of the user. Users can post anything that can be shared publicly or with pre-approved followers. Users can browse other user's content by tags and locations and also view their trending contents like stories. They can like and react to their photos and follow other users, so they can view their contents in the feed.
Users want to see stories of other people they follow or they don’t follow. This can be done using the Instagram app or simply on the web at Instagram.com. If someone has shared a story that you haven't seen yet, they will have a colorful ring around their profile picture. It is quite easy to view stories of other users on Instagram.
1. To view the story using the Instagram App:
First using the Instagram app, users can open their app, and there they can see Stories appear in a row at the top of their feed. Only the stories of users who you follow will appear on the top of your feed.
You can see their stories by doing anyone of the following options:
1. Tap their profile picture at the top of the feed to view their story
2. Go to their profile and tap their profile picture to see their story
3. Tap their profile picture next to a post they have shared in the feed
4. Tap their profile picture in Direct inbox or thread.
By doing these one can view other users' stories.
If you want to see other people's stories, whom you don’t follow, then you can simply open their profile and tap on their profile to view their story. But this can only be done with users whose account is not private and open to the public.
Once you view stories from the top of your feed, then it automatically scrolls from one person to the next. You can tap the screen to skip to the next photo or video, or swipe right or left to skip between people's stories. You can simply swipe down on the screen to exit their story and return to Feed.
2. Using Instagram Story Viewer
Alternatively you could use Instagram story viewer application that lets you to browse stories shared by any Instagram user. This can be done by browser as the application is hosted in secured server.
You can get the application here:
3. To view the story on the web:
On the web, you can go to Intsagram.com, and stories appear at the top of Feed if you use your mobile while it appears on the right of Feed if you use desktop. Just tap or click on any story to view it. You can swipe left to get to the next screen or use arrows if you are using a desktop. Select the ‘x' in the top right to exit someone's story and return to feed.
Using the web is similar to that of the app. On the web the same thing can be done to view other user's stories, the one you don't follow, then simply tap on their profile and view their story or by any of the above four options to view someone's story.
Using the app or the web one can view stories of other users on Instagram by easily following the above steps. But the users should keep in mind that when they view other user's story then they will be able to tell that you have seen their story. Instagram has this in-built feature that allows users to know who viewed their stories automatically.