Whether you’re an Instastalker, or you’re being stalked on Instagram, we’ll share all the information on Instagram stalking. This will includes ways you can stalk or be stalked on Instagram as well as signs you’re being stalked. We’ll even share ways you can figure out you’re being stalked! Of course, we’ll share solutions to all these issues so that Instagram feels like a safe place again.
What Is An Instastalker?
Instastalker is a term used for being able to stalk people on Instagram without them knowing. There are now quite a few websites using the term to promote their service!
Essentially, it’s a way of looking at profiles anonymously. It might allude to the account’s overall impressions but they cannot see it was you who was looking.
If you’re wanting to view someone’s Instagram story or posts, but don’t want them to know, then Instastalker is a way to do that.
If the user’s profile is private, you will not be able to access their profile.
If you genuinely feel yourself becoming a stalker, then it’s always important to reach out for help from friends, families or professionals.
The Good Side To Instastalker Websites
However, there are good reasons you might want to use these websites.
These are great for parents! To keep an eye on what your child is posting on social media, you can use these websites without it seeming like you’re inspecting every single thing that they post online.
It’s also an easy way to see if you’ve been blocked from someone’s page or stories. When you suspect you’ve been blocked, then you can look up their profile on one of these sites. If it comes up, then you’ve definitely been blocked. If they deactivated their Instagram account or stopped posting stories, then neither would get any search results on these websites.
Another good reason to use these sites is if you don’t have an Instagram account. You can’t watch people’s Instagram stories if you don’t have Instagram. Using an Instastalker will allow you to see what people are posting on Instagram without the hassle of creating an account.
While these sites can be used for bad, they can also be used for good or research. Just be careful when utilizing these services.
Are You An Instastalker?
Of course, you can stalk people on Instagram without using these sites. Perhaps you can’t help yourself looking at an ex’s page every week to see what they’re up to. The downside to this is if you watch their stories, they will be able to see your name pop up.
You might have tried to create a separate account for this kind of thing, but even then, people will eventually notice this random unknown account viewing all of their Instagram stories. It might not be that difficult for them to figure out that it’s you.
While the Instagram app doesn’t allow users to see specific people who viewed their main posts, there are lots of third-party apps that allow you to see specific insights into your posts. So if you think you’re getting away with Instagram stalking, you’re probably not.
Just don’t be an Instagram stalker. It’s not cool.
What If You Have An Instagram Stalker?
Having said all that, you might be on the other side of Instastalking. Maybe you even have your own Instastalker! There might be someone who has a crush on you that can’t keep their thumbs off your page. Maybe there’s a random person from across the world who has somehow found your account and needs to comment on everything single thing you share. Or perhaps you just have a bad feeling that the unnamed account that just started following you is actually an old rival.
Here are some sure signs that you might have a stalker:
Instagram Stories Tell All About Instastalkers
Keep an eye on your Instagram story views. You are able to see every single person who views your Instagram stories. Just click your Instagram story and swipe up to see all the insights. The profile of each user who viewed it will come up. There’s a theory going around that the order of names is actually based on who views your page and stories the most frequently. So if your ex is always at the top of the list, that might mean something. Instagram claims there is no logic to this list but Instagrammers have done experiments to prove otherwise. You can also keep an eye on who views your stories first. Those are the people who like and visit your Instagram frequently enough for the algorithm to make sure your content appears first on their feed. Otherwise, they might even have post notifications on for you!
You could download an external app to see who is viewing your Instagram amongst other analytics. There is a list of 10 apps you can use here. We must always warn you to be careful when using apps like this. Make sure you have the two-factor authentication turned on with your Instagram account to make it impossible for anyone who doesn’t have your phone to log in and hack your Instagram.
Go private. If you go private, you’ll filter out who wants to stalk your page because those who can no longer see your content will request a follow. You’ll be able to see who stops viewing your Instagram stories. If they request a follow, it’s pretty clear that they enjoy stalking your account!
They like and comment on everything you post. This is a simple one but a good sign that someone is getting a bit too attached! If you’ve got someone replying to every single story and commenting on every single post, then it’s pretty clear they’re Instagram stalking you. Of course, this is different if it’s your grandma. Grandmas have rights. But if it’s some random person you’ve never met, they’re probably an Instastalker.
Solutions To Instagram Stalking
Of course, there are solutions to Instagram stalking. We’ll share ways for you to kick your stalkers goodbye so they don’t ever bother you again!
Making your Instagram account private is the first step. This gives you total control over who follows your account. So if your ex wants to make a fake account to keep up to date with your life, they’ll have to request to follow you first. It’s a good idea to not accept anyone you don’t know personally so that you don’t run the risk of any more Instastalkers.
It’s easy to go private on Instagram. Go to your Instagram settings, click Privacy, then turn it to public on the account privacy button. If you have a business account (where you can see your business insights) then, unfortunately, you cannot go private. But you can easily switch back to a regular account if you would prefer to be private.
Block Those Instastalkers
Once you’re private (or even if you’re not private), block those who are stalking you. If you block people once you’re private, then you can be 100% sure that you’ve got a fresh clean slate where your only followers are people you know and trust.
If you’re public, you might find yourself blocking a big number of people over the years! Instagram stalkers come up out of nowhere. Even more frequently once you have grown a good following.
To block someone, go their profile. Click the three dots in the top right corner of their page. Click “block” and agree. You can unblock them at any point by visiting their profile and unblocking them. You will also have a list of blocked accounts in your privacy section of your Instagram settings under “blocked accounts”. From there, you can unblock anyone at any time.
Call Out Your Instastalker
If you’re brave enough, then call out your Instastalker. Send them a message, or even comment on one of their photos, that you want them to stop stalking you. This will alert others who find their profile that they’re a bit of a creep. Of course, things could get ugly so block them afterward anyway.
Tell The Authorities
If you’re getting threatening messages or inappropriate messages, then it’s okay to tell the authorities. If you feel at risk at all, then contacting your local police department is a good idea! Cyberbullying and crime is a real thing. Instagram itself is too big a platform to deal with each individual case of stalking so it’s a good idea to get your local police on the case.
Instagram’s Solutions To Stalking
Although Instagram can’t deal with each individual case, they have done their bit this year.
The first big change they made was to get rid of the “following” tab. This tab was to help people discover new accounts. But it turned into a way to stalk what your friends and following community were doing. You could see the activity of any account you followed and what photos they were liking. This tool was used a lot for boyfriends and girlfriends to see what content their other half was liking and following on Instagram.
It wasn’t deleted because of this though. It was deleted because people were forgetting it was there and using the “Explore” page instead.
Deleting this tab, however, reduces Instagram stalking as you can’t keep an eye on what everyone else is doing on Instagram. You, as a user, get more privacy on the app since you can like any posts without someone else finding out through a notification within the app.
Instastalker App Deleted
Last month, the Google Play Store deleted an Instagram stalker app called Ghosty. The app gave people access to private Instagram accounts.
Instagram initiated the removal of this app after they said they were going to send a cease and desist letter to Ghosty’s developer.
Instagram claimed that it violated their terms and conditions as well as someone’s right to privacy online. The app had over 500,000 downloads since its launch in April 2019. Thankfully, it has now been removed.
As you can see, Instagram stalking is quite a big issue so be awesome and don’t take part in this weird trend. Of course, also make the smart moves to remain safe online!