What is the Order of Instagram Story Views?

If you post Instagram Stories frequently, then you’ve probably wondered about the order of Story viewers that appear once before. There are a couple of theories out there about how Instagram orders them, so we’ll explain them to you along with another trick or two that you might find helpful. 


What is the Order of Instagram Story Views?

There are different theories out there about how Instagram orders Story viewers. The most popular and more reasonable theory is that it’s chronological order up until a certain number of views. Once it reaches that number, then they rank based on who interacts with you the most on the app.

So, if you’re tagging or sending your friend posts every day or commenting on their posts, then chances are they’ll probably show up at the top of your list. 

Instagram Story

There are other theories that surround the order of Story viewers, too. Some believe that those who appear at the top of your list are those who stalk or lurk on your profile the most. In some cases, this might be true, but only you can be the judge of that to know who would be stalking your profile the most. 

Another theory is that those that appear all the way on the bottom of your views might be those who are viewing your Story but do not follow you. This would only make sense if you’re public, of course. 


Does the Order of Story Viewers Matter?

Whether viewers matter to you is a personal preference. If you use Instagram for yourself, then you can probably just look at them for fun and not have to worry much about them. If you’re a business though, it might be a great way to track who is seeing your content and create more relationships between potential customers. 


How to Block Users from Seeing your Instagram Story 

If you don’t want someone to be able to see your Instagram Story, then follow these steps:


  • Open the Instagram app. 
  • Click on the blue “+” near your profile icon.
  • Click the settings gear icon in the top right-hand corner. 
  • Click “Story.”
  • Tap “Hide story from.”
  • Search for and check off all of the users who you don’t want seeing your Story anymore. 
  • Click “Done.”



Using Instagram Stories is a great feature, whether it’s for promoting your business or just showing off your latest vacation. The order of Story views only matters if you want it to and is categorized by who interacts with your profile the most. That is unless you have another theory in mind, of course!

Written by Lucia Summa


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