How to Block People From Seeing Your Story


You can now block people from seeing your Instagram and Snapchat stories. Click now to know more about how you can do this, following practical steps.

Instagram stories are fun and interactive ways to share amazing moments with others. Your stories are made visible to your followers to enable them to catch up with your daily activities. However, if you have been wondering if it is possible to hide your stories from people, the answer is yes you can hide them. Instagram and Snapchat have a feature to restrict people you want from seeing your stories.

You can mute people’s stories and posts without unfollowing them. This may be because they post too many stories all the time. Even in the case where you only wish to prevent certain followers from viewing your stories, you only need to add the selected list via your Instagram's privacy settings to achieve this.

This article explains everything you need to know if you want to restrict stories on Instagram and Snapchat. We’ve also provided different methods you can use to achieve this.

How to Block People From Seeing Your Instagram Story

If you want to block a single user or a group of users from seeing your Instagram stories, then follow these steps

1. Hide Your Instagram Stories from a Single User 

Step 1: While checking out your Instagram posts, click on the profile icon of the particular user you have decided to hide your Instagram story from.

Step 2: When you are on the user’s Instagram profile page, locate the top right corner of the user profile and tap on the menu icon.

Step 3: From the menu that pops out from the bottom of the user’s profile, tap on the “Hide Your Story”. Immediately, this Instagram user will not be able to see your story anymore.

2. Hide Your Instagram Stories from a Group of Users 

Step 1: On the bottom right corner of your phone’s screen, click on your profile icon to go to your profile page. You can do this while checking Instagram posts.

Step 2: On the top right corner of your profile, click on the menu icon

Step 3: From the menu that pops out from the gear icon, tap on “Settings”

Step 4: Under the settings, tap on “Privacy”

Step 5: From the privacy menu, select “Story”

Step 6: Select “People”. You can find this option below the heading “Hide Story From”.

Step 7: Find all the users you want to hide your Instagram stories from and select them.

Step 8: If you are an iPhone user, tap “Done” on the top corner. For android users, there is an arrow located in the upper left corner of our android screen, tap on it. You can only do this after adding the users to the list.

How to Block People From Seeing Your Snapchat Story

Step 1: Firstly, tap to open the Snapchat App. Click on the white ghost at the top of your screen

Step 2: Afterward, tap on the gear icon located at the top right corner. You can find your settings there.

Step 3: Locate a menu called “Who Can …” this is where you can control the settings to your story’s privacy. below this menu, select “View My Story”.

Step 4: Snapchat will automatically set this preference as default to all your friends. You need to customize this setting. Click “Custom”.

Snapchat will take you to your entire friend list. For you to restrict specific people from seeing your story, click on the check box at the front of each name. An indication of X will appear on the names you selected.

After doing this, your story will not be in their Snapchat feeds anymore. They can still send you a message like normal and they would not know you restricted them from seeing your story.

Hiding Your Story From People That Doesn’t Follow You

A few years ago, Instagram made a feature to allow people to see your story even for people who do not follow you. However, some people might want to limit the kind of users who can see your story. If you are looking for ways to go about it, then check out the following ways below.

  • Make Your Account Private


This is the fastest and easiest way. To hide your story from people who do not follow you, just make your account private.

Step 1: Tap on your profile icon while viewing Instagram feeds.

Step 2: On your profile page, tap on the menu icon at the top right corner and select settings.

Step 3: From the settings menu, tap on “Privacy”.

Step 4: Then find “Private Account”, and click the slide to activate the feature.

After doing this, people who don’t follow you will not be able to view your profile and your stories. If you do not want a lot of people who do not follow you to view your profile or your stories, then this is a better way. However, growing your account might be difficult. This is because there is a limit on people who can access your profile.

How to Mute Other People's Instagram Stories

A feature on Instagram can all you mute the stories of people following you without unfollowing them. This measure is not as drastic as unfollowing a user. You have to locate the ellipsis button on the top right corner of the post. “…” tap this three dots icon. From the options that pop out, click mute. After this, you can decide if you want to mute just a post or mute posts and stories.

Will Someone Find Out if I Have Hidden My Stories from Them?

The answer is no. Instagram does not notify other users once you restrict them from seeing your stories. However, others who can still see your stories can end up telling them. If you do not want them to find out eventually, you need to restrict their close friends who can easily tell them.


Restricting others from seeing your stories on Instagram is not a big task to carry out. Snapchat also makes it easier to restrict people who you don’t want to see your stories. This step-by-step guide will help you.