How to Watch Instagram Live Anonymously

Written by Emilija - Reviewed by Ivana Social Media / Instagram

4 min read

One day, you're scrolling through Instagram when you see someone you follow having a live session.

For some reason, you want to join in but you don’t want that person to know that you are watching their live broadcast.

Sadly, Instagram does not have an option that allows users to watch IG live anonymously.

Every time someone new joins an Instagram live, both the host and the viewers are getting notified.

While it might seem like a bummer for those hoping to view Instagram live anonymously; there are a few simple ways to work around this.

Does Instagram Live tell you who's watching?

Yes.

Users are able to see who is viewing their Instagram live videos.

A small counter with an "eye" icon shows you how many people are watching someone’s live video.

By tapping the “eye” icon, users can see all the usernames of the people who have joined their live broadcast.

How to watch Instagram live without them knowing

As we previously mentioned, there is currently no native feature that allows users to remain anonymous when watching live videos broadcast by people they follow.

There are, however, a few simple solutions that can hide users’ identities while watching someone’s live stream.

1. Create a new Instagram profile

One way to watch someone’s Instagram live video anonymously is by creating a new account, or so-called ‘Finsta’ (fake Instagram account).

You can create your new Instagram account by using the same email address or phone number you have registered your “real” Instagram account with.

  1. Tap Sign Up With Email or Phone Number (Android) or Create New Account (iPhone).
  2. Enter your email address or phone number and tap Next.
  3. Create a username and password, fill out your profile info, and then tap Next

To stay anonymous, don’t register with your Facebook profile.

Bonus: How to remove 'Discover People' and 'Suggested for you' on Instagram

2. Change your username and profile picture

If creating a new Instagram account is too much hassle, changing your username and profile picture is a quicker way of hiding your identity.

Keep in mind that if the person you are watching, who is live checks your profile, they will be able to see your pictures and images you have shared.

  1. Go to your Instagram Profile Section.
  2. Tap on ‘Edit Profile’.

instagram edit button

  1. Type in the New Username.
  2. Click on the 'Done' in the top right corner to save the changes.

instagram username option

✅ If you find this guide helpful, make sure to check our article on how to turn off Instagram live comments as well.

3. Use your friends’ and family members’ accounts

Another way to watch someone’s Instagram story without them knowing is by using someone else’s account.

This way, the person who is broadcasting a live video on Instagram will see the account you are using but they won't know it's you.

4. Watch Video After they Upload on their Instagram Feed

Almost all users tend to share their live videos on their Instagram Feeds.

Once users share their broadcasts on their Feed, you can watch them anonymously. This way, you won’t need a new account to watch their stories, nor borrow someone else's.

Live broadcast replies won’t include comments or likes from the original likes. The number of viewers will restart once users share their replay.

Bonus: How to find 'Advanced Settings' on Instagram

Wrapping Up

As for now, the social media platform does not offer a built-in option that enables users to watch live stories anonymously.

Users can only try some of the mentioned workarounds to view someone's Instagram live anonymously.

Can you anonymously watch Instagram live?

Instagram doesn’t have an option that allows users to anonymously watch Instagram LIVE. The only way to hide your identity is to either create a new account or change the username and profile image on the account you are already using. 

Does Instagram tell you who is watching your LIVE video?

Yes, Instagram tells you who is watching your LIVE videos.Tap the eye icon in the bottom left corner of your screen to see the usernames of people watching your LIVE on Instagram.