How to View Snapchat Stories Without Being Friends

How to View Snapchat Stories Without Being Friends

Viewing Snapchat stories without adding someone is a lot easier than one might initially think. It doesn’t involve espionage or a covert operation, no. Instead, you can view Snapchat stories of other users without being friends by using the Snapchat app as intended and below you can find out how.

Snapchat is a terrific tool for passing the time while watching some high-quality material from renowned celebrities and other users. If you are new to Snapchat and do not yet have any friends or do not wish to add any, you can still see the stories of other Snapchatters without having to add them. You have to go to the Snapchat stories area and view many stories from celebrities and regular Snapchatters.

One thing that you need to keep in mind before you’re able to view someone’s Snapchat story without adding them is that they need to have their privacy settings set to public. If their privacy settings are private, then there’s no way that you’ll be able to view their stories without adding them. When someone’s account is public, then you’re able to message them and view their stories without adding them.

Can You View Someone’s Snapchat Profile Without Adding Them

You can view someone’s Snapchat profile without adding them by holding down on their name after searching them or from when they added you, then clicking view profile. This will bring up their Snapchat profile. From here, if their account is public, you can view their story without adding them. Since you haven’t added them back or they haven’t added you back, you won’t be able to view their Snapchat score. For you to view each other’s Snapchat scores, you’ll need to be friends. So you can view people’s Snapchat profiles without adding them simply by holding down their name and selecting view profile.

How to View Snapchat Stories Without Being Friends

If you want to view someone’s Snapchat story without adding them, then you simply need to search up their username on the add friends search bar and click their story to view it. It’s that simple. This is only useful if you don’t care about them seeing that it was you that viewed their story.

If you want to keep this anonymous, then you need to make a Snapchat account that has no links to you. For this, you’ll need to sign out and sign up with an email address that again, has no link to you. From here, you choose a username and password and you should be good to go. This will allow you to keep your identity anonymous whilst viewing their Snapchat story so they’ll never know. If you do this often though, and they don’t have many people on Snapchat, they may notice that an anonymous account keeps viewing the story that hasn’t added them. If this is an ex, there’s a chance that it could lead them to think that you’re the one behind the account.

Since you haven’t added them as a friend, you won’t really know when they add a new story unless you check every day. This can be tedious but if you care about knowing what they’re up to each day, then it’s worth it.

Viewing Private Stories Without Adding Them?

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on the side of the fence you’re on, you can’t few private stories of users that aren’t your friend. It would defeat the purpose of a ‘private’ story. In fact, there are apps out there that try to sell you on viewing private stories without being friends. Steer clear of apps like that unless you’re a gambler and like risking your personal information. In other words, don’t bother with them whatsoever.

If you really want to view a private story without being friends, there’s only one way of doing so that doesn’t risk your personal information or downloading a sketchy third-party app: befriend them. That’s right. Use Snapchat for its intended purpose and actually befriend the person. Then any private stories only friends can see will be seen.

1. Watch Their Story From a Friend’s Phone

If you do not want to add someone as a friend on Snapchat, you can always watch their story from a friend’s phone. It’s common to have mutual friends with the people in our lives, which makes it easy to find out what people are up to on social media. You can always ask your friend if you can use their phone to browse through Snapchat to catch up on social media. You don’t always have to specify that you want to check someone’s stories, as you may come across as a stalker.

2. Ask Them If You Can Watch Their Stories From Their Phone

When people post stories on Snapchat, they can view their stories countless times. You can always ask the person who posted a story if you can view their Snapchat story from their phone even if you don’t have them added on Snapchat. You can watch the story without using someone else’s account.

3. Use a Burner Account

Burner accounts are widespread on social media. Some people create burner accounts to state their opinions without worrying about what people will think of them. If you are amongst the few people that do not have a burner account, you can always create one to watch the stories of people you don’t want to be friends with. All you need to create a burner account is to decide on a name that you will use that won’t know your identity.

How to Find Out Who Someone is on Snapchat Without Adding Them?

Snapchat is a widely used platform, and it is common to come across people that add you while you have no idea who they are. If you want to find out who someone is on Snapchat without adding them:

1. Search Their Name on Another Social Media Platform

While Snapchat is used by millions of people across the globe, it is not the only social media platform that people use. Many social media users will have many social media accounts, and it is common for some to use the same name across many accounts. If you are not sure who someone is, you can always search other social media platforms for the user. Please take note of the name they use on Snapchat and search for it on Facebook, Instagram, or even Google. You are more than likely to come across another account associated with the name. The account you find on another social media platform can shed some light on who the person is.

2. Check If Your Friend Has Them on Snapchat

It’s common for people to have multiple mutual friends. Most friends also communicate on Snapchat, making it easier to plan outings and share pictures. If someone you don’t recognize adds on Snapchat, then one of the things you should do is check if your friend has them on Snapchat. Sometimes people use pseudo names online, making it challenging to identify who they are. If you check whether your friend has them on Snapchat, you can ask your friend who they are.

3. Ask Them Who They Are

If someone uses a public Snapchat account, you can see their story. Depending on their settings, you can also send them a message to find out who they are. Snapchat takes privacy seriously, and users can choose if they want to accept messages from people whom they are not friends with. To send a message, swipe up on their story and send a polite message asking them to tell you who they are.

4. Check If Their Name Is In Your Contacts List

To locate any friends or family members who may also be using Snapchat, users may sync their device contacts with the mobile application, which allows them to find any other users of the program. When someone syncs their contact list with the Snapchat app, they will be able to easily add those contacts to their list of friends on Snapchat. The Snapchat users that appear in the “in your contacts” area when adding friends have added a phone number to their account and whose phone number is preserved in your phone’s contacts. If you do not recognize who someone is, you can always check if they added you by phone number or if they are in your contact list so that you can tell who they are.

5. Post a Story Asking If Anyone Knows Who They Are

If someone is not your friend on Snapchat and you have a private account, you can ask people who the person is without offending them. If you have a hard time identifying who someone is on Snapchat, you can post their user name and ask people to help you identify who the person is. If anyone in your circle knows who the person is, they will reply and tell you who the Snapchat user is.

How to See Someone’s Snap Score Without Adding Them

If they deleted you from their friend list, you would not be able to check their score until they either add you back or accept your friend request from them. The same goes for them; they will not be able to view your score until they have added you back or sent you a friend request. You can only view the Snapchat score of people you are friends with on Snapchat. If you want to find out what someone’s snap score is, send them a request, and once they accept your request, you can see their snap score.

1. Ask Your Friend What Their Snapchat Score Is

You may have seen the number beside your Snapchat username and how it keeps increasing. Snapchat score is a specific calculation that considers the Snaps you’ve received and sent, the number of stories you’ve uploaded, and other elements to calculate your score. When asking a friend to check a Snapchat score for you, you may need to explain. Once you explain what a Snapchat score is and the friend knows where to look for it, they will let you know the person’s Snapchat score.

2. Message Them Somewhere Else and Ask What Their Snapchat Score Is

We talk to different people on different social media platforms. If you are not friends with someone on Snapchat and want to know their Snapchat score, reach out to them on another platform. You can use any other social media platform like Facebook or even call them to find out their Snapchat score. You may need to explain the Snapchat score as some people don’t know what the numbers next to their names mean.

3. Add Them to Another Account

You can have more than one Snapchat account. If you don’t want to add someone to your primary Snapchat account, you can create another account and add them there. You can use a different name for the account if you don’t want them to know it’s you.

4. Snapchat Discover

Another way that you can view Snapchat stories without adding someone is by using Snapchat discover. Snapchat Discover is a page on Snapchat that’s basically a news feed. On it, you’ll find content in the story format from news publishers, also known as publishing partners, such as The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, and other content from influencers or brands.

1. Launch the ‘Snapchat’ app. You can find it somewhere on your Home screen or inside your App Drawer where all your currently installed apps are housed.

2. If you aren’t logged in, go ahead and do so.

swipe left to go to snapchat discover

3. With your finger, swipe to the left. This will open up ‘Snapchat Discover.’ Most of what you’ll find on Snapchat Discover are public stories from celebrities, websites, news, and maybe a friend or two.

Browse snapchat discover

4. Browse Snapchat Discover until you find a public story that looks interesting and select it. If it’s a video, it will play automatically or, if it’s text-based, you’ll have the opportunity to read.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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