If You Tag Someone In A Private Instagram Story

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How to View Someone’s Instagram Story without them Knowing

Tagging people on your Instagram story, also known as tagging, allows you to associate people who are relevant to the story and it allows people to visit their profile via that mention as well as allows them to share the mentioned story to their story.

When tagging people on Instagram, they’re notified that they’ve been tagged in a story via their DMs – Instagram will send the story that you tagged them in and it’ll give them the option to add it to their story. So think of you mentioning them on your story like you dming the story to them. When you tag anyone on your story, a direct message will be sent to them to notify them about the story.

If you want to tag someone on your Instagram story

  1. Open Instagram.
  2. Tap on Home in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on the camera icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. Tap on the image in the lower-left corner to bring up your gallery.
  5. Select the picture or video you want to mention someone in.
  6. Tap on the screen to start typing.
  7. Type @ along with the username of the person you want to tag. Here, you also have the option to stop them from sharing this story to their story.
  8. Tap on the persons account name at the bottom.
  9. Tap Done. Remember that you can style the tag by selecting Classic at the top.
  10. Tap Sent To.
  11. Tap Share next to Your Story.

If Your Instagram Is Private and You Tag Someone in Your Story Can They See It

If you tag someone in your story and they don’t follow you, they will know that you tagged them because they will receive a DM with the story that you tagged them in. The difference is that when they don’t follow you, the DM will be in their requested folder if you’ve never conversed with them before. There’s no way to move the requested DM from that was sent to them because of the tag to their main conversations list because they don’t follow you.

If your account is private and you tagged someone on your story and they don’t follow you, then they wouldn’t know that you tagged them in your story. The same goes for if you’ve made a private story. Those who are tagged in it regardless if they follow or don’t follow you wouldn’t know that you tagged them in the story. If your account is public and you tag them, they will receive a DM with the story that you tagged them in.

If you’ve mentioned a celebrity in your story and you think that they’ll be notified because a DM is sent to their of your story, they will be notified, but it’ll be in their requested DMs and chances are, they won’t see it. If your account is private or you’ve limited them from seeing the story, they wouldn’t be notified.

If I Mention Someone Who Doesn’t Follow Me on Instagram Story and My Account is Private

If you @mention someone in your story and they don’t follow you, they will know that you tagged them because they will receive a DM with the story that you tagged them in. The difference is that when they don’t follow you, the DM will be in their message request folder if you’ve never conversed with them before. There’s no way to move the requested DM from that was sent to them because of the tag to their main conversations list because they don’t follow you.

If My Account is Private and I Tag Someone in Story

If you tag someone in your story and you’re private so they’re not following you, if they have a public account, they will know that you tagged them since they will get a notification that shows you tagged them in a story. If your Instagram account isn’t private, despite if they follow you or don’t, they’ll be notified that you tagged them in a story.

If your account is private and you’ve tagged them in your story but they’re not following you, they’ll be completely unaware that you tagged them in a story. If you tag someone in a story, regardless of whether they follow you or don’t if your account is public, they’ll know that you tagged them in the story. If your account is private, only the people who follow you will be notified.

If You Tag Someone In A Close Friends Story Can They See It

If you tag someone in a close friends story, they won’t be able to see it unless they’re in the close friends story. Only people who are in your Close Friends can view the story regardless of if you tag someone who isn’t in it. If you tag them trying to notifify them about the story, they’ll receive a DM saying that they’ve been mentioned in your story but they won’t be able to view it because they’re not in it.

If You Tag a Celebrity on Instagram Story, Will They See It?

Most celebrities’ accounts are public on Instagram meaning that you can tag them if your account is public, but they’ll be able to see the story you tagged them in. If your account is private and you try to tag a celebrity in a story, they’re not going to see it.

If you want to @mention a celeb in your story because you saw them or whatever you posted relates to them, if your account is public, they’re going to get a notification saying that you tagged them. If you don’t want them to know that you tagged them, it’s best to keep your account private.

For years, there only option users had was to manually review and approve each thing they were tagged in. Although this control is still available, in settings, users have 3 different options to chose from when it comes to allowing mentions on Instagram.

In the privacy section on Instagram, there’s a new option that allows users to customize their tag settings by going to Interactions > tags. Instagram users can allow anyone to tag them, only from people they follow, or no one at all.

Someone Mentioned Me in a Story on Instagram But I Can’t See It

If someone mentioned you on an Instagram story but you can’t see it, it’s because their account is private and you don’t follow them. For you to see the story, you need to follow the account. Due to privacy reasons, Instagram won’t let you view a private Instagram accounts stories Instagram account unless you follow them so if you want to see the story that someone mentioned you in, you need to follow them.

If you do follow them but you can’t see the story that they mentioned you in, there may be a problem with your internet connection, or they’ve deleted the story. But if they deleted the story, the DM you receive saying that they mentioned you in the story will be deleted straight away.

If I Tag Someone on Instagram Story, Who Sees It?

If you tag people on an Instagram story and your account is public, everyone will be able to see the story you posted and the person you tagged will receive a notification. If you Instagram account is private, only people you have approved as followers will be able to see the story you posted.

The person you tagged in the story will receive a notification saying you mentioned them if they already follow you. If you’re unable to tag someone in a story, they may have changed their privacy settings to stop certain people from tagging them. You can tell if someone doesn’t accept tags by looking at their page.

The only differences you’ll see are private and public accounts. If their private, this means that only their followers will be able to see the stories that they were tagged in and that’s only if they share it to their story. If you’ve tagged them in a story and they’re private, your followers will be able to click on their tag, but they won’t be able to go to their profile and view all their posts.

Anyone that’s on or off Instagram can view your stories. That’s even if they don’t have an Instagram account themselves. If you tag someone and your Instagram account is public, people without an Instagram account will be able to see your story and they’ll be able to see the person that you tagged in it. But if you don’t want people who don’t follow you to see your story, you can hide them.

Your Followers

If you tag someone on your Instagram story, your followers will be able to see that you’ve tagged them. If your story is public and you’ve mentioned the username of the person, they’ll be able to see it as well as the profile that you mentioned.

If your profile is private and person doesn’t follow you, they won’t be able to see the story that you posted or the person that you tagged in it. If the story you posted isn’t very visible on your followers feeds, they probably won’t see it.

If the person you mentioned in the story follows you, they’ll be able to see the story, even if your account is public. If you’re private, they won’t be able to see the story you tagged them in.

Can You Tag Someone On Instagram Story Without Following Them? 

You can tag someone on your Instagram story without already following them and they don’t need to follow you. If only applies if both of you have public accounts. Having a public account means that if you tag someone on your story, they’ll be able to see it.

If your account is private and you tag someone on your story, then they won’t be able to see the story that you tagged them in. Instagram takes privacy very seriously and story on are private account aren’t shown to people who don’t follow them even if they’re private.

If they do want to see the post on your story, they’ll have to follow your private account, and once you approve their follow, they’ll be notified about the story you tagged them in. If your account is private, you tag someone on a story but you follow them and they don’t follow you, they still won’t be able to see the story that you tagged them in. They’ll need to follow you first in order to see it.

Can You Tag a Private Account on Instagram Story?

It is possible to tag someone on an Instagram story with a private account, but if your account private and you tag tag someone on your story who is not a follower, that person will not be able to view the story. The user will still receive a notification telling them they have been tagged in the story. It occurs regardless of whether they are following you or not. They will not receive notifications unless they have blocked you.

What To Do If You Don’t Want Someone To Know You Tagged Them In Your Story

If you don’t want them to know that you mentioned them in your story, then the only thing you can do is block them. When you block them, they won’t receive any notifications or DMs saying that you mentioned them in your story – they will be completely oblivious. Another way that they can’t know is if your account is private or if you’ve made your story a private story.

The Takeaway

Most social media networks place restrictions on the number of characters, hashtags, and several accounts you may mention in your posts and stories, except for Instagram, which enables you to mention up to ten individuals. Instagram will notify the person you tagged them in your story when you do so. To tag someone successfully so that they see the story, you need to tag them and make your account public.

Whether you follow the person you want to tag, or they follow you, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you need to tag them on a public account for them to see the story. If you tag them on a private account, they will not be able to see the story you tagged them in. 

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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