How to Watch Instagram Live Anonymously

In a Nutshell

To watch Instagram Live anonymously, you have to create a new account and use that to watch the Live. In this way, the person that is doing the Live will not know it’s you.

Instagram is a social media platform that allows users to share and connect through pictures and videos. One of the updates to the platform is the Live feature launched in 2016. Since then, users have been looking for ways to watch Instagram live anonymously.

Watching IG live anonymously means that you do not want the organizer to know that you are watching the session.

To watch Instagram live videos without them knowing, you have to take extra measures to mask your identity. In this article, we’ll dive deeper into this topic and show you how to do it.

Is it Possible to Watch Instagram Live Without Them Knowing?

There is no official way to watch Instagram live anonymously. Once you join the live session, Instagram will notify the organizer that you joined the session. However, if they did not notice when you joined, they will not know unless you comment or tap on the like button.

Throughout the Live session, Instagram will only show the number of people in attendance and not their usernames. So to watch Instagram without the organizer knowing, you have to join in the middle when others join and comment. This will mask your entrance, and you can stay quiet while watching the session.

How to Watch Instagram Live Anonymously

If you want to watch Instagram Live but do not want the person organizing it to know, there are a few ways to go about it. In this section, we have explained different methods to achieve that.

1. Create a new account

If you want to watch a person’s Instagram Live without them knowing, you can create a new account. With your new account, you can hide your identity from the person while watching their live session.

To create a new Instagram account, follow these steps:

  • Go to your Instagram profile and tap on the menu icon in the top right.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap on Add Account.
  • Select Create new account and follow the steps to create a new IG account.
  • With your new account, follow the person whose Live you want to watch.
  • Now you can watch the live session anonymously without the other person knowing it’s you.

You need to know that there are some limitations to this method. First, you will have to transition frequently between your original account and the one you opened to watch the Live. Also, if the account is private, they may not approve your follow request before the Live session is over.

2. Use another person’s account

If you want to watch someone’s Live and don’t want them to know that you are watching it, borrow another person’s account. You can borrow their phone or ask them to log into their account through your phone. Tell the person what you want to use their account for before using it.

3. Change your username and profile photo

If you do not want to go through the stress of creating another account or borrowing one, you can change your username. This is a simple but effective method to watch Instagram Live anonymously.

To change your Instagram username:

  • Open your profile on Instagram.
  • Tap on Edit Profile.
  • Erase your current username.
  • Type a new username.
  • Click on the tick icon at the top to save the changes.

You should also change your profile picture so that they don’t recognize you.

4. Watch on IGTV feed

Most people save their live videos on IGTV after the session ends. When you watch a video through IGTV, your identity will not be revealed. If you are sure the person will upload the video on IGTV, you can wait for it and watch it later.

5. Use an anonymous Instagram Live viewer

As a last resort, you can watch Instagram through third-party websites. However, most of them are not safe and have a poor user experience. Therefore, it is better to avoid these anonymous Instagram live viewers.


When researching how to watch Instagram live anonymously, some questions frequently pop up among users. We have answered some of those questions in this section.

Can I watch Instagram live without an account?

You cannot watch Instagram live without an account. This is the same for other actions on the social media platform. To watch an Instagram live, you must have an account with Instagram and follow the person if their profile is private.

This is the same if you want to view, like, or comment on posts and stories on Instagram.

Even anonymous Instagram live viewers create dummy accounts for you to connect to the Live session you want to watch. All of these mean that you cannot watch Instagram Live without an account on the platform.

How do I watch a random Instagram live?

To watch a random Instagram live, you should:

  • Go to the Search tab and search for “#igtv”.
  • Tap on a video with an IGTV icon.
  • Tap on “Watch IGTV video”.
  • Now press “Browse IGTV” to see other videos on IGTV.
  • Under Live Now, tap on See All to view all IG Live sessions currently showing.
  • Click on the one you want to watch.

That is how you can watch a random Instagram Live without following the person.

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Ali Mahdi

Ali Mahdi is the founder of CyberTips and a seasoned software developer. His expertise lies in programming, cryptocurrency trading, and social media marketing. In addition to CyberTips, Ali has written for other prominent blogs in the past for 5+ years, including iDrop News, Redmond Pie, iPhone Hacks, and iDownloadBlog.