How to Share Your Instagram Story With Only One Person

Do you want to share your Instagram story with only one person while hiding it from all other people? There are several reasons why you would want to make only one person see your Instagram story.

Share Instagram story with only one person

Imagine you have something really special to share — a heartfelt message, an exclusive moment, or perhaps a sneak peek of something exciting. But instead of sharing it with the entire world, you want to keep it between you and that one special person.

In this article, we have shared 3 different ways that you can use to share your Instagram story with only one person while keeping it hidden from everyone else.

1. Hide your Instagram story from everyone except one person

Instagram offers a handy option that allows you to choose specific individuals to exclude from viewing your story. You can use this feature to hide your story from everyone except one person. However, in order to achieve this, you will need to add all of your followers to the “Hide Story” list. Here are the steps you need to follow –

  1. Open the Instagram app and go to your profile tab.
  2. Tap the menu button (three horizontal lines) in the upper-right corner.
  3. Now click on “Settings and privacy” option.
    Settings and privacy option in Instagram menu
  4. Scroll down and click on “Hide story and live” under “Who can see your content” sub-heading.
    Hide story and live option
  5. Again, click on “Hide story and live from”.
    Tap on "Hide story and live from" option
  6. You will see a list of all your followers. Tick mark all of them excluding the person with whom you want to share your story.
    Add everyone to Hide Story list except one person
  7. Once you’ve selected all the people, tap the Done option in the top-right corner to save the changes. You will be taken back to the previous page where you can see the number of people you have selected.
  8. Now you can create and share your story as usual. Instagram will hide it from everyone except one person.

While this method can help you ensure that only one person sees your story, it does require you to manually add multiple people to the “Hide Story” list. This task can become quite tiresome, especially if you have a long list of followers on your account.

Please note that this method will hide your story only from the people that are in your followers list. If you have a public account, your story will still be visible to non-followers and anyone who views your profile directly.

2. Make only one person see your Instagram story using Close Friends

Instagram has a feature called Close Friends that allows you to create a customized list of people with whom you can share your stories privately.

When you add someone to your Close Friends list, they will be the only ones who can see the stories you share with that specific list.

The Close Friends feature on Instagran can also be used to share your story with only one person while keeping it hidden from everyone else. Here are the steps you need to follow –

  1. Open the Instagram app on your device and go to your profile page by tapping on your profile picture in the bottom right corner.
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner to go to the menu.
  3. Select “Close friends” from the menu options. You will see a list of suggested accounts to add to your Close Friends list.
    Close friends option in Instagram menu
  4. Find the person with whom you want to share your story and tap on it to select. You can use the search bar at the top to search for their username. If you have some other people selected in your Close Friends list, make sure to remove them by clicking on the tick button next to their name.
    Add person to Close Friends on Instagram
  5. Once you have added the person to your Close Friends list, tap the Done button to save the changes.
  6. Now you are ready to share your story with that specific person. When sharing the story, choose the “Close Friends” option instead of “Your Story“.
    Share story with one person through Close friends

Please note that when you share stories using the Close Friends feature, they will be marked with a green circle. This will let the person know that you have shared the story exclusively with them while hiding it from other individuals.

3. Share your Instagram story via Direct Message

Another way to share your Instagram story with only one person is by sending it via Direct Message. This allows you to send the story privately while keeping it hidden from everyone else. Here’s a step-by-step guide –

  1. Open the Instagram app on your device and log in to your account.
  2. At the top-left corner of the home screen, you’ll see a camera icon. Tap on it to access the camera.
  3. Capture a photo or video for your story using the camera interface. Alternatively, you can swipe up to access your camera roll and select a photo or video from there.
  4. Customize your story by adding text, stickers, drawings, or other interactive elements using the available editing tools.
  5. Once you’re satisfied with your story, tap on the ➜ (Next) arrow button located at the bottom-left corner of the screen. This will take you to the Share page where you will see various options to share your story.
    Tap next arrow button on Instagram story
  6. Tap on the “Message” option (having an icon shaped like a paper airplane).
    Tap Message option
  7. Next, find the person to whom you want to send your story via Direct Message. Tap on the “Send” button next to their name and then click on “Done” button. That’s it!
    Send story to one person via direct message

Frequently asked questions

Can the person I share the story with see that I’ve hidden it from others?

No, the person you share the story with will not be notified that you’ve hidden it from others. They will simply see the story as if it were a regular story shared with them. However, if you have shared the story through the Close Friends list, they will see a green circle around it.

How can I prevent a specific person from viewing my Instagram story?

To exclude a specific person from viewing your story, you can use the “Hide Story” option on Instagram. Simply, go to your Instagram profile and tap the menu button. After that, go to “Settings and privacy > Hide story and live”. Enter the username of the person you wish to exclude and tap on it to select. Finally, save the changes by clicking on “Done” option.

Will other people know if I hide them from my Instagram story?

No, there is no direct way for others to know that you have hidden them from your Instagram story. Instagram does not send any notifications or alerts to individuals when you add them to your “Hide Story” or “Close Friends” list.

How can I hide my story from someone who doesn’t follow me?

To hide your story from someone who doesn’t follow you, go to their profile and tap the menu button (three dots in the top-right corner). A pop-up menu will appear on your screen. Tap on “Hide your story” option.

Conclusion

Instagram provides a range of options for sharing your stories with only one person. You can choose to hide the story from everyone except that particular person, share it using the Close Friends list, or send the story to the person directly through a Direct Message. The choice ultimately depends on your personal preference and the level of exclusivity you desire. If you have any questions, feel free to share them in the comments below.

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Vivek Chaudhary Author
Content marketer & founder @Geek Instructor. With over a decade of experience, I have written over 1500 articles covering a wide range of topics. I am passionate about sharing my tech knowledge with others. Personally, I love travelling and making YouTube videos.

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