You may have faced awkward situations where a relative or acquaintance responds to a story meant for your close friends. If you have someone like this in your contact or follower list that you can’t really unfollow or block, hiding your stories from them is a potential option. For those wondering how to hide stories, here is how you can do it on popular social networks and instant messaging platforms, namely Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat.

Hide people’s stories on Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat

We’ve added a separate set of steps to cover Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat. If you are looking for the instructions for another app with stories, please let us know in the comments and we will try to include them. For now, find out how you can hide stories on these three aforementioned platforms.

Hide Story on Instagram

1. To hide stories from certain people on Instagram, you need to go to settings first. Do this, tap the hamburger menu on your profile page and tap Settings.

2. From the Settings page, tap Privacy. In the “Interactions” section of the privacy page, tap on “Story” to view privacy settings related to Instagram stories.

3. You will now see several options you can use to adjust how Instagram should handle stories. Right here, tap “Hide story from”. All your Instagram followers appear on this page and you can choose users to hide stories. You can also use the search box at the top to quickly find users. And that’s all. The people you choose here will no longer see your IG stories.

Advice: You can use Instagram’s close friends feature if you want to share stories with a limited number of people. See our linked article on how to add people to the close friends list. It is to highlight that Instagram won’t notify if you add or remove people to your close friends list. For more tips, check out our best Instagram tips and tricks article.

Hide Status on WhatsApp

If you haven’t switched to Signal or Telegram due to WhatsApp’s privacy policy update, here’s how you can hide certain people’s statuses on the Facebook-owned platform.

1. Open WhatsApp and switch to the Status tab. Now, tap the three-dot vertical menu in the upper right corner and choose “Status privacy”.

2. From the status privacy page, tap “My contacts except…”. Here, choose the contacts whose status you want to hide and tap on the tick floating action button in the lower right corner. You can choose “Share only with…” and select specific people in case you want to upload something for your close circle of friends.

Advice: For more tips, check out our post on our favorite WhatsApp tips and tricks article.

Hide Snapchat Story

1. Coming to Snapchat, open your profile page by tapping on your avatar in the top left corner and tap the three horizontal dots next to “Add to my story”. In the popup that now appears, choose “Story Settings”.

2. On the story settings page, you will see three options: Everyone, Friends Only, and Custom. Choose Custom and choose the users you need to hide stories. The Snapchat users you choose here will no longer see your story updates.

Advice: Tap the Private Story option on the Profile page and choose contacts to share a story with certain friends. You can find more such tips in our article on the best Snapchat tips and tricks.

Block certain people from seeing your stories

This is how you can block your stories from people who violate your boundaries. If you found this helpful, check out our new guide on how to send disappearing messages on WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Instagram.