Have you ever opened your Instagram to find you have a ton of new followers and have no idea why? The reason might be someone with a large number of followers had shared one of your posts to their Instagram story. Now, is it possible to see who shared your Instagram post so you can keep tabs on who is giving you free publicity?
Yes, if you have a business or creator account, you can see who shared your Instagram post.
These accounts provide access to content insights, which can reveal a lot about who is engaging with your Instagram posts, reels, and stories. Converting your account to a creator account is free, but creator accounts cannot be private.
How to change your account into a Business or a Creator Account
- Go to your account and tap on Settings.
- Select Account.
- Choose Switch to a professional account.
- Select the category that best describes what you do.
- Here you will see Business and Creator to select. Tap on Creator.
- If you like, connect to your Facebook Page.
- Examine your contact details. Because this will allow you to choose whether to show or hide this on your profile.
- Select the display options for your profile. You can choose whether to hide or show your category and contact information on your profile.
Note: If you change the type of your account, it will no longer be a private account. A private account cannot be a business account.
Follow the steps below once your account is in creator or business mode to see who shared your posts to their Instagram stories.
How to see who shared your post on their Instagram
- Go to the profile.
- Click on the post.
- Click View Insights on the Instagram post.
- On the Post Insights page, the number appearing directly beneath the paper airplane icon will show you how many people had shared your post.
- Return to the photo.
- Click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner.
- Click on the link to View Story Reshares.
- The Current Public Reshares page, where you can see exactly how many people reshared your Instagram post to their stories will appear.
- Click on a reshared story in the grid and you will be at the user’s story.
- Find the username and click on the account to see more about your fan!
How to see who shared your post on their Instagram story
You can also see the users who have shared your photos on their stories unless that person's account is private. So, to see who shared your post on Instagram stories;
- Navigate to your profile.
- Open a recent post because older posts are less likely to be shared on stories.
- In the upper right-hand corner, click on the three dots.
- Tap the "View story re-shares" button.
This can show you the posts that were shared in the previous 24 hours. After 24 hours, the posted stories vanish and you won't be able to see who shared your post.
Why does it matter?
If you value engagement, knowing who shared your Instagram post can be extremely useful information. Checking who reshares your posts can help you figure out which demographic your post is appealing to. Also, reshare insights are also useful if you've recently gained a slew of new followers or likes on a post and aren't sure why.
You can not see who shares your posts on Instagram;
- Because you have your account set to private, only people you approve can see your posts.
- Maybe the person who shared your post isn’t following you, so their name won’t appear in the list of people who shared it.
- The post may have been shared anonymously.
You do get notified when someone shares your post on Instagram. So, if you want to remove a share from your post, you can do so by clicking on the “x” next to the share. This will delete the share and it will no longer be visible on your post.
Instagram Videos – You can look at the video’s stats, showing how many views the video has and who shared it.
Visit the previous guide about how to find drafts on Instagram.
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