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How To View Someone’s Snapchat Story Without Them Knowing in 2023

Have you ever felt anxious wondering what someone is posting on Snapchat behind your back? Do you worry that your child may be communicating with strangers? Or suspect that your partner is up to no good on Snapchat?

You’re not alone. Snapchat’s exploding popularity among teens and young adults has also made it a hub for potential bullying, infidelity and exposure to inappropriate content.

As a parent or partner, you may want to view someone’s Snapchat story without their knowledge for legitimate reasons. The urge to snoop can be hard to resist. But before you give in, let’s first understand the implications.

The Perils of Snooping on Snapchat

Snapchat has some [190 million daily active users] who love the spontaneity of clicking and sharing temporary photos and videos. But the same ephemeral nature that makes Snapchat fun also makes it liable to misuse.

Some worrying statistics according to surveys:

  • Up to [20% of Snapchat users] have sent sexually explicit photos and videos, which raises the risk of sextortion and cyberbullying given the app‘s large teen user base.
  • As many as [55% of teens] use Snapchat to communicate with total strangers. This makes children vulnerable to online predators.
  • Snapchat is the [2nd most used] social media platform for infidelity after Facebook. Up to [10% married users] admit using Snapchat to cheat on their spouse.

While these figures are concerning, secretly spying on someone‘s Snapchat doesn‘t necessarily protect them or give you peace of mind. Snooping often destroys relationships based on trust.

You should only view someone‘s story without their consent if you have strong reasons to believe it will prevent harm or crime. The law also doesn‘t take kindly to unauthorized access of private data.

So think carefully before you snoop. But if you do have valid concerns about your child’s safety or partner‘s fidelity, here are some ways to view Snapchat stories anonymously in 2023.

Using Snapchat Viewer Apps

One of the easiest methods to view Snapchat stories on the sly is by using specialized viewer apps. They work by gaining backdoor access to the target account so you can monitor activity anonymously.

How Snapchat Viewer Apps Work

Snapchat viewer tools like [xMobi] leverage exploits and encryption techniques to gain access to accounts without the owner knowing. Here’s an overview of how they work:

  • You enter the target Snapchat username into the viewer app/website search bar
  • The app connects to Snapchat servers and employs various methods like password cracking to access the linked account.
  • Once in, the app quietly collects data from the account, including stories, snaps, chat logs, etc.
  • Advanced encryption ensures the account owner doesn’t detect the intrusion and monitoring continues covertly.
  • You can log into your viewer app dashboard anytime to see any new stories or activity in the hacked account.

Some apps like [xMobi] and [Snaptool] even alert you immediately if the account owner posts new stories or images. The account gets continuously monitored 24/7.

Pros and Cons of Snapchat Viewers

Easy to use with minimal technical skillsLegitimacy and ethics are questionable
Allow anonymous access with no way for Snapchat user to knowYou don‘t know if app is actually hacking or just showing fake data
Provide full access to all activity, not just storiesAccounts can get banned if Snapchat detects suspicious activity
Free and convenient web-based access, no install requiredOften download malware or spam users with ads

The main downside of these tools is the questionable legality and unclear accuracy. But they remain popular among parents who want to secretly track kids and partners who suspect cheating.

Are Snapchat Viewers Legal?

The short answer is – it‘s complicated. Tools that claim to hack Snapchat accounts often operate in legal gray areas.

Unauthorized access to private Snapchat accounts violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. You could face civil or criminal charges for hacking depending on your specific circumstances and intentions.

In practice, Snapchat viewer apps rarely face action as long as they don‘t cause provable harm. But many distribute malware, sell user data or even blackmail victims. So avoid free viewers you find in Google searches.

If you need to monitor your child‘s Snapchat, use a [reliable parental control app] instead within lawful limits. For other cases, have an open conversation before snooping behind their back.

Accessing an Unlocked Phone

If you can get temporary physical access to the target user‘s smartphone, you may be able to view their Snapchat stories on the sly.

What You Need

Here are the requirements for this approach:

  • Target phone must be running Android or iOS.
  • Phone should be unlocked and accessible to you for a few minutes.
  • Snapchat app must already be installed and logged in to the target account.
  • You‘ll need your own phone to secretly record or screenshot the stories.

Steps to View Stories Covertly

Here are the detailed steps to follow:

  1. When target user is away, pick up their unlocked phone. Make sure WiFi and cellular data are enabled for Snapchat access.
  2. Open the Snapchat app and tap on the Stories icon in the bottom left.
  3. You‘ll see stories from accounts they follow. Tap on any story you want to view anonymously.
  4. Watch the full story carefully. Quickly take screenshots or screen recordings with your own phone for proof.
  5. Close Snapchat by clearing it from recent apps list. This ensures no read receipts.
  6. Open Snapchat again and repeat steps 3-5 to view other stories undetected.
  7. Once done, put their phone down and delete any screen recordings from your phone gallery.

This technique works well if you‘re looking to check stories just once or twice. Repeated viewing will eventually get detected by Snapchat.

How Snapchat Detects Story Views

When you open a story, Snapchat records view receipts including:

  • Username who viewed it
  • Timestamp of access
  • Number of times viewed

This data gets reported back to the story poster. So repeat views from the same device eventually raise suspicions.

To avoid getting caught when using this method occasionally, make sure you:

  • View stories only once
  • Don‘t login to your own Snapchat account on their device
  • Clear Snapchat cache and close app completely when done

With precautions, you can plausibly deny any snooping if questioned later.

Using a Secondary Snapchat Account

Creating a second stealth Snapchat account to covertly access stories is another popular technique. Here‘s how it works:

Steps to Set Up a Secondary Account

Follow these steps to set up a fake account:

  1. Download Snapchat mobile app on your own phone or use an emulator.
  2. Sign up for a new account using a different email, username, password. Avoid revealing your real identity.
  3. Choose a generic Bitmoji or avatar. Complete minimum profile details with fake info.
  4. Find and add target person as a friend. Send them a follow request from this account.

Once these steps are complete, you will have a secondary Snapchat account running parallel to your real one.

Viewing Stories Anonymously

Now you can use the fake account to secretly view stories of the target and their network without them knowing.

However, be cautious, as Snapchat actively monitors for suspicious activity and fake accounts. Avoid doing anything illegal or unethical with the secondary profile.

Also, if the target rejects your friend request, you won‘t be able to see their private stories. But you may still view public Our Stories anonymously.

Limitations of Secondary Accounts

  • Need target to accept follow request to see private stories
  • Can get banned if deemed fake/spam account
  • Public stories only show limited activity
  • Need to continually check secondary account for new stories

For sustained secret monitoring, dedicated Snapchat spy apps work better compared to making fake accounts repeatedly.

Using Snapchat Spy Apps

Parents worried about their child‘s Snapchat activities often use spy apps to silently keep tabs. These give complete access to stories, photos, chats and more.

How Snapchat Spy Apps Work

Snapchat spy apps like [mSpy] and [FlexiSpy] work just like viewer tools but are focused on parental control and monitoring kids online.

Their typical framework is:

  • You install the spy app on your child‘s phone manually or remotely.
  • Complete setup by linking the app to your online dashboard.
  • It hides itself and begins logging data from Snapchat and other apps.
  • You can login to the dashboard from your computer or mobile to view your child‘s Snapchat stories, messages, location history and more.
  • Advanced features like keyword alerts, remote media deletion, screen recording, etc. are also available.
  • Your child remains unaware that their activities are being monitored 24/7 through the spy app.

Are Snapchat Spy Apps Legal for Parents?

Snapchat spy apps aimed at parents are legal with some caveats:

  • Child must be under 18: It‘s illegal to spy on an adult‘s phone without consent.
  • Your child must reside with you: You have the right to view a minor child‘s phone if they live in your household.
  • Limit media access once child turns 13: Private media data may fall under privacy laws for teens depending on your state. Consider blocking app access instead of media collection to avoid legal issues.
  • Don‘t overreach your authority: While apps like [TeenSafe] claim to be legal, spying excessively or installing on non-dependent child‘s device can breach consent laws.

As long as you follow your state‘s legal boundaries, parental spy apps can assuage worries about what your underage children may be up to on Snapchat. But openly communicating with them is still the best policy.

For other use cases beyond parental monitoring, spying without consent is usually illegal. Tread carefully and seek legal counsel if needed.

Using Spectacles

An ingenious way to capture Snapchat stories on the sly is by borrowing someone‘s connected Snap Spectacles. Here‘s how this clever trick works:

What Are Snap Spectacles?

Snap Spectacles are Snapchat‘s video recording sunglasses with a built-in camera. Users can wear it to record snaps hands-free.

The Spectacles connect with your phone via Bluetooth/WiFi. Videos record directly on the glasses and sync to your Snapchat Memories when paired with the app.

Recording Stories Secretly

If someone close to you owns Spectacles linked to their Snapchat, you may be able to record their stories discreetly:

  1. Pair the Spectacles with your own phone by scanning the QR code imprinted on them. Follow setup instructions.
  2. Now when you wear the Spectacles and press the button, it will begin recording POV video.
  3. To view the captured Stories, open Snapchat on your phone and check the Spectacles memories folder.
  4. Simply replay anything you recorded through the glasses on the app. The owner won‘t know you spied on their story!

Of course, this only works if you can borrow an unlocked pair of Spectacles associated with your target‘s Snapchat. While ingenious when it succeeds, it‘s an unreliable and limited approach.

Using Screen Recording Apps

Screen recording apps provide a quick way to capture Snapchat stories if you can access the target‘s unlocked phone briefly.

How Screen Recording Works

Modern iOS and Android devices come equipped with built-in screen recording utilities:

  • iPhone Screen Recording – Available in Control Center. You can start recording any app with the red indicator.
  • Android Screen Recording – Enable via Quick Settings. Tap the icon to record phone screen.

Third party apps like Mobizen also allow recording Snapchat stories externally.

Capturing Stories Covertly

Follow these steps to use screen recording for secret Snapchat monitoring:

  1. Access target user‘s unlocked phone when available.
  2. Enable screen recording from Control Center or Quick Settings.
  3. Open Snapchat app. The recorder will start capturing their activity.
  4. Browse and view any stories you want to record. Recorder will capture it in video format.
  5. Stop recording, exit Snapchat and delete recording from their phone before they notice.
  6. You can now view the captured Snapchat stories on your own device anytime.

The benefit of using screen recording is instant acquisition of Snapchat stories. However, reliability depends completely on getting brief physical access to the target‘s phone when unguarded.

Hacking Snapchat Password

Gaining access to someone‘s Snapchat username and password will of course let you sign in and view their stories freely. But this is extremely hard and unethical to attempt in reality.

How Password Hacking Works

Some ways fraudsters aim to steal Snapchat account credentials include:

  • Phishing – Faking login pages to trick users into entering password.
  • Brute force – Trying millions of password combinations via hacking tools.
  • Keylogging – Recording keystrokes secretly when user types password.
  • Social engineering – Manipulating users through deception to reveal password.
  • OSINT analysis – Using personal info to guess passwords and security question answers.

Dangers of Attempting Password Theft

  • Illegal activity: Stealing credentials will be treated as cybercrime. You risk severe legal consequences if caught.
  • Account ban: Snapchat monitors unauthorized logins and frequently disables compromised accounts.
  • Malware risk: Fake phishing pages distribute malware that can harm your own device and data.
  • Damage to trust: The ethical damage from such deception can permanently destroy personal relationships and friendships.

For these reasons, attempting to steal someone‘s Snapchat password should be avoided completely in most cases. The risks overwhelmingly outweigh any benefits. Consider talking to the person instead.

Checking Who Viewed Your Snapchat Story

Just as you can secretly view someone else‘s story, it‘s possible they are watching your Snaps without you knowing. Thankfully, Snapchat provides a way to check who has viewed your stories.

How to See Story Views

Here are the steps to check views on your Snapchat stories:

  1. Open your Snapchat app and tap your Bitmoji profile icon in top left corner.
  2. In your profile screen, tap the “Stories” section.
  3. This will show a list of all your posted stories. Tap on the one you want to check.
  4. In bottom left corner, tap the eye icon to see a list of usernames who viewed that particular story.

The list of views appears in chronological order from first to most recent viewer. You can also see a count of total views on that story.

Limitations of View Data

While this data gives you a sense of who saw your story, there are still ways people can remain anonymous:

  • Users of spy tools and secondary accounts remain hidden.
  • Views from offline downloaded stories don’t register.
  • Anyone can create a fake Snapchat account to covertly view and evade detection.

So the view data is useful but imperfect when trying to uncover anonymous stalkers or spies.

Removing Snapchat Stories

If you have shared a story on Snapchat that you now want gone, it’s easy to delete it permanently. Here’s how to remove stories:

  1. Open Snapchat and tap your profile.
  2. Go to the Stories page and select the story you want to remove.
  3. Tap the trash can icon on the bottom right.
  4. Confirm that you want to permanently delete the story.

The story will vanish from your profile and won’t be visible to other viewers anymore. However, anyone who had already seen that story won‘t be affected when you delete it.

Should You Secretly View Snapchat Stories?

After going through the various techniques available, you may be tempted to put some into practice. But before you do, consider:

  • Why do you feel the need to spy on someone‘s story without their knowledge? Your reasons will determine if it‘s justified.
  • Is it legal? Spying on friends or partner‘s private data without consent is usually illegal.
  • What are the consequences if you get caught snooping? Can your relationship survive a breach of trust?
  • Does covert monitoring align with your own values? Just because you can snoop doesn‘t mean you should.
  • Would an open and honest conversation with them be more ethical and effective? Communicating concerns directly avoids messy snooping scenarios.

At the end of the day, if you genuinely need to protect a dependent child, use parental control tools ethically. For other cases, talk to the person first before resorting to digitally spying on them without consent. If your concerns are serious enough, they will understand your viewpoint. Snooping should be the absolute last resort when all else fails.



Michael Reddy is a tech enthusiast, entertainment buff, and avid traveler who loves exploring Linux and sharing unique insights with readers.