Instagram Stories started as an interruption of Snapchat's very similar feature, but it has grown to become incredibly popular with over 400 million people using the feature daily . Stories offer a fleeting and more relaxed way to share content with your friends and followers who don't live permanently in your main Instagram feed. Stories can be shared either to all your followers or to a few through the new close friends option. Because Instagram is owned by Facebook, you can also share your Instagram story directly in your Facebook story to reach your friends on both platforms.
Pictures and videos posted on your story remain visible for up to 24 hours. after that they disappear forever ̵1; but you can access them from your private archive and also choose to display selected stories permanently as "highlights" on your profile page. You can also save your stories in the phone's image library, either saving each image or video independently or downloading the entire story as a single video. This is useful if you want to share the content with another social media platform, such as Twitter. But if you want to save someone else's story, it is a bit more complicated.
For still images, the easiest way to save a story is simply to take a screenshot. We have guides to take screenshots on iOS and Android, but the key with Instagram Stories is to first keep your finger or thumb on the screen – it stops the story from continuing and clears the user interface so you can get a clean education. Screenshots do not work properly for video rights, however; If you want to save videos, you need a third party.
Go to the App Store and search for Repost Story for Instagram. The app is quite straightforward, and you need to sign in with your Instagram account and give it access to the device's photo library to save stories. Once you have configured, you will see stories from your followers in a row at the top, not unlike the Instagram app itself. Pressing the circular icon displays a preview of the story; press that preview to open the monitor or video full screen. You will see a save icon at the top right; just click it to save the file to your device. Note that if a story consists of several videos or images, you must save each individual – you cannot save the entire story as a movie file that you can with your own from the Instagram app.
By default, Repost Story for Instagram is a free app that displays an annoying five-second ad each time you save a story. You can delete these ads for a $ 5 purchase in the app, but if you only need to save a story from time to time, the ads won't make you cumbersome.
The Android app we used is called Story Saver, available for free from the Google Play Store. As with Repost Story on iOS, you need to log in to your Instagram account to get started. The main page shows all the stories your followers have posted, but you can also search for other users in the search bar. Select the photo or video you want and then press Save . The picture will appear in the StorySaver folder when you look at your pictures.
No matter how you save a story, it is best to make sure you do so with the permission of the person who posted it. This is especially important if you are to share the contents of your own story or feed. You can of course share stories directly from Instagram if you don't want to disturb them on your device first. For instructions on how to do this and more, see our full guide to using Instagram Stories.