How To Save Instagram Stories

Your Instagram story only lasts 24 hours, but what if you don’t want it to disappear? There’s no need to lose your best selfies or funniest videos – saving an Instagram story is easy, so you can keep all of your favorite memories.

How To Save Instagram Stories

Depending on whether you’re saving your own story or someone else’s, there are a few methods to save an Instagram story. We’ll walk you through the following methods to save Instagram stories:

      1. Save your Instagram story to your camera roll.
      2. Archive your story in the Instagram app.
      3. Share your Instagram story as a post.
      4. Save your Instagram story as a Highlight on Instagram.
      5. Take screenshots.
      6. Download another users’ Instagram story.


How To Save Your Instagram Story

Saving your own Instagram story is simple and supported by the Instagram app. There are a few different methods depending on where you want to save your story and if you want the whole cohesive story or the individual pictures and videos.

To save your story before you’ve posted it, just click the download button  at the top of the screen. This will save your picture or video to your camera roll.

To save your story after you’ve posted it:

      1. Open your story by clicking on your profile picture.
      2. Click the three dots at the bottom right corner of the photo or video you want to save.
      3. Click “Save. . .” and a menu will appear with the option “Save Photo/Video” or “Save Story”.
      4. Click “Save Story” to save your whole story as a video.
      5. Click “Save Photo/Video” to save that individual photo or video.

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Archive Instagram Stories

You can also adjust your settings so that your stories always save to either your phone’s camera roll or your Instagram archive. To adjust your story settings, go to your story or press the camera icon at the top left of your Instagram homepage. Click the gear at the top left corner, and scroll down to “Saving” to turn your saving on or off.

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Save Your Instagram Story as a Post

If you really loved your Instagram story and want to save it as a permanent post on your Instagram profile, doing so is simple.

If you want to share your whole story as a post, you’ll have to follow the steps above to save your entire Instagram story. Once your story is saved as a video on your camera roll, just create a new post and share that saved video.

To save a singular photo or video from your story:

      1. Open your story by clicking your profile picture.
      2. Click the three dots at the bottom right corner of the photo or video you want to share.
      3. Click “Share as post. . .”
      4. Edit your post, add a caption, and press “Share”.


How To Add an Instagram Story to Story Highlights

Story highlights is another way to save your story to your Instagram profile permanently. Highlights appear on your profile under your bio and above your normal posts. A highlight saves your whole story and appears as a clickable circle displaying the first image from your story.

To save your Instagram story as a story highlight:

      1. Open your story by clicking your profile picture.
      2. Click the “Highlight” icon save instagram story
      3. Type in a name for your highlight, which will appear underneath it on your profile.
      4. Click “Add”.


You can also add a highlight of a story that has already disappeared after 24 hours. To save a highlight from an old story, go to your profile. Where stories appear, click the empty circle around a plus sign that says “New”. Instagram will show you your most recent story photos and videos – you can pick one or multiple to create a story highlight.

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How To Download Someone Else’s Instagram Story

Saving another user’s Instagram story is not as easy, as Instagram does not offer this feature currently. There are a few options if you want to save someone else’s Instagram story.

There are websites like Weynstag or Zasasa as well as other apps that can help you download someone’s story by entering their username. These websites only work if the account is public, and only allow you to download individual pictures or videos from their story, not the whole story.

The simplest method, if you are friends with the person, would be to ask them to save it and send it to you. You can also take a screenshot of their story, but this only works for pictures since you cannot screenshot more than one frame of a video.

To take a screenshot, first hold your finger on the picture – this will get rid of their username and the other buttons so that you don’t have to crop anything out. Then press the volume button and the side power button at the same time to screenshot.

Can Someone See If I Screenshot Their Instagram Story?

No – if you screenshot someone’s Instagram story they will not be notified. Go ahead and screenshot your ex’s story, they’ll never know.

How To Save An Instagram Story: Recap

For more on how to save Instagram stories, check out this tutorial by Howfinity.

Written by Erin

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