How to download Instagram Stories — your and someone else’s

Julia Moore
Instagram has overcome all other social media apps in terms of usability and popularity. Stories are one of its most popular features. This is disappearing content. In 24 hours since posting, users won’t be able to see it. No wonder they often want to download Instagram Stories. This is the feature many people keep asking Instagram to add. But the developers don't show willingness to do it. Still there are ways to save your or someone else’s content.
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How to save your Stories in the app

In the Instagram app, you can save your Stories. You can do it while editing or after posting.

Download a Story in the editing menu

You can create different variations of a Story and download all of them. Whether you do it to compare the variations or add them to a post then, for example when you want to add music to it, you do it the same way. Just tap download, and the Story will be saved to your phone.

After that, you can change and download it again.

Save your published photos and videos

You can save Instagram Stories that are already added to your profile. But you have to download them one by one in the app. This is also applicable to your Highlights. It’s a bit different on iOS and Android. 

On iOS, you can save a whole Instagram Story, or a single photo or video from it. 

To save a whole Story, you:

  1. Tap More.
  2. Choose Save.
  3. Choose Save Story.

To save only photos and videos from it, you: 

  1. Tap More.
  2. Choose Save.
  3. Choose Save Photo or Save Video, depending on what you made your Story of. 

If you add multiple photos on your Story using stickers, they are uploaded all together as a collage on iOS in both cases. 

On Android, you can save only a whole Story.

  1. Tap More.
  2. Choose Save Photo or Save Video. It depends on what you added. 

Save your archived Stories

After 24 hours, Stories disappear from your profile page and go to your Archive automatically. Be aware, if you delete the photos and videos manually, they don't get there.

The archiving is the default setting. Stories are not deleted from there unless you do it yourself. 

When you download an archived Story, you do it almost the same way as on your profile page.

  1. Open the account settings
  2. Choose Archive
  3. Tap a Story
  4. Tap the three dots.
  5. Choose Save Photo or Save Video.

If you don't see Stories in the Archive, check the settings, you might have changed them. 

  1. Open the account settings.
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Go to Privacy
  4. Open Story.
  5. Check the button near Save Stories to Archive. It should be blue, if you want your Stories to get automatically to Archive. If it’s gray, tap it to make blue. 

How to get your or someone else's Stories using online downloaders

If you need to download Instagram Stories from someone’s profile, InstagramDownloads will help you. You can also save published photos and videos from your profile using it. In any case, a profile should be public.

Stories are not the only content you can get using InstagramDownloads. You can save any content in high quality including posts, Reels, IGTV, and profile pictures. 

Here is how you can save Instagram Stories with the online saver. 

  1. Enter a username in the search box.
  2. Tap Search.
  3. Open Stories.
  4. Tap Download on a video Story or Tap and hold to download if it's a photo. 

If you want to save a Story from a private profile, we recommend reading our article about reposting on Insta. There you can find more ways to download other people’s Stories or repost them to your profile and then download with one of the ways we described here.

The bottom line

You can download Instagram Stories both from your or other people's profile pages. If you want to get your photos and videos, you can do it right in the app or using an Insta saver. If you want to get a Story of another user, use the savers. 

Do you want Instagram to add the feature for saving other people's Stories, or do you want others to be unable to save your content? Write in the comments!