How to Download Instagram Stories

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Instagram has been a comforting source for many of us in the lockdown. For some, it was even before the pre-COVID period. You get to see your friends, crushes, and celebrities at their best. Various filters and features attract many people to try it out many times a day. One of its prominent features is Stories, “inspired” by Snapchat.

The best part about Stories is that it disappears after 24 hours. So, if you didn’t open your Instagram today (you are an angel!), you might miss out on what people have been up to. The Stories drive a lot of revenue for many and entertainment for us. Sometimes, the Stories are so fabulous that we want to store them in our personal gallery. Either you are stalking someone or want to save your own story – whatever the reason, I am not here to judge but help you. With the following methods, you’ll be able to download Instagram images and videos with just a few extra steps. Scroll below for detailed steps.

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How to download Instagram Stories

Keep in mind that these methods can only download Instagram Stories from public accounts and not private. Also, if possible, take the creators’ consent to download their Stories. It’s the least you can do.

Method 1: Archive your own Stories

If you want to download your own Stories, this would be a great option. You can also activate the Archive option that will automatically save all Stories you publish on your Instagram account. Follow the steps below to activate archiving:

Step 1: Launch the Instagram app.

Step 2: Tap on Settings.

Step 3: Go to Privacy.

How to Download Instagram Stories

Step 4: Now click on ‘Story Settings.’

How to Download Instagram Stories

Step 5: Go to the ‘Saving’ section and activate the options ‘Save Story to Archive’ for Android phones and ‘Save Story to Camera Roll’ for iOS.

How to Download Instagram Stories

Every time you post an Instagram story, it will be saved in the ‘Archive’ section. To access the ‘Archive’ section, open your Instagram account and tap on the Archive icon. You will see the Archive screen wherein you will find all stories characterized by date. Your Instagram stories will now be saved forever in your Instagram account. You can re-use or repost your saved stories which can then be created into Instagram Stories Highlights.

Method 2: Download Instagram Story Using Story saver apps

You can download third-party applications that will let you download Instagram Stories. The first app is Story Saver for Instagram Video Downloader Instore by Appyhigh Technology. The app lets you download Instagram Stories – images and videos – with ease. You can log in with your Instagram account and save other users’ Stories. The app can also download display pictures.

Another Android app is Story, Video & Reels Downloader for Instagram, developed by us. Simply copy-paste the link of the Story that you download. It will save the Stories on your device storage.

iOS users can download Story Saver ‪∞‬ , which is self-explanatory. It costs some ₹400, but it is the best app for you if you constantly save Instagram Stories.

Method 3: Screen recorder and Screenshot

Screen recording is the most efficient functionality yet creepy – depending on what you will be using it for. The same assumption applies here. I know I am suggesting the option, but it’s one of the easiest out there. You can download some third-party screen-recording applications if your phone doesn’t come with a pre-installed option. AZ Screen Recorder, Screen Recorder & Video Recorder, ADV Screen Recorder, Screen Recorder, Super Screen Recorder, etc., are some of the best options. iOS users are blessed to have a built-in option.

If you want to save a photo Story offline, you can simply screenshot the picture. For some modern phones, it just takes a click or swipe. You can then crop the picture as you need.

Method 4: Save Stories manually

You can save your Instagram Stories manually. Opt for this option when you don’t want to save every Story to your Gallery/Camera Roll. Once again, this option is to save your own Stories and not anyone else’s.

Step 1: Go to your Instagram account and view your active story.

Step 2: Tap on the three dots at the bottom of the story and click on ‘Save.’

Step 3: Now choose ‘Save Photo/Video’ to save the image or video stories, or just select ‘Save Story’ to save all your Stories in the form of a single video.

Even though this method is straightforward, it is tedious since you will need to download each of the stories manually once they are posted. The video will be in vertical format.

Method 5: Download Instagram Stories on PC

How to Download Instagram Stories

You can also download Instagram Stories on your computer. Follow the steps to do so.

Step 1: Visit on your computer (or even on your phone’s browser in desktop mode) to download Instagram Stories.

Step 2: Wait for the website to load. Now enter the Instagram account username in the search box and hit the ‘Download’ button.

Step 3: To see the account’s Stories scroll down to see the stories.

Step 4: Click on ‘Save as video’ to download the Stories on your device.

Step 5: You can also download pictures and videos from Instagram. Open the Instagram account and copy the link of the photo or video that you want to download.

Step 6: Now, visit the website once again and paste the link in the search box. Now click on ‘Go.’

Step 7: When the photo loads on the webpage, scroll down and click on ‘Download Now.’


How do you save other people’s Instagram Stories?

It is easy to save other people’s Instagram Stories. Go to their account on your Instagram app. You will see their Stories in a grid format. Click on any of those stories and click on ‘Save.’

Can you tell if someone screenshots your Instagram?

No, you cannot tell if someone has taken screenshots of your Instagram posts, Stories, IGTV, or Reels. You can see the usernames of the people who have seen your Stories.

How do you save live Instagram videos to your camera roll?

To save your live Instagram videos for offline access, go to the video once it ends and click on ‘Download.’ You should know that just the video is saved and not the comments, likes, viewers, etc.

Do Instagram Stories disappear?

Yes, Instagram Stories disappear within a day or 24 hours. You add it as a highlight. Instagram also lets you share your posts (images and videos) on your Stories or Stories to your feed.

Is there an app that shows you who screenshots your Instagram?

Unfortunately (or fortunately), no! Instagram has put severe restraints on what third-party apps do via the Instagram API. It is mainly because of security and privacy concerns. If you find an application that shows you who screenshots your Instagram, then it’s a scam.


These are some of the methods that will help you download Instagram Stories – be it pictures or videos. You can use it to save your own stories or someones else’s. Try not to be a stalker and respect everyone’s privacy.

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