Download Instagram Stories: An Easy Step by Step Guide

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If you’re looking for an easy way to download Instagram Stories, you’ve come to the right place.

And don’t worry – we’re not going to ask you deep, probing questions about why you would want to do that.

Maybe you want to download Instagram Stories off your own account for memory sake, or you want to repurpose them for other video content in the future……. or maybe you’re building a digital shrine for your crush.

No matter. We’re not here to judge.

Luckily for you, if your goal is to save an Instagram story, there are plenty of FREE and safe services out there for you to use to accomplish this goal. The trouble is finding the right ones that still work.

Well, worry no longer. We’ve gone and rounded up all the possible options for downloading someone else’s Instagram story (or your own) in this post, so you can happily stalk save away.

So here are some easy step by step guides that walk you through the Insta Story download process & how to save a story on Instagram, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.

NOTE: Since I’m an Apple user, the below solutions have been tested for downloading Instagram stories on iPhone/Mac and seem to work as of April 2021. I imagine the process would be pretty similar for Android and Windows users, but if you’re still confused, let us know in the comments and I’m sure we can dig up the solutions for you.

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How to Download Instagram Stories From Your Own Account

First, let’s quickly review the options for saving and downloading your own Instagram Stories (i.e. Instagram Stories from your own account).

OPTION A: Download Instagram Stories clips one by one

If you want to save your Instagram story’s individual clip (say, one selfie or boomerang as opposed to all of the ones from your story that day) here’s what you do:

  1. Open up your own Story by pressing the “Your Story” icon on the upper left hand corner of your feed
  2. With your Story open, tap the three little dots on the lower right hand corner that say “More”
  3. Hit “Save…” then press “Save Video”

Done! That one single clip should now be saved in your camera roll/photos.

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OPTION B: Download an entire days’ worth of Instagram Stories

If you want to save your Instagram story in its entirety, this step by step will show you how to download an entire Instagram story video (from one 24h period) that you can save, watch back, etc.

NOTE: These videos are a little awkward because you can’t just “tap through” the photo stories as you normally would, so they linger on the screen for a seemingly unnecessary amount of time, but hey, you can’t win em all 😉

Here’s how you can save a one day Instagram story:

  1. Open up your own Story by pressing the “Your Story” icon on the upper left hand corner of your feed
  2. With your Story open, tap the three little dots on the lower right hand corner that say “More”
  3. Hit “Save…” then press “Save Story”
  4. Wait for the video to render

Yay – it should now appear in your Camera Roll!

NOTE: These methods only work for active stories. If you want a way to download Stories that have expired, then add them to your Highlights FIRST and then use the methods listed in the next section to download them.

How to Download Instagram Stories From Someone Else’s Account

If you want to save someone’s Instagram story (i.e. NOT your own), first of all – we’re sure you have totally valid, non-stalkerish reasons for doing that. Just know you’re in a non-judgement zone 😉

Let’s just imagine it’s something totally innocent like… you did a takeover and want to save the clips, and not something totally weird like… you want to make a montage of their face to watch while eating your 5th bucket of ice cream.

Anyways, if your goal is to save someone else’s Instagram story, here’s how you download Instagram Stories from someone else’s account.

NOTE: All these websites do pretty much the exact same thing, I just wanted to give you multiple options in case one of them shuts down, which is common with third party websites like this.

They all serve the same purpose, with minimal differences, so just pick whichever.

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OPTION A: Use Story Saver

  1. Go to https://www.storysaver.net/
  2. Enter the username of the person you want to download Instagram stories or Highlights from from
  3. Scroll down to see Current Stories that you can download one by one, or scroll to the bottom to show the #Highlight Stories which will open up that user’s highlights
  4. Right click on the “Save as Video” video button, choose “Save link as” and save it wherever you want on your computer

OPTION B: Use InstaDP

  1. Go to https://www.instadp.com/download-instagram-stories
  2. Enter the username of the profile that you want to download Instagram Stories or Instagram highlights from
  3. Scroll down to the specific Instagram Story clip that you want to download
  4. Right click on the “Download” button and press “Save link as” and save it wherever you want on your computer

Insta Story Download: Helpful Resources

Here are the sites and resources recommended above to help you with your Insta Story download. Bookmark them for future use, or yenno, keep coming back to this page if you want. We’d appreciate the views 😉

StorySaver.net – Allows you to save/view stories and highlights online. Super clean website/interface

InstaDP– Same as StorySaver.net. The downside is the website is a little sketchier looking, but it does still work

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