How To Save Others Instagram Stories Without Them Knowing: Try These 6 Ways!

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Here’s how to download another person’s Instagram story – download the Story Saver app on your phone. Log in to the app with your Instagram login info. Select the account with the story you want, then select the story in question and click download to save it to your phone.

Have you ever seen an Instagram story that you loved and had to share, but you couldn’t because they turned off their sharing options, and you didn’t know how to save it?

I understand the struggle. But no worries, I’ve got you covered. Here’s how to save other people’s Instagram stories.

Whether you’re using an Android, iPhone, or your PC, you’ll be able to save and share your favorite Instagram stories with ease. 

6 Ways To Save Other People’s Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories run for 24 hours after posting, so unlike a regular Instagram post, there’s a time limit, and you can’t always go back to it when you need it. 

That’s why saving an Instagram story can be a game-changer. Whether it’s a funny meme, great design inspiration, or even a cute video, some things need to be saved. 

Using Native Screen Recorder On Android

Obviously, there are many ways to download Instagram stories easily, but using the built-in screen recorder that you have on your mobile phone is perhaps the fastest way to save a story on your device.

You can find the screen recording option for the latest Android devices either on the activity pull-down tray or in your device’s settings. Obviously, the first step in using this native method to save an Instagram story is to locate it.

To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. Look for the built-in screen recorder by first going through your pull-down tray. On your home screen, swipe down from the top portion of your home page to reveal your notification bar.
  2. Go to your system tray area to locate the screen recorder icon. The way to do this may vary depending on your phone. Some phone models require you to drag down again, while others require you to swipe to the side.
Native recorder icon in an Android device

This area contains shortcuts to your most commonly-used system functions, including the screen recorder.
Here’s how you can add a shortcut if the one you need is missing.

  1. Now that you know where your screen recording is, you can open Instagram and go through the stories to look for what you want to save.
Instagram stories to test the native screen recorder
  1. When you find it, drag your notification bar down, then navigate to the system tray to click the screen recorder.
Choose the native recorder icon in an android device
  1. Your phone’s screen recorder will activate. It will likely create a floating icon with a red button. In this case, the app is not recording yet. You still need to press the red button to start recording. 
Floating red recorder button to start screen recording in an android phone
  1. Once you do, you should see some indication that a recording is ongoing, such as the floating numbers below.
Floating numbers appear indicating that the recording has started
  1. Your phone is now recording the Instagram story! To stop the recording, press the red square button. Your phone will then notify you that your saved story is available in your gallery.
Saved screen recording to Gallery notification on the native screen recorder app of an android phone

Here’s our video so that you can see it in action:

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Using The Story Saver App On Android

One of the best ways to save Instagram stories on Android devices is by using the Story Saver app. It’s a free app that’s available on the Play Store, and it allows for easy download of any Instagram story you want.

  1. Install the Story Saver app on your Android
    Story saver app details page in Play store
  2. Now, open the Story Saver app.
    There you’ll see two options, log in with Instagram and log in with Facebook. Select the first option.  
    Story Saver app login page
  3. The app will take you to an Instagram login page, so you can log into your account.
    This will allow you to view and save the stories directly in the Story Saver app without having to use the actual Instagram app. 
    Story Saver app Instagram login page
  4. After you’ve logged in, you’ll see a list of accounts with stories available.
    Simply click on the account with the stories that you want to view
    Story Saver app dashboard
  5. After selecting the account, you can view its stories, download, share, or repost them. Select the download option to save the story you want to keep.
    Instagram story as seen on Story Saver app with the download button highlighted
  6. To see the saved story, go to the Story Saver folder in your gallery. 
    Story Saver folder on Android

Using Native Screen Recorder On iPhone (Video)

Although the process is similar, the steps vary slightly when recording from the built-in screen recorder on your iPhone.

This section will teach you how to save stories from someone’s Instagram account through your iPhone’s native screen recorder.

  1. Before anything else, you need to make sure that the screen recording function is available on your iPhone’s control panel. You can do this by going to your phone’s Settings and clicking the Control Center option.
Control center section under the settings of an iPhone device
  1. Check to see if the Screen Recorder is available on Included Controls.
Included controls that can be added in the control settings
  1. If not, scroll down and look for the Screen Recording function. Click on the green plus icon to include it on your iPhone’s control panel when you see it.
Adding the screen recording app using the green plus icon in the control center
  1. Go back to your home screen and then swipe down for newer models and swipe up for older models. You should see the screen recorder icon as a circle with a dot inside. You have to tap that circle to start taking a screen recording.
A circle with a dot icon will appear when you swipe down on the home screen of an iOS device
  1. Now that you know you can record off your screen go ahead and open Instagram. Look for the story you want to record, then open your control panel and hit screen record. Your phone will start recording.  
Instagram story section where you can hit screen record to test the native iOS recording app
  1. To stop and save the recording, simply tap the red button at the top left corner of your screen. Click Stop.
Tap the red button. on the upper left corner to stop recording
  1. Your screen recording will be automatically saved to your Photos.
Stop recording notification option and automatically saves recording to your Photos

Confused? Watch our video showing you how to record an Instagram story from your iPhone screen:

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Using The Repost Stories App On iPhone

There are many great apps to use to save another person’s Instagram story to your iPhone. For this tutorial, I’ll be using the Repost Stories app, which you can use to save as well as repost someone’s story on Instagram. 

  1. Install the Repost Stories app from the App Store.
  2. In Repost Stories, log into your Instagram account.
    This will allow you to view all the stories of the accounts you follow without having the open the native Instagram app. 
    Repost Stories app login page
  3. Then, you’ll see a list of all the accounts you follow with active stories.
    Select the account with the story you want to watch and save. 
    Repost Stories app dashboard
  4. Once you’ve selected the account, you will automatically be on the Story tab.
    From the Story tab, select the story that you want to download. 
    Repost Stories app story tab showing Instagram stories of your Instagram friends
  5. After that, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap the “Share Story” option. 
    Repost Stories app showing selected Instagram story and different buttons below it
  6. You’ll then see a pop-up menu with options to choose from, select the “Save to Files” option. 
    Repost Stories app showing sharing options for Instagram story you have chosen to share
  7. You’ll see a choice between “iCloud Drive” or “Save to Phone.”
    Select the “iCloud Drive” option and click Add to save the story to your iCloud.
    Repost story app saving chosen story to iCloud drive
  8. When you save the images/videos to your iCloud, they aren’t immediately available in your camera roll. If you need to access the saved stories immediately, open the Files app on your iPhone and select the saved story from your Recents. 
    Saved instagram stories in Iphone Files App
  9. Once you’ve done this, tap the share icon at the bottom left of the screen to bring up the share menu.
    Saved Instagram story in iphone with the option to share via iphone share button highlighted
  10. Scroll to the right to find the “Save Image” button and click it to save your downloaded Instagram Story to your camera roll. 
Iphone Share image options with Save image option highlighted

Using A Screen Recorder On PC

Similar to mobile devices, another way to save others Instagram stories on PC is by using a screen recorder. There are several free screen recorders available for PC, however, for this tutorial, I’ll be using the Xbox Game Bar. 

  1. Go to the Instagram website on your PC using a browser.
    Instagram newsfeed on pc
  2. Press the Windows button and the letter “G” together to bring up the Xbox Game Bar, then select the capture option.
    The xbox game bar in pc with the capture button highlighted
  3. After you’ve clicked the capture option, you’ll see another set of icons to the left of your screen. From that list, select the record option (a white circle) to start recording your screen. 
    Xbox capture options in pc with the record button highlighted
  4. Now, select the story/stories you want to view to watch them while the Xbox Game Bar is recording your screen. 
    Instagram newsfeed with a Instagram story button highlighted
  5. When you’re finished, simply end the recording with the stop button (the red circle with the white square) and your recording will be automatically saved in the Captures folder in the Videos folder on your PC. 
An instagram story as seen in pc

Using A Browser Extension On PC

Mobile devices aren’t the only way to save Instagram stories. You can save Instagram stories on your PC, too.

One of the ways to do this is by using a browser extension. For this process, I’ll be using the Story Saver extension for Google Chrome. 

  1. Download and install the Story Saver extension from the Google Chrome store.
    Story Saver Chrome extension details page
  2. Go to Instagram and select the story you want to view and download. 
    Instagram news feed on pc
  3. While viewing the story, click the Story Saver icon in your extension in your toolbar and the story will be downloaded to your desktop. 
    Instagram stories as seen on a desktop browser
  4. The story will be stored in the Downloads folder on your PC.
A sample of Instagram story downloaded from desktop browser

With Spying Apps

You can also use a spy app that supports Instagram to get access to everything they post including stories.

However, in order to use this method, you need to get physical access to their phone. It is not always feasible so this method is not as easy to implement as the ones above.

On the plus side, a spy app allows you to do other things such as spy on other chat apps such as WhatsApp and even download WhatsApp stories. In case you don’t know what the WhatsApp Story feature is, check out this post.


Can you save an entire Instagram story?

You can save an entire Instagram story. Simply click on your profile icon in the top left corner of your screen, then click the three dots on the bottom right-hand corner. Click the “Save” option and from the two options available select “save story” to save your entire IG story.

Can you save other people's Instagram stories?

You can save other people’s Instagram stories in several ways. Saving still images is the easiest because you can screenshot the image. However, videos usually require the use of an app such as Story Saver or a screen recorder to save the video(s) that have been posted.

Can you save someone else's Instagram live?

You can save someone else’s IG live while it’s happening by using a screen recorder to record the live, including the comments. If the person has made their live available after a broadcast, you can download it using a screen recorder or a story-saving app.

That’s How To Save Other People’s Instagram Stories

How’d you like this article?

To be honest, being able to download Instagram stories is a great way to save a moment you and your friend shared on your story but forgot to save it. If you were wondering how to save someone’s Instagram live videos, downloading them after it’s been made available is also a viable option too.

Whether you’re using an Android, iPhone, or PC, saving someone else’s story with these methods is easy and will only take a couple of minutes, at most. 

If you’ve got other Instagram-related queries, you can check out my articles on how to save Instagram photos on Android and how to fix it when IG won’t post your photo

Be sure to let me know in the comments what you thought of this article and share it with your family and friends!

About The Author

  • Rahul Sharma

    Computer science student and technology enthusiast. I love plants also, so much that I talk to them. Currently figuring out how to make an iguana as a pet without getting arrested. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rahul Sharma

Computer science student and technology enthusiast. I love plants also, so much that I talk to them. Currently figuring out how to make an iguana as a pet without getting arrested. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

33 thoughts on “How To Save Others Instagram Stories Without Them Knowing: Try These 6 Ways!”

  1. Hi does anyone know a way to watch IG live without them knowing? I’ve had someone do it to me once so I know it’s possible. But how?

  2. It doesn’t work. A live over 30 min long, yes a headache but it does nothing. The audio URL is only 45 seconds of nothing and the video part never loads. Yes it says it will take a time, already 4 hours and nothing

  3. Why is it when you use StoriesIG and click download that the facebook logo appears on the page that opens?

    I am wondering that it has used my facebook login to display my name as a downloader


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