We have written quite a few tutorials at TechUntold on Instagram Stories since it was launched in August. In this Instagram article, you will learn about a method to save someone else’s Instagram Story photos and videos without taking screenshots and without notifying them on the Instagram website, iPhone and Android app. Apart from that, we will also mention about downloading your own Instagram Story which is not a big deal and can be done directly from the app.
Before coming to saving Instagram Stories of friends or users you’re following let us quickly have a look at how to download Instagram Story.
Download Instagram Stories
1. Open your Instagram Story by tapping on your Profile icon on top of feed where Stories are listed or under your Profile.
2. Once your Story is opened, tap on 3 dots at the bottom right.
3. Select Save Photo or Save Video from the list of options.
Similarly, you can download other photos and videos in your story. You can even share Instagram story as a post.
Now, it is time to let you know about saving others Instagram Stories.
Save Others Instagram Stories Without Notifying them on the Website
To download others Instagram Story photos and videos you need to use Instagram Web. Follow the steps given below to save friends Instagram Stories.
Moreover, this extension can be used to view others Instagram Story without notifying them.
2. After installing Chrome IG story extension on Chrome browser open Instagram.
3. With the help of the extension, the Instagram Stories of the people you follow will be listed on the top of your feed as in Instagram mobile app.
If all of a sudden Chrome IG Story extension stops working for you and the circled icons on top of the feed disappear then do not panic.
It happened to me too but after referring to this Reddit thread, I uninstalled the extension and reinstalled it. After reinstalling the extension you will also need to log out and log in to your Instagram account again to make it work again.
4. The stories which you have viewed(from the app) are circled with gray and others are radiant. To save anyone’s Instagram right click on the Instagram story icon of the desired person and Select Download Story.
All the photos/videos in the Story of the selected user will be downloaded as a Zip file. In case you only want specific photos or videos from a story then open the Story by clicking on the story icon of the desired user.
Right click on the photo/video you wish to download and select Save image as…/ Save video as…
The best part about this method is that you can download Instagram Stories without notifying.
Here’s a quick video tutorial about the same. Continue reading the article to download stories on Android and iOS smartphones.
Save anyone’s Instagram Stories on Android
If you are looking to download someone’s Instagram stories on your Android phone then you can use Story Saver for Instagram app. You need to login to your Instagram account in order to save anyone’s Instagram stories. This app can also be used to view others Instagram Story without letting them know.
Download Someone’s Instagram Story Without Letting them Know on iPhone/iPad
iOS users can download and install
InstaStory on the App Store by clicking here.
Latest Update: The app is no longer available on the App Store. But you can follow the method after this one to save stories on an iOS device. It works for Android phones too.
If you remember the username there is no need to even log in to the app. To most users delight, you can view and download Instagram stories without following users using this app.
You can always log in using your Instagram credentials in the app if required. After you log in, the stories of all the users you follow will be listed. You can easily view and save them to your smartphone.
Download Anyone’s Instagram Story on iPhone or iPad without Jailbreak
As I mentioned earlier this will work for Android users as well. If you are someone who doesn’t have the luxury to have an additional app just to save Instagram stories then you can follow this procedure.
1. Visit storiesig website using the following link from your smartphone browser.
2. Start typing the Instagram username in the text box you see. It will suggest people based on what you type. Tap on the desired username and all the stories from that person will show on the next page provided they have uploaded stories and have a public profile.
Another great benefit is that it is not necessary for you to follow that particular user just to view/download the stories.
3. Tap on the Download button below each media to save them to your device. This will do the job on Android devices.
In case of iPhone or iPad, for images, a new page will load with the full-size picture. To save it to Camera Roll either long tap on the photo and select Save Image or tap on the Share icon and select Save Image.
4. For videos, you will need to install any file manager app from the App Store. Use the browser that comes in the File Manager app to visit storiesig website. Follow the same method to get to the screen where it will list all the stories of that person.
5. Now, tap on the video or Download button which will play it. Come out of the player by tapping on Done at the top left corner. Finally, tap on download icon at the bottom row followed by Confirm to save the video.
The video will be saved in the Downloads folder.
I understand that it is a bit of a lengthy method but considering that there are no apps on iOS currently which can do that, this is the best shot you got.
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