Recently, Instagram added a feature that will protect people’s privacy but also forbid them from saving other people’s stories by notifying users when someone takes a screenshot of their story. If you did it, you will be marked by little circle next to your name in the Story views section.
Taking a screenshot of an Instagram Story doesn’t need to be influenced by a bad reason. Your intention was to just save a beautiful picture to use it as wallpaper, or you really like a photo of a family member/friend and you want to keep it in your phone.
Also, you want to purchase a specific item that was featured in that story. In any case, there are many innocent reasons, but to screenshot a story will always make you look like a creep.
If you are a frequent user of Snapchat, then you are already familiar with this trick. However, Snapchat blocked this method, but it still can be used on Instagram:
1. Click on the story you want to screenshot.
2. Turn the Airplane mode on because it will disconnect your device from Wi-Fi, cellular data, and all other devices.
3. Force quit the Instagram app (optional but it is guaranteed).
4. Go back to the story you are interested in.
5. Take a screenshot.
6. Wait a few minutes before you turn off the Airplane mode.
The Instagram Website
The Instagram website is actually pretty good, you can view your feed, old photos, and even stories. The only thing missing is the Direct Messaging option. If you are trying to go on a “social media diet”, then this website will absolutely help you.
It works perfectly fine on both desktop and mobile, and as you are using it, Instagram won’t know if you have taken a screenshot.
Log in to Instagram.com and you will find the Instagram Stories available on the right edge of the screen while using the desktop. Screenshot what you want as you always do, only this time, you don’t have to worry.
The Chrome IG Story Browser Extension
There is a Chrome IG Story extension that brings a new viewing experience to Instagram Stories on your Mac or PC. You just need to install the extension, and you’ll be granted the ability to see all stories at the top of your feed.
This extension enables a privacy mode which doesn’t let the user know who have seen the story. However, when you right-click on the user’s profile, you will find a download icon that will save all of the user’s available stories in a zip file (photos, videos, etc).
Story Saver on Android
If you have Android, you can download Story Saver from Play Store. Once it is installed, you should log in to find all the Instagram Stories in one list. Choose the user you are interested in their stories and open it.
Tap on a Thumbnail and you will have 3 options: Share, Save, and Repost. Tap on Save to have the video or the picture saved to your phone’s Gallery.
The Repost App On iOS
In case you have iOS, then there are many third-party IG Story apps that provide you with the option of saving the stories to your Camera Roll. The best one we found called Repost. Once you log in to IG account, you will find a UI similar to the Instagram App.
Tap on the user to see all their stories then you will find the three dotted menu button, click on Save, and the picture/video will be saved to your Camera Roll.