How to Share Someone Else’s Story on Instagram

Instagram Stories are only visible for a short amount of time. Unlike other social media platforms that make it easy to share or retweet another person’s original content, Instagram is a little more tricky.

But, if you enjoy someone’s Instagram Story enough, you may want to show it off to other friends and followers. This article will discuss how and when you can share other users’ content on the platform.

How to Share an Instagram Story

There are various ways to share another person’s Instagram Story. However, there are also rules when doing so. Let’s get started!

Share a Story to Your Story

As usual, it is straightforward to share someone else’s Story on Instagram.

The ability to add someone’s Story to your own depends heavily on whether or not the creator tagged you. If the user didn’t tag you, there is no option to add the Story to yours.

We have more options below, but for now, let’s talk about how to share someone else’s Instagram Story, assuming you got tagged in it.

  1. Open Instagram and tap on the “message icon” (paper airplane) in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Open the “tagging notification” you received when you were tagged in the Story.
  3. Tap on “Add to Your Story” and select “Send” to post it to your own.
  4. Select all the edits you want and then publish the Story as normal. The post will appear in your profile for 24 hours before disappearing like the rest.

How to Send a Story to Someone Else

If you weren’t tagged, you could still send your Instagram Story to another user. While this doesn’t post the Story for everyone else to see, this method is helpful if you want to show it to a few friends.

The limitation is that the original poster’s account would need set to “Public.” If it is not, you won’t see the option to send it to another person.

To send an existing Story to another user on Instagram, do this:

  1. Tap on the “Story” at the top of your screen.
  2. Tap on the “paper airplane” icon to the right of the text box.
  3. Tap “Send” next to each user you want to get the Story.

That’s all there is to it. If the paper airplane icon does not appear next to the text box, the other user likely has their account set to private, or they haven’t set the permissions to allow sharing.

Share Instagram Stories Externally

Another nifty function of Instagram is sharing the link of a Story using an external application. For example, if you want to show your friend a cute or funny Instagram Story, you can copy the link and send it to them in a text message.

Here’s how:

  1. Tap on the “Instagram Story,” then tap on the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Select “Share To…”
  3. Choose the “application” or “contact” you’d like to send the link to.

When your friend taps on the link, Instagram opens and takes them directly to your Story.

Setting Your Stories as Public to Make Them Shareable

Instagram Stories have to be set to “Public” to reshare them, which is the default setting unless you manually change it to Private. Ideally, you should keep as much of your account public as practical and only go private if you’re having issues with someone. Otherwise, it defeats the object of being on social media. It’s your account, though, so you need to do whatever works for you.

A Public profile is available for anyone to see, and it will appear in search and suggested lists. A Private account is viewable only by friends that you follow. You need to follow them back for them to be able to view your Private account. It is not enough for them to just follow you.

To set your account to public or private, do this:

  1. Tap your “profile” icon on Instagram to access the Menu.
  2. Select “Settings” then “Privacy.”
  3. Choose “Account Privacy.”
  4. Select “Private Account” or “Public Account” depending on your needs.

By default, your profile gets set to Public, so you only really need to do this if you’re changing to or from a private setting.

Tagging Someone in Instagram to Make Story Shareable

The second key component in sharing each other’s stories is being tagged within it. You can only repost a Story when the other person tags you in it. So, how can you tag someone in Instagram Stories?

  1. Create your “Story” as normal with an image, captions, titles, stickers or whatever.
  2. Select any space in the image and write an “@mention” using their username.

You can tag multiple people within a Story and each will receive a notification that they have been tagged. You cannot prevent this notification, but you can prevent your Story from getting reposted.

In closing, reposting is a key aspect of social media but use it sparingly. Think of it as a game or dating app and imagine you have only one or two swipes per day or week. Naturally, you would keep them in reserve until you find something exceptional or particularly interesting and only repost that. Repost on Instagram too often and you will soon find yourself unfollowed or ignored, and nobody wants that on a social network!

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