Your Complete Guide to Reposting Instagram Stories
18th June 2020
Stories are one of Instagram's most-used features, but they can be tricky to master.
Not just because it can be difficult to find relevant content every day, but because there are a bunch of technical rules around whether you can repost Instagram Stories - and some social rules about whether you should at all.
Sometimes you spot something really cool that’s been posted on a friend or influencer’s story and you want to repost it.
Nothing wrong with that right?
Not at all, it’s totally fine to repost someone else’s Instagram story.
But there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Not everyone loves having their content re-shared, and people won’t be happy if you’ve made their content look like your own picture.
Instagram auto-links this post on your Story to the original post.
Although this won't necessarily be something you'll include when planning social, it is something that is great to do as and when you see something cool that you'd like to re-share to your audience.
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How to repost an Instagram Story
In order to post an Instagram Story you need to have a few things in place from the outset.
- You need to be tagged in the Story
- The account of the person you’re reposting from must be public
Instagram won’t give you the option to repost a Story if these two things aren’t in place.
When someone mentions you in their Story, you’ll get a notification where you’re given the option to ‘Add this Post to your Story’.
Choose that button and you’ll be able to edit the story. Here’s where you should tag the original content creator.
The content is labeled as theirs already, but it’s always good to give them credit.
And that’s all there is to it!
If you’re looking for something more visual, we found this guide to reposting an Instagram story helpful
Are you struggling to repost a story on Instagram?
It’s likely that you haven’t been tagged in the story. You need to be tagged in a story in order to repost a story.
So if you’re looking for a button that lets you repost your story, you won’t be able to find it.
Instead, you’ll need to wait for someone to tag you. Then it’ll appear in your notifications.
It also helps to work as part of the app.
If you want to repost some amazing photography or share a picture that’s been created by an artist, you should 100% give credit to the creator.
Tag their handle in the post and make it clear to your followers that you’re not passing their work off as your own. They’ll appreciate you sharing their content and spreading their talent.
You might want to repost something more personal. Perhaps it’s a picture that contains some faces, perhaps it’s a picture of someone’s child, or maybe it’s something they own.
In these cases, you should definitely consider asking their permission before reposting their story. Keep in mind that although they’ve tagged you, and their profile is set to public, they may not appreciate sharing sensitive imagery.
They’ll probably be fine with you sharing their Story, it’s just best to ask!
Another great way to explicitly show that you’ve been reposting on Instagram is to actually include the @handle of the original poster on the actual image.
It’s a great way to make sure there’s no misunderstandings about who created the image.
Reposting Instagram Stories to your Insta feed is a great way to go if you’re looking to get maximum engagement with relatively little effort.
But think about what you’re doing here.
Putting little effort into a high-engagement video post usually means that someone has put effort into the post at some point.
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for you to credit the creator of the post.
Here’s the etiquette for reposting videos to your Instagram Story:
- Get the video creator’s permission
- Tag the video creator
- If you’re going to edit the content, be doubly sure to follow steps one and two
But otherwise, reposting a video to your Instagram Story works in exactly the same way as reposting an image. It's a great thing to include in your social media marketing strategy.
There’s a really simple answer to this question. You should ask the person that posted the Story to tag you.
If they don’t tag you, you’ve got no place posting that story anyway.
But you are able to use tools like StorySaver, Regrammer, and Repost for Instagram, which we’ll come on to soon.
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There’s also a way to download videos from Instagram Stories if you don’t have the app.
You can do this by using social media planning tools tools like StorySaver to use Video for Instagram.
To use StorySaver you just need to add the account name of an Instagram user and paste it into the tool.
Try StorySaver here: https://www.storysaver.net/
Because this works anonymously, you should ask the creator of the Story before you use the tool.
When you’ve downloaded the Story, you’re able to reupload to Instagram either from the app or from Instagram’s site.
Once downloaded, you can include this content in your social media plan.
If you’re on Android, you should follow the same steps to repost a story on Instagram.
There’s nothing fundamentally different about the way this works on Android or iPhone, so be sure to follow the steps to repost your Instagram Story.
Sometimes you want to repost a post you see in the feed as part of your Instagram Story.
Fortunately, Instagram makes this simple. Here’s how to do it.
To share feed posts to stories:
- Under a post, you’ll see a paper airplane. Tap the airplane.
- On the next menu, you’ll choose to add it to a new Story
- Next, you’ll want to edit your post. You change the format of your post, add stickers, and other effects
There are a few things to note when you repost a post from your feed to your Instagram Story.
It’s similar to reposting an Instagram Story. The original content creator will be tagged in the post automatically and there will be a link back to the original post.
And like when you repost an Instagram Story, the original creator will need to have their profile set to ‘public’.
It’s a good idea to repost from your feed - or someone else’s - to your Story, both for your personal profiles and your brand profiles.
That’s because reposting to your feed is always a better idea than screenshotting.
What do we have against a screenshot?
Well, the image quality often isn’t very good, and you’re adding work because you’ll need to edit the image to make it the right size.
So if you want your Instagram Story to look amazing (and if not why are you on Instagram?) then you should be reposting directly from the app.
You’ve got a few brand accounts, and you’re supposed to be managing all of them.
Or your brand has a few accounts and you’re managing one of them.
Cross-posting content from your brand accounts is a great way to increase the exposure each of your brand accounts gets and helps you make the most of great content. Be sure to make a note to share this content across your brand accounts when forming your social media marketing calendar.
There’s no need for this screen-capping malarkey that reduces quality and is a bit of a faff. Here are some apps that you can use to repost to Instagram Stories easily.
Here’s how they work:
- Instagram’s native reposter
We’ve already talked a lot about Instagram’s native reposting features.
It’s the best way to repost content you see on Instagram to your Stories, and you can do it all from within the app.
It’s also the most legitimate way to repost Instagram content to your Story.
Because you’re reposting from within the app, you don’t need to worry about doing anything that goes against Instagram’s terms of service. Instagram wouldn’t build that into their platform.
Repost For Instagram is a standalone app that works with Instagram.
It’s really simple to use. You just need to go to Instagram - via the Regram app - and hit the repost button (it looks like a paper airplane).
Alternatively, you can find the post and copy the link. Then post the link into Repost and head to the tab with all the reposts.
Head back to the homepage of the app and the post will appear. Then push the post to Instagram.
provides a very easy to use app experience. Simply go to Instagram either via Repost’s button or manually, find the post you want, and click the three dots to copy the link. After you return to Repost, the post will appear under the All repost tab.
The app is also able to access your camera roll & you’re able to add stickers and format your images from within the app.
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Regrammer is an app for Instagram that’s pretty similar to StorySaver, but for reposting posts, not stories.
As you’ll gather when you hit the website, it’s really, really easy to use.
All you need to do is paste the url of the post you’re looking to repost into the tool. You can then preview and download the post.
Regram posts is one of the most popular apps for reposting on Instagram.
You can open Instagram directly from within the app and you can set up a range of settings that make it quicker and easier.
The app also has a range of editing features that help you add locations, sizes, and font colors, among other useful tools.
This app is a great place to collect all your reposted posts. Every time you copy a link into the app it’s automatically added to its gallery.
That means you’re able to come back later to any post you added previously, which is pretty handy. You’re also able to set reminders to repost through from the app, which is helpful if you’re working on a brand’s social media schedule.
Unfortunately, Sepia Software wants you to pay to remove its watermark. That costs $4.99, which is quite a lot when you consider that all its competitors are releasing free stuff.
Realistically, no one’s going to post something with a watermark.
Regrann’s app also has a watermark, unless you pay $1.99, which is a fairer amount.
There are fewer features, but it’s a reliable app for quickly reposting and saving reposts without being subject to constant ads.
We just repost through Instagram because Instagram has all the features we need.
Plus, we’re only ever reposting content from our community, so it’s easy to shout them out through the app. In fact, it’s automatic.
Sometimes the features in these apps seem like an afterthought or don’t work as well as Instagram’s own editing features, so we prefer to use Instagram.
The apps pose a workaround that allows you to download content directly from Instagram, which some people will find useful.
However, we can’t stress enough how important it is to credit someone for using their content if you choose to go down this route.
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