How To Share Someone Else’s Story on Instagram

Initially, Instagram didn’t want us reposting content on the platform. There is enough of that on other networks and it’s a lazy way to be social. It is also often overused which is a turn-off for most social media users. Used sensibly, reposting can be a positive thing.  That’s why the network relented and now allows you to share someone else’s story on Instagram.

Used sparingly, I think reposting is a useful feature of any social network. In fact, I would say it was partly the point of a social network. Certainly the network aspect of it anyway, creating a web of connections between accounts and sharing great quality content as widely as possible. The problem comes when people overuse reposting because they either don’t have time, energy or the talent to create their own posts.

Fortunately, we can silence those types of user.

Sharing someone else’s Story on Instagram

As usual, it is straightforward to share someone else’s Story on Instagram. Do it sparingly though and keep it for those times when something just has to be shared. Otherwise leave well alone!

Sharing depends on you being tagged in the Story and it needs to be set to Public and not Private. If neither of those conditions are met, you won’t be able to share it.


  1. Open the tagging notification you received when you were tagged in the Story.
  2. Select ‘Add This to Your Story’ within that message.

The Story will then open into the Story creation window where you could add a title, caption, stickers and all that good stuff. It will have a blue border to tell you it’s a shared Story. Select all the edits you want and then publish as normal. The Story will appear in your profile for 24 hours before disappearing like the rest.

Setting your Stories as Public

The Story being Public is one of two conditions to reshare content. It’s also the default setting unless you manually change it to Private. You should ideally 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 account is available for anyone to see and it will appear in search and in 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 a Private account. It is not enough for them to just follow you.

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

  1. Open the menu in Instagram.
  2. Select Settings and Privacy.
  3. Select Account Privacy.
  4. Select Private Account or Public Account depending on your needs.

By default your account will be set to Public so you only really need do this if you’re changing to or from a Private setting.

How to tag someone in Instagram

The second key component in sharing each other’s stories is being tagged within it. It is only when you’re tagged that you can currently repost a Story. So how can you tag in Instagram Stories?

  1. Create your Story as normal with an image, captions, titles, stickers or whatever.
  2. Select a 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 being reposted.

Prevent the reposting of your Instagram Stories

While it’s a little unfair to repost other people’s Stories but prevent them doing it to you, it is possible. It’s a privacy setting you can configure that will stop anyone resharing your content.

  1. Select the menu icon within the Instagram app.
  2. Select Settings and Privacy.
  3. Select Story Controls and toggle Allow Sharing to off.

This is a universal setting so will prevent people resharing any of your Stories until you change it. To reverse your decision just repeat the above and toggle the switch to on to enable reposting.

Reposting content

Reposting is a key aspect of social media but should be done sparingly. Think of it as a game or dating app and imagine you have only one or two swipes per day or week. Keep them in reserve until you find something exceptional or particularly interesting and only repost that. Repost too often and you will soon find yourself unfollowed or ignored and nobody wants that on a social network!

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