How to Repost an Instagram Story

Resharing Instagram posts made by others isn't easy, but it's possible

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A repost on Instagram can be a fantastic way to engage with your audience and add content to your account. Some users prefer sharing photos and videos made by others in Instagram stories, whereas many others, and especially brands, frequently repost such content onto their main account feeds.

Instagram offers very few official ways for resharing content in an Instagram story or post. It's possible, though, and without too much effort.

How to Repost an Instagram Post to a Story

Most Instagram posts made by other accounts can be shared as an Instagram story for your followers to see. This is the only official way to share a post made by other people on Instagram and is popular due to its simplicity and how it links back to the original creator.

  1. Open the Instagram app on your iOS or Android device and locate the Instagram post you want to share.

  2. Tap the paper airplane icon > Add post to your story.

    Some accounts may have the share option disabled, but you shouldn’t encounter this too often.

  3. The post will now appear embedded in a new Instagram story. You can now add the usual gifs, text, and music.

  4. Tap Your Story to publish as a new Instagram story.

    Sharing an Instagram post to an Instagram Story in the iPhone app.

How to Share an Instagram Story on Your Own Account

While it's possible to share some Instagram stories made by others to your followers, there are some requirements that need to be met:

  • The account must be public.
  • The account must have Instagram story sharing enabled.
  • You need to be tagged in the story.

When you’re tagged in an Instagram story, you'll receive a DM notifying you. If the account tagging you is public and allows sharing of their content, you should see a link in the message; to repost this story within a new story on your own account, tap Add This to Your Story, and then proceed with the instructions from above.

Sharing an Instagram Story in the Instagram app on iPhone.

You don’t need to follow the account to repost one of their Instagram stories.

How to Repost an Instagram Story If You’re Not Tagged

While there are numerous third-party apps that let you repost someone else’s Instagram posts, there aren’t any that support the reposting of Instagram stories.

However, one way to get around this restriction is to use your device’s screenshot or screen recording features.

Both iOS and Android have built-in screenshot and screen recording functionality that can be used without downloading additional apps.

For example, you can take a screenshot of someone else’s Instagram story while you’re watching it, then upload that screenshot to a new story. Likewise, you can use screen recording to record an Instagram story video, then repost that video in your own story.

When recording someone else’s Instagram story via a screen recording, the recorded video will also contain UI elements from the Instagram app. You can remove these by using two fingers to move and resize the video while composing your new story.

How to Repost a Video or Photo Post on Instagram

There's no built-in way to repost photos or repost videos on Instagram. To get around this restriction, you’ll need to download a third-party app. Fortunately, there are a large number of such apps for both iOS and Android, and most of them are free to download and use.

Repost for Instagram is a good app for Android users to download, while Regrammer is a good choice for iOS. Both apps are free and don’t require you to log in with your Instagram or Facebook account information.

The following instructions are for the Regrammer iOS app, but each step is practically identical to how you would use the Repost for Instagram app on Android.

  1. Open the Regrammer app on your iOS device.

  2. A message will ask you to give the app permission to access your device’s photos. Tap OK.

  3. The app will ask you if you want to receive notifications. This is optional. Tap either Don’t Allow or Allow.

  4. You will be shown a welcome screen with instructions. Tap Skip.

    Regrammer iOS app.
  5. Open the Instagram app on the same device and find the post you want to repost.

  6. Tap the ellipsis in the top-right corner of the Instagram post.

  7. Tap Copy Link. The link to this post will now be copied to your device’s clipboard.

    Instagram app on iPhone
  8. Open Regrammer. The copied link should have automatically appeared in the search field within the app. If it hasn’t, tap the field, perform a long press, and tap Paste.

  9. Tap Preview.

    A short video ad may play. Simply ignore this and wait for your post to load.

  10. By default, your repost won’t show the name of the original Instagram account from where you got the video or photo. To add this account name, tap any of the four square icons.

    Tap Dark to place a black outline around the original poster’s name.

    Regrammer app on iPhone.
  11. When you’re ready, tap the blue share icon.

  12. Tap Repost on Instagram.

  13. The app will ask for permission to switch to the Instagram app. Tap Open.

    Regrammer app on iPhone.
  14. Tap Feed > Next.

  15. Edit the photo or video as you usually would be adding a filter and changing its settings.

    Because you’re reposting someone else’s content, it’s usually best not to change the way it looks too much. This is especially true when it comes to artwork or professional photography.

  16. Tap Next.

    Instagram app on iPhone.
  17. Add the post description, hashtags, people tags, and location data as you would when making a regular Instagram post.

    Instagram allows up to 30 hashtags in a post description. Hashtags can help people discover your post, so it’s a good idea to use at least a few.

  18. When you’re ready, tap Share to publish your post. It will now be live in your main Instagram account feed.