Instagram: Here's How to Share Someone's Post to Your Story

Users can stop their content from being shared in this way

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Instagram allows users to share other users’ posts to their Instagram Stories as stickers. When a viewer taps one of these stickers, they’ll have the option to view the original post.

Our guide will show you how to share a user’s post to your Instagram Story.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram application on iOS. Also note, you can only share posts from users who have public accounts, and who haven’t turned this feature off.

Step 1: Tap the paper airplane icon under the post you’d like to share to your Story.


Screenshot of a post in the Instagram application with a red arrow pointing at the paper airplane icon under the post

Step 2: Tap “Add post to your story.” Note: If this option isn’t there, it means the user has turned this feature off, or their profile is set to private. You won’t be able to share their post to your Story.


Screenshot of the paper airplane menu for an Instagram post with a red arrow pointing at "Add post to your story"

Step 3 (optional): By default, only the user’s picture and username will appear as a sticker on your Instagram Story. If you want to include a preview of the post’s caption, tap the photo. Note: You also have the option to rotate, resize and drag the sticker around the screen to best fit your post before sharing it.


Screenshot of the Instagram Stories editing screen showing the user's post in the center of the screen. A red arrow points at the post.

Step 4: When you’re done editing your post, tap the “Your story” button in the bottom-left corner of the screen to share the post to your Story. Alternatively, you can tap the “Close Friends” button at the bottom of the screen to only share the post with the users you’ve added to your “Close Friends” list. Finally, you can tap the arrow icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen if you want to share the post in a direct message.


Screenshot of the Instagram Stories editing screen showing the user's post in the center of the screen. A red arrow points at the "Your story" button in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

This guide was first published in June 2018 and was updated in July 2022.