New: Share Instagram Stories in Direct

September 12, 2017

Starting today, you can share stories with your friends in Direct. From stories you follow on surfing to stories about your best friend’s cat, now you have more ways to share the stories you love.

Sharing a story in Direct is as easy as sharing a post from your feed. When you discover a story you want to share, tap the direct icon in the bottom right corner, select a friend or group to share it with and tap send.

When someone shares a story with you, you will see it in your Direct inbox. When the original story disappears from the app, it will no longer be available in your message thread.

If you prefer to turn off the ability for others to share your story in Direct, you can always disable the option in your stories settings. And if you have a Private Account, only your followers can view your story in Direct.

Since launching last year, Instagram Stories has quickly become a place to connect more closely with the people, interests, and brands you care about most. Now sharing those favorite everyday moments is even easier.

This update will be rolling out globally over the coming weeks. To learn more about sharing a story in Direct, check out the Instagram Help Center. The new feature is available for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play as part of Instagram version 11.0.