The announcement of Instagram's newest feature, Instagram Stories, has brought about a variety of good questions. It's an interesting update for the platform, introducing slideshow-esque collections you create with your own photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours — and it also has a lot of people wondering if you can post an Instagram story photo to your feed. After all, stories created with Instagram stories don't appear in your profile grid, according to the Instagram Help Center page about the feature; instead, a "colorful ring will appear around you profile picture," which people can tap to view your story. (Instagram Stories can also be found in a row at the top of your followers' Feeds — when a story is available, your profile picture will appear in that row, making your story viewable with a tap.) So what if you want to separate out one photo from a whole story to post on your profile grid? You'll be happy to know that you can indeed do this — and what's more, it's actually pretty easy.
According to the Instagram Help Center page on the subject, you can take a photo or video from your story and post it to your personal feed in just a few simple steps. First, open your story and locate the image or video you want to post. You should see three little dots in the bottom corner. When you click those dots, you'll see an option to "Share as Post." From here on out, things should look pretty familiar, as you'll have the opportunity to add a filter, caption, and location — just like you normally would when posting on Instagram. Once you're happy with the post, you can click "Share," and it'll be added to your personal feed. Pretty painless, right? Just bear in mind that stories vanish after 24 hours, so if you want to share a photo from a story on your profile grid, you'll have to do it before the story disappears.
Instagram has always been a relatively straightforward photo-sharing social media app: You pick a photo, you add a filter, you post, and you're done. But now, they're giving users a lot more creative freedom with Instagram Stories. You can even add text or draw on you story. If it feels a bit like Snapchat, well, it is similar; but Instagram has always been unique in its own right, and I'm personally excited to play with Stories. Instagram will be rolling out the update across Android and iOS over the next couple of weeks, so be on the lookout!
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