My Secret Instagram Tip

Last week I filmed (and saved) an Instagram story on my phone just before I left for the airport to head to Atlanta for the Haven Conference. My intention was to post it the following morning an hour before the video expired. (You all know Instagram Stories has a 24 hour limit on the age of a video.)

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Sadly, I missed it by five minutes.

I was so upset! But I was determined to figure out a way to get around the system. And I found a way to make it work. (Please note that I have an iPhone. I don’t know if this method works on other mobile phones.) Also, this will only work if you have your Instagram Stories set to save every video.

S T E P    1 

Go to Settings and Turn your phone on to airplane mode.


S T E P    2

Go back into Instagram and click the + button as if you are going to publish a new post (not an Instagram Story). Find your “expired” video and publish it to your feed. (Don’t panic, it won’t publish because your phone is on airplane mode.)

You will see this message that warns you the post Failed.


S T E P    3

Go ahead and click the X and delete it so it doesn’t post when you turn your internet back on. The good news is that when you try to post a video to your feed without internet, Instagram automatically saves the video for you.

S T E P    4

Now go back to Settings and turn your phone off of Airplane Mode. Go to Stories and go through the motions to create your story. When you look for your video you will see the video saved in stories as if it was saved less than 24 hours ago.

That’s it! Pretty simple. And very convenient!

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4 Responses

    1. You are so sweet. Thank you! I just used it for my story today and I love that I can do this. Especially when I am traveling.

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