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    Why can't I share Instagram posts in my Stories

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    Why can't I share Instagram posts in my Stories? Instagram has a lot of cool features. One of them is the ability to share posts from your feed in your Stories. Interestingly, you can share your own and someone else's posts in your Stories. While it sounds exciting to use, some Instagram users don't have the "Add Post to Story" button. Are you wondering why you can't share posts in Stories on Instagram? Let's find out the answer.

    Sharing posts in Stories on Instagram has many benefits. First, it increases the visibility of posts. Secondly, if you share someone else's posts, it makes it personal and interactive, especially if you have a business account. Last but not least, it's easier than taking a screenshot of the post and adding it to your story. Let's see what is the reason behind not being able to share posts in Stories on Instagram and how to fix.

    Why can't I share Instagram posts in my Stories

    There are three main reasons behind this. Let's take a look.

    1. Account type

    The "Add post to story" button is only available for public accounts. If you're trying to share a post from a private account, you won't see the button in the share menu below the post. Check the posts of other accounts, preferably a celebrity, and see if you can see the reshare option.

    NOTE: : it doesn't matter if your account is private or public. We're talking about the account you want to share from.

    To check if the Instagram account is private or public, open the Instagram website in Incognito mode. Then, look for the same account. The profile should be public if their posts were visible. If the posts are hidden, the profile is private. You will also see some text “This account is private”.

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    2. Authorization to share

    Now, if the account is public, another thing that may be responsible for the missing “Add Post to Story” button is the sharing permission. That is, the other person may have disabled the ability to allow others to share Instagram posts in Stories. If so, you won't see the button for that account. But check the posts of other public accounts. Again, it doesn't matter if you've enabled this option for your account or not. It depends on the account you are trying to share from.

    How to disable sharing a post on Instagram in my Stories

    In case you don't want others to share your posts about their stories, follow these steps:

    1. Launch the Instagram app and go to your profile screen. Tap the three-bar icon at the top and select Settings.
    2. Tap Privacy followed by History.
    3. Disable the option to allow re-sharing to stories.

    3. Instagram itself

    Finally, the feature may not be available for your profile. Instagram usually deploys features in stages. That is, not everyone gets the features at the same time. Even if they do, the features may randomly disappear, poof so by accident. However, you can try the following fixes to get the “Add post to story” button.

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    How to share Instagram posts in my Stories… solutions


    Repeat the above-mentioned steps to disable re-sharing. That is, turn off the switch next to Allow re-sharing of stories. Once disabled, restart your phone. Then, enable it again.


    You should also try uninstalling the Instagram app from your phone. This will not delete your published posts or stories. Your followers will also remain intact. To delete the app on your Android, open the Play Store and search for Instagram. Tap Uninstall. On iPhone, tap and hold the Instagram app icon on the home screen until it starts shaking. Then, tap on the cross icon to uninstall it. Once Instagram is uninstalled, restart your phone. Then, install the app again.


    On Android, you need to clear the cache for the Instagram app. Once again, your published posts and stories will remain safe on Instagram. To clear the cache for the Instagram app, follow these steps:

    1. Open Settings on your phone and go to Apps and notifications.
    2. Tap Instagram in All apps.
    3. Tap Storage followed by Clear cache.


    If you want to share Instagram posts in Stories, you can try logging in from another phone. While the solution seems bizarre, it has worked for many users. Once logged in from another phone, you can see the “Add post to story” button on your account.

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    Share Instagram posts in Stories by opening a new account

    If you recently signed up for Instagram and have a limited number of followers, you can try creating a new account. Most new accounts have this feature. However, we don't recommend creating a new account if you have a lot of followers. We are aware of how difficult it is to have followers on Instagram. The best you can do is wait. In the meantime, you should take a screenshot of the post and add it to your story. Don't forget to tag the person.

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