Can’t Share a Post in Instagram Story? Here’s What to Do

Did you find a relatable meme or an inspiring post on Instagram and now want to share it in your story but can’t? Have you tried multiple times, but the option to share a post in your story is disabled? Well, you are not the only one. So many users have been reporting this issue. And the good news is it’s not just you, and there are ways to fix it.

There could be multiple reasons for this. To fix the problem, you need to identify the reason first. Only then can you take appropriate measures to resolve the issue. Here are some of the fixes that you can try.

  • Enable the Post Sharing Option
  • Fix Internet Issues
  • Update the App
  • Try VPN
  • Temporarily Disable the Antivirus
  • Reinstall the App

These are some solutions you can try to fix the problem. Read on to learn more about each method.

About Instagram

Instagram is a social media platform that allows users to share photos and videos. Meta owns it. It was launched in 2010 and has become one of the most popular social media platforms. As of 2019, it has over a billion monthly active users.

You can post photos and videos, as well as stories. Stories are posts that disappear after 24 hours. You can also share other users’ posts in your story. However, sometimes you may be unable to share a post in your story.

Primarily Instagram was created for sharing photos, but now it has developed into a full-fledged social media platform. You can also message other users, follow hashtags, and save posts. It also has a feature called Instagram TV, or IGTV, allowing users to watch long-form videos.

Instagram is available on Android and iOS devices and on the web.

Can I Share A Post In My Story?

The answer is yes; you can share a post in your story. However, there are some conditions. The post must be public, and you must follow the person who posted it. If the post is from a private account or you are not following the person who posted it, you will not be able to share it in your story.

To share a post in your story,

  • Tap the paper airplane icon below the post.
  • Tap Add to story.
  • Select the friends you want to send it to, or tap Send To… to choose where you want to share it.

Why Am I Not Able To Share A Post In My Story?

Did you find something you want to share on Instagram, but when you go to share it, you cannot? Well, I have been to that sort of party too. This one time, I found a hilarious meme, and I wanted to share it with all my friends, but the option to share it in my story was disabled.

So trust me when I say that I have been in your shoes, and I know exactly how you feel. But the good news is, it is not just you. So many users have been reporting this issue.

Here are some of the reasons why you may not be able to share a post in your story:

The Account Is Private

If the account from which you want to share the post is private, you will not be able to share it in your story. This is because when an account is private, only the people who are following that person can see their posts. So if you are not following the person, you will not be able to share their post.

The Post-Sharing Option Is Disabled.

Another reason you may not be able to share a post in your story is that the post-sharing option is disabled. When this option is disabled, only the person who posted the can share it.

To Check If The Post-Sharing Option Is Enabled Or Not,

  1. Go to the post and tap on the three dots in the top right corner.
  2. The post-sharing option is enabled if you see the Share to story option.

If you don’t see this option, the post-sharing option is disabled, and only the posted person can share it.

Regional Unavailability

Not all the features are available in all countries. So the post-sharing feature may be unavailable in your country.

To check if this is the case,

  • Go to Instagram’s Help Center and select your country.
  • If you see the Share to story option, this feature is available in your country.
  • If you don’t see this option, the feature is unavailable in your country, and you will not be able to share posts in your story.

Instagram is down

Did you check if Instagram is down? Because if it is, you will not be able to share posts in your story. To check if Instagram is down,

Go to DownDetector and search for Instagram.

If you see a lot of reports, it means that Instagram is down, and you will not be able to share posts in your story until it is back up.

Your app is not updated.

If you are using an outdated version of the Instagram app, you will not be able to share posts in your story. This is because the post-sharing feature is only available in the latest version of the app. To update your app,

Go to Google Play Store or App Store and search for Instagram.

If an update is available, update the app.

Once the app is updated, try sharing the post again.

Internet issues

If you are connected to the internet but still cannot share posts in your story, it means that there is a problem with your internet connection. To fix this,

  • Restart your router.
  • If that doesn’t work, try using a different internet connection.

Once you are connected to the internet, try sharing the post again.

How Can I Troubleshoot Not Being Able To Share A Post In My Story?

Dont worry; I got you! If you cannot share a post in your story, you can do a few things to troubleshoot the issue.

Enable The Post Sharing Option

Well, this includes both you and the person whose post you want to share in your story. If the post-sharing option is not enabled, you will not be able to share posts in your story.

To enable the post-sharing option,

  1. Go to the post and tap on the three dots in the top right corner.
  2. Tap on Edit Post.
  3. Turn on Allow Sharing.
  4. Now, try sharing the post again.

And if it’s the person whose post you want to share, tell them to enable the post-sharing option. Dont be forceful, but you can ask nicely 😉

Fix Internet Issues

A slow internet connection can be the root of so many problems. Your internet connection may be slow if you cannot share a post in your story. To fix this,

  • Restart your router.
  • If that doesn’t work, try using a different internet connection.
  • Once you have a stable internet connection, try sharing the post again.

Update the App

If you are using an outdated version of the Instagram app, you will not be able to share posts in your story. This is because the post-sharing feature is only available in the latest version of the app. To update your app,

  1. Go to Google Play Store or App Store and search for Instagram.
  2. If an update is available, update the app.

Once the app is updated, try sharing the post again.

Try VPN

If you are in a country where the post-sharing feature is not available, you can use a VPN to access this feature. A VPN will change your location and make it appear as if you are in a country where the post-sharing feature is available.

To use a VPN,

  • Install a VPN app on your phone.
  • Turn on the VPN and connect to a server in a country where the post-sharing feature is available.

Once you are connected, try sharing the post again.

Temporarily Disable the Antivirus

Are you using an antivirus on your phone? If yes, then the antivirus may be blocking the post-sharing feature. To fix this,

Temporarily disable the antivirus and try sharing the post again.

It would help if you dont worried; the antivirus will not cause any harm to your phone.

Reinstall The App

If nothing else works, you can try reinstalling the app. This will delete all the data and cache of the app, which might be causing the problem.

To reinstall the app,

  1. Go to Google Play Store or App Store and search for Instagram.
  2. Tap on Uninstall.
  3. Once the app is uninstalled, install it again.

Now try sharing the post again.

Some Tips

As a general rule of thumb, if you are not able to share a post in your story,

  • Make sure that the post-sharing option is enabled.
  • Check your internet connection.
  • Update the app to the latest version.
  • If you still face the issue, try using a VPN or reinstalling the app.
  • Always keep your app up-to-date to avoid such issues.
  • Dont forget to restart your router.

Personal Experience

I have been using Instagram for a long time and have faced this issue a few times. Most of the time, I could not share posts in my story because the post-sharing option was not enabled.

I also faced this issue when trying to share a post from a private account. The post-sharing feature is not available for private accounts. Every time I have run into this issue, I have fixed it. So, dont worry if you are not being able to share a post in your story; you will be able to fix it.

FAQs

Q) Can I share a post from a private account in my story?

A) No, the post-sharing feature is not available for private accounts. This is because the shared post in your story will be visible to all your followers. So, sharing a post from a private account will be visible to everyone, even if they are not following the account. This is why the post-sharing feature is not available for private accounts.

Q) Can I share a post in my story if the post-sharing option is disabled?

A) You cannot share a post in your story if the post-sharing option is disabled. The post-sharing feature is only available if the post-sharing option is enabled.

Conclusion

I hope this article helped you fix the issue of not being able to share a post in your story. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below. Also, if you know of any other method to fix this issue, let us know.

Happy sharing! 🙂