Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories: Top Five Differences

On August 2nd, Instagram released its “Stories” feature, a Snapchat-like capability which allows users to produce photo sequences that expire after one day.

Unsure as to what differentiates Instagram Stories from the nearly identical Snapchat? Check out our findings below.

Today, we’re introducing Instagram Stories, a new feature that lets you share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. As you share multiple photos and videos, they appear together in a slideshow format: your story. With Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on your profile grid or in feed. You’ll see stories from people you follow in a bar at the top of your feed — from your best friends to your favorite popular accounts. When there’s something new to see, their profile photo will have a colorful ring around it. To view someone’s story, just tap on their profile photo. It’s easy to view stories at your own pace: tap to go back and forward or swipe to jump to another person’s story. If you want to comment on something you see, you can tap and send a private message to that person on Instagram Direct. Unlike regular posts, there are no likes or public comments. Your story follows the privacy settings of your account. If you set your account to private, your story is visible only to your followers. However, you can also easily hide your entire story from anyone you don’t want to see it, even if they follow you. When watching your own story, swipe up to check out who’s seen each photo and video. You can even choose to feature a particular part of your story by posting it on your profile. Instagram has always been a place to share the moments you want to remember. Now you can share your highlights and everything in between, too. Instagram Stories will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on iOS and Android. To learn more, check out

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While Snapchat sends you a notification if someone screenshots your snap, Instagram does not. Watch what you post!


Snapchat gives you a limited amount of story replays, but Instagram offers unlimited replays of a story in case you miss something the first (or second, or third) time around.


Looking for puppy ears and pirate hats? Better stick to Snapchat. Instagram stories are still in their early stages, so they haven’t quite gotten the hang of facial-recognition filters yet.

Hidden Stories.

You may not be able to see who replays your story, but you can make sure certain people never get the chance. Instagram offers a “Hide My Story” feature under to make sure your posts remain as private, or as public, as you want.

Save and Share.

If you decide your story is good enough to post permanently, all you have to do is tap “Share as Post” and it’ll be in your Instagram profile for as long as you want.