Instagram recently introduced stories a few days ago. It’s a feature that was taken from Snapchat that allows users tell stories via multiple videos or photos. Just like the feature in Snapchat, these stories will disappear after 24 hours. Users are able to view stories from inside the Instagram app. Newly available stories are featured at the top. The web app for Instagram has not been updated yet to support stories which mean that you can’t watch them from the desktop. Chrome IG Story is an extension for chrome that makes this possible for you, though. It will automatically add any available story at the very top of your feed just like in the app itself, and it also allows you play and download them to your desktop.
Install Chrome IG Story and visit Instagram in Chrome. You will see a profile button for all users that have published recent stories. Click on any of them to view the recent story.
The story will not play automatically like it does in the Instagram app. Use the right or left arrow buttons to navigate to the next or previous image. The extension allows you to save images in a story via a given option in the right-click context menu.
There is also an option for you to download an entire story. To do this, Right-click a profile that has a new story and you will see an option that says “Download story” in the context menu. This will download and save all the images in the story to your desktop. Note that downloading these stories is likely a violation of Instagram’s user policy and by this, if the people you follow have made their content available for a limited time, then you should try and respect it.
Chrome IG Story does not allow you compose stories from the desktop and with how complex that is, it might not be something an ordinary browser extension can do. We are hoping that Instagram will add the ability to enable users to view stories from its web interface through the web interface is often late in terms of receiving updates. It’s very unlikely that the ability to share and create stories will ever be added to the web interface considering the fact that you still can’t post photos to Instagram via the web interface.