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How Long Do Instagram Stories Last? (Quick Answer)

Instagram Story is an in-app feature that allows you to share content in the form of photos or videos throughout the day. Instagram stories display photos and videos together in a slideshow format.

But do you know how long do Instagram Stories last?

An Instagram story remains on your Feed for 24 hours. After that, you can add it as a Highlight to keep it from disappearing.

How Long Do Instagram Stories Last Seconds?

Each Instagram Story has a 15-second limit. If you upload a video that’s longer than 15 seconds, it will be split into 15-second Stories that are played one after the other.

Why Is My Instagram Story Lasting Longer than 24 Hours?

Instagram Stories disappear after 24 hours. However, if you add them as highlights they will remain for longer than 24 hours. You can use Highlights which are stories pinned to the top of your Instagram profile.

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How Long Do Instagram Stories Last in Archive?

Stories will automatically be saved to your archive, once they are expired post 24 hours.

You can view your stories in the archive through your profile’s Archive icon. However only you can see stories that are archived. 

Whereas Highlights are pinned on top of your Instagram profile and they behave like regular Instagram posts that are visible to other people too.

Why Is My Instagram Story Still up after 3 Days?

Instagram Stories last for 24 hours unless you have added them as highlights. However, if your story is still up after 3 days, it is likely because of some bug. You can either refresh or log in again and it should not be visible.

Instagram Story Limit per Day

The maximum number of Stories that you can add to Instagram in 24 hours is 100 clips. If you post more than 100 clips in a day, Instagram deletes the ones from earlier. If you want to post more than 100 Stories, you should wait for 24 hours and share new Stories.

FAQ: How Long Do Instagram Stories Last?

Can you make an Instagram Story last longer than 24 hours?

Now after 24 hours, your stories will not disappear. Post 24 hours stories will be saved under the Stories Archive on Instagram.

Why do Instagram Stories disappear before 24 hours?

Instagram stories last up to 24 hours. If they are getting deleted before 24 hours, this might be due to some glitch in the system. Unfortunately, social media apps are prone to glitches every once in a while.

Do Instagram Stories show screenshots?

Instagram does not notify you if someone has screenshotted your Story. Similarly, if you screenshot someone’s Story they will not be notified.

Can you see if someone screenshotted your Instagram Story?

 No, Instagram will not inform you if someone has taken a screenshot of your Story. Similarly,  if you screenshot other people’s Stories they will not know.

Can I see who viewed my Instagram Story?

If you want to see who viewed your Instagram Story, open your Story and swipe up on the screen. You’ll see the Instagram usernames of the people who have viewed each photo or video in your Story.

Also, if you have shared your Story on Facebook, you can scroll down to see who saw your Story on Facebook.

Why are Instagram Stories 15 seconds?

Instagram Stories are limited to a 15-second time limit. If you want to upload Stories longer than 15 seconds, you will have to upload them separately as different Stories. 

Can someone see I viewed their Instagram Story if I deactivate my account?

When you deactivate your account, your username will disappear from the story details of the creator. But if the creator has seen that you have viewed their story before you deactivate your account, then they will know that you have watched their story.

Can someone see how many times I viewed their Instagram Story?

No, Instagram users can not see if someone has viewed their story multiple times. The story feature shows the names of Instagram users and the total number of views. But there can be times when the number of views on your story is greater than the number of people who have viewed your story. This is mainly because it includes a replay of your stories. Unfortunately, you can’t know who replayed your story.

Can you look at an Instagram Story without them knowing?

You can view Instagram Stories without letting the user know. You can do so by turning on Airplane Mode or by using another Instagram account. Also, you can use third-party apps for anonymous Instagram Story views.


Instagram Story is an in-app feature that allows you to share content in the form of photos or videos throughout the day. Each Instagram Story has a 15-second limit. If you want to upload Stories longer than 15 seconds, you will have to upload them separately as different Stories.

If you have further questions, please let us know via your comments.

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Nayna Malhotra
Nayna Malhotra
A Digital Marketing Consultant with 5+ years of experience in Market Research. Nayna is passionate about helping people who want to create a successful business online. In her spare time, you can find her sipping black coffee and reading in a cafe.

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