Popular photo-sharing app Instagram recently launched its ‘Stories’ feature to take on rival Snapchat. Stories is essentially a feature that allows users to post pictures and videos that automatically disappear after 24 hours. While that’s fine for Instagram’s mobile apps, those of you who use Instagram on desktop may have noticed that this feature has not shown up on Instagram’s website yet.
But worry not, as there is an easy solution for this. If you use Google Chrome (which you most probably do), it’s easy to view Instagram stories on desktop using a simple Chrome extension.Dubbed Chrome IG Story, the extension injects your friend’s Instagram Stories above your feed on Instagram.com desktop website, just like they appear in the mobile app. Here’s how to use Chrome IG Story to view Instagram stories on desktop
Step 1: Search for Chrome IG Story chrome in Chrome Web Store. When found, click the ‘Add to Chrome’ button to install the extension.
Step 2: Once the extension is installed, you’ll see its icon show up besides the icons of other extensions.
Step 3: For testing Chrome IG Story, go to Instagram.com website from the desktop and check your profile. You should now be able to see the Instagram Stories that appear on your mobile app, on the top of your Instagram feed.
Step 4: You can use the arrow keys to navigate forward and back, and press the Esc key to close the gallery. You can also right click the icon of an Instagram user to download their Story.
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The obvious advantage of Chrome IG Story is that you don’t have to pay anything for it. Chrome IG Story provides a hassle free way to enable Instagram’s Stories functionality on the photo-sharing service’s desktop app.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that even though this allows you to view the Instagram stories, it does not mark them as ‘seen’. So the person who has posted the Story won’t know that their story has been viewed or downloaded.