Since Snapchat introduced its Stories feature in 2013, nearly every other social video app has adopted a similar feature. Some, like Facebook and Instagram, created almost perfect copies of Snapchat’s original design. Instagram’s Stories feature has become massively popular among its users, and Facebook remains the largest social media platform in the world, so both platforms’ Stories provide a way to share content with an audience that can’t be matched elsewhere.
However, story videos aren’t nearly as easy to download as the regular content you find on Facebook or Instagram. With other pictures and videos, you can typically either save them directly from the app or use a third-party app like Kapwing to save them to your device. But with photos and videos posted as stories, you’ll need a bit more knowhow. Here’s what you can do to save any Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat stories you want:
1: Record a screen capture of the Story
2: Upload the video to Kapwing
3: Trim the video and crop the sides if necessary
4: Export & download
Step 1: Record a screen capture of the Facebook Story
Unfortunately, there’s no simple, one-step process to download Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram Stories on any device. To get started you need to take a screen recording of the Story you want to download. On iPhones, it’s simple: swipe up and hit the screen record button. On Apple computers, it’s just as easy: press CMD+Shift+5, drag & drop the corners of the capture window to match the Facebook Story and select “Record Selected Portion” in the screen capture menu.
For Androids or PCs, the process is a bit different. Android phones allow you to swipe down twice to access your Quick Settings menu, then select “Screen Recording” to capture the Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook Story as it plays. And on Microsoft computers, you can enable the Game Bar in the “Gaming” menu of your settings, then press the Windows key plus “G” to open the Game Bar and start recording your browser while the Facebook Story plays.
Step 2: Upload the video to Kapwing
Regardless of the device you’re using, you’ll need to trim your recorded video down in order to eliminate unnecessary bits at the beginning and end. Start by going to Kapwing.com and click “Start editing” to enter the Kapwing Studio. Click “Upload” and select the screen capture clip you recorded in Facebook – it should be easy to find, since you recorded it recently.
Step 3: Trim the video and crop the sides if necessary
When your screen capture video is finished uploading to the Kapwing Studio, click the Trim button on the right-hand side of the Studio. Here, you can remove the beginning and ending portions of your video, which probably show you starting and ending the recording process, entering and leaving the Story viewer, or moving on to the next story in the list.
If you recorded your video on an iPhone, you’ll want to remove the red recording bar that appears at the top of the screen, and for Microsoft screen recordings, you’ll want to crop out the rest of your browser screen from the video. Just select your video, hit the Edit Video button, and choose “Crop” in the editing menu. Here, simply drag the sides of the crop window to the edges of the Facebook Story video and click “Done cropping.”
Step 4: Export & download
When you’ve trimmed your video to the right length and cropped out the parts you don’t want to keep, hit the red Export button in the upper right corner of the Studio. Give Kapwing some time to process your video – since Story videos on any platform can be no longer than 20 seconds, it shouldn’t take more than a minute or two. Once it’s done, click the Download button, and the Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat Story will be saved directly to your device!
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