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You share your Instagram Stories with friends, family, and other people you know. But that doesn’t mean that you want your stories shared by messages with people you’ve never met.

Here’s how to prevent people from sharing your Instagram Stories with others in the app and on the website.

Stop Story Sharing in the app

Pop open the Instagram app on your iPhone and then follow these simple steps.

1) Tap on your profile and then open the right-hand menu.

2) Select Settings.

3) Scroll down to the Privacy and Security section.

4) Tap Story Controls.

5) Move the slider for Allow Sharing to the off position (from blue to white).

Disable Story Sharing Instagram iPhone

Stop Story Sharing on the website

If you’re on your Mac or PC, you can stop story sharing on the web too. Just hop on over to Instagram, log in, and then do the following.

1) Click your profile on the top right.

2) Next to the Edit Profile button, click Settings (gear icon).

3) Select Privacy and Security from the left-hand menu.

4) Under Story Sharing, uncheck the box for Allow Sharing.

Disable Story Sharing Instagram Web

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Wrapping it up

Sharing your Instagram Stories with those you know and love is what the app is about. But that doesn’t mean you have to share them with people you don’t know. Disable this simple setting and keep your Stories in your own circle.

Do you have additional tips for other Instagram users that you’d like to share? If so, feel free to comment below!