You may soon be able to publish your Instagram stories as WhatsApp status, a new report from TechCrunch suggests. According to this report, Facebook is currently conducting a trial run to let select users post their Instagram stories directly to WhatsApp as a status. It may go live publicly over the next few weeks.
“We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch.
It’s based on WhatsApp’s open-source code that makes it possible for third-party apps, desktop and Android apps to integrate WhatsApp messaging. Instagram users shall get a new option to post Instagram stories to WhatsApp. This will lead to WhatsApp prompting users to press “send” to finally post it as a status.
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Instagram users can already publish their Instagram stories directly to Facebook. By allowing users to post Instagram stories to WhatsApp, Facebook apparently aims at bringing cross-post ability, as far as post 24-hour disappearing stories are concerned.
Interestingly, Instagram lets users share posts directly with their friends on WhatsApp, and extending this integration further to stories will help Facebook keep users busy with its apps and services for longer.
As we’ve noted previously, WhatsApp stories are stored locally on your device once you’ve viewed them for 24 hours. You can’t see them in your gallery since the folder containing them remains hidden all the time. But if you want to retrieve them without taking screenshots, here’s how you can do it.