Just because it’s stories that last for 24 hours and not permanent posts, that doesn’t mean quality isn’t important.

Following Snapchat’s great success with 24-hour stories, Instagram launched the story feature for IG users back in August 2016 to compete with Snapchat. And since then, Instagram stories have become one of the users’ favorite and most used features.

Instagram stories are a great way to share what you’re doing at the moment with friends and family or even advertise your business for 24 hours, after which your story will be deleted forever.

Many users have reported experiencing quality issues when it comes to their Instagram stories, and in this article, we will explain why that happens and what you can do to make your IG stories the same quality as celebrities and your favorite influencers.

Why Are My IG Stories Low-Quality?

Before we talk about the things you can do to improve the quality of your Instagram stories, let’s first touch on why your IG stories are low quality in the first place.

The primary reason why your IG stories are low quality is because of Instagram’s data-saving feature, which most people don’t even know about.

When you install Instagram on your mobile phone (whether it’s Android or iOS), the data-saving feature will be turned on by default. This means that your low-quality IG stories aren’t even your fault.

The data saver feature is in place to reduce your mobile data consumption by lowering the quality of media on the app. While this is a great feature to have, as not everyone has access to unlimited internet usage, it can seriously affect the quality of your IG stories and overall experience using the social media platform.

So, if you have this feature on or you’ve never even heard of it, it could be the reason the videos on your stories are low-quality. And in the next section, we’ll show you how to opt-out of the data-saving mode.

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How to Fix Low-Quality Instagram Stories

Fortunately, fixing the low-quality Instagram stories issue is super easy, and all you need to do is follow the steps that we have provided you with below.

  • Open the Instagram app
  • Go to the menu option (also known as the hamburger tab)
  • Go to the settings option
  • Head to the “Account” tab
  • Look for “Cellular Data Usage” and tap on it
  • Make sure the “Data Saver” feature is turned off

This should resolve the issue with low-quality Instagram stories. However, if you’re still experiencing low-quality issues, it might just be your internet connection or even the camera that you’re taking the pictures and videos with.

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If the videos on your IG stories are low-quality, it could be because of your internet connection. However, it could also be due to the data-saver feature that is turned on by default when you first install Instagram on your mobile phone.

So, make sure that this setting is turned off, and your low-quality IG stories issue should be resolved immediately.

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