What Is "This Story Is No Longer Available" on Instagram?

Written by Emilija - Reviewed by Tanja Social Media / Instagram

5 min read

Stories are the spinning wheel of Instagram. We all love them. We like sharing photos of ourselves, food, places, and friends, that last no longer than 24 hours.

But above all, we love viewing stories from people who we follow.

However, users have encountered numerous instances in which they have seen an error message stating that the story was no longer available when browsing the stores of people they follow.

Users are receiving 'The story is no longer available' error messages for different reasons. Among the reasons are expired stories, blocked users, or violations of Instagram's rules.

You can learn more about how you can fix each of the issues and how to avoid them by reading on.

Reasons you see ‘This story is no longer available’ on Instagram message

  1. The story has expired after 24 hours

The most obvious one is that the story has expired. Users have reported that they still see the ring for someone’s story, but the story is gone.

Usually, the error disappears after the story expires. But different technical glitches or Instagram bugs can cause the ring to still be visible even after 24 hours.

Instagram story expiring message

  1. The story is deleted by the user who posted it

Another reason why this error on Instagram may appear is that the user deleted the story.

Stories are sometimes posted by mistake, or people change their minds about certain photos and come back to delete them.

If you already saw someone’s story and came back to view it again, ‘The story is unavailable’ message may show up in a case where the user removed the story before the 24 hours expired.

  1. A user switched to a private account

If you recently viewed a story from a public account, but now the account is switched to private, this may be the reason why the message ‘The story is no longer available’ shows up.

You might still see a person’s story who switched their Instagram account to private on your Instagram page due to a technical glitch or a bug. Similar to the case where users still see the story ring even though the story has expired.

instagram private profile explanation

  1. A user hides their story from you

Unfortunately, this might be the reason why you no longer see someones’ story.

Instagram offers an option that enables users to hide their stories from specific people. So, if someone does not want you to see their Instagram story they might have enabled this function.

So, even though you might have already seen the story, ‘The story is no longer available’ message might appear after someone has hidden the story from you.

  1. A user blocked you

When someone blocks you on Instagram you won’t be able to see or interact with them on the social platform anymore. - meaning that you won’t be able to watch the stories they post as well.

Try searching their names and see if their profile comes up. Usually, a blocked user is able to see the number of posts someone has on their Instagram page, but the message ‘No posts yet’ will appear.

Additionally, users might have deleted their Instagram account or have temporarily disabled it.

instagram block option

  1. Instagram deleted the Story as it violates their Community Guidelines

Instagram has strict rules when it comes to content that might be offensive or rude.

So if a user posted a story that contained:

  • Spam
  • Nudity or sexual activity
  • Hate speech or symbols
  • Racist language or activity
  • Violence or dangerous organizations
  • Bullying or harassment
  • Selling illegal or regulated goods
  • Intellectual property violations
  • Suicide or self-injury

The story may get reported by other users who saw it, and Instagram has removed the story.

Can You Fix ‘This Story Is No Longer Available’ on Instagram

If you are certain that none of the above is the reason why Instagram is not allowing you to see someone’s story, you can then try some of the most common ways to fix this issue.

  • Try to log out and log in from the app.

This famous method might help you get the story back and fix the issue.

  • Refresh the feed.

Another thing you can try is to refresh the feed. This is also a widely used method by Instagram users, that sometimes helps get back the stories and fix some issues.

  • Uninstall the app and install the app.

The third method a user can try is to uninstall and install the app. This is similar to the first method, however, it doesn’t hurt to try if you think this action might help.