IG Stories to GDrive Fetcher 📸➡💾

Do you want to save the Instagram Stories of your favorite celebrities, influencers, or friends to your Google Drive ?

IG Stories to GDrive Fetcher lets you easily save Instagram Stories of anyone to your Google Drive simply using Google Sheets, You don’t need to install anything on your computer or phone.

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👀 Introduction

Do you love watching 📸 Instagram Stories? 😍 They are a great way to see what your favorite people are up to, whether they are celebrities, influencers, or friends. But what if you want to keep some of the Stories for later, or back them up in case they disappear?

IG Stories to GDrive Fetcher is the perfect solution for you. It is a free and open-source tool that lets you download any Instagram Stories you want and save them to your Google Drive. 🚀 All you need is a Google Sheet and a few minutes to set it up.

With this tool, you can:

  • Save Stories of any Instagram user to your Google Drive 📂
  • Schedule downloads to run automatically at any time you want 🕖
  • Customize the code to fit your needs and use it to connect with other Google services, such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Sheets 👨‍💻

You can get the Google Sheet template, and the step-by-step guide on how to use the tool on this website. You can also visit the project repository for more details, the source code and feedback.

Get started now and never miss an Instagram Story again! 💯

🚀 Get Started

To use this tool, you need to make a copy of our Google Sheet template to your Google Drive. The Google Sheet comes with the pre-built script, which contains the functions to import and use our library. 🚀

Make a Copy

Make a copy of our template to your Google Drive by clicking the button below.

Explore the Sheets

The spreadsheet consists of the following three sheets:

  1. Subscriptions: A table where you can list the Instagram users and their IDs that you want to subscribe to. 👀

  2. Logs: A log sheet that records the file download. 📝

  3. Settings: A tabular form where you can fill in the values of options and parameters for running the script. ⚙️

Please follow the instructions below to set up your Google Sheet.

Set Up Subscriptions

To subscribe to the Stories of your favorite Instagram users, you need to:

  • Add their names and IDs to the table on the “Subscriptions” sheet. 📝

    💡 Tip
    For example, to subscribe to the Stories from BBC News’s Instagram account, you can enter bbcnews as the name in the first column and 16278726 as the ID in the second column.

  • Use this online tool powered by The Code of a Ninja to find the ID of any user. 🔎

  • Click on the ▶Run button to fetch the photos and videos from Instagram and upload them to your Google Drive folder. 🚀

    This browser does not support the YouTube video player. Watch on YouTube

Configuration Settings

To use this tool, you need to fill in the values of the options and parameters in the “Settings” sheet.

Google Drive

  • Folder ID: (Optional) The ID of a Google Drive folder that serves as the default save location. Media files will be downloaded to the Google Drive root folder if this value is unspecified.


These settings are related to your Instagram account and the request headers that are required to fetch the Stories.

  • x-asbd-id: A unique identifier for the user’s session. It is generated by Instagram’s servers and is used to track the user’s activity on the site.
  • x-csrftoken: A security token that is used to prevent cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks. It is generated by Instagram’s servers and is sent with every request to verify that the request is valid.
  • x-ig-app-id: A unique identifier for the Instagram application that the user is using. It is generated by Instagram’s servers and is used to track the user’s activity on the site.
  • x-ig-www-claim: A security token that is used to prevent cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. It is generated by Instagram’s servers and is sent with every request to verify that the request is valid.
  • x-instagram-ajax ⛔: This field has been deprecated from build230214a (Library v7).
  • cookie: A small piece of data that is sent from Instagram’s servers to the user’s browser. It is used to track the user’s activity on the site and to personalize the user’s experience.

🛠️ Advanced Configurations

In addition to the basic settings outlined above, you can further configure the script for the features below:

  • Set Up Health Check: (Optional) You can establish health checks to monitor Instagram’s API and user login status, update status badges, and send error report.

  • Enable Auto-Run: (Optional) You can set up a time-driven trigger for our Apps Script, enabling automated function execution at specific time intervals.

For more information, please refer to the Advanced Configurations page.

🛡️ Privacy and Security

We respect your privacy and data security. Here are some important points to note:

📝 Note
No sensitive data, such as your Instagram username, password, cookies, credentials, and tokens, will be shared with our developers or any third parties. They will only be stored in your Google Sheet file and used by the Apps Script to access the Instagram API.

The Apps Script, which is bound to a Google Sheet file that is stored in your Google Drive, will only run and be able to access your data with your Google Account. Unless you share the file with other users or place it in a shared folder, no one else can access or modify your data.

💡 Tip
If you want better protection of your data, you can self-host the code as a standalone project. This way, you can have full control over the code and the data, and you can customize the script according to your needs.

⚠ Caution
If you have any worries about any potential security issues with our script or shared library, please do not use them. We are not responsible for any data loss or damage that may occur from using our tool.


How to get the required Instagram headers and cookie for the tool?

To use the tool, you need to provide some information from your Instagram account, such as x-asbd-id, x-csrftoken, x-ig-app-id, x-ig-www-claim, and cookie. These are used to authenticate your requests and access the IG stories. Here are the steps to get them:

  1. Go to www.instagram.com on your desktop browser (Chrome recommended) and sign in with your username and password.
  2. Right-click anywhere on the page and select Inspect (or press F12) to open the developer tools.
  3. Click on the Network tab and type ?reel_ids= in the filter box.
  4. On the Instagram page, click on any IG story to play it.
  5. You will see some requests with ?reel_ids=... in their names appear in the network tab. Select any one of them and look at the Headers section.
  6. Under the Request Headers subsection, you will find the values of x-asbd-id, x-csrftoken, x-ig-app-id and x-ig-www-claim. Copy them and paste them in the corresponding fields in the tool.
  7. Also, copy the value of the cookie header and paste it in the tool. It should look something like this:

What to do if you receive an error message Exception: Request failed for https://i.instagram.com returned code 400. ?

This error means that Instagram has blocked your access token because you have not logged in to the website for a long time. This is a security measure to protect your account from unauthorized access.

To resolve this error, you need to visit www.instagram.com on your web browser and sign in to your account again. You may also need to verify your account with a code or a captcha.

What to do if you receive an error message Exception: Unexpected error while getting the method or property getFolderById on object DriveApp. ?

This error means that you have entered an invalid Folder ID in the “Settings” sheet. The Folder ID is a unique identifier for a folder in your Google Drive where the tool will save the downloaded IG stories.

To fix this error, you need to make sure that you have entered the correct Folder ID in the “Settings” sheet. You can find the Folder ID by opening the folder in your Google Drive and looking at the URL. It should be a long string of letters and numbers after the folders/ part.

For example, in this URL: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1a2b3c4d5e6f7g8h9i0j1k2l3m4n5o6p7 The Folder ID is 1a2b3c4d5e6f7g8h9i0j1k2l3m4n5o6p7. Copy and paste it in the Settings and try again.

👨‍💻 Help and Support

If you need any help or have any feedback, you can:

  • Report any bugs or issues that you encounter while using the tool. 🐛
  • Join the discussions to share your feedback, ideas, or questions with other users and developers. 💬

Visit the GitHub issues or discussions page to get help and support.

📋 Updates and Changes

To see the full list of changes made in each release, you can:

  • Read the release notes to learn about the new features, improvements, and bug fixes. 📋
  • Check out the source code to see how the tool works and how you can contribute. 💻
  • Follow the project on GitHub to get notified of the latest updates and releases. 🚀

Read the Release Notes page or visit the project repository to see the updates and changes.

⚖️ License and Terms

This tool is distributed under the GNU Affero General Public License v3.0, which means that:

  • You can use, copy, modify, and distribute the tool for free. 🆓
  • You must disclose the source code and any modifications that you make. 📄
  • You must state the changes that you make to the tool. 📝
  • You must license your modified versions under the same license as the original tool. 📜

Read the LICENSE file to learn more about the license and terms of use.