Instagram archive explained

In this article, I will explain how to archive posts and stories on Instagram, what happens when you archive photos and how to undo once you accidentally pressed archive.

Topics: Instagram, Instagram Archive, Social Media

What is the Instagram archive?


In 2017, Instagram introduced its new archive function. On the one hand, it is a great way of keeping photos that you do not want to display in your feed without deleting them. On the other hand, the archive stores stories that you previously uploaded, so you can revisit them and add them to your story highlights. The archive is located in the top right corner of your profile.

Instagram story archive

How to access and view your archive?


Many people accidentally archive posts and wonder where to find them and how to access those posts again. To view your archived posts, simply click on the icon in the top right corner of your profile. To switch between story and posts archive, simply click on “Archive” and select the option you want to see. 

How to archive posts and stories? 


You can archive posts by clicking on the three dots in the top corner and selecting archive. This will not delete your post; it is only moved to your archive. Even comments and likes will be kept! Stories will be automatically archived after 24 hours. However, the number of stories that are archived is limited, so make sure to highlight or download the ones that you want to keep. 

Instagram - how to archive

How to undo Instagram’s archive function?


To undo the Instagram archive function, or better, to redisplay a photo on your profile, simply go to your archive, select a photo, click on the three dots and select “Show on profile”. This will restore the photo and all the comments and likes you got. 

Who can see your archive? 


Of course, only you can see your archive and no one else has access to it! However, as soon as you unarchive a photo, other people will see it again. 

I hope this quick guide to Instagram archive was useful for you! By now, you should be able to archive and unarchive posts within seconds! If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me


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