Instagram Stories Archive: how to see or get back

Content Marketer and Writer
Updated 09 April, 2024
Julia Moore
Content Marketer and Writer
Some photos and videos are good enough to appear in your Instagram profile again and again. If you want to post your old Story, keep reading. We will tell you everything about Instagram Stories Archive.
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How to archive Instagram Stories

You can't archive Instagram Stories manually as you do with posts. However, they automatically go to the archive after 24 hours since they were posted. 

Instagram Stories in Archive have statistics. The figures are available for another 24 hours since the photo or video was removed from your profile. These are the same metrics you could see when they were on your page. For example, during this time you still can see who watched your Instagram Stories.

You may want to archive your story to hide it for now and post it later, but you can't. So instead, download your posted Instagram story and upload it again when you need.

How to post archived Instagram Stories

If you are in the mood to trip down memory lane, open Instagram Archive and see what you posted in Stories on a certain day of your life. You can even unarchive some of them to show to users. This is an amazing way to share with your followers what you did and where you were on this day three years ago, for example.

When you post a story from Instagram Archive, it appears among your other Stories on the profile page. There, it has the date when it was posted for the first time. This picture or video remain on your page for a day, then it goes back to the Archive.

You can post a story from Archive in the Instagram app:

  1. Tap the profile photo.
  2. Tap the three lines.
  3. Select Archive.
  4. Tap a story you want to post.
  5. Tap Share.
  6. Select Your story.
Switching to the profile tab in the Instagram appTapping the three bar icon on an Instagram profile pageChoosing Archive on the list in the Instagram app
Tapping a story in the Instagram Stories ArchiveTapping Share in the achieved Instagram story menuTapping Your story in the Story posting menu

Done! Your old Story from the archive has been posted to your Instagram page.

If there are no photos and videos in the Instagram Stories Archive that you expected to find there, try other ways to see deleted IG content.

Save your new or old archived Stories to Instagram Highlights

By the way, you can save your Stories on your profile page. You need to add them to Highlights for this. Then you don't have to restore them from Instagram Archive again and again. 

Both new and old Stories can be added in Highlights. You can do it in the Instagram app: 

  1. Tap your profile picture.
  2. Tap the plus above the grid.
  3. Choose stories that you want to add in the highlight.
  4. Tap Next.
  5. Tap the Highlights field and come up with a name.
  6. You can choose the cover. To do this, tap Edit Cover.
  7. Select one story as a cover. 
  8. Tap Done when you choose the perfect cover for your highlight.
  9. Tap Add.
Switching to the profile tab in the Instagram appTapping New in the Highlights section in an Instagram profileSelecting stories from Instagram Archive
Tapping Next in the Instagram Stories ArchiveAdding the highlights name in the settingsTapping Edit cover in the Instagram highlights settings
Setting up a posted to highlights story as the coverTapping Add in the highlights settingsTapping Add in the Instagram highlights settings

Done! Now, Instagram users can view your archived Stories.

If you want to beautify the highlight cover, then read our article about creating stunning covers.

Can I disable saving Stories to Instagram Archive?

Yes, you can disable automated saving Stories to Instagram Archive. Be aware, since they will not go to the archive, they will be permanently deleted after 24 hours.

Disable Stories saving to Instagram Archive in the app settings:

  1. Tap your profile picture.
  2. Tap the three lines.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Go to Privacy.
  5. Choose Story.
  6. Tap the slider near Save story to archive to turn off this Instagram feature. It should be gray now.
Switching to the profile tab in the Instagram appTapping the three bar icon on an Instagram profile pageChoosing Settings on the list in the Instagram app
Choosing Privacy in the Instagram app settingsChoosing Story in the Instagram Privacy settingsActivating the Save story to archive feature in the Story settings

The bottom line

All Instagram Stories go to the archive in 24 hours since they were posted. If they don't, check the settings in your account. You can't archive them manually.

If you want to show your old story on your Instagram page, you have two options. Save it to Highlights, then it will be above your grid until you delete it. Another way is to post a story from archive to make it visible in the users' feed for a day.

You've learned everything about Stories Archive on Instagram, now you can read the guide on IG Stories size and dimensions to enhance the quality of your content.