At the end of 2017, Instagram rolled a feature that automatically saves your ephematic stories to a private archive. Before it disappeared, the stories in the air disappeared after 24 hours, but not everyone was comfortable losing those precious images and videos. If you submit to Instagram Stories quite often, you can now easily access your story from your account ̵1; and you may not even know it.
In your Instagram Stories archive, you can view previous content as well as share and download them. Even better, you can create a selection directly from the archive, and these archive features work whether you're using an iPhone or Android phone.
Tip 1: View your archived stories
Tap the profile tab at the bottom right, then tap the File icon (reverse clock button) at the top of your profile to access your archived content.
If you see your archived stories or a screen with a "Add your story" or "Reduce your story" explanation, you are already in the right place. If you see archived posts instead, press the down arrow for either "Archive" (iOS) or "Post Archive" (Android) and then select either "Stories" or "Stories Archive".
Your Stories Just Go Back to About December 5, 2017 is when Instagram started archiving function for stories. If you do not see any content on Stories and only see the "Automatically save your stories" message, you have disabled the "Save to archive" option.
If one of your photos or videos has a date tag, that is the beginning of a story; tap it and the whole story will play. However, you can still click on the undated elements to display each image or video separately.
Tip 2: Share your archived stories
Below in the archive there is a section titled Memories which shows both posts and stories published a year ago. Obviously, if you have no content from the same day in a previous year filed, it will not show up.
Instagram makes it easy to share On this day photos and videos: tap the blue "Share" icon next to the preview and add it to your story, share it with " Close friends "or send it to a single person.
To Share Another Archived Story Element (you can't share a full story unless the full story only had a picture or video) on the image or video you want to share. The image will have a "Memories" or "On This Day" date on what you cannot delete, but you can add any bells and whistles you can with any other Story element. At the bottom of the photo or video, click the sub-icon to send it to your story or share it with your friends or family.
Additionally, you can share an archived Story Element as a regular Instagram post . In the image or video, tap the horizontal or vertical ellipsis (•••) icon that says "More" and then "Share as Post". You can then crop it, drop it on a filter and share it to your regular Instagram feed.
You can also copy the link to an entire story in the archive on iOS but only you can see the pictures and video clips – no one else.
Tip 3: Create highlights from archived stories
If you want to create a highlight from your archived stories, you can press the "Select" button when viewing the displayed image or video.
You can also do it directly from the archive view. Tap the horizontal or vertical ellipsis (•••) icon at the top right of the archive and then tap "Create Selection". Even if you can choose your pictures and videos at the bottom, you see Suggested Highlights that you can easily add to your profile – if you have enough in your archive for suggestions.
After all, press "Next" to give it name and edit the cover image for Highlight and press "Add". If you selected a recommended Highlight, you can select "Edit Highlight" to adjust some items and then "Add to Profile" to complete.
Your new Highlight will appear under your name and bio on your profile. If you ever want to remove it from your account, long press the icon, select "Delete Selection" and then confirm with "Delete". If you just want to remove some pictures or videos from it, click the Select icon and then tap the "More" icon when viewing the image or video and select "Delete from Select" and then "Delete".
If you didn't get the chance to save your stories to your phone for the first time, you can do so in the archive. Just click on a photo or video, press "More" and press "Save Photo" or "Save Video". Your story will now be available from your standard photo library on your phone.
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