How to Unarchive Instagram Posts

How to Unarchive Instagram Posts

Sometimes, we feel the need to archive those Instagram posts, whether it’s to test out new filters or to hide an awkward moment. In this article, we’re going to talk to you about the different reasons why archiving your Instagram posts can be helpful, and what you can expect when you do.

We’re also going to give you some pro tips around your archive, and how you can recover your posts.

Advantages of Archiving Instagram Posts

Sometimes, getting rid of a post completely isn’t always the best choice. An alternative is archiving. This is a great way to remove your posts without deleting them. It’s a way to move images and videos that you have uploaded in the past to a separate archive that only you can access. Whenever you move something to the archive, your audience will no longer be able to see it.

However, why would you want to do this? Let’s talk about it.

Move Images from the Public Eye

Archives let you easily move videos and images on and off your account into an archive when you don’t want them to be seen by a mass audience anymore.

Organization of Your Images

One great advantage to being able to move your images is that they automatically get organized in chronological order. Also, if you want to move them back to your feed, they stay in this order. This means that nothing will be seen as a new post.

Comments and Likes are Saved

When you archive a post, one of the biggest things people worry about is that their engagement disappears from it. Luckily, this doesn’t happen. All of those comments and likes on your posts that you archive are moved as well.

In-Depth Analytics

The posts that you move to your archive are also going to retain their analytics, so that you can remember how well they were received by your audience.

Can I Archive Stories?

You have to manually move posts to Archives, but what about Stories? With Stories, they automatically get saved in the order in which they were uploaded, which is useful for a lot of reasons.

When it comes to your Stories archive, you can save stories to other devices, post them as a highlight, share them or even delete them. However, just keep in mind that if you delete a live Instagram story, this is also going to delete it from your archives.

How to Unarchive Your Instagram Posts

Whatever reason you’ve got, you might want to recover your images and videos again at a later date. Let’s take a look at how you can recover your posts so that they are restored to your feed.

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  • Go to Your Instagram Account

Go to your Instagram profile. You need to make sure that you already have posts archived if you want to unarchive them.

  • Select the Clock Icon
Clock Icon

At the top of your page to the left, you will see a clock icon. This is where all of your archived posts are. Once you have found this, select it.

  • Choose an Archive to View

From here, you will see a list of your archives. Select the ‘archive’ title at the top of your screen and choose which you would like to see.

  • Unarchive Your Instagram Stories

Choose the Instagram Story that you want to restore and select ‘highlight’ at the bottom of your screen to the left.


Instagram is now going to let you choose which album you want to add your Instagram story to. You can create a couple of highlight albums from here.

This is a great feature to make the most of if you want your Instagram stories to hang around for longer than 24 hours. Once you’ve done this, people will be able to see these stories whenever they want on your profile.

  • Unarchive Instagram Posts

It’s super easy to unarchive your Instagram posts. Just remember that they won’t go back to being first in line on your feed. They will go back to where they first were when you posted them. Go to your archived posts by selecting ‘archive’ and ‘posts’. Choose the image that you want to archive.

  • Three Dots

Now, select the three dots that you will see at the top of your page to the right. There will be an option to ‘show on profile’. Select this to unarchive your post.

Once you’ve done this, your post will come up on your profile. Do this as many times as you want to archived images and videos.

Managing Your Posts Like a Professional

We hope that you have found this article helpful. You now have everything you need to manage the process of archiving and unarchiving your Instagram content, so you now have complete control of your feed.