How To Unarchive Instagram Posts

Sometimes, we archive our Instagram posts, whether that’s to hide an embarrassing moment or to test out new filters. Whatever the reason, you might want to unarchive Instagram posts again later! In this article, we’ll tell you exactly how to unarchive your posts so that they appear back in your feed.

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1. Go To Your Instagram Profile

First, go to your Instagram profile where you will be able to view your archives post.

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Of course, if you want to unarchive Instagram post, you need to make sure you have posts saved in your archives! Archives are great for memories you don’t want to lose forever, but you don’t want to stay on your actual Instagram feed.

2. Click The Clock Icon

In the upper left-hand corner, there is a clock icon where all of your archived posts live.

Screenshot Of Instagram Profile With Arrow Pointing To Archive Icon

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3. Select Which Archive You Want To View

From here, you can either view your story archive or your post archive.

Screenshot of Archive Page

Click the “Archive” title at the top of the page and select which you’d like to view.

4. Unarchive Instagram Stories

First, we’ll show you how to unarchive an Instagram story.

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Of course, it won’t show up in your normal 24-hour story, but you can get it back onto your page!

Screenshot of Archived Instagram Story of Dog Looking Out Window

Select the Instagram story you want to unarchive and click “Highlight” in the bottom left corner.

From there, Instagram will let you choose which album to add this Instagram story.

In fact, you can even create a new highlights album from here!

Screenshot of Adding Instagram Story To Highlights

Certainly, this is a great feature if you want to unarchive Instagram stories that disappear after 24 hours.

Once you’ve done this, people can view these stories from your profile at any time.

Screenshot of Instagram Profile With Circled Highlights


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5. Unarchive Instagram Posts

Now, for the grand finale, let’s unarchive Instagram posts!

Perhaps you find a photo that after many years, isn’t as embarrassing, or something that went out of style is back to being trendy! Whatever the reason, it’s easy to get your archived Instagram posts back onto your feed.

Of course, they won’t appear first in your feed. They will go directly back to the date they were posted. In that case, followers might need to scroll a while to rediscover the post.

First, access your archived posts by clicking “Archive” and then “Posts”.

Select the image you want to unarchive.

6. Three Dots

Next, click the three dots in the upper right corner. You will get the option to “Show on profile”. Click this to unarchive Instagram posts!

Once you’ve clicked this, it will appear on your profile. Repeat this process to unarchive more Instagram posts.

For sure, it’s easy to unarchive Instagram posts! Of course, it’s reassuring to know you have complete control over your images, too.


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By Beth McCallum

I'm Beth, a Scottish writer and bookworm. I'm currently agent hunting for my debut novel while running a candle business from my home. I obsess over dogs, Hamilton, chai lattes and recently, Harry Potter. I know, I'm decades late.

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