Bring Your Post Back to Life! 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.

This guide will help you explore the many reasons why archiving posts may be beneficial and what to expect when archiving posts, as well as detailed “how to” tutorials and pro tips to help you archive and recover posts like a pro.

Benefits of Archiving Instagram Posts

Sometimes deletion of a post just isn’t the right move. As an alternative, the platform came up with a unique way to “remove” your posts without deleting them. Instagram Archive provides a way for users to move previously posted videos, images and more to a separate (and private) archive that only they can access. Anything moved to the archive will no longer be visible to others.

But why would you want to archive a post in the first place? Turns out there’s a bunch of reasons why archiving makes sense.

  1. Easily Move Photos and Videos from Public View

Archives allow you to easily move pictures and videos on and off of your profile into an “archive” when not needed or wanted in public view.

  1. Automatic Organization

The great thing about photos moved to an archive is that they automatically organize in chronological order. Not only that, if you decide to “republish” or move them back to your profile, they STAY in the original order in which they were posted….meaning that they won’t display as a “new” post. Neat huh?

  1. Likes and Comments Are Saved

When archiving a post one of the biggest fears many have is that they’ll lose their comments and likes on the post. Luckily, this is NOT the case. When you archive a post by moving it from your profile to the archive, all the other engagement and information with that post stays intact.

  1. Detailed Analytics

Those posts moved to your archive also still retain their insights analytics so you’ll always have a good grasp on how well (or not) that they performed.

But What About Archiving Stories?

While posts have to be manually moved to the archive, Stories, on the other hand, are automatically saved in the archive in the order in which they were posted, including useful timestamps.

Within your story archive you can save stories to your devices, post them as a highlight, delete them or share them at your leisure. One word of caution though, although “live” IG stories are visible within your archive, deleting them while they are still “live” will also remove them from the archive.


How to “Unarchive” your Instagram Posts – a guide

Whatever the reason, you might want to recover Instagram posts again later! Below we’ll walk you through exactly how to recover your posts so that they appear back in your feed. Handy right?

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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.

Instagram Home Screenshot of Girl In Brown Jacket Carrying A Brown Bag

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

2. Click The Clock Icon

In the upper left-hand corner, there is a clock icon where all of your archived posts live. Once you have located the clock icon, click on it.

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 will be presented with options where 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.

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 recover 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 recover 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 recover more Instagram posts as needed.

Manage your Posts Like a Pro!

We hope that you found this guide helpful. From archiving to unarchiving posts you now have all the tools you need to properly manage this process, giving you complete control over your images, videos, stories and more.

Don’t forget to check out our many other guides on Instagram. From the basics to advanced topics and little known tips we’ve got something for everyone.


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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