How to Access, Share & Save from Your Instagram Story Archive


Instagram has become more than just a social media platform. It can be a mood board, a collage, and an art project all on its own. It’s a great way to share your life, and also a way to showcase your creativity. 

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Instagram stories offer almost the opposite of that. While you have the option to be infinitely creative, it’s real value lies in the fact that a video or photo snippet will disappear after 24 hours. It might not be ‘important’ enough to immortalize, but it’s a fun throwaway moment for your followers. 

If that’s the case, Instagram stories are a great thing to do. But they disappear after 24 hours, which is a very temporary viewing window, even in the rapid-fire world of social media. What if you want to save it? That’s what archives are for.

How to Find Your Instagram Story Archive

It is possible to use Instagram on your computer, but many of its newer functions are unreachable via browser. Going on the Instagram app can help you find what you need, especially when it comes to your story archive.

Step 1: Log into your account

If you’re a frequent Instagram user, you may be able to skip this step. You’ve probably logged into the app on your phone and asked it to remember you. If that’s the case, you can skip to the second step. But if it’s not, you’ll need to log into your account. 

If you don’t remember your login, you’ll be able to use the Forgot Password option. Tap the highlighted text, and follow the instructions. Instagram should send a link to the email associated with your account. Then, you can reset your password and log into your account from there. 

What if that’s not an option, though? You’ll always need access to your password, even if you just want to delete your Instagram. Consider looking through your password manager. If you like to go old-school, you might have it written down and stored in a fireproof box. If not, consider checking your browser. If you’ve ever logged in on your computer, some browsers might have saved the password for you. 

Step 2: Go to your archives

Have you ever archived any of your Stories? Instagram does not do it automatically, and is in fact a setting you have to search for and turn on. You might already know this and have archived what you want. If you’re looking to download Instagram photos, you’re set. If not, you’ll need to start archiving. 

To do this, go to your profile. Once you’ve logged in, there will be a row of options at the bottom. You can tap Home, Search, Add, Like, or Profile. The Profile option is represented by a small person avatar. Then, tap the post or story you’d like to put into your archives.

Depending on what kind of device you’re on, you’ll see a row of dots. On an Apple device, these three dots will be in a horizontal row. But on an Android device, the row will be vertical. Either way, these are located in the top right. Out of the list of options presented, tap Archive. 

To view posts or stories that you have already archived, go to your profile again by tapping the Profile icon. Look at the upper right-hand corner and tap the three horizontal bars. Out of these options, tap Archive. Then, tap on the dropdown menu. You’ll be able to distinguish between Stories Archive or Posts Archive. 

How to Share Your Instagram Story Archive 

You might want to share your story with your followers again. Even if they’ve already seen it, you want to share a fun moment with new followers, or highlight an anniversary post. You might have had one year pass since a major milestone, like a promotion or a move across the country. 

No matter why you want to reshare your Instagram story, here’s how to do it. 

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Step 1: Show the post

Remember that Instagram doesn’t automatically archive your content. Unless you deleted it, all posts will already be on your profile. They’re saved that way. Instagram stories are not. 

If you already back up everything or have saved certain stories, you’ll be able to move forward easily. Go to your profile. You can do this by logging into the Instagram app, and tapping the Profile icon on the bottom right-hand corner. Then, look at the upper right-hand corner. You’ll see three horizontal bars, and when you tap on those, you’ll see a list of options. Out of those, you’ll want to tap Archive. 

The next option will be different depending on what kind of device you have. On an Apple device, it will look like Archive > Posts. On an Android device, it will simply say Posts Archive. 

Then, tap the post or story that you want to showcase again. Remember that if it’s an Instagram story, it will only show for 24 hours again. 

Look for the row of three horizontal dots. They’ll be arranged vertically on an Apple phone, and horizontally on an Android. Out of the resulting options, tap Show on Profile. Then, your archived story is now shared with all your followers!

How to Save Photos and Videos From Your Instagram Story Archive

It might be time for you to do some housekeeping and start preserving your digital legacy. Cleaning up your photo collection online is a great way to do it. You can pass them onto family members, store them safely, or even make a memorial collage out of them. 

Step 1: Find your settings

Before you do anything with your photos, you’ll need to download them. After that, you may even want to print your Instagram photos. To get to that step, you’ll need to log into your account. Then, tap on the Profile icon. Look at the upper right-hand corner and tap on the three horizontal bars. At the very bottom of the screen, you’ll see a cogwheel and the Setting option. Tap on this. 

You’ll see a list of options, like Payments, Notifications, and Privacy. Tap on Privacy. Under the Interactions header, tap Story. 

Here, you’ll have lots of options. Who do you want to hide your story from? Do you want to allow people to reply to your Stories? Scroll down until you reach Saving. There will be a bar that you can toggle back and forth. This applies to Save to Archive and Save to Gallery. 

Step 2: Save to gallery 

Remember how we mentioned that Instagram doesn’t automatically save content to your Archive? That’s true. But if you instruct it to do so, Instagram will do that for you. Switch on Save to Archive. True to Instagram’s privacy policy, you’re the only one who will be able to see these stories after they vanish from your profile. But in this section, you’ll also be able to select Save to Gallery. 

Once that’s done, Instagram will save photos to your phone’s photo roll. Make sure you have enough space or a cloud subscription to support this.

Cleaning Up Your Legacy

Cleaning up a digital legacy, whether it’s someone else’s or your own, is quite the challenge. Where should you start? What poses the biggest security risks for your identity? Furthermore, if you’re looking to delete yourself from the Internet entirely, the task can be even more overwhelming. 

To start, consider what you want to save. Select and copy any comments, stories, posts, or videos that are important to you. Then, make a second choice. How do you want to preserve that content? For some, the easiest option might be putting it in the cloud. No matter what you decide, saving all this content can give you peace of mind knowing you’ve backed up precious memories. 


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