06.12 2017 01:39h
06.12 2017 01:39h

You can now keep your Instagram Stories Around for 24+ Hours!

Introducing Instagram Stories Archive and Stories Highlights!
by @Laura Andrea Kell

Hate that your Instagram stories disappear after twenty four hours? We’ve got good news for you!

Yesterday, Instagram launched two new features that allow users to keep their favourite stories on Instagram after they’ve expired. Pretty cool, right?

With so many brands, influencers and Stories fans alike putting tons of effort into curating the perfect Insta story, it only makes sense that users can now keep their snaps and videos around for as long as they want.

Overall, what does this mean? No more scrambling to save Stories onto your phone, before they expire!

Instagram will now take care of that for you with these two new features...

Introducing Stories Archive and Stories Highlights!

Stories will now automatically be saved as archives after they’ve expired under Stories Archive. Users will also be able to showcase the highlights of their stories on their profile as Stories Highlights.

Don't worry, Stories Archive is private and your old stories will only be viewable by your followers, should you choose to "repost" them as a Stories Highlights on your profile. 

So... how do these new features work? It’s pretty straight forward and we get into it below.

Life just got a bit easiery with Stories Archive.

Now after twenty four hours, your stories will no long disappear. They will simply be saved under Stories Archive in the Instagram app. 

To access this feature, users can tap the archive icon button on their profile. Old stories will appear in grid format and categorized by date, with the most recently-expired stories at the bottom of the archive feed. Users can then tap on any of their previous stories, to view them. From there, they can re-add it to their current Instagram stories, share it as a post or add it to a highlight on their profile.

Your phone's storage space will thank you later. 

Which bring us to Instagram’s second new feature, Stories Highlights.

Highlights of your old Instagram Stories will now appear just below your profile’s bio.

To create a highlight, tap the “New” circle at the far left. From there, you can choose any stories from your archive, select a cover for your highlight and give it a name. Once you’re finished, your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand-alone story when someone taps it.

Watch it in action below!

Overall Stories Archive and Stories Highlights mark some of the biggest changes to Instagram profiles in recent years.

Essentially, it allows you to customize your Instagram profile - something that has never been possible before on the app.

What are your thoughts on Stories Archives and Stories Highlights? Will you use them? Let us know in the comments below.


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