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How to Change the Order of Instagram Posts: a Quick Guide

Published April 29, 2024

Have you ever gone through your Instagram posts and wanted to rearrange them for a more aesthetically pleasing grid? Many users find themselves wishing they could shuffle their posts around after uploading to better reflect their style or brand identity.

The bad news is that Instagram doesn’t allow you to change the order of posts once they’re published, but there are workarounds and strategies you can use to create a more curated profile. In this article, we’re going to explore how you can effectively change the order of your Instagram posts.

Why Won’t Instagram Let Me Change the Order of My Posts?

To start, it’s important to understand why Instagram has limitations in place when it comes to rearranging your posts. This is because Instagram’s architecture is based on a chronological feed for your posts. So, the platform doesn’t support natively rearranging posts that have already been published.

The good news is that this doesn’t mean your grid has to stay static forever. We’ve put together some tips to help you manage the appearance of your Instagram profile without changing the order of your posts.

Archive Instead of Deleting Posts

If you find yourself unhappy with certain posts in your grid, the good news is that you don’t have to delete them. Using Instagram’s Archive feature is a great way to clean up your feed without permanently deleting posts. That way, if you change your mind, you can put them back later.

How to Archive a Post

  • Select the post you want to archive
  • Click on the three dots at the top of the post
  • Select “Archive”

All of the posts you Archive will be in the Archive folder for you to find later, and add back to your feed if and when you want to.

Plan Out Your Grid

To avoid retroactively wanting to move posts around, you can plan out your Instagram feed in advance. Using third-party apps can allow you to see how your grid will look with future posts. This can help you maintain a consistent style or theme and decide the other that you want to post in.

Re-upload Posts in a Different Order

Another option is to re-upload your current posts in the desired order. Keep in mind that this gets rid of the chronological aspect of posts, so the dates will not be the same. We recommend using this method sparingly, as it can confuse your followers and remove existing likes and comments from the posts.

To do this, make sure the image is saved to your phone, delete it and repost it to your Instagram feed. Remember, this will also reset the engagement metrics of the post, as well.

Use Carousel Posts

For newer posts, you can use the carousel post feature to group related images or videos together. That way, you can control the order of multiple images in one post, maintaining a cleaner and more organized Instagram grid.

The Bottom Line

While you can’t directly rearrange posts on Instagram, you can plan ahead or strategically re-upload content to change the view on your grid.

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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