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How to See Archived Posts on Instagram

Published April 6, 2024

Managing an account isn’t restricted to regular posting and responding to comments. The entire account needs to receive some attention, especially your profile grid.

When Instagram users get to your account, they see your profile first. And beyond your username, profile picture, and bio, it also shows a gallery of everything you’ve ever posted on Instagram. That’s where some accounts lose people.

There’s a chance that you’ve posted photos or videos in the past that no longer resonate with your current aesthetic or brand. You may have also partnered in the past with an influencer who is coming under fire now and wouldn’t want to be linked to that mess. Deleting those posts makes a lot of sense.

But what if you want to revisit those memories or repurpose some forgotten content later? At that point, it gets tricky. Thankfully, Instagram offers a solution: the archive feature. In this article, we’ll show you how to see archived posts on Instagram without any problems.

Understanding the Archive Feature

Archiving a post on Instagram doesn’t delete it permanently. Instead, it removes it from your public profile, making it invisible to your followers. However, archived posts remain readily accessible, allowing you to revisit them whenever you wish.

Here’s a quick way to access your archived posts on Instagram:

  • Open the Instagram App: Ensure you’re logged into the account with the archived posts you want to see.
  • Navigate to Your Profile: Tap on your profile picture icon at the bottom right corner of the screen to access your profile page.
  • Access the Settings and Activity menu: Tap on the hamburger menu icon at the top right corner of your profile page.
  • Find the “Archive”: From the “Settings and Activity” menu, select “Archive.” Here, you’ll see a grid view of all your archived content, categorized by type (posts, stories, live archives).

Viewing Posts Within the Archive

Once you’re in your Instagram archive, you can take a few actions on your archived content.

  • Viewing Archived Posts: Now, for the actual topic of this article. To do this, simply tap on a specific archived post to fully view it. You can see the original caption, comments, and likes.
  • Unarchiving Posts: If you decide you want a post back on your public profile, it’s easy to unarchive it. Simply tap on the post to open it fully, tap on the three-dot icon at the top right of the archived post, and select “Show on Profile.” The post will reappear in your main feed and be visible to your followers.
  • Deleting from Archive: While archiving doesn’t permanently delete a post, you can choose to get rid of it and permanently remove it from your archive.

Tap on the archived post to open it fully, tap on the three-dot icon, and select “Delete.”

The archive feature on Instagram is a great way to declutter your profile while preserving memories and content. With this article, you now understand how to access your archive and manage archived content. Memories don’t have to be lost forever.

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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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