Instagram Introduces Stories Highlights and Stories Archive Features

Instagram launches biggest change to profiles in years, adding new stories and archive features

Now, after a story disappears 24 hours after it's published, it will automatically be placed in a permanent home within the user's main profile page.

Ahead, we walk through exactly how to use each of these two brilliant new functions - so you won't ever again have to wish you saved your Stories from the night before. Once that is accomplished, give your Stories Highlights a name and select a cover. "Now you can more fully express your identity by grouping stories you've shared into highlights and featuring them on your profile".

Unlike a traditional Story, highlights will remain on your profile until you remove them.

Instagram will start saving your Stories as soon as they expire, following an update on Tuesday.

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Each of the updates adds new appeal to Story content - not only does it give your Stories added value, but it gives you an additional way to spruce up your profile.

And for good reason - part of the company's reasoning behind Stories in the first place (besides competing with Snapchat, that is) was that users were so exacting about what was on their profile that they weren't posting almost as often as Instagram wanted. With the new capabilities, Instagram users will be able to more easily keep and continue to display their older Stories. The Highlighted stories feature will offer them another way to personalize their pages.

To check out your expired stories, tap the archive icon in the top-right corner of your profile. Though we did have the option to pick and choose which stories to download (and still do), this will make it easier and not something that you have to moderate yourself. The "Stories Archive" page is where you'll see all your past stories. From there, you can add it to your story, share it as a post or add it to a highlight on your profile. To edit or delete a highlight, press and hold its icon. Note: Only you can see your archived stories. The most recent stories will be at the bottom of the new grid layout, and the first Story from each day will show a date indicator to help users navigate. Users will receive a notification when Stories Archives kicks in, letting them opt out of the feature.

The other Instagram update is related to its new Stories archive.

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