Instagram Tips And Tricks

Are you looking for a way to find your old stories that you once posted on instagram? If yes, then this article is totally made for you. Now, almost every social media app permits its users to post a story which will last only for 24 hours and after that it will automatically disappear from the story and Instagram is one among them. But do you know that the stories you post get saved in the archives and you can see and download them any time. Or if you have lost your device or you have shared photos on your story by directly sharing them from the Instagram app then you can always download these stories. You can also post the photos that you posted on your story as an Instagram post later. So Without further delay let’s see how you can find your instagram stories you posted and download them. 

Steps to be followed:

The steps to view and download your instagram stories are mentioned below:-

  1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone
  2. Now, Tap on the profile icon. Now, your profile page will be opened and you will find your posts and followers.
  3. Now, tap on the icon present at the top right corner which looks almost like a clock.
  4. Now, You will be in the Archive folder and now you will be seeing all the stories that you have posted so far. Your latest stories will be at the bottom and the older ones will be at the top.
  5. Now, open any of the pictures which you wish to save ,as you will open it you will find three dots and also icons to share it again as an Instagram post or to download it to your device.

This feature is turned on by default and all your stories will get saved by default and which means that you do not need to be bothered that what you have posted till now is getting saved or not.

If you wish to save your stories to your camera roll directly from next time. Then you follow the steps mentioned below:-

  1.  Tap on the settings icon which is given at the top left of the archive folder.
  2.  And now turn on the Save to Camera Roll feature. You can also turn off the Archive feature from here so that Instagram will not save your future stories to the archive folder.

And by this you can retrieve your old stories which expire in 24 hours from instagram. If you post stories daily and want to repost some particular photographs from them then yes it is a really good method to do so but one thing that you must know is that if you have deleted a story before it expires then you will not find it in the Archive.

Can we see Someone’s Old Stories on Instagram?

Instagram allows the story to be visible to all others for only 24 hours and after the 24 hours any story created by you or anyone else will get removed from the main Instagram page and will move to the archive folder of your Instagram profile. 

But this does not imply that you cannot see the old stories on Instagram. There are a few options that can be availed to view the old Instagram stories.

Viewing Someone’s Old Stories on Instagram as Highlights

Instagram stories can be visible for 24-hour only, but there can be an exception for these stories if the stories have been added into the Highlights. Instagram Highlights will stick forever until the creator decides to remove them. To check out someone’s Instagram Highlights, you just need to follow these steps:

Step 1. Tap on Instagram icon to open the application.

Step 2. Search for the specific person and click on his/her profile to open.

Step 3. Below the Bio section there would be highlights displayed there. Click on the highlights you want to see, and it will get opened.

But one thing that should be kept in mind is that you will only be able to see those old stories on Instagram which have been added as a highlight by the creator.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Here are some frequently asked questions related to the instagram stories.

  1. Do highlights in instagram must be from the story?

Yes, the highlights need to be from the story. Highlights are basically the stories which you have voluntarily selected as a highlight on your profile And in order to show it as a highlight you need to post it as a story for 24 hours only then it will be visible as a highlight.

  1. Can we see if someone takes a screenshot of our story?

Instagram did once introduce this feature of notifying the person of whose story the screenshot has been taken but this feature has been recently removed by instagram. So, now if you take a screenshot of someone’s story , the person will not get any notification regarding this

  1. Why is the same person on the top of my instagram story always?

The instagram user who is the most interested in your instagram account in a continuous manner will generally be at the top of your story’s viewer list. So, if the person is at the top of your instagram story this basically means that the person is the most interacting user on your instagram id.

  1. Who can view my instagram stories”?

If your account is public then your stories can be visible to anyone, However even if your account is publica, you can still restrict some people from seeing your stories by hiding your stories from them. And if your account is a private account then only your follower will be able to see your stories and even in a private account you have the open of hiding your story from the person from whom you want to hide the story.


Viewing and saving your Instagram stories whether new or old is really easy and simple. But one thing that needs to be kept in mind is that the story needs to be there for 24 hours and it should not have been deleted before that otherwise you will lose that story forever from Instagram. We hope that the article was useful to you.

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