Instagram launches Stories Archive and Highlights

Isaac Cain
December 6, 2017

Instagram has today announced the launch of two new features that let users hold on to their favorite moments from Instagram Stories and share them in ways that helps them better themselves better.

With Stories Highlights, however, comes an entirely new section on user profiles. And in case you were wondering: yes, unless you choose to opt out of using Archive, every single Story you make will be automatically added to your Archive.

With the new feature, all of your Instagram Stories going forward will be automatically (privately) archived. The basics of what this allows you to do is take Stories that you've shared and group them into a featured post right on the top of your profile page.

I think it's fair to say Instagram is the most loved social media app, especially in comparison to Snapchat.

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.

The automatic Stories archive is yet another Snapchat feature that Instagram has copied.

Instagram apparently felt my pain and introduced a new Archive feature to save all of your beloved posts in one convenient place. This allows some of your Stories to remain on Instagram for more than 24 hours. You can now bundle your favorite stories together to create individual highlights.

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To create a highlight for your profile, tap the "New" circle on the left side of your profile, choose something from your archive, select a cover for your highlight, and give it a name.

It appears as though no stories have been archived before today, so you'll have to wait 24 hours before you'll be able to see anything. For those that don't want the auto-archive feature, you will be able to turn it off.

To check out your expired stories, tap the archive icon in the top-right corner of your profile. Using the menu, you can add old Stories to your current one as a #ThrowbackThursday type of thing or you can share it as a regular post.

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

Users can create as many Highlights as they want, and they can be continuously added to.

The Archive is private, so only the user can view their own stuff while it's in there.

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