How to Find & Download Old Instagram Stories

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Just like other social media platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat. We have the stories feature on the IG too. It is one of the best features, not just for personal, and entertainment but for business use as well. People and businesses do use it on a daily basis. However, the fact is a story get disappears after 24 hours.

The question is how do you find and look back, save or download your old Instagram stories. Don’t worry you can find and download your old IG stories whenever you want.

Thanks to the IG archive feature. Even you can view the viewers for each of your stories. Great is not it? Whenever you post a story on your feed, it expires after 24 hours. But the fact is, its always there but in a different place and you don’t know about it.

A story when it disappeared is not visible to other people and you but you can find it whenever you like. But you should not have deleted it manually. If you did then make yourself clear that it is impossible. Check the video guide available below.

What happens to old Instagram stories?

The old stories are there in the archive section in your profile. If the stories archive is enabled, if not they are gone forever (I think).

For your information, these stories are not gone if you think they did. However, there is a way to find and get them back and reshare these old stories with ease if you want to. Also, you can share these stories as a highlight even after 24 hours.

Each story is archived and can be accessed via the archive gallery on IG. This feature is available to all of us from December 2017, yet you are here and don’t know about it. Here I am gonna share every single detail with pictures for your ease. So please stay and read…

Find and see your old IG stories

Right when you post a story on your feed. There is a time limit of 24 hours. After that, it is gone from your feed but there in the archive section. The archive section can be found in the profile section.

First of all here I am gonna explain how you can find your old IG stories. For your information, if you can see there is a story on your feed. Then keep in mind that it is not an old story. The old IG stories are those ones you cannot see on your feed but in the archive gallery. If the story archive is enabled. Let’s find your hidden, expired or old IG stories:

  1. Go to your profile on Instagram.
  2. Tap the Menu at the top right then Archive.
  3. You will find all of your old stories there.
  4. If the Stories Archive is not enabled, you may find it empty.
Find and see your old IG stories
Find and see your old IG stories

Now that you can see all your expired, hidden or old stories in once place. There are several options you can do with them. For example, share a story with close friends list, send, download, save, share, edit and highlight any of these stories.

What if the stories archive is empty?

Once you are there in the archive section and its empty. Then you might need to update your settings. This is in case you give it a try and restore the stories but I don’t think so it will work.

However, this is for sure that enabling the archive will store your future stories and you can then you can look back whenever you want. Here is how to update the settings and enable the archive:

  1. Go to your profile then Menu at the top right.
  2. Now tap on the Settings option.
  3. Next, go to Privacy then Story.
  4. Under the Saving section turn on the Save to Archive toggle.
Enable story archive if it is empty
Enable story archive if it is empty

Great, it is done. Now, whenever you post a story on IG. It will disappear but will be always there in the archive section in your profile. Though you don’t need to worry about it from now on that you have enabled the archive.

Download your old IG stories

You can download any story from the archive whenever you want. The only thing is it should be enabled and make share you did not delete it yourself. Don’t worry you can download or save the old stories to the gallery on the phone even after 24 hours. Here is how to save or download any of the old IG stories:

  1. Open the IG then go to your profile.
  2. Now tap the Menu option at the top right.
  3. Tap Archive, you will see all the old stories there.
  4. Open a story and tap More option at the bottom right.
  5. Tap Save story.
Download your old Instagram stories
Download your old Instagram stories

The story will be downloaded shortly to your phone. Alternatively here is a detailed guide for it. That is now you can find the downloaded story in your gallery. For your information, you can see in your Instagram folder in your phone’s gallery. Don’t worry Instagram will automatically create a folder for it.

Share your old stories as a post or highlight

You can select a story from your archive list and share it as a post or highlight. This is in case you wanna share as post or highlight after 24 hours. Anyhow to share an old story as a post or highlight:

  1. Go to your profile on IG.
  2. Now tap the Menu option then Archive.
  3. Open a story then tap Highlight to highlight the story.
  4. To Share the story as a post then tap More option.
  5. Now tap the Share as a post.
Share your old stories as a post or highlight
Share your old stories as a post or highlight

Such a perfect feature it is. That is why I love the archive feature on Instagram. That is what makes IG more special, we can share our old IG stories as a post or highlight whenever we want. Keep in mind that you can follow the above step any story you wanna share as a post or highlight.

Can you recover the old IG stories?

The short is the answer is Yes and No. Wait I am gonna explain it. Yes, you can recover all the old stories on your Instagram, if you have enabled the stories archive. I don’t know that by default it is enabled or not. But once it is enabled you can go back anytime you want and recover, see, view, delete, share, download or highlight these stories.

No, I am pretty sure you have got my point, you cannot get the old stories back or recover. If the archive is not enabled. They are gone forever after 24 hours. If you need to recover your future Instagram old stories then it is recommended to enable the story archive option in your profile settings.

Can I see old IG stories?

Yes, you can all of your old IG stories in one place in the archive section. If you wanna know where is the archive section, follow the above guide. You can simply visit your profile, then menu, and tap the archive option available at the top.

Remember this is possible just in case the archive is enabled on your profile. If not then you may find empty and there is will be old or new IG stories.

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