How to use Instagram's Highlights to permanently show off your Stories


On your profile there is an Archive button that will show you your post archive and allow you to switch to your Stories Archive.

The first new Stories feature is called Highlights.

Moving forward, your stories will automatically save to your archive when they expire. Just tap on a story to rewatch it or add it to a new story, share it in a post, or add it to a highlight (more on that below). Then, when someone visits your profile, they see it as one Story under that name. To create a new Highlight, users just need to tap the circular "New" icon that's on the top left. "Once you're done, your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand-alone story when someone taps it", the company explains. Unlike traditional stories, highlights don't disappear after 24 hours, they only go away after you delete them. Now you can more fully express your identity by grouping stories you've shared into highlights and featuring them on your profile. This makes it easy for you to revisit your favorite moments later on or bring them back to life in a highlight.

If you don't want Instagram to save your stories, select the three vertical dots from the archive page, go to Settings, and deselect "Save to Archive".

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Right now, the grid of photos on each user's profile functions kind of like a scrapbook of moments, whereas the ephemeral Stories are more for live updates, but these new features bridge that gap. But there are more substantial changes than that too, and the features together offer major changes to the way that the recently introduced stories feature works.

Instagram is giving brands a new reason to invest in producing higher-quality Stories.

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. Instagram Stories Highlights and Stories Archives will be rolling out to iOS and Android users on Tuesday.