Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Instagram Introduces Stories Highlights and Stories Archive Features

Instagram Introduces Stories Highlights and Stories Archive Features

"Over the past year, Instagram Stories has become a key part of how you express yourself - but there hasn't been an easy way to keep your stories around for more than 24 hours", Instagram said in its announcement.

The app introduced two new features that allow you to save your Stories indefinitely: archiving, for private saving, and "highlights", a feature that puts Stories right on your profile.

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.

With the new feature, all of your Instagram Stories going forward will be automatically (privately) archived. Not only can you have as many Highlights as you wish, they stay on your profile until you remove it. Nine times out of 10, it absolutely won't be as good as you remembered, but having the option to resurrect a Story is something I've certainly found myself thinking about on more than one occasion.

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Thank goodness, because this is what Instagram Stories didn't have that Snapchat does. There you'll be able to toggle between archived images as well as archived stories. To create a Stories Highlight, tap on the "New" circle on the far left, and choose any of the stories from your archives.

That day-long deadline has been a central part of stories since they launched, with the idea that they would disappear quickly and encourage people not to overthink their posts. Simply tap the Archive button in your profile and then you'll be able to look at both your Posts Archive and your Stories Archive (which are kept separate).

The app will now automatically save users' Stories to their archive page. You can add up to 100 photos or videos to a single highlight and there's no limit to how many highlights you can post. But it's important to note that some of Instagram's most notable features, the 24-hour story, was first created by Snapchat. You can now bundle your favorite stories together to create individual highlights.

The other Instagram update is related to its new Stories archive. Many younger users spend hours carefully curating the photos they have on their profile pages. Users will receive a notification when Stories Archives kicks in, letting them opt out of the feature.

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