Instagram launches Stories Archive and Highlights

Instagram launches Stories Archive and Highlights

Stories Highlights will appear in a horizontal carousel near the top of accounts' profile pages above the gallery of photos and videos shared to Instagram's main feed, and there is no limit on how many Stories Highlights can be displayed on an account's profile page. Facebook is looking for new ways to compete with Snap Inc.'s Snapchat.

Moving forward, your stories will automatically save to your archive when they expire. The new features will be available in version 25 of Instagram for iOS and Android. Next, users will select any story they have in their Archive, select a cover for the new collection, and then give it a name.

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. When you're finished, the story highlight will sit on your profile page to the right of the "new" bubble, where users tap to view it. Not only can you have as many Highlights as you wish, they stay on your profile until you remove it.

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The move seems created to lure kids to the app before they try Facebook rival Snapchat, which is popular with teens. Authenticate: Then, authenticate your child's device using your own Facebook username and password.

Tap on any story in your archive to watch it. However, users can add to new Stories from this old content as they see fit, which will make it public again. Tapping the Archive icon allows you to access your Stories Archive or Posts Archive. On your profile there is an Archive button that will show you your post archive and allow you to switch to your Stories Archive. Once the new Highlight is created, anyone that visits your profile will see it as a standalone story on your profile.

"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. Users will receive a notification when Stories Archives kicks in, letting them opt out of the feature.