Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Introducing Stories Highlights and Stories Archive

Instagram launches biggest change to profiles in years, adding new stories and archive features Introducing Stories Highlights and Stories Archive – Instagram
Sherri Watson | 05 December, 2017, 21:26

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To create a highlight, tap the circular "new" icon under your main profile picture. Now you can more fully express your identity by grouping stories you've shared into highlights and featuring them on your profile. 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). 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. You can save your highlights into individual Story reels which appear as circles on your profile.

And unlike the traditional Instagram Stories format, this particular Story remains 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.

Called Stories Highlights, these collections of past Stories can be cobbled together from the Stories posts that Instagram will now automatically save to an account's private in-app archive of posts it has published; accounts can disable this auto-archiving feature. This makes it easy for you to revisit your favorite moments later on or bring them back to life in a highlight.

Instagram launches biggest change to profiles in years, adding new stories and archive features

Only you can see your archive, and you can turn off the feature if you want your Story to disappear as usual. The first story from each day will show a date indicator to help you navigate your archive as you scroll.

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.

And yes, Stories Archive can be turned off altogether for those who prefer to live (and 'gram) in the moment.

Today's updates are available as part of Instagram version 25 on iOS and Android.