It’s all about Stories at the moment as the ephemeral picture sharing app can’t seem to take its mind off making the platform even more attractive to everyone. Just yesterday we brought you a story about how users can now import their Instagram contacts to Messenger. Now, the company is adding a new feature that will add your expired stories to a private archive.
The private archive feature will be available to all users starting from today. Instagram will add your expired stories to the feature; but with option for users to opt out at any time they so desire to.
“Moving forward, your stories will automatically save to your archive when they expire. This makes it easy for you to revisit your favorite moments later on or bring them back to life in a highlight,” Instagram said.
Recall that Snapchat introduced a similar feature in 2016—and so it’s another one copied from the company by Instagram. The archive feature is designed to automatically save your stories once it expires after 24 hours.
You can access the stories in your archive by tapping the Archive icon on your profile. From there, you can easily switch between your Posts Archive and your new Stories Archive. In your Stories Archive, your stories will appear in a grid with the most recent stories at the bottom. The first story from each day will show a date indicator to help you navigate your archive as you scroll.
To watch your stories, simply tap the on anyone of your choice and that’s all. You can add it to your stories, share it as a post or add it to a highlight on your profile.
The private archive was not all there is today—Instagram also launched a new tool called Stories Highlights. Stories Highlight will let you group stories you have shared into highlights and feature them on your profile.
The feature appears in a new section on your profile below your bio. To create a highlight, simply tap the “New” circle at the far left. From there, choose any stories from your archive, select a cover for your highlight and name it. Your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand-alone story when someone taps it.
Instagram says you can have as many highlights as you want. Your highlights stay on your profile until you get rid of them. To remove or edit a highlight, simply tap and hold on your profile.
“Story Highlights lets you show all the sides of your personality, and you can make highlights out of anything you’ve shared to your story in the past.”
Facebook and Instagram are currently both working on a new feature that will let you bring your Instagram contacts into Messenger, TechCrunch reports. The test being carried out by the two services is an opt-in for users. It is coming on the heels of a recent integration in Facebook that allows Instagram posts to appear on the platform. Recall that you can also open Instagram app directly from your Facebook app.