Choose your favorite Instagram Stories from your Archive to create Stories Highlights

Pablo Tucker
December 5, 2017

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

That helps with the new Highlights feature, meant to show off stories that might otherwise be missed. The first is called Stories Highlights, and it's created to make a one stop shop for showing off a variety of different stories.


You can tap on any story in your archive to watch it. They can then be shared with people after the usual 24 hour deadline has passed. Brands can select the individual Story posts to add to a Stories Highlight, name the collection and choose a thumbnail cover for it.

The first new Stories feature is called Highlights.

Highlights will show up right underneath your bio and they'll stay there until you remove them. From there, you can decide to add parts of it to your current Story, share a highlight as a post or add it as a highlight to your profile.


As mentioned above, Instagram is also getting a Stories Archive feature. When your regular Stories expire after 24 hours, they will be automatically archived. To access them, press the Archive icon on your profile (that clock button that the top right side of the screen).

Instagram hopes these two new features will encourage users to build stronger relationships with their followers and start posting more video content, which could be used for advertising.

The Archive is private, so only the user can view their own stuff while it's in there. Together they alter how profiles look and work, in a dramatic redesign apparently intended on making stories more useful.


It's that sentiment that has driven the biggest Instagram profile update since 2013: as of December 5, users will be able to keep their Stories forever using the new Archive function - and display the ones they're oh so proud of in a brand-new section at the top of each user's profile called Highlights.

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