Instagram has introduced on December 5, 2017 two new tools that let users “hold on to [their] favorite moments from Instagram Stories and share them in ways that help [them] express [themselves].” 

Stories Highlights is a new part of a profile where users can express more of who they are through stories they’ve shared. And to help users build highlights, stories will now automatically save into a private Stories Archive so you they can easily relive them whenever they want.

Stories Highlights

“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,” explained the press release adding: “Now you can more fully express your identity by grouping stories you’ve shared into highlights and featuring them on your profile.”

Stories Highlights appear in a new section on a profile below the bio. To create a highlight, tap the “New” circle at the far left. From there, users can choose any stories from their archive, select a cover for their highlight and give it a name. Once done, the highlight will appear as a circle on the profile that plays as a stand-alone story when someone taps it. Highlights stay on a profile until the user removes them, and users can have as many highlights as they’d like. 

Stories Archive

Moving forward, stories will automatically save to users’ archive when they expire. This makes it easy for them to revisit their favorite moments later on or bring them back to life in a highlight.

Only the user can see his/her archived stories, and they can choose to turn off auto-archiving at any time in their profile settings.

The company informed that these updates are available as part of Instagram version 25 on iOS and Android.

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