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How to Add a Current or Expired Instagram Story to Highlights

By Gracie Steel, Digital Marketing Assistant at Omega High Impact Print Solutions

Did you know that there's a way around the 24-hour Instagram story lifespan? In this guide, we'll walk you through the simple steps to add current or expired Instagram stories to highlights, a feature that ensures your favorite and most engaging content can be accessed and enjoyed even after they disappear. This way, you can create and organize the highlights on your Instagram to curate a visually-appealing, personalized, and lasting showcase of your content.

A person opening up their Instagram app while drinking coffee.

Let's begin!

Step 1

To add a new or current story to highlights, click on your Instagram profile picture. Select NEW if you want to create and title a new highlight, or choose from one of your preexisting highlights. Instagram will alert you if your save was successful.

Step-by-step tutorial showing how to add current or expired Instagram stories to highlights.

Step 2

To add an existing or expired story to your highlights, go to your profile. Choose the highlight you wish to add to. Select ••• MORE in the bottom right-hand corner > EDIT HIGHLIGHT > STORIES. Click on the story or stories you would like to add. Press DONE when finished.

Step-by-step process of how to upload an expired story to highlights.

Step 3

Ensure that your stories added properly by filtering through the highlight you just altered. And just like that, you're all finished!

Checking Instagram highlight to make sure the story posted successfully.

With this tool under your belt, you have the opportunity to extend the life of your content beyond the fleeting 24-hour time limit. Taking advantage of your Instagram highlights means that you can show off your best moments and leave a lasting impression on your followers. With that being said, get ready to let your stories shine in the spotlight of your highlights!


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