After having published some of your shots on Instagram, you had second thoughts but not wanting to delete them yet, you preferred to archive them, taking advantage of the ad hoc function offered by the famous photo social network, the one I told you about in detail in my guide on the subject. However, if you're here now and you're reading these lines, I think it's clear that you've had further changes of opinion and that now you'd like to understand how to recover the photos stored on Instagram.
I beg your pardon? Things know sanely this way and you'd like to know whether or not I can help you out on what to do? Of course you can, that's all I need! That's exactly what I wanted to do today. If you give me a few minutes of your precious time as well as a mime of your attention I can then show you, in a simple but at the same time very detailed way, how to succeed, both mobile and computer. I'll tell you right now that it's not complicated at all, you have to believe me. What? It wasn't about the posts that you were interested in going to act but about the stories? No problem, I can give you all the explanations you need for that too.
So? What do you say we finally put the chitchat aside and get started? Yeah? Great. Let's not waste any more time and get to work. Grab your mobile phone or sit comfortably in front of your trusty PC and immediately start focusing on reading everything below. In the end, you'll see, you'll be happy and satisfied with what you've learned. Have a good "job"!
Retrieving archived photos from Instagram posts
First of all, let's try to understand how to recover the photos stored on Instagram that are posted on your profile using the special function that allows you to hide the images shared on the famous social network from other people's view without deleting them.
To find out how to proceed, follow the instructions below. The procedure can be done either from mobile, using the official social networking app for Android and iOS (as well as Windows Mobile), or from your computer, using the Windows 10 app. From the Web, unfortunately, this is not possible (at least not at the moment I'm writing this guide), sorry.
If you're using Instagram via the official smartphone app and you'd like to understand how to retrieve the photos posted on your profile that you've archived, the first step you need to take is to grab your smartphone, go to the device screen where all the icons of all the apps are grouped and start the famous social app by pressing on its icon (the one with the retro-style camera on a rainbow background). If necessary, also log into your account by typing its login details in the on-screen fields.
Then press on the symbol of the little man at the bottom right to access the section dedicated to your profile. Now, press on the clock icon at the top right, press on the Archive item at the top and select Post from the menu that opens.
On the screen that appears, locate the archived photo you want to restore, press the [...] button at the top right of the screen and choose Show in Profile in the menu that appears. And voilà!
When the procedure is complete, the archived photo you have restored will be placed back on your profile, in the exact position where it was before, according to the chronological order of publication. That was easy, wasn't it?
If, on the other hand, you are interested in understanding how to recover the photos posted on your Instagram profile that you had archived by using the official application of the service for Windows 10, the first move you need to make is to start it by clicking on the Start button (the Windows flag) at the bottom left of the taskbar and then pressing on its icon (the one with the retro-style camera with white outlines on a blue background) that you will find the list of installed programs.
In the Instagram window that at this point you will see appear on the desktop, if necessary log in by typing the access data to your account in the appropriate fields displayed after which click on the little man symbol in the lower right corner and then on the clock symbol in the upper right corner of the window.
Now, locate the photo that you had archived and that you want to recover, click on it, press the [...] button at the top right and choose Show in profile in the menu that appears. Done!
When the procedure is complete, the photo that you started will be placed back on your profile, exactly in the same position it was in before, according to the chronological order of publication.
Retrieve archived photos from the Stories on Instagram
Now let's move on to the Stories. Starting from the assumption that recently on Instagram a new function has been introduced that, if enabled, allows you to automatically archive the Stories once 24 hours have passed since the sharing, even in this case you can retrieve the archived photos in such a way that you don't have to save them locally on the device in use (or at least not immediately) and that is also very useful to reuse your already posted shots.
But what does it take to recover the photos of the Stories stored on Instagram? Let's find out immediately! In this case, however, keep in mind that the procedure is only and exclusively feasible from smartphones, using the Instagram app for Android and iOS (and Windows Mobile). From your computer and the Web it is not possible, at least at the moment I am writing this guide.
Once you've done the above, to retrieve the archived photos of your stories on Instagram, the first step you need to take is to make sure that the automatic archiving function is enabled. If it is already enabled, the photos you've already posted in your Stories have been archived, while if not, and by activating it now the archiving will be valid starting from the next Stories you'll share.
To make sure this feature is enabled, first grab your smartphone, go to the device screen where all the app icons are grouped, and start the popular social network photo app by pressing on its icon (the one with the retro-style camera on a rainbow background). If necessary, also log in to your account by typing the relevant login details in the appropriate fields on the screen.
Now, step on your profile image that you see at the top left of the Instagram home page, press on the gear symbol at the top right of the next screen and make sure that the Save in the archive switch is set to ON (if not, you enable the function by pressing on it). Then press on the End item in the top left to confirm and apply the changes made.
Now that you have made sure that the automatic archiving function is used or after activating the function, to retrieve the archived photos of the Stories all you have to do is go to your profile by clicking on the symbol of the little man in the bottom right corner of the main screen of Instagram, click on the button with the clock in the top right corner, click on Archive in the top right corner and choose Stories from the menu that opens.
Then locate the archived photos you are interested in, press on them and use the buttons at the bottom of the screen to work on the image: by tapping on Share you can share the photo again in a Story, send it to specific users through direct messages or save it in the gallery of the device used; by tapping on Highlight you can add the photo to the contents highlighted on your profile; while pressing on the button [...] you can delete the image, save it locally also in that case or, again, share it as a post.
Please note that all content posted in the Stories that are archived are visible only and exclusively by you and are sorted chronologically, with the exact date below.
In case of problems
Even if you followed my instructions you still haven't been able to recover your photos stored on Instagram or some other hiccups have arisen that you can't solve yourself? Mi space but... don't throw in the towel yet! Rather try to connect to the official social network support center and see if among the various topics in the list there is also something that can help you.
To be more precise, simply select a topic from those available on the left, then the relevant question on the right side of the screen and read the directions provided. You can also try to see if the issue you are experiencing is listed under News, Known Issues and/or Frequently Asked Questions on the main service center page.
If you think it's more appropriate, you can also perform a keyword search by entering the reference keyword in the appropriate search field How can we help you find it at the top and then selecting the relevant suggestion among those proposed to you (if they are available).
In addition to what I've just told you, you can reach the Instagram support center directly from the mobile and computer app. In both cases, simply visit the section dedicated to your profile by pressing on the icon of the little man on the bottom right, press on the button with the gear at the top and select the Service Center that you find in the Service section in the new screen displayed.
If you would like to receive more information about this and for further information about the various possibilities of contacting Instagram for the resolution of this or that problem, I invite you to read my article on how to contact Instagram through which I have spoken to you about the issue in a much more articulate way. Please, if you think you need more information on what to do, at least have a look at it.