How to Hide Instagram Photos Rather Than Delete Them

Make them private instead of deleting them

The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
Introduction

What to Know

  • To hide a photo: Tap the photo you want to hide, tap the three-dot menu, and then choose Archive.
  • To access an archived photo: Tap the hamburger menu, and then select Archive > Posts Archive.
  • To make a post public again: Tap the archived photo, tap the three-dot menu, and then choose Show on Profile.

This article explains how to hide Instagram photos so that they're visible only to you. It's easy to view hidden photos in your archive and make them public again. Instructions apply to the Instagram app for iOS and Android.

How to Hide Photos on Instagram

To hide select Instagram photos, follow these steps:

  1. Open Instagram and display the photo you want to archive.

  2. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen to open a pop-up menu at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap Archive. The selected photo is moved to your archive and hidden from your profile and feed. Your followers can't see it, but you can.

    How to Hide Photos on Instagram

    You can also edit, delete, or disable comments on the post from the same menu.

How to View Archived Photos

Here's how to access the photos you placed in your archive:

  1. Tap the hamburger menu in the upper-right corner of your profile screen.

  2. Tap Archive.

  3. Make sure Posts Archive is selected at the top.

    How to View Archived Photos on Instagram

Your archived photos appear and are visible only to you. Likes and comments remain on the post. However, the people who liked and commented when you originally published it can't see those likes or comments until you make the post public again.

How to Make an Archived Instagram Post Public Again

To put an archived post back on your Instagram profile:

  1. Tap the archived photo you'd like to make public again.

  2. Tap the three dots above the image to display a menu similar to the one you saw when you archived the image.

  3. Tap Show on Profile to have the image show up once again on your profile.

    How to Make an Archived Instagram Post Public Again
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