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

If you have a photo in your Instagram account that you'd rather not display, you can hide it from your profile so that it's still there but visible only to you. This is especially useful when you're job hunting, dating online, or curating your profile to put your best foot forward. This archiving process is simple and fast.

The process and screenshots here are shown on an iPhone with iOS 13.7. Still, the process is similar across devices and operating systems.

How to Hide Select Photos

Here's how to hide an Instagram photo:

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

  2. Tap the dots in the upper-right corner of the screen to open a small pop-up menu. The menu appears 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.

    Archiving an Instagram photo

    From the same menu, you also can turn off commenting on a particular post, edit it, or delete it from your account.

How to View Archived Photos

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

  1. Select the three-line menu icon in the upper-right corner of your profile screen.

  2. Tap Archive.

  3. 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.

    Viewing Instagram archive

Making Your Archive Public Again

To put an archived post back on your 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.

    Restoring photo from archive