Social Media Instagram 73 73 people found this article helpful How to Hide Instagram Photos Rather Than Delete Them Make them private instead of deleting them by Emily Price Writer Emily Price is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a freelance tech writer who focuses on emerging technology. our editorial process Emily Price Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Michelle Adeola Adelufosi Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michelle Adeola Adelufosi is a marketing consultant with 9 years' experience working for a variety of clients. Her expertise includes social media, web development, and graphic design. our review board Article reviewed on Sep 12, 2020 Michelle Adeola Adelufosi The Ultimate Guide to Instagram The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Introduction Instagram Basics How to Use Instagram Instagram Tips for Beginners Check Messages on Instagram Add or Change an Instagram Background Search Instagram for Tags and Users Add Music to Instagram Video Use Instagram Video Chat Try Instagram Shopping Get Verified on Instagram Clear Search History on Instagram Posting on Instagram The Best Time to Post Save a Draft of a Post Repost an Instagram Story See Previously Liked Posts Post a GIF to Instagram Add Multiple Photos to Stories Save Instagram Videos How to Quickly Repost Photos Saving Photos Deleting Photos and Videos View Saved Posts With Instagram Collections Working With Followers Mute Someone on Instagram See Who Unfollowed You on Instagram Block Someone On Instagram Unblock Someone on Instagram See Who Viewed You Great Tools to Track Comments Remove Followers on Instagram Tips to Get a Shoutout on Instagram Attract More Instagram Followers Delete 'Suggestions for You' IG Tips & Tricks Instagram Tips and Tricks to Try Add Highlights on Instagram Learn About Instagram Direct Use Instagram's Close Friends Feature How to Delete or Deactivate Your Account Reactivate Your Account Reset Your Password Get Started With Location Tagging How to Repost Shoot Videos with Instagram Video Understanding IG Privacy & Security Hide Your Story on Instagram Does IG Send Screenshot Notifications? Make Your Instagram Account Private See Who Saved Your Instagram Posts Download Everything IG Knows About You Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts Hiding Photos Rather Than Deleting Them How to View Private Instagram Accounts What Is the Instagram Virus? Top Instagram Scams The Instagram Money Scam Engaging Users on Instagram Start an Instagram Live Video How to Sell on Instagram Use an Instagram Creator Account Make Money as an Instagram Influencer How to Get More Likes Things You Should Definitely Do Get on the Instagram Explore Page The Best Instagram Apps to Boost Engagement How to Make a Poll Instagram Extras: Captions & More Steal These: The Best Instagram Captions Discover the Best Instagram Filters Have Fun With Instagram Hashtags Use Emoji Hashtags on IG The Easy Way to Track IG Hashtags How to Use the IG Questions Sticker Using Instagram on Other Platforms Can You Get Instagram on Apple Watch? Use Instagram on a PC or Mac Get Instagram for iPad What is the Galaxy S10 Instagram Mode? View Instagram on the Web Online Connect Instagram to Facebook Tools for Posting From the Desktop Tweet Share Email 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: Open Instagram and display the photo you want to archive. 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. 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. 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: Select the three-line menu icon in the upper-right corner of your profile screen. Tap Archive. 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. Making Your Archive Public Again To put an archived post back on your profile: Tap the archived photo you'd like to make public again. Tap the three dots above the image to display a menu similar to the one you saw when you archived the image. Tap Show on Profile to have the image show up once again on your profile.