How to Delete a Facebook Story

Remove photos and videos from your Facebook Story or Story Archive

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Facebook stories are a great way to share short clips of your fun adventures with your friends. While the concept of "stories" first started on Instagram, they're used on Facebook in a similar fashion. Create a story on Facebook by sharing still images or videos that are a few seconds long, and the content will be available to your selected audience for 24 hours.

Facebook Stories are available for only 24 hours, but after that, they can be saved in your Story Archive. Only you can see your Story Archive. 

However, there may be times you want to delete a current or archived Facebook Story. Here's how to delete a Facebook story, whether you're in the iOS or Android Facebook mobile app or desktop version of Facebook.

How to Delete a Facebook Story Element

Whether your Facebook Story has one or multiple images or videos, it's easy to delete content. (These instructions apply to the Facebook mobile app and Facebook on the desktop.)



  1. Select your Facebook Story at the top of your newsfeed.

  2. Select the three dot icon at the top right corner of the story.

  3. Select Delete Photo or Delete Video, and then select Delete again to confirm.

    Three dot menu, Delete Photo, Delete confirmation button on Facebook Stories
  4. Repeat this process to delete more photos or videos from your story, if necessary. Once you've completed this action, the deleted content is permanently removed.

If you see someone else's story that you don't want to see, you can mute their story so it doesn't show up in your Stories section.

Enable Your Facebook Story Archive

Though your Facebook stories will disappear from public view after 24 hours, maintain access to your content by enabling your Story Archive.

When this option is enabled, all of your stories are automatically archived after 24 hours. When this option is disabled, all of your stories are lost to you and your viewers. Here's how to navigate your Facebook Story Archive settings. (These instructions apply to the Facebook mobile app except where indicated.)

  1. From your Newsfeed, tap your profile picture in the top left. (On the desktop, from your Newsfeed, select your name in the top left to go to your profile.)

  2. Select the three-dot icon and then select Story Archive. (On the Facebook desktop version, select Archive from the line under your profile picture.)

  3. Select the three-dot icon in the top right, and then select Settings. (On the Facebook desktop version, select the gear icon in the top right.)

  4. Toggle the Save to Archive option to on. (On the Facebook desktop version, select Turn On Story Archive.)

Conversely, if you don't want Facebook stories archived, turn off the Story Archive option and the stories will be permanently deleted after 24 hours.

How to Delete an Already Archived Facebook Story

You can access your archived Facebook stories through your Facebook profile and delete an archived story if you wish. (These instructions apply to the Facebook mobile app except where indicated.)

  1. Go to your Facebook Profile Page.

  2. Select the three-dot icon and then select Story Archive. (On the Facebook desktop version, select Archive from the line under your profile picture.)

  3. Select the Facebook story you wish to delete.

  4. Select the three-dot icon at the top right corner of the story.

  5. Select Delete Video.

    Story Archive, Three-dot menu, delete video button in Facebook Stories
  6. Your archived Facebook Story is now deleted.

Control Who Can View Your Facebook Stories

Users can determine if their stories can be viewed by everyone, friends and other contacts, or just friends. Set custom settings to choose only the people you want to grant access to your stories. You can also choose people from whom to hide a story. (These instructions apply to the Facebook mobile app except where indicated.)

  1. Add a photo or video to your Facebook Story.

  2. Tap Privacy in the bottom left. (On Facebook for the desktop, select the Friends box next to Your Story to access who can see your story.)

  3. Choose from the options for who can see your story.

    Public allows anyone on Facebook or Messenger to view your story. Friends lets all Facebook friends have access. Select Custom to share your story only with specific people. Select Hide Story From to exclude people from your story.

  4. Select Save.

  5. Your Facebook Story viewing options are now set. Only the people you want to see your Facebook Story can see it.