How to Delete a Facebook Story

Remove photos and videos from your Facebook Stories archive too

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Facebook Stories are a great way to share short clips of your fun adventures with your friends and followers. While they first started on Instagram, they're used on Facebook in a similar fashion. You can share still images or videos in your Facebook stories that are a few seconds long and the content will be available on your profile for 24 hours, after which it's deleted or removed from public view.

However, it's good to know how to delete a Facebook story, or hide your stories at any time. Here's how.

How to Delete a Live Facebook Story

Stories should be located at the top of your home page on the mobile app. On the desktop browser version of Facebook, they should be located at the top right section of your home page.



  1. To access your Facebook story, in Facebook, select the arrows to get to the story you wish to delete.

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

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

    Three dot menu, Delete Photo, Delete confirmation button on Facebook Stories

Once you have completed this action, the story photo or video will be permanently deleted and you will be unable to access the content. If you wish to maintain access to the content, consider capturing the image or video with your phone camera before adding it to a story. You can also tap Save Photo or Save Video to save the story.

How to Archive a Facebook story

Though your Facebook stories will disappear from public view after 24 hours, you can also maintain access to your content by ensuring your story archives are enabled.

When enabled, all of your stories are archived after 24 hours. When disabled, all of your stories are lost to you and your viewers unless you back it up. Here's how to navigate your Facebook story archives.

  1. Access your Facebook story.

  2. Select the three dot icon.

  3. Select Edit Story Settings > Story Archive, then toggle Save to Stories Archive to On if it's not already.

Conversely, if you don't want Facebook stories archived, toggle Save to Stories Archive to Off 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. Select your profile name or photo on your Facebook public feed to access your profile.

  1. Select the three dot icon to the right.

  2. Select Story Archive

  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

How to 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. They can also set custom settings, which allows you to handpick the people you want to grant access to your stories. Additionally, you can handpick the people you may want to hide a story from.

  1. Access your Facebook story.

  2. Select the three dot icon.

  3. Select Edit Story Settings > Story Privacy.

  4. Select Public, Friends and Connections, or Friendly Only.