How to Add Highlights on Instagram

Instagram is the fourth largest social media platform in the world, so if you want to build an audience there,…

Instagram is the fourth largest social media platform in the world, so if you want to build an audience there, the competition is stiff. To maintain growth, you need to post quality content and appeal to your followers. For example, creative and humorous posts are the most popular types of content.

Keeping your Instagram account lively and your followers engaged can be difficult, especially if your content doesn’t last. Stories are one of the most engaging formats on Instagram, but the fact that they disappear after 24 hours can be a downside. What if you want them to be permanent? How about if you want followers that come after to still be able to see them?

That’s made possible with highlights. Creating highlights allows you to preserve your best stories for your existing and new followers to watch again and again. To create and edit Instagram highlights, follow this step-by-step guide.

What are Instagram Story Highlights?

Highlights are a way to prevent Instagram stories from disappearing after 24 hours. While they do not keep old stories in your main story (which appears on the feed), they do create a collection of saved stories that are stored on your profile page. You, your followers, and anyone who visits your profile will be able to view them whenever they want, as many times as they want to.

How to Create Highlights on Instagram

Making a highlight collection is easy. In under a minute, you can create your first Instagram story highlight with these steps:

  1. Open Instagram and navigate to your profile
  2. Press the plus (+) icon between your profile information and feed to begin making a highlight
  3. Choose previous stories you want to add to your highlight collection
  4. Press Next
  5. Add a title to your highlight
  6. Change the thumbnail image if you wish to
  7. Press Done to finalize your highlight

At this point, your highlight will be visible and available on your profile. You can add or remove stories from it whenever you choose.

How to Add to Instagram Highlights

If you already have an Instagram highlight and you want to add more stories to it, this can be done just as simply and at any time – even years later. Just follow this step-by-step guide:

  1. Open Instagram and enter your profile
  2. Press on the highlight you want to add to
  3. Press the three-dots icon and then select Edit Highlight
  4. Press Stories, then choose which stories you’d like to add
  5. Press Done

This will update your highlight and make the new stories a part of the collection on your profile.

How to Remove Posts from Instagram Highlights

If you want to remove a particular story from your highlight collection, this is a straightforward process. You do not need to delete your highlight and create a new one. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Instagram and enter your profile
  2. Press on the highlight you want to delete a story from
  3. Press the three-dots icon and then select Edit Highlight
  4. On the initial tab labeled Stories, find the story you want to remove
  5. Tap the story to remove; it will become brighter and the blue check in the bottom-right corner of the story will disappear
  6. Press Done

After you do this, the stories you’ve deselected will be removed from your highlight. However, this story will still be available in your archive; you can add it back later if you change your mind.

FAQs

How many Instagram highlights can I create?

You can create as many Instagram highlights as you want; there is no limit. However, remember that only so many highlights will be immediately visible on your profile. Try not to clutter your page, and be strategic by creating highlights with overarching themes.

How do I delete Instagram story highlights?

You can delete an entire highlight by viewing it and pressing the three-dots icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. Press Remove and the whole highlight will be deleted from your profile. All of the stories it contained will still be in your archives, however.

Can I share a story to an Instagram highlight when I post it?

You can add any story to your highlights, but you have to post it first. Once you have uploaded your story, simply follow the steps for adding to the highlight as listed above. If you cannot see your new story in the edit menu, wait for a few moments and try again. It can take up to 30 minutes for a story to become available on this screen, but don’t worry – it will show up eventually.