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How to Delete an Instagram Story

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Occasionally, you’ll need to delete an Instagram story. Whether you posted it prematurely or you simply changed your mind, you can easily delete your Instagram stories.

This post will explain how you can delete your live stories, highlighted stories, and those that have been archived.

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How to Delete Live Instagram Stories

If you posted an Instagram story by mistake or you aren’t getting the reaction you were hoping for, you can delete them before they are archived. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1

    From your profile, click your avatar or profile image. 

  2. Step 2

    Click the 3 bar menu icon at the bottom right-hand side of the page.

  3. Step 3

    From the menu that appears, click the delete button. 

  4. Step 4

    When a pop-up appears, click “Delete” again. 

While the story will be deleted immediately, anyone who is viewing it will be able to continue viewing it, though they will not be able to rewatch it.

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How to Delete Highlighted Instagram Stories

If you have saved any Instagram stories by highlighting them, you can delete them by completing the following:

  1. Step 1

    Find the highlighted story that you want to remove on your profile page. 

  2. Step 2

    Tap on the story and hold. A menu should pop up.

  3. Step 3

    Select “Delete Highlight” from the menu, then tap “Delete” again to confirm.  

This action will delete your highlighted story from your profile and archive it. If you want it deleted from your account altogether, you will need to follow the delete archived stories below.

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How to Delete Archived Instagram Stories

You may want to clear out your archived stories even though they no longer appear to the public (unless you have highlighted them). Complete the following:

  1. Step 1

    Login and go to your Instagram profile.

  2. Step 2

    Tap the menu (three bars) in the top right corner. 

  3. Step 3

    Tap “Archive” from the menu that appears. 

  4. Step 4

    Find the story which you want to delete and click on it. 

  5. Step 5

    Press the more (…) icon at the bottom right side of the screen. 

  6. Step 6

    Tap “Delete” then tap “Delete” again to delete the story.