You can then use the archived Stories to build Stories Highlights in which you can group previous Stories and feature them on your Instagram profile.
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Each of the updates adds new appeal to Story content - not only does it give your Stories added value, but it gives you an additional way to spruce up your profile. And the other, Stories Archive, is meant to help you hang onto the Stories you really want to save. As Instagram puts it on their blog, "To create a highlight, tap the "New" circle at the far left".
"Once you're done, your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand-alone story when someone taps it", Instagram explained. There, you'll be able to easily switch between your posts archive and stories archive. To access the archive, click the clock icon in the top-right corner of the app.
For example, if you want to share a series of Stories from a recent vacation, you would save them to your profile under the name "Sea Trip" or the like. It also lacks the 24-hour limitation, allowing users to add as many "highlights" as they like. And yes, Stories Archive can be turned off altogether for those who prefer to live (and 'gram) in the moment. But there are more substantial changes than that too, and the features together offer major changes to the way that the recently introduced stories feature works.
Moving forward, your stories will automatically save to your archive when they expire.
The Archive is private, so only the user can view their own stuff while it's in there.
Both the Stories Highlights and Stories Archive are rolling out now as part of the newest update to the Instagram app, which is also being released today. "We encourage everyone to be thoughtful about interactions with wild animals and the environment to help avoid exploitation and to report any photos and videos you may see that may violate our community guidelines".