How to Delete Stories on Instagram

It won’t be a stretch to say that stories are the most popular part of the app; at least they were before the introduction of the new feature called “Reels.” Most people I know post an Instagram story at least once per day, not only because it’s effortless to do but also because it gets a lot of attention and engagement from the audience.


For brands and influencers, stories are even more critical. They present the best way to engage with the audience and build a relationship with followers. Because of that, most marketers post numerous stories a day that have to do with a variety of promotional activities – from generating brand awareness to presenting new products or getting more followers. Because of that, the delete function is one of the most important ones in the app. After all, when producing so much content, you’re bound to make a mistake or change your mind.


In this blog post, we will take a look at how you can delete an Instagram story in the easiest way possible.

Quick Guide on How To Delete Stories on Instagram

Like most things on the platform, learning how to delete stories on Instagram is a quick and easy process. With just a couple of taps, your story will be deleted for good. It’s good that you remember that there’s no going back once you delete a story. You don’t have a draft mode, and you can’t just “unpublish” something – the only option you have is deleting, and once you do that, it’s a done deal. A copy of the story continues to exist in your Story Archive, though, in case you need it.

That being said, here are the steps you need to take in order to delete an Instagram story:

  • Open your story on the app.
  • Click on the three dots on the bottom of the screen.
  • Select “Delete” and then confirm.

That’s it – the story has been deleted, and it’s no longer viewable on the app.

Delete an Instagram Story from Your Archive

If you want to get rid of all the evidence that a story ever existed, the best way to do it is by deleting it from your Archive as well. Here’s how you can do that:

  • Open your profile on Instagram.
  • Select the three lines menu icon at the top of the screen and tap the “Archive” button.
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  • You will have the option to choose which Archive you want to access: Posts, Stories, or Lives.
  • For this purpose, tap on “Stories” and then find the story you want to delete.
  • Open it and tap on the three dots menu on the bottom right corner.
    Select “Delete” and then confirm.

That’s it; the story has been removed.

Delete an Instagram Story from Highlights

Highlights offers a way to keep Instagram stories on your profile for more than 24 hours. This feature allows you to select stories from your Archive and group them in any way you find meaningful. As a brand, you can do a “Products” highlight, where you keep stories from all your product promotions. With that said, stories do age, and there may come a time when you want to remove one of them so here’s how:

  • Go to your profile on Instagram and select a story highlight.
  • Get to the story you want to remove and click on the three dots on the bottom.
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  • Select “Remove from Highlight.”

You’re done – the highlight is removed.

These are the three ways to remove a story from anywhere on your Instagram profile. If you want to learn more about Instagram marketing, check our other blog posts and social media channels.

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