How to delete an Instagram story

You know that any story you create on Instagram is only visible for 24 hours. After that, it disappears from your profile. If you have the setting enabled, those stories can be moved to your Stories Archive so you can revisit and reshare them again or delete them for good. But if you want to remove an Instagram story before the time is up, you can certainly do that too.

Here, we’ll show you how to delete an active, archived, and promoted Instagram story.

Delete an Instagram story

Delete an active story

If you created an Instagram story in the last 24 hours, then it’s still active. You can remove it before it disappears by following these steps.

1) Go to your profile using the tab at the bottom or tap your profile icon from the main screen to view your story.

2) Tap the More button (three dots) on the bottom right.

3) Select Delete.

4) Confirm this action by tapping Delete again.

Delete an Instagram Story From the Profile

If you have more than one photo in your story, as in using the Multi-Capture feature, the above steps will not delete the entire story. They will only delete that particular photo in your story. Follow the same process to remove the additional story photos until they’re all deleted.

Note: When you delete a story or post, you can find these in the Recently Deleted section of the Instagram app. So if you decide later to share the story after all, you can. Take a look at our how-to for reposting from Recently Deleted and how long you have before items are removed permanently.

Delete an archived story

You can move stories that disappear to the archives automatically. This lets you reshare them if you like. But if you have a story in the archive that you want to remove completely, do the following.

1) Go to your profile and tap the Menu icon on the top right.

2) Select Archive.

3) Tap the arrow at the top and choose Stories Archive if necessary.

4) Pick the story you want to remove and tap the More button on the bottom right.

5) Select Delete and confirm by tapping Delete once more.

Delete an Instagram Story From the Archive

Note: If you delete an active Instagram story, it will not be moved to your archive. Only stories that disappear on their own go to the Stories Archive when time’s up. For more, check out our tutorial for using the Instagram archives.

Delete a promoted story

If you have a business account, you can delete a promoted story. But you can only do so after you delete the promotion, even if the promotion is over.

1) Go to your profile and choose Promotions.

2) Tap View Insights below the promotion you need to remove.

3) Scroll down and tap Delete Promotion.

Once you remove the promotion, follow the first set of steps in this how-to to delete the story.

For more information or help with your business account, go to the Instagram Help Center for this topic. You can click the Business Help Center link from there if necessary.

Wrapping it up

You aren’t stuck with an Instagram story on your profile that didn’t turn out quite as you had hoped. You can easily delete an active story and create a new one. Plus, you can remove those unwanted older stories from the archive if needed.

What tips do you have to share with other Instagram users for their stories? Comment below or hit us up on Twitter with your suggestions!