Choose your favorite Instagram Stories from your Archive to create Stories Highlights

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Many people use Instagram more so now to showcase themselves and their personality, artwork, day-to-day activities, and more, so it's no surprise that Instagram would like to catch up so we can hold onto those memories for more than just 24 hours.

Instagram has introduced what it calls two new tools for members that will allow them to share their favorite Stories with others.

The new Stories Highlights appear in a new section on your profile below your bio. On your profile there is an Archive button that will show you your post archive and allow you to switch to your Stories Archive.

The first new feature is a Story Archive. Not only can you have as many Highlights as you wish, they stay on your profile until you remove it. That gave them an ephemeral, fleeting quality, but if you get as attached to your Stories as I do, that expiration date was a bit of a bummer.

Instagram continues to build upon Stories, adding new elements that make it worth using. Though the company (which could go months on end without significant app updates prior to Stories) has been spinning out new features for more than a year now, updates have barely touched profiles. As Instagram puts it on their blog, "To create a highlight, tap the "New" circle at the far left".

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The platform said a lot of users were downloading their stories but a usual complaint was that it was gone before they had the chance to save it to their phone.

Just tap any story in the archive to watch it - or, add it to your story again, share it as a post, or add it to a highlight.

Stories Highlights will enable more customization and self-expression on profiles than ever before - whether sharing the best moments with your dog, your recent family vacation, or a collection of your silliest selfies. Though we did have the option to pick and choose which stories to download (and still do), this will make it easier and not something that you have to moderate yourself. You can add up to 100 photos or videos to a single highlight and there's no limit to how many highlights you can post.

One annoying thing is that your newest Stories appear at the bottom of the grid instead of the top. Note: Only you can see your archived stories.

Users can create as many Highlights as they want, and they can be continuously added to. To edit or delete a highlight, press and hold its icon.

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