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How to Delete Instagram Story


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Ever had a moment of regret after posting an Instagram story? Don't worry—it's easy to delete that story and start fresh. In this article, we'll cover how to delete an Instagram story, both from the app and from your Story Archive.

Let's start by breaking down the various situations where you might delete a story.

Deleting an Instagram story you just posted


Here is a breakdown of the steps to delete the story you just posted:

  1. Open the Instagram app and log into your account.

  2. Tap on your profile picture located in the bottom left corner to enter your profile page.

  3. Swipe up from your profile photo to view all of your stories or tap on "Your Story" at the top of the page.

  4. Tap the delete button (X) in the bottom right corner of the story you want to delete.

  5. Confirm that you want to delete this story and it will be removed from your profile page as well as all other users' feeds who have seen it.

How often do you post a story on Instagram?

  • Once a week

  • Between 2-5 times a week

  • More than 5 times a week


Deleting an Instagram story and Facebook story at the same time


If you have connected your Instagram and Facebook accounts, you can delete your story from both platforms without having to delete it twice. Here's how:

  1. Open the Instagram app and log into your account.

  2. Tap on your profile picture located in the bottom left corner to enter your profile page.

  3. Swipe up from your profile photo to view all of your stories or tap on "Your Story" at the top of the page.

  4. Tap the delete button (X) in the bottom right corner of the story you want to delete.

  5. Select “Delete Everywhere” when prompted and it will delete both your Instagram story and Facebook story simultaneously.

How to delete stories from your Story Archive


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Once you’ve deleted a story from your Instagram profile, it won’t be completely gone until you delete it from your Story Archive. Here's how:

  1. Open the Instagram app and log into your account.

  2. Tap on the hamburger icon (the three lines in the top right corner).

  3. Select “Archive” from the menu.

  4. Swipe up on your Archive page and select "Stories".

  5. Tap the delete button (X) in the bottom right corner of the story you want to delete.

  6. Confirm that you want to delete this story and it will be removed from your Story Archive.

That's it! Now you know how to delete photos and videos from an Instagram story, both individually and at once with the help of Facebook.


You'll never have to worry about an unwanted story lingering on your profile again. Comment below if you've ever needed to delete a story or if you have any questions.

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