How to Add Story to Instagram Highlights without Posting?

Your Quick Answer:

To add Instagram highlights without posting to the story, you’ll need to first switch your profile to a Private account from the Privacy section of your profile.

Next, you’ll have to hide all your followers by selecting their names manually and then post a story.

Make sure you turn on the Save to archive switch before posting the story. Wait for twenty-four hours for the story to expire and it will be automatically added to the Archive section of Instagram.

You’ve to click on Archive and then open the story and add it to Highlight.

After adding it to highlight, you need to revert back to the previous Settings by switching your account to public and unhiding the hidden followers.  

You can even add, delete and edit your Instagram highlight anytime you want.

An Instagram story lasts for twenty-four hours after which it expires but the highlighted stories don’t expire, though you can delete them whenever you want.

How to Add Story to Instagram Highlights without Posting

Just follow a few steps to add a story to Instagram highlights without posting:

1. Open Instagram & Make Your Account Private

Stories on Instagram can be highlighted without even publishing them. Generally, when you highlight a story on your Instagram profile, you need to first post or publish it from your profile. But if you switch your profile to private, then post a story after hiding your followers from seeing it, no one would be able to view it and later you’ll be able to add it to the highlights of your profile.

As you’re switching your profile from public to private mode, you don’t need to worry about non-followers being able to see it.

Therefore, the first step of this trick is to make your account private from the Settings of the Instagram app so that your profile stays locked from the non-followers.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram application and login into your account using the correct username and password.

Step 2: Next, click on the profile picture icon that’s at the top right corner of the Instagram home page, and then click on the three lines icon.

profile picture icon

Step 3: From the set of options, you need to click on Settings.

click-on-the-option-Settings

Step 4: Then from the list of options, click on Privacy.

click on Privacy

Step 5: You’ll need to toggle the switch next to the Private account to turn on the option.

the Private account

After you turn on the switch, you’ll be able to lock your profile from the non-followers.

2. Hide Story from All

The next step for performing this trick is to hide your story from all your followers. If you’re trying to add Instagram highlights without posting the story, then you’ll have to hide your story from all your followers to make it look like you never posted that particular story.

Instagram allows you to choose the audience whom you want to show your story, however, in this case, you’ll need to select all your Followers’ names manually to hide the story from all of them so that your story cannot be seen by anyone.

If you have got a long list of followers, it will take up a little more time to select all the Followers’ names manually but if you don’t have many followers it will be quicker for you.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram application.

Step 2: You’ll need to click on the profile picture icon to go to your profile page.

profile picture icon

Step 3: Next, click on the three lines icon.

click on the three lines icon

Step 4: Then you’ll need to click on the option Settings.

click on the option Settings

Step 5: You’ll find the ‘Privacy‘ option on the next page, from where you’ve to click on Story.

privacy option

Step 6: Next, click on 0people under Hide story from.

Hide story from

Step 7: Then checkmark all the circles manually next to the names of the followers.

checkmark all the circles

After selecting all the names, get back to the previous page.

3. Update the Story

The third and most important step is to upload the story. Even though you’re trying to add highlights without posting stories, you must post the story but hide it from everybody so that it looks like you’ve never posted that story.

However, before you post your story on Instagram, you’ll need to make sure that the Save story to archive switch is turned on so that when the story expires after completing twenty-four hours, it gets automatically added to the Archive section so that you’ll be able to add it to the highlights from the Archive section itself. After you turn it on, post any story that you want to add to highlight and it won’t be visible to any.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open Instagram.

Step 2: Click on the profile picture icon.

profile-picture-icon

Step 3: Next, click on the three lines icon.

click on the three lines icon

Step 4: Then you’ll need to click on the Archive option.

click on the Archive option

Step 5: Then click on the three dots icon and you’ll be able to see two different options.

click on the three dots icon

Step 6: From there, click on Settings.

click on Settings

Step 7: Next, enable the ‘Save story to archive’ option by swiping it right.

Save story to archive

🔴 Steps To Upload Story:

Step 1: Open Instagram.

Step 2: Next, swipe to the right to enter the camera screen.

camera screen

Step 3: Either capture the picture or add it from the gallery to post it as a Story by clicking on Your Story.

Your Story

4. Wait for 24 Hours

After you upload an Instagram story you’ve to wait for twenty-four hours for it to expire. Instagram’s story lasts for twenty-four hours after which it disappears on its own. Although for this method, your story isn’t visible to any of your followers, the policy remains the same. To add your story to the highlights, you’ll have to wait for it to expire and then head on to the Archive section from where you’ll be able to add it to the highlights of your profile.

As you’ve already turned on the Save story to archive option, your story will be automatically saved to the Archived from where you’ll be able to add it to the highlights of your profile after naming it something.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram application.

Step 2: Next, you’ll have to head on to your profile page and click on the three lines icon.

profile-picture-icon-1

Step 3: Then, click on Archive.

click-on-the-Archive-option

Step 4: You’ll be able to see your Story over there in the Archive section.

in the Archive section

Step 5: Click on the story to open it and then click on the Highlight button that’s at the right corner of the screen.

click on the Highlight

Step 6: Then click on New and name it.

Step 7: Next click on Add to highlight it on your Instagram profile.5.

click on Add

5. Revert your Settings to Public

After adding your story to the highlights of your profile, the purpose of this method is fulfilled. You’ll need to revert back to the previous Settings by switching your profile to public and unhiding all the hidden followers to allow them to view your upcoming stories.

After your revert back to your previous Settings, your profile will again become public and all non-followers, as well as followers, would be able to view your profile’s videos, images, stories, reels, etc.

However, if you don’t want to switch your profile to the public you can keep it private but you have to perform the unhiding of the followers so that your upcoming stories get visible to your followers.

As you’ve already added the story to the highlights, it would now be visible to everyone who visits your profile to view the highlights of it.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Turn off the Private account switch from the Privacy section of your account by Heading to Settings.

 Turn off the Private account

Step 2: Next, from the Privacy section click on Story.

the Privacy section

Step 3: Then click on (number) people under the Hide story from section.

click on (number) people

Your profile will get back to its previous form.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How to Add, Delete or Edit your Highlights on Instagram?

  • To add Highlights on Instagram, you need to first upload the story and as the story gets published, click on it. You’ll be able to see an option Highlight at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • You’ve to click on Highlight and then you can either add it to the existing highlighted stories, or you can add it as a new highlighted story by clicking on New.
  •  You can even edit the existing highlights. You’ll be able to find all the existing highlights right above your post section. If you click and open a highlighted story, you’ll be able to find the three dots icon. Click on it.
  • Next, click on Edit highlight and then you can edit it by changing its cover and title, and then click on Done to save the changes.
  • You can also delete your existing highlighted stories from your profile. To delete an existing highlighted story, you’ll need to open Instagram and then head on to your profile page.
  • You’ll need to click and hold the existing highlighted story that you want to delete and then you’ll see a few options. Click on the Delete highlight and then confirm it by clicking on Delete.

2. How long does the story stay on the profile?

A story on Instagram stays for twenty-four hours after which it expires and vanishes automatically. Instagram has a policy where no story can stay ‘Live’ for more than twenty-four hours.

However, if you want your stories to stay in your profile and be visible to your audience, you can add them to your profile highlights. Highlighted stories don’t expire but you can edit or delete them whenever you want.

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