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Why Are Some Of My Archive Stories Missing On Instagram & Disappeared

Your Quick Answer:

To fix this, first of all, update your Instagram app to the latest version. For that, go to “Google Play Store” or “App Store”, and open Instagram.

Now, click on the ‘Update’ button and your app will be updated. Lastly, if the issue is with the server, then you have to wait for a while and the problem will automatically get fixed.

There are some Instagram story viewer tools that you can try to view the Instagram story.

Although, if the issue is with the story that is unavailable after opening then there are different ways to fix it.

Why Is Your Instagram Archive Gone?

In the past, it was easy to access by going to your Profile, tapping the Hamburger menu, and selecting Archive.

But with a recent update, this option seems to have vanished. The good news is that it hasn’t disappeared entirely and it’s just been moved to a different location. Your archived posts and stories are still there but you just need to find them in a new way.

Why Are Some Of My Archive Stories Missing On Instagram:

The following reasons can be the root cause of archive stories going missing:

1. May Have Deleted His Story Archive

There is an option of deleting the story archive by long pressing on the stories that are to be deleted permanently.

May Have Deleted His Story Archive

Once deleted permanently, then will not be able to see the story again. This could be the reason for the story archive to disappear. However, the archive is deleted after 30 days.

2. The Post you Archived is Private

When a user posts a story, there are two options available. If you click your story option, then the story of the user can be viewed by the followers and the public. However, when a user posts a story in the close friend option, only selected people whom the user has selected can view their story.

If you are not on the user’s close friend list, you will not be able to see their stories.

The Post you Archived is Private

However, if someone’s post that you archived is turned Private then you can’t view them again in the archived section.

3. Bug in the App or Server Error

Bugs in the Instagram app or an error in the Instagram server are the second most reported cause for the application not working smoothly and creating problems.  Bugs are the viruses and junk that create misfunctioning in the app which is why your archived stories are also not showing up properly.

Clear Data on instagram
Clear Cache on instagram

If Instagram detects an error in its server or any threat, it slows down the working of the app. When the problem in the server is resolved, the app automatically starts working smoothly like before.

Hence, if the server error is the cause of your missing archived stories, then, you have to wait for a while, and the problem will be resolved automatically.

🏷 Instagram Story Archive Limit:

Yes, there is a limit to the number of posts and stories you can archive. When you archive a story, it usually stays in your archive section, and if your post is deleted from the archive, you have 30 days to recover that.

🏷 Instagram Story Highlights Limit:

The highlight section consists of all the stories that you want to keep in your profile.

Even though there is a limit of 100 videos or photos in a single highlight category, you can add as many highlights as you want. There is no limit to that.

How to Fix the Instagram Archive stories missing:

To fix the Instagram archive stories missing an issue, you can try the below-mentioned methods. One of the methods will definitely fix your issue and the missing story will be restored:

1. Update App to Latest Version

If you are using an outdated app, then you will definitely face such missing issues in the app. Hence, you should first go and check, whether there is any update available or not. If there is, then, update the app to the latest version.

To update the app to the latest version:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Go to Play Store or App Store on your device.

Step 2: There, tap on the search bar and type > “Instagram” and open it.


Step 3: If there is an update available, a button on the right will be displayed saying the same.


Step 4: Tap on the “Update” button and the app will get updated to the latest version in a few minutes.

Step 5: Thereafter, go back to your Instagram app & open the ‘Archive’ story folder and check all the stories. 

2. Find the Archive from Settings

All the archived stuff gets saved under the ‘Archived’ section under the ‘Settings’ on the Instagram app.

Steps to find the Archive from Settings:

Step 1: Open Instagram App

First of all, open the Instagram app on your device and log in, if you have not logged in to your account. Next, you have to go to your “Profile” page.

Go to your profile on instagram

For that, click on the ‘Profile’ icon, given on the bottom right corner of the home screen, and the profile page will open.

Step 2: Go to Your activity

Thereafter, on the ‘Profile’ page, click on the “Three Horizontal” lines icon in the top right corner. A list of options will appear on the screen when you will tap on the three horizontal lines icon. From that list, tap on the “Your Activity” option and you will reach the “Your Activity” tab. 

Tap the three horizontal line symbols
Your activity

On that tab, will be a list of different options related to your account, including the “Archived” option.

Step 3: Choose ‘Archived’

Next, from the appeared list of ‘Your Activity,’ scroll down and choose > “Archived”. Under this section, you will find all your archived posts, stories, and videos. There you can access your archived stuff and make the necessary changes like unarchive, etc, if want. 

Choose  Archived on instagram

Hence, tap on “Archived” from the list and open it.

Step 4: Select Type of Archive

Now, under the archived tab, click on the ‘drop down’ arrow, given at the top of the screen, and the list of the archive such as – Stories archive, Posts, archive, and Live archive, will come up on the screen.

click on Stories Archive

From the list select whichever archive you want to see, and tap on it. for example, if you want to see the past uploaded stories, then click on the “Stories Archive” and all the stories that you have uploaded in the past will appear on the screen. Scroll the screen and find the one you found missing.

This is how you can find the missing archived stories from settings. 

3. Reinstall the App

Sometimes the problem is not in the app but on the app. For that, you have to delete the existing application and reinstall the new, updated version of the Instagram app.

Hence for that, first, on the app menu and long-press the Instagram app icon, and from the popped-up menu, select > “Uninstall”.


Once the uninstall process is done, refresh your phone. Thereafter, go to “Play Store or App Store”, search Instagram, and install it. Log in to your account and check the missing stories, you will definitely find them. 

4. Wait for a While

After trying all possible methods, still facing the same issue, better now to stop and wait for a while. The problem is not at your end but on the Instagram app’s end. If this is so, then, it will get resolved automatically and your problem will get fixed in a while.

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