After beta testing in late May, Instagram rolled out a new feature to all users on Tuesday, according to TechCrunch. If you're wondering how to get Instagram Archives, all you have to do is update your software to version 10.21. Depending on your phone's settings, it may already be there, but if you can't find it, a manual update should do the trick. To archive a post, just tap the three dots in the top right corner, like you would to delete or edit it. Now, the first option on the menu is "Archive." Tap the word, and you're good to go. The photo will no longer be displayed on your feed, but it's not really gone for good.
To view photos you've archived, go to your profile and tap the new clock/arrow hybrid icon on the top right. You can still see all of your likes and comments on archived photos, and you can choose to send an archived photo back to your public feed by tapping the three dots again, then choosing "Show on Profile." Or if you'd prefer, you can delete them, or leave them in your archive forever, where only you will be able to view them.
So why would you want to archive a photo, instead of just deleting it? You might be surprised by how many reasons there are. Instagram has been around for seven years now. If you've had an account for a long time, you may have grown up a bit since your early posts. While a selfie from high school may not represent present-day you, it's still fun to look back on old photos, and chances are you don't have every picture you've ever taken saved on your phone. Archiving them keeps your online presence professional, but you'll still be free to reminisce, and you don't need to worry about clogging up your devices.
And there may be times when you want to clean up your feed temporarily. If you're looking for a new job, you should know that according to TIME, 93 percent of hiring managers check out a candidate's social media profile when considering them for a job. No judgement here, but if you're in an on-again, off-again relationship, please learn from celebrities' mistakes. If you delete every picture of your fiancée from Instagram, it's going to be pretty awkward when you eventually make up. Now you can send them to the archive while you take a few days to cool off. Thanks, Instagram!