How to Retrieve Deleted Instagram Posts? (Your Own or Someone Else’s)

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When you delete an Instagram post it’s not permanently lost. You have a 30-day window to recover and restore any deleted Instagram posts thanks to a recent update. Ensure your app is up-to-date by checking the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store before you try to retrieve any posts.

While some third-party apps promise to show you deleted posts from other accounts there’s no official method endorsed by Instagram. It’s usually best to respect someone’s privacy if they decide to remove a post from their account.

How to Restore Deleted Instagram Photos?

Deleted a photo by accident? Don’t worry you can get it back if it’s been less than 30 days. This recovery must be done through the Instagram app on either an iPhone or Android device as the web version does not support this feature. Here’s what to do:

  1. Launch Instagram and go to your profile by tapping the profile icon at the bottom right corner.
  2. Tap on the three-line menu at the top right then select “Your Activity.”
  3. Choose “Recently Deleted” to see all deletable content.
  4. Select the post you wish to restore, tap the three dots in the top corner and choose ‘Restore’. Confirm the restoration.
  5. You’ll need a one-time password (OTP) for security which can be sent to your email or phone. Enter the OTP to finalize the restoration.

This process allows you to bring back photos, reels and other types of content.

How to Archive Instagram Posts

Instead of deleting you might want to simply hide a post from your feed temporarily by archiving it. This is also possible for stories and live videos. Here’s how:

  1. Open Instagram and navigate to the post you want to archive.
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner and select “Archive.”
  3. To view archived items go to your profile tap the three lines and select “Archive.” Here you can switch between your post archive and archives for your stories or live sessions.

Archived items are private and can be unarchived whenever you want to return them to your profile.

Viewing Someone Else’s Deleted Instagram Posts

Officially once someone deletes a post from Instagram it’s gone for good. If you anticipate that a post might be deleted you can take a screenshot to save it. For live content saving it is a bit more complicated.

In Summary

Instagram is not as fleeting as Snapchat but it does allow users the option to delete content they no longer want to keep. If you accidentally delete something remember you have 30 days to restore it or you can preemptively save it to a dedicated Instagram folder on your device.