How To Edit Instagram Story After Posting?

Stories have become the best way for Instagrammers to temporarily share their photos and videos for the next 24 hours. Instagram stories have made it convenient for people to share their photos and videos. With the popularity of Instagram stories, there have different queries among Instagrammers. One common question among Instagrammers is how they can edit their Instagram stories after posting them.

In this article, let us show you if it is possible to edit your Instagram story after posting them, how you can edit your stories and how to add your stories to highlights.

Is it Possible to Edit your Instagram Story After Posting?

If you have been using Instagram for some time, you might have figured out that editing a story after you post it is not possible. Before posting, you can edit and play around with colors, filers, labels, geotagging, and other things. But once you post your story, you cannot play around much with the photo or the video. 

But don’t get disappointed so early. Although you cannot edit what’s inside the picture, like the filters, edits, GIFs, texts, and other things, you can still make changes to the story.

You can still edit some information about your story through Story Settings. Open your story, tap on three dots, and then choose Story settings. Here you will edit different things like:

You can still edit some information about your story through Story Settings
  • Choose who can see your story by hiding the people who you don’t want to see your story
  • Select who can reply to your story post. You can either select everyone, people you follow, or no one.
  • Decide your Close friends who can see your private Instagram stories.
  • You can also save the stories to your camera roll or archive them if you don’t want to lose them.

Steps To Delete Instagram Story

So, since you cannot edit your photos or videos on your story after posting them, let us teach you how you can delete your Insta Story to upload them again.

  • Open your Instagram App
  • Tap the story from your Profile or click on your Profile photo on the top left. 
  • Now, open the story you want to delete.
  • You will see ‘three dots/more’ in the bottom left corner. Click on it and select Delete.
Open your Instagram App
  • A pop-up will arise, tap on Delete, and your story will be deleted.
A pop-up will arise tap on delete and your story will be deleted

Add Instagram Story into Highlights

Instagram Highlights are a way to showcase your best memories from your past stories. Unlike Instagram stories, highlights can be featured in your Profile for more than 24 hours until you remove them. You can feature your previously shared stories on your profile, and here is how you can add an Instagram story to highlights.

  • Open Instagram and Go to your Profile.
  • Click the +/New Button on your Profile just above your posts.
Open Instagram and Go to your Profile
  • You will be able to choose from all your stories from the past.
  • Select the stories you want to add in your Highlight and Click Next on the top-right corner.
How To Edit Instagram Story After Posting
  • Now Edit the Cover. You can either add a new cover from the camera roll or Select a cover from the stories.
How To Edit Instagram Story After Posting
  • Finalize the cover, write a name for your highlights and Tap on Done.

Once your highlights appear on your Profile , everyone will be able to see the stories on the highlights until you remove them.


Can you add another picture to an existing Instagram post?

No, you cannot add another picture to an existing Instagram post. Just like how you can’t edit your photos and videos in your stories after posting them, you can’t edit or add another picture to an existing Instagram post. But you can change the geo-location, the people you tag, and your caption in the photo. 

Can non-followers see my Instagram story if I tag them?

If you have set your Instagram account to public, anybody can see the photo or video your post on your feed and your stories. When you tag someone on your story through a public account, they will be able to see the story in their message request. But they will only get a notification if they are following you. 
If you are tagging a non-follower from a private account, they won’t be able to see the story or the post. 

Is there a way to find out if someone is hiding their Instagram stories from you?

Generally, there is no official way to find out if someone is hiding their Instagram stories from you. But you can check their Profile, and if they are hiding their stories, you won’t be able to see their highlights. There can also be chances that they have removed all their highlights too. The best way to find out if someone is hiding their story is to cross-reference with a friend.

How can I look at someone’s Instagram stories without them knowing?

Although there is no official way to look at someone’s story without them knowing, people have found different loopholes. You can either tap on the story to pause it and slowly move it to the next direction without letting it fully open, seeing the other story on an adjacent side of a 3D box. Or you can use third-party apps to view the story.

What do the top 3 viewers on Instagram story mean?

The order of your story viewer is based on how your followers engage and interact with your Profile . Generally, the followers you engage with and those that interact with you the most end up at the top of your Instagram story. For the first 50 views, Instagram sorts the viewers in chronological order, but once the story crosses 50 views, Instagram pushes the interacting followers to the top of the list.


Before posting your Instagram story, double-check for details, texts, or filters, and take ample time to edit your stories before posting them. Once posted, you can’t edit the photos and videos on your stories, so don’t publish your story without finalizing all the edits. You can also save your Instagram story before posting, as you will be able to make extra edits on the same photo if you want. 

Besides that, we hope this article has helped you know about what can and cannot be edited on your Instagram stories and how you can edit them. If you have any other queries, let us know in the comments below! 

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