The feature can be used as an alternative to deletion of posts
Instagram has started pushing out a new feature called “archive” which offers users the capability to choose an alternative when deciding whether or not to delete a post. Users choose to delete their post for various reasons like not garnering enough likes in a certain amount of time, and Instagram looks at this archive option as an alternative to deletion.
The latest archive option looks to have started rolling out to users today and Instagram confirmed its existence in an interview statement to TechCrunch. Users have the option to “archive” a post rather than delete it altogether. When a post is archived, it is simply hidden from public visibility, but remains on the service for the user to restore to visibility if they so choose.
To archive a post, you simply have to tap the three dots next to one of your posts and choose the archive option. You can also view your archived posts by going to your profile page and tapping the clock icon in the upper-right corner. This will give you a whole list of your archived posts.
The latest archive feature is being rolled out to select users now and Instagram states that it will be rolled out to more users over the next few months.