Your favorite Instagram stories can now live on in your profile

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As part of today's release of version 25 of Instagram app, groups of Stories, called Highlights, can be made by visiting a new section of your profile near your biography. To create a highlight, tap the "New" circle at the far left. You can add them to your main feed, for instance, or use them to add to the highlights section of your profile - alternatively, you can turn off the archive feature entirely. "Now you can more fully express your identity by grouping stories you've shared into highlights and featuring them on your profile". A private archive represents an obvious-to-the-point-of-being-inevitable solution. In your Stories Archive, your stories will appear in a grid with the most recent stories at the bottom. Stories are stamped with a date to help you navigate while you scroll.

The thing about any stories implementation across social media is after twenty-four hours from when you initially posted, your photo or video is deleted and can never be viewed again by anyone. Once you're done, your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand-alone story when someone taps it. Highlights stay on your profile until you remove them, and you can have as many highlights as you'd like. The flip side is that I rarely return to my old stories, wherever I've posted them - the posts are meant to be ephemeral, after all.

It could also encourage more businesses to use Instagram. Until now, Instagram profiles have been places for carefully manicured self-presentation. Though the company (which could go months on end without significant app updates prior to Stories) has been spinning out new features for more than a year now, updates have barely touched profiles.

Now the two new features aim to let people keep their hands on those photos and videos once they're posted. As a byproduct, they'll likely increase the amount of video on most people's profiles as well. You'll then be able to create Stories Highlights, which are named collections of your past Stories that show up in a new horizontal bar across the top of your profile.

And for good reason - part of the company's reasoning behind Stories in the first place (besides competing with Snapchat, that is) was that users were so exacting about what was on their profile that they weren't posting almost as often as Instagram wanted.

If you want to edit one of your Instagram Story Highlights, tap "Edit Highlight".

Preserve Your Storage - Now you won't have to worry about expending your phone's storage space saving your old Stories.

When the story archive is available to your account, you'll get a notification inside the app. Instagram won't begin saving your stories until that notification appears, and it offers a link to opt out if you choose.