Instagram highlights: How to make highlights in Instagram, add a custom cover, and more

If you wish to make your Insta stories last more than 24 hours, Instagram highlights are the way to go. The feature saves your stories in neat little circles on your profiles so that they can be viewed later, post-expiration. The Instagram highlights work the same way as the regular story, except that you won’t be able to see the list of viewers. If you are new to the social networking platform and are wondering how to use the feature, fret not, we have got you covered. Below is an easy step-by-step guide on how to make highlights on Instagram, add a custom cover, edit Instagram highlights, and more

What are Instagram highlights?

As stated above, Instagram highlights are a public archive of your Instagram stories. The feature permanently saves your most successful or loved story for others to view. The Instagram highlights appear on your profile page, just above your photos and videos. They can be viewed and swiped just like a regular story. While you won’t be able to see who watched your highlights, you can see the views count.

How to use Instagram highlights on your stories

Instagram highlights can be used for existing as well as expired photos. While it’s pretty easy to highlight the existing stories, archiving the old ones requires a few additional steps. Here’s how they work:

How to make highlights of existing stories on Instagram

It is pretty easy to convert your existing story into an Instagram highlight.

  • Go to the Instagram story that you have just posted.
  • There will be a small button with a heart icon that says “Highlight”. Tap on it.
  • Now you see an Add to highlights page. Tap the ‘New’ button, and add the title of your Instagram highlight.
  • Once you have finished, simply tap the Add button. That’s it!

How to make highlights of expired stories in Instagram

Let’s say that you forgot to highlight your Instagram story. So, does that mean that it’s disappeared? If you have enabled the story archive feature, then definitely not. So, make sure that the story archive is enabled before you post any story. Here’s how to check if it’s enabled or not:

  • Go to the Instagram app
  • Swipe left to open the camera. A little gear icon will be there on the top left. Tap on it.
  • Now tap on the Story settings.
  • Scroll down and you should see a Save story to archive toggle. If it is disabled, just enable it.

Now that your story archive is ready, let’s see how to create an Instagram highlight:

  • Go to your Instagram profile page. 
  • Now, just before your posts, there will be a story highlights section. Tap on the ‘New’ icon.
  • Now you can create your Instagram highlight from your existing story archive. Select the number of stories that you want to add to your highlight. (You can add up to 100 stories in one highlight).
  • After you have selected your stories, tap Next.
  • Give a title to your story highlight. And edit the cover photo if you want to.
  • Tap Done and your story highlight should be up on your profile page.

How to add a custom Instagram highlights cover

If you have already added your Instagram highlight, and wish to change the cover photo of your highlight, it is pretty easy:

  • Go to your Instagram profile page.
  • Tap and hold the highlight where you want to change the cover photo.
  • Tap edit highlight. Then tap edit cover.
  • Now you will see a gallery icon, tap on it.
  • Now choose your custom cover image, and resize the image by using pinch to zoom.
  • Now tap the next arrow.
  • Now tap Done. Resize the photo if you have forgotten, and again tap Done.
  • Your cover photo should be updated now.

How to add new stories to Instagram highlights

If you have posted a new story, and want to add it to your existing highlights, it is pretty easy:

  • Go to the story you have just posted.
  • Tap on the highlight button. Now you will see an Add to highlights page.
  • Now add the story to the highlight you want. That’s it!

How to edit Instagram highlights

If you want to edit your existing Instagram highlight:

  • Go to your Instagram profile page. Tap and hold the highlight you want to edit.
  • Now tap on Edit highlight. From here you can deselect the stories you want to delete from your highlight.
  • If you want to add new stories, swipe right and tap on the stories you want to add.
  • You can also change the title and the cover photo of your highlight. 
  • After you have finished editing your highlight, tap Done.

How to delete Instagram highlights

If you want to delete your Instagram highlight:

  • Go to your profile page.
  • Tap and hold the Instagram highlight you want to delete.
  • Tap Delete highlight.


How to see who viewed Instagram highlights?

It is similar to Instagram Stories. Just Swipe up on the highlight, and you will be able to see who has viewed your Story highlight. However, this list will disappear after 48 hours from the post of your Story, so you will not be able to see who has viewed your highlight after 48 hours.

How to see my Instagram highlights without anyone knowing about it?

It’s a simple hack. You need to go to Swipe left > Tap on the gear icon > Story settings > Hide story from, and tap on 0 people. Now you will have to manually tap on every profile you want to hide the story from. Once you have done that, go back and tap Done. Now, you can view your Instagram highlights, and the profiles you have selected will never know if those highlights even exist.