Are you thinking about unarchiving a post on Instagram, and are wondering what will happen?

Archiving and unarchiving posts has its own set of benefits that many people aren’t aware of. However, what actually happens when you go to do it?

In this article, I’ll be answering all of these questions, so you’ll know exactly what to expect when you go to unarchive the post.

Let’s get started!

What Happens When You Unarchive An Instagram Post?

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When you unarchive a post on Instagram, it returns to the exact place it was before you ever archived it.

This means that it will reappear on the exact same place on your profile, that it was originally, rather than being placed at the top.

Since Instagram posts are organized by date, this means it will likely be pushed further down your profile, unless you haven’t published any other posts since the one that you archived.

Additionally, all engagement on the post will remain in-tact, and be restored once you unarchive the posts.

This means that any likes, comments, or saves that the post received will still be there when you decide to unarchive it!

Will It Show Back Up In People’s Feeds?

Now that we know that the post returns to your profile in the original spot, this begs an important question – will it recirculate in your follower’s feeds?

In the overwhelming majority of cases, no.

When a post is unarchived, it isn’t republished or reposted. It can be thought of simply like ‘hiding’ and ‘unhiding’ it.

Posts on Instagram have a relatively short shelf life. After a few days at most, the posts no longer circulate most people’s feeds, so Instagram can make room for new content to appear.

Since most posts that are archived are already out of circulation, this means they won’t suddenly start being pushed out again as soon as they’re unarchived.

The only exception to this may be if the post was just recently published, and was both archived and unarchived during the period where it would still be getting shared with people.

Are There Any Benefits To Archiving And Unarchiving?

Although unarchiving posts won’t result in more views, they can offer another major benefit that can boost your performance on Instagram.

The primary one is that archiving posts gives you far more control over the aesthetic of your page.

For example, let’s say that you wanted to make a post that didn’t really fit with the theme of your page that well. So, after it’s been posted and made its way through people’s feeds, you decide to archive it.

That way, when people land on your Instagram page, they don’t see it, and are more likely to follow you.

After some period of time has passed and you’ve posted a lot more, you can unarchive the post, returning it back to your profile.

Since unarchived posts return to their rightful place on your page (and not to the top), you still have the opportunity to leave a good first impression, without hiding your post forever.

So, carefully choosing when to archive and unarchive posts can help make your page more aesthetically appealing, potentially resulting in more followers!

Tip: Some people choose to archive all but their best performing posts, leaving the posts with the most engagement / best performance on their profile for new potential followers to see.

How To Unarchive A Post On Instagram

In case you forgot or you’ve never done it before, I wanted to quickly go over how to actually unarchive a post on Instagram!

The truth is, it’s actually quite simple.

To unarchive a post on Instagram, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Instagram profile.
  2. Tap on the icon with three horizontal lines in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap on ‘Archive.’
  4. Tap the menu on the top of the screen, and select ‘Posts archive.’
  5. Tap on the post that you want to unarchive.
  6. Tap on the three dots on the top-right corner of the post.
  7. Tap ‘Show on profile.’

This will immediately unarchive the post, and restore it to your profile once again! It will also remove it from your posts archive permanently, unless you decide to rearchive it in the future.


Unarchiving a post returns it to the original place on your profile, with all previous engage (likes, comments, etc.) kept in-tact.

However, it will not repost it to your profile, nor will it appear in your followers’ feeds a second time, if it’s already out of circulation.

I hope that you’ve found this article helpful, and that it’s answered all of your questions.

If you have any other questions about how archiving and unarchiving posts on Instagram works, ask them below and I’ll be happy to help.

Wishing you the best,

– James McAllister

About the author 

James McAllister

James is the owner of He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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