How to see your old Instagram Stories
So, as we all know, one of the best parts of a Story on Instagram is its ephemeral nature. It's here and then it's gone! No traces left on your pristine profile of a tipsy night out. (Those live on only in sneaky screencaps and screen recordings of said Story.)
However, in 2017, Instagram introduced a feature that allows you to see all of your old Instagram stories. The Archive section of your account includes a copy of all the Stories you've posted after the 2017 update, as long as you've had the 'save to archive' function enabled. (You can turn it off if the idea of storing memories doesn't float your boat.)
Per Bustle, "It's pretty simple to access. To get to your Instagram Archive, go to your profile on your mobile app. Then, access the Menu by tapping the three horizontal lines in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. In the list of options that come up, you should see your Archive listed underneath Settings. Tap it. This should bring you to a screen filled with all of the Stories." From your Stories Archive, you're able to reshare your memories again.
In the new update, Instagram has also debuted a new way to look at your Stories: via a calendar and a map. So, if you want to look for a particular story by time or place, you'll be able to see it much clearer than just endless scrolling.
How to see all your old Instagram bios
Hoo boy, this one's the real kicker. There's something about an Instagram bio that has the same opportunity for past-you to embarrass future-you as an MSN Messenger username or a first email address. Just a lot of: "why did I ever think this was a good idea?"
To see your old Instagram bios head to the 'Settings' section in the app, choose 'Security' and then choose 'Access Data.' From there you've got a delightful selection of information to download at your will. You can choose 'Former bio texts' to see every version of your bio that's existed until now, as well as your former usernames, full names and links in bio, you know, for the full experience.
Anyway, let this be a reminder to us all the Internet is written in ink. Sleep soundly knowing your embarrassing receipts are only ever a click or a screenshot away.