Instagram highlights disappearing - causes and solutions

An image of Instagram highlights disappearing

An image of Instagram highlights disappearing

Instagram highlights offer a way to showcase and immortalise your favourite stories, giving them a prime spot on your profile page beyond the standard 24-hour lifespan. However, when Instagram highlights start disappearing mysteriously, it can lead to frustration and confusion.

Encountering temporary glitches and issues on Instagram is a relatively common experience for its vast user base. Over the years, users have reported various issues ranging from DMs not working to the camera not working properly within the app.

This guide delves into the common reasons why Instagram highlights may disappear and provides step-by-step solutions to troubleshoot and rectify the issue. But, before that, make sure you check out the new Instagram Flipside feature immediately.

Why did Instagram delete my highlights?

This is a problem that's been popping up again, first showing up in April of 2019 and being addressed and fixed soon. While Meta has yet to release any statements on the problem, it seems this is most likely another technical glitch and the issue should be fixed.

For the moment, if you want to make long-lasting memories, we definitely recommend you avoid creating highlights, as they have a chance that they might not be saved and deleted forever. Instead, make a post, so you have a much more stable post that you can look back on.

How to fix disappearing Instagram highlights

One possible fix to try, even though it is not guaranteed to work as the glitch seems to be replicating in different ways for different users, is to reselect the story that you have created the highlights from and they should be showing up again.

It is not guaranteed that this fix will work and be the perfect solution, but it is definitely a workaround to try while we wait for Meta to address the issue and fix it, hopefully for good. If you're interested in how to fix the app crashing, which is also a problem that's been affecting some users, you can take a look at our guide on how to fix Instagram from crashing.

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