How to View All Your Instagram Stories on a Map

Since Instagram Stories disappear after 24 hours, it can be hard to track down past clips. Thankfully, Instagram now allows you to view your stories on a map, so you can browse them based on where you shot them.

To do this, update the Instagram app in the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).

Next, open the Instagram app and navigate to the profile tab by tapping your profile picture at the bottom right.

Visit the profile tab on the Instagram app

Tap the hamburger menu at the top right, and then tap “Archive.”

Tap the Archive button on your Instagram profile

Here, you’ll find all the stories you’ve created. The first section simply lists them in chronological order.

Visit your Instagram stories archive

The middle tab features a calendar view that allows you to find stories based on when you posted them. When you tap a date, Instagram loads all the stories you posted on that day.

Visit your Instagram stories archive

The last section shows a world map with pins in the locations associated with your stories. You can pinch inward to see more of them at once, or pinch out to scan pictures and videos in a narrower area.

Visit your Instagram stories archive

When you zoom in, Instagram automatically categorizes the stacks of photos and videos to their exact coordinates.

Browse your old Instagram stories by their location

Note that Instagram doesn’t use the image file’s data. Rather, it relies on the location tag you can add to your stories. Stories that don’t have this tag won’t be visible on the map.

If you want to permanently pin a collection of photos and videos from a location, tap them on the map, and then tap “Highlight” at the bottom.

Tap the Highlight button on an Instagram story

Type the location, and then tap “Add.” These photos and videos will then be available right under your profile’s description.

Create a new highlight for Instagram stories

Instagram used to offer a similar map view for your permanent photos and videos, but it was removed several years ago.

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