Instagram ‘Recently Deleted’: how to recover deleted photos, videos, reels, IGTV videos and stories


  • Any deleted content from the feed will now appear in the ‘Recently Deleted’ section on the Instagram app
  • Users can restore deleted content within 30 days after which it will be automatically removed
  • Instagram is also working on TikTok-like vertical stories feed and could soon remove the ability to share feed posts to stories


Popular photo-sharing platform Instagram has introduced a new feature on its app. It is called ‘Recently Deleted’ and the feature will allow users to restore deleted content from their profile. The Facebook-owned company announced this news through a blog post. 

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Instagram said that the new feature is something that people have been asking for some time now. Until now, the Instagram app had Archive feature that let users to simply hide posts they didn’t like from appearing on their feed. The archived posts were also accessible to the user and could be restored on the feed. 

Instagram ‘Recently Deleted’ folder: how to recover deleted posts

Instagram 'Recently Deleted'

The new ‘Recently Deleted’ feature also works in the same way as the Archive feature. Earlier any photo, video, reel, IGTV video and story once deleted were removed immediately from the account. Now with the introduction of the new feature, the deleted posts will be moved to a ‘Recently Deleted’ folder where users can review and restore it.

It’s worth noting that the restoration period is 30 days after which the posts will be automatically deleted. However, Stories can only be accessed and restored for up to 24 hours after deletion.  The new feature is also available only on the mobile version and not on the web version.

Instagram added in a blog post that it is also stepping up its protection process to prevent hackers from deleting a user’s posts. It will now ask people to verify that they are rightful account holders when permanently deleting or restoring content from ‘Recently Deleted’. 

To access deleted content, users need to go to Settings > Account > Recently Deleted. The Instagram app needs to be updated to the latest version to get this new feature. It seems that the update is being rolled out in a phased manner and only limited users may receive the new feature/ 

In other news, Instagram confirmed that it is working on removing the ability to share feed post on user’s stories. The photo-sharing platform is also said to be developing ‘Vertical Stories’ feed that would be similar to TikTok. We expect more changes like these to arrive later this year. 

Viraj Gawde

Viraj loves being in the creative field. Being a tech guy and resident tech advisor for his friends and family, his interest lies in smartphones, laptops and cameras. Passionate about creating art, his forte lies in photography. In his downtime, he loves gaming on his self-built rig and supporting FC Barcelona.