For a few clients, Instagram can be a cluttered experience, filled with old, often embarrassing photographs. To help remove that clutter, the photograph sharing service on Tuesday introduced a new feature called Archive, which gives you a chance to move previously shared posts into a space visible just to you. Facebook-owned Instagram trusts that Archive won’t just stop individuals from erasing their photographs, but also make them more comfortable with sharing certain photographs in the first place. A few clients first spotted the component a month ago, however is presently available to all Android and iOS clients running version 10.21 or newer versions of the application.
“Your profile is a representation of your identity and evolves with you over time. With Archive, you now have more flexibility to shape your profile while still preserving moments that matter,” Instagram said in a post on Wednesday.
After updating the Instagram application to the latest version, you will be able to archive any of your shared posts by tapping the three dots seen on the upper right corner of the post. Once archived, the post will be hidden from your grid and from the public, but you will be able to view it in the Archive section, which is open by tapping on the new Archive icon on the upper right corner in your profile page.
Instagram says that the component will give you a chance to expel the photographs you don’t need without deleting them. This gives you a chance to shape your profile to match your current taste, while in the meantime keeps the archived ones safe for you to revisit to later. You additionally have the choice to move it once again into the profile whenever by tapping the ‘Show on Profile’ option in Archive.
Archive is a bit similar to Snapchat’s Memories that was launched in 2016 which gives clients a chance to save photographs and recordings that can later be uploaded to their Story.
It’s no secret that Instagram and other Facebook-owned services like WhatsApp and Messenger have been increasingly borrowing highlights from Snapchat. Archive follows features like Stories and face filters that draw inspiration from Snapchat.