It can be very frustrating when your post on Instagram gets deleted accidentally. But did you know that you can recover recently deleted posts on Instagram? Indeed, Instagram’s handy “Recently Deleted” feature acts as a safety net for your content, ensuring you don’t lose anything forever. This blog post will guide you on how to recover those accidentally deleted Instagram posts.
Instagram’s user-friendly features not only allow you to share and edit photos and videos but also allow you to restore content you’ve mistakenly deleted. With Instagram’s ‘Recently Deleted’ feature, you can recover content like photos, videos, reels, and stories up to 30 days after deletion.
What is the Recently Deleted Folder?
The Recently Deleted Folder provided by Instagram acts as a digital safety net for your Instagram content and temporarily stores your deleted posts, stories, reels, and videos. The idea behind this feature is to allow users to recover any content that may have been mistakenly or prematurely deleted. This feature adds an extra layer of security to content by preventing hackers from permanently deleting your content without your permission.
How Does it Work?
When you delete a post, story, reel, or video from your Instagram account, the content is moved to the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder instead of being permanently removed. Content in this folder (posts, reels, and videos) is available for 30 days after deletion, and stories for only 24 hours.
If you want to restore any content from this folder, it will be returned to its original location on your profile or in your archive.
Recover Recently Deleted Posts on Instagram
To recover recently deleted posts on Instagram you will first need to access the “recently delete” folder. For this, you follow the below steps on your phone.
How to Access Recently Deleted Folder on Instagram App
Open the Instagram app from your Home Screen or App Library. Tap on your profile icon located at the bottom right.
Tap on the “Hamburger icon” (three horizontal lines) at the top right to bring up the overlay menu.
Select or Click on “Your Activity” from the Prompet menu to continue.
Now navigate to the Removed and archived content section and Tap on the “Recently Deleted” tile.
This takes you to the “Recently Deleted folder” on Instagram.
Remember, restoration or permanent deletion is only applicable to posts deleted within the last 30 days, or stories deleted within the last 24 hours.
Recover Recently Deleted Posts
Once you are in this folder, follow the steps below to retrieve your recently deleted posts:
Locate the thumbnail of the post, story, reel, or video that has been deleted and tap on it to preview the content.
Next, identify the “ellipsis” button, often depicted with three dots, and tap on it. This action will trigger a menu overlay on your screen.
To restore the deleted media:
- From the overlay menu, locate and tap on the “Restore” option.
- You may encounter a confirmation prompt. If so, confirm your decision by tapping the “Restore” button or icon.
- In some instances, you might be required to verify your identity for security reasons. Follow the provided instructions to complete the restoration process.
To delete the media permanently:
- From the overlay menu, tap on “Delete”.
- Similar to restoration, you may encounter a confirmation prompt. Confirm your decision to proceed with the permanent deletion.
- You might be required to verify your identity to complete this action. Comply with the given instructions to finalize the deletion.
In conclusion, Instagram’s Recently Deleted feature is a fantastic tool that protects you from accidental or premature content deletion. It provides a grace period to restore your content, which you may have deleted from your profile or archive. It also provides an extra layer of security to prevent unauthorized deletion in case of account hacks.
By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can easily restore or permanently delete content using this feature on your iPhone or Android.
Can I recover deleted messages using the ‘Recently Deleted’ feature?
No, as of now, Instagram does not support the restoration of deleted messages.
Can other people see my content in the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder?