How to See Old Deleted Instagram Photos?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to See Old Deleted Instagram Photos?

Did you delete your Instagram photos, and now you want them back, or do you just want a peek at them? Well, it depends on when you deleted them.

Was it more than 30 days ago? Then, too bad, I’m afraid there’s nothing you can do if you don’t have the photos saved on your phone or somewhere else.

If you didn’t delete the photos more than 30 days ago, you could still retrieve them from Instagram.

Read below to see how!

1. Tap on the profile icon

Instagram feed showing the Profile icon highlighted in red
Instagram feed showing the Profile icon highlighted in red

To see your old deleted posts, you need to retrieve them from a special folder in your Instagram account. The first step is going to your profile – tap on the Profile icon to do that!

2. Tap on the Hamburger icon

Instagram profile page showing the Hamburger icon highlighted in red
Instagram profile page showing the Hamburger icon highlighted in red

After selecting the profile icon in the bottom-right corner of the Instagram feed (as shown in the image above), you’ll be redirected to your profile page.

Once you’re there, tap the Hamburger icon located in the top-right corner to open the Menu.

3. Select “Your activity

Instagram profile page showing the "Your activity" button highlighted in red located in the menu at the bottom of the page
Instagram profile page showing the “Your activity” button highlighted in red located in the menu at the bottom of the page

After tapping on the Hamburger icon in the top-right corner of the profile page, a menu will appear at the bottom, and you’ll see a list of options (check the image above if this sounds confusing).

Select “Your activity“, the second option on the list, and continue with the guide!

4. Go to “Recently deleted

Instagram "Your activity" settings page where the "Recently deleted" option is highlighted
Instagram “Your activity” settings page where the “Recently deleted” option is highlighted

After selecting “Your activity” in the profile page menu, you’ll be taken to this page (shown in the above image), where you can see a history of all your activity on Instagram.

Scroll down until you see the “Recently deleted” option, and select it.

5. Select the deleted photo

Instagram "Recently deleted" page where a piece of deleted content is highlighted in red
Instagram “Recently deleted” page where a piece of deleted content is highlighted in red.

On the “Recently deleted” page, you’ll find a chronological list of all the content you’ve deleted on Instagram in the last 30 days.

If you don’t restore the deleted content within 30 days, it’ll be deleted permanently, and you won’t be able to recover it (so do it now while you still can).

To restore a deleted photo from this page, tap on it!

6. Tap the three-dot icon

Instagram deleted photo interface showing the three-dot icon in the top-right corner highlighted in red
Instagram deleted the photo interface showing the three-dot icon in the top-right corner, highlighted in red.

After selecting the deleted photo in the “Recently deleted” folder, you’ll zoom in on the photo. To restore it, tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner, and follow the last step.

7. Select “Restore

Instagram deleted photo menu showing the "Restore" option highlighted
Instagram deleted the photo menu showing the “Restore” option highlighted

After tapping on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the deleted photo, you’ll see a new menu pop up at the bottom of the Instagram app.

Among the options, you’ll see the “Restore” option. Select it to restore the photo. And that’s it… – this is how you can see old deleted photos on Instagram.

Easy peasy? Well, maybe not, but hopefully, the above images will paint a clearer picture than just a huge wall of text (that some other sites have).

If the photos were deleted more than 30 days ago, there’s no way to get them back unless you have them stored somewhere else on your phone or the cloud.

I recommend:

  • Checking your phone gallery for the photos
  • Checking the Google Photos, Google Drive, Drive, or any other cloud service you’re using
  • Checking the File Manager on your phone

If the photo is in none of those places, you can’t recover it!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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