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Where Are Instagram Drafts?

Where Are Instagram Drafts

You spent minutes and hours finding that perfect photo and editing it to perfection. But for some reason, you had to stop before you could post it. You saved it as “drafts” and went about your day. And now you can’t find that photo anywhere on Instagram!

Quick Answer

If you stop midway after editing a photo/video and do not post it, Instagram prompts you to save it as drafts. You can find the drafts in the same place from where you upload posts, stories, or reels. The “drafts” appear right beside the “Gallery” option or your posted reels. You can either post the saved image/video or delete it permanently.

Today, you will learn how to find and delete Instagram drafts for posts, stories, or reels. Also, there are a few nifty tips to help you out!

How To Find Instagram Drafts for Posts, Stories, or Reels

Finding Instagram drafts for posts, stories, or reels are pretty similar. There are only slight differences to keep in mind in this regard.

Method #1: Finding Instagram Drafts for a Post or Story

Finding Instagram drafts for posts or stories follow a similar method. And it’s pretty easy! But remember that there is no visible option to take you directly to the drafts.

So, here are the steps you need to follow to find Instagram drafts for a post or story:

  1. Open the Instagram app and find the plus sign (+) on the top.
  2. Select “Post” to see the gallery.
  3. Click on “Draftsmentioned right beside the gallery.
Not Every Picture Is Saved As Drafts!

Simply checking a picture out and going back to check another from the gallery will not save the previous picture in drafts. You need to make some edits to a picture to get the “Save Draft” option.

Method #2: Finding Instagram Drafts for Reels

You spent so much time making that perfect reel and finding the right song. The last thing you would want is to lose the edits because you forgot to post them.

Fret not! Here’s how you can recover your edited reel from the drafts:

  1. Open the Instagram app and find your profile picture right at the bottom.
  2. Once you reach your profile, click on the reels tab (the second one from the left).
  3. The “Drafts” will show up before all the reels you have posted.
  4. Choose any of the drafts to edit further and post.
Reels Section Not Showing Up

If your reels section is not showing up, it means that you have neither saved any drafts or posted any reels before. Time to make some reels, right?

How To Delete Instagram Drafts for Posts, Stories, or Reels

You opened the drafts section and found it overflowing with pictures or videos. You must delete some of the stuff to keep the draft section organized.

Here are the steps to delete the drafts for posts, stories, or reels:

  1. Navigate to the drafts section following the steps mentioned above.
  2. If you want to delete reels drafts, tap on “select” at the top and choose the reels you want to delete.
    If you want to delete posts/stories drafts, tap on “manage” at the top and select the ones you want to delete.
  3. Tap on the “discard” option that comes up.
  4. The app will show a confirmation pop-up as you tap on “discard”.
  5. Click “yes” to delete the chosen drafts permanently.

The Endnote

As you can see, the drafts can be found in the same place from where you upload posts, stories, or reels. So, for posts or stories, it is right beside the “Gallery” and the reels drafts are beside your posted reels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why were my drafts deleted forever?

If you uninstall the app or log out, your drafts will not be saved. So, if you want to keep your drafts from getting deleted forever, download and save them on your device before logging out of Instagram; make sure you check the drafts folder before logging out.

How to download Instagram video stories with songs?

You cannot download Instagram video stories with songs chosen from the app. A trick you can try is to shoot the video with a song playing on your device from Spotify or Apple Music. Now, download the video to get the song in the background.

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