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How to Recover Deleted Instagram Posts/Photos/Videos

Have you ever run into a problem where you find that photos, videos, and stories posted on Instagram are gone? You may have tried to use Instagram itself to restore those recently lost or deleted posts, but it only supports those posts that have been deleted within 30 days. In recovering permanently deleted or lost posts, EaseUS data recovery software may offer bits of help.

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Instagram Posts/Photos/Videos Are Suddenly Gone

User Case: "I have found that some of my posts, photos, and videos on Instagram are gone when I was about to share special moments with my followers and friends. The stories, videos, and photos posted on the Ins are missing without any notification. Has anyone encountered this bug before? I have tried to recover these lost posts in the Instagram app and then find them on both my PC and my phone, but nothing has changed. What else should I do? " 

instagram posts lost

By entering an email address and choosing a username, anyone aged 13 and above is allowed to sign up for an account on Instagram. As a popular social media, it offers a free platform for millions of users to share special moments with their followers and interact with them on PC, iPhone, and Android. However, recently, some people have come across a problem where their posted photos, videos, and even stories disappear from their Instagram.  

There are some common factors that may cause posted Instagram photos, videos and stories deleted or lost.

  • The account may involve suspicious activities.
  • There is a dramatic change in posting frequency.
  • The uploaded posts violate community guidelines.
  • The Instagram app is not updated to the newest version.
  • The email address/phone number has not been confirmed.

Five Ways to Recover Deleted Instagram Posts

Here are some commonly used methods that may help recover deleted posts. When you find that the photos, videos, and stories posted on your Instagram are deleted or lost, you can refer to the methods below to deal with such a problem.

1. Wait for a While and Refresh the Interface

This may be the simplest way to deal with the Instagram post-loss issue. If you are sure that the email address and phone number have been verified and the uploaded photos, videos, and other content didn't violate the Instagram posts but they are still deleted, you may just wait for a while and then refresh the interface of the Instagram. 

2. Log Out and Resign In

If photos, videos, and stories have been posted but Instagram just removed them instantly or after a few days, there might be a program bug that caused your posts to be deleted. When you come across this situation, you can try to log out of Instagram and then sign in again. 

3. Stop Using Bots

When you are trying to use a bot or other automation services to like other photos, videos, or stories posted on Instagram, the system may regard your account as a risky one, causing your posts to be deleted or lost. In this situation, you must stop using bots or other automation tools or your account will also be banned.

4. Update the Instagram

If you haven't upgraded your Instagram to the latest version, those stories, photos, and videos will also be erased by it. Some bugs and problems with this app were repaired after it was renovated by the engineer, so it should be more compatible with our device when we use it. Therefore, when your posts are suddenly gone, you need to check whether the application has been upgraded and try to upgrade it if it has not.

5. Restore Deleted Posts Directly From Instagram

Instagram has released the "Recently Deleted" feature, allowing its users to find and recover deleted files from it. All of the deleted stories, videos, and photos will be moved to the "Recently Deleted" folder. Deleted stories that aren't in your archive will remain in the folder for up to 24 hours before being permanently erased, while other posts will remain for 30 days. When you have upgraded your Instagram to the latest version, you can refer to the following guidance to help recover erased posts.

Step 1. Open the Instagram and find "Settings".
find settings on instagram
Step 2. Select "Account".
choose instagram account
Step 3. Choose "Recently Deleted".
instagram account recently deleted
Step 4. Restore deleted posts.
restore deleted insatgram posts

Recover Deleted Instagram Photos/Video from PC, Android, and iPhone

The following are the particular ways to address Instagram post-loss problems on different devices: PC, Android, and iOS.

1. Recover Instagram Photos/Videos from PC

Here is a more efficient way to recover those lost or deleted photos and videos posted on Instagram. If you have downloaded the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC, you can use it to easily restore different types of photos and videos.

EaseUS data recovery software functions well on both Windows and Mac. It has been highly praised for its excellent performance in restoring accidentally, mistakenly, and potentially deleted data. One of its highlights is that it allows its users to preview the lost or deleted files, documents, photos, videos, etc., before recovery.

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The following step-by-step tutorial offers help in learning how to use it to recover photos, videos, and stories from your Instagram.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Find your SD card, camera, or hard drive partition where you deleted or lost pictures, then click "Scan".

select a location and scan for lost pictures

Step 2. After the scanning finishes, choose "Pictures" in the left panel to quickly filter photos. 

filter the lost photos

Step 3. You can preview the pictures you want to recover. Then, click "Recover" and choose another location to save the recovered data.

Recover lost photos

2. Recover Instagram Photos/Videos from Android

If you wish to restore Instagram photos or videos from your Android phone, you can try the following 2 methods. 

Method 1. Try Instagram Archive Feature  

Usually, those deleted posts, photos, and videos may be moved and temporarily stored in the "archive" of Instagram. The following steps, offer help in recovering deleted Instagram posts from the Instagram Archive. 

Step 1. Open Instagram and select "Archive".

open archive instagram archive

Step 2. Tap "Stories Archive" or "Posts Archive".

tap stories archive

Step 3. Tap an image and then tap the "Three Dots" on the top right corner to choose "Show on file".

tap show on file

Method 2. Check File Manager on Android

The videos and photos uploaded to the Instagram app can also be found and restored from the File Manager on Android. 

Step 1. Find and open "File Manager" on the Android

open file manager on android

Step 2. Tap Internal Storage > Pictures> Instagram, and then check and restore those lost photos, videos, etc.

tap insatgram under the pictures folders

3. Recover Instagram Photos/Videos from iOS

Are there any efficient ways to restore Instagram photos and videos from iOS? The answer is yes. Try the three methods below when you wish to recover Instagram photos and videos from your iOS devices.

Method 1. Look In The Gallery Of Your Device

The steps to find deleted photos from the gallery of iPhone are very similar to that of check phone gallery on Android.

Step1. Open "Photos" and then tap "Album".

open photos on iphone

Step 2. Find lost "Instagram" photos on the album.

find instagram in iphone album

Method 2. Search For The Deleted Photos In File Manager

In Android, we can find the deleted Instagram photos and videos in the File Manager. In iPhone, we can also find those deleted pictures through the Recently Deleted folder in the iOS system.

Step 1. Open "Photos" and find "Recently Deleted folder".

iphone recently deleted photos

Step 2. Find deleted picture, and click "Restore".

Method 3. Check Google Photos and iCloud

Those shared photos and videos will be captured and backed up by Google Photos automatically, so you can check those pictures and images in Google Photos if you cannot find them in the Instagram folder. 

In addition, for those iOS users, those updated Instagram photos are also likely to be saved in the iCloud. Thus, they can find and restore deleted Instagram photos from the iCloud drive when they find those posts are gone.

FAQs About Instagram Posts Recovery

Some frequently asked questions are listed below for you to learn more information and skills about how to recover Instagram posts. 

1. Are deleted Instagram stories gone forever? 

Deleted Instagram photos, videos, and stories are immediately erased from your account and placed in the Recently Deleted section. Stories that have been deleted but are not in your archive will remain in the folder for up to 24 hours. Other posts, including pictures and videos, will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

2. What happens if you restore a story on Instagram?

People will be able to see and interact with the restored story if it was shared within the past 24 hours or posted to Story Highlights. If the story was deleted from the archive, it will be restored from the archive instead.

3. How to restore deleted stories on Facebook?

Step 1. Launch the Facebook Profile, and then tap "Three Dots" > "Activity Log" > "Manage Activity".

Step 2. Choose the story or photos you wish to recover.

Step 3. Click "Restore" and confirm your choice.

4. How to recover deleted Instagram posts after 30 days? 

Generally, recovering those deleted photos posted on Instagram after 30 days can be pretty hard. However, you can try to find and restore those posts on Google Photos. If those photos and videos are still invisible after you have checked your Google Photos, it is recommended that you use Ease US Data Recovery Wizard. 

Conclusion

Sharing special moments with followers and friends on Instagram is fun, but it can also be annoying if you find that the photos, videos, and stories are suddenly gone. When you have encountered such a problem, you can try to use the methods mentioned above. If you have downloaded EaseUS data recovery software on your PC, things will get easier when you wish to restore lost data, such as photos, videos, files, documents, etc.

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