Instagram allows you to add a Highlight on your profile which is a collection of the stories you’ve uploaded in the past.

This feature allows your profile to look more interesting because it gives people another insight into what you get up to.

If you want to add a story from your camera roll straight to your Highlights, this wouldn’t be possible because Instagram only lets you post a story based on what you’ve uploaded to your story and left for a full 24 hours.

If you didn’t leave the story for 24 hours, you wouldn’t be able to add it to a Highlight.

Add Story to Highlights without Adding to Story

You need to block everyone from seeing your story, upload the story that you want to add to your Highlights. After 24 hours, you can add the story to your Highlights and unblock everyone from seeing your story.

This will seem like you didn’t add the highlight to your story because no one could see it. These following methods show you how to do this in more detail.

1. Make your Account Private

Private Instagram account

The first thing you need to do is to make your account private – doing this will stop people from seeing your story if they don’t already follow you.

If your account isn’t on private before you upload from your camera roll to your story, people who don’t follow you will able to see your story that you blocked your followers from seeing.

2. Block Everyone from Seeing your Story

Block people from seeing Instagram story

Go to Settings > click on Story Control > click on 0 people.

From here, you’ll need to select all of your followers to block them from seeing your story.

This is going to take a long time depending on how many followers you have.

3. Upload the Story

After you’ve made your account private and you’ve blocked everyone from seeing your story, you’ll need to upload a video/picture from your camera roll, post it to your story, and leave it here for 24 hours.

4. Add Story to Highlights

Add story to highlight

Once the story is live, you’ll need to click the Highlight button at the bottom > choose the Highlight you want it in.

You need to make sure that the story is up for 24 hours unless when it’s uploaded to your Highlights, Instagram will delete it form your Highlights as well as your story.

4. Unblock People from Story

After the story has been added to your highlights, you can start to unblock people from seeing your story.

You can do this while your story is live, and they still wouldn’t be able to see it.

Can’t Highlight Story on Instagram

If you’re not able to Highlight your story on Instagram, this means that you deleted the story before 24 hours, therefore, Instagram won’t allow you to add it to your Highlights.

If you can’t see the Highlight feature at all, you should either upload a story and click the Highlight button once the story has been published or, you can wait for the Highlight feature to come up on your home page.