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Instagram Drafts: How to Save/Find/Delete Drafts on IG

by Jimmy Rodela

Sep 13

6 min to read

Instagram Drafts: How to Save/Find/Delete Drafts on IG

Use Instagram drafts to supercharge how your agency handles Instagram campaigns. 

Saving Instagram drafts allows you to continue editing your content later and establish a post-approval system between your agency and your clients. 

From a content planning perspective, Instagram drafts also let you compare variations of the same post side by side. Experiment with the hashtags, content types, the best questions to ask on Instagram, and more. 

Let’s begin. 

Table of Contents

  • What are Instagram saved drafts?
  • How to save a draft on Instagram
  • How to find drafts on Instagram
  • How to delete drafts on Instagram
  • Instagram drafts FAQs

What are Instagram saved drafts? 

Instagram can save posts, Reels, and Stories as drafts.

Drafts can be saved at any time, including after the filtering and editing step, so you don’t lose progress. Once saved, an Instagram draft can be posted or deleted as you see fit. 

Why should you save Instagram drafts?

Some of the reasons to use the Instagram drafts feature include: 

1. Add more photos to your carousel later

Use Instagram’s native app to combine multiple drafts, automatically creating an Instagram carousel. 

Carousels are Instagram posts that can contain up to 10 photos. Using drafts, you can edit images for your carousel and add more later. 

Suppose you’re creating a carousel for an event. 

You can upload and edit photos while capturing more as the event progresses. 

Instagram’s draft feature lets you edit posts individually and combine them after the event has concluded. 

2. Get more time to research hashtags

Drafts let you save your work while you research viral hashtags for Instagram

Hashtags boost the discoverability of your posts on the Instagram app. Think of them as keywords people use when searching for content on the internet. 

Researching the perfect hashtag ideas take time. But you can speed up the process with the right IG tools

For example, use Vista Social to get relevant hashtag ideas on the spot. 

On Vista Social’s Publish tool, use the hashtag suggestions feature to reveal popular hashtag ideas in an instant.

Vista Social's hashtag suggestions

3. Compare filters and edits side by side

The Instagram app packs a pretty capable image and video editing tool. 

Save drafts as you try different filters, image settings, and stickers (for Stories and Reels). You can also experiment with hashtags, one-word Instagram captions, and other details that make each draft unique. 

Compare your drafts side by side to choose the best version you want to publish. 

4. Wait for the latest from your client’s industry

Some topics, particularly trends and current events, may require last-minute changes to your content.

For example, if you’re covering a live contest, you need to wait until the winners are announced before publishing your Instagram post. 

In the meantime, use the Instagram drafts feature to prepare the background of your post beforehand. 

Once the results are in, insert text overlays or stickers that get the word out as soon as possible. 

5. Implement a built-in approval process within Instagram

If your agency manages your client’s Instagram account directly, use the drafts feature to implement a post approval process. 

For example, rather than scheduling or publishing posts on your client’s behalf, you can save content as drafts instead. This gives clients the ability to publish the posts they like themselves. 

Drafts are also helpful if clients have the final say on certain elements like Instagram poll questions, captions, tagged accounts, hashtags, and more. 

How to save a draft on Instagram

Follow the steps below to start saving Instagram drafts: 

1. Open Instagram

Open the Instagram app from your device. 

Take note that the browser version of Instagram doesn’t support drafts. To use this feature, use the mobile version of the app. 

Launch the Instagram app

2. Create your post, Reel, or Story 

Tap the new post button in the top-right corner of the Instagram app interface. This is indicated by the plus icon. 

Create your post, Reel, or Story
Image Source: Instagram app

Choose the file you want to upload for your Instagram post. This can be an image, video, or a combination of these. 

Just don’t forget to specify if you want to create an Instagram feed post, Story, or Reel.

Specify if you want to create an Instagram feed post, Story, or Reel
Image Source: Instagram app

3. Edit your Instagram post as usual

Use Instagram’s gamut of filters, stickers, effects, and image editing tools to create your post. 

Complete all the post details you can, including Instagram Story stickers, Instagram Reels hashtags, and so on. You’ll get the chance to change anything later once the post is saved as a draft. 

Tip: Read How to Get Followers on Instagram Without Following for more tips on how to create high-performing Instagram content. 

If you’re creating a regular feed post, tap ‘Next’ to initiate the filtering and editing step.

Edit your Instagram post
Image Source: Instagram app

Take note that your Instagram post, Story, or Reel can only be saved as a draft if you make changes to the original image or video. 

4. Save the post as a draft

Finally, go to the main editing tool by tapping the back arrow in the top-left corner of the screen. 

This is where you can apply filters, add text, insert stickers, and more. 

If you’re already on this screen, tap the back arrow again. This will trigger the pop-up menu that asks if you want to start over, discard your progress, or save the draft. 

Select ‘Save Draft’ and you’re done.

Save the post as a draft
Image Source: Instagram app

How to find drafts on Instagram

With your draft saved and ready, you may be wondering: “where are drafts on Instagram?”

Here are the steps on how to access drafts on Instagram after saving them: 

1. Go back to the Instagram app

Launch the Instagram app and tap the new post button again. 

Instead of choosing a new image or video to upload, switch to the ‘Drafts’ tab below the preview window. 

This will show you a grid of all the drafts you saved for the current Instagram account.

Find drafts on Instagram
Image Source: Instagram app

2. Create a new story

If you saved a Story, tap the new post button and switch to the Instagram Story editor. 

Just swipe to the ‘Story’ at the bottom of the app screen. 

Next, tap the gallery icon in the lower-left corner of the Story editor. This button should show a small preview of the last Instagram Story you saved as a draft. 

Create a new story
Image Source: Instagram app

3. Tap the drafts group

On the gallery page, tab the ‘Drafts’ group in the upper-left part of the grid. 

This will take you to a designated “Drafts” page where you can manage, edit, or delete your Story drafts.

Tap the drafts group
Image Source: Instagram app

The same steps can be taken to reveal your Instagram Reels drafts. 

Simply build your Instagram Reel, make changes as necessary, and tap the ‘Drafts’ group.

Tap to view Instagram story and reels drafts
Image Source: Instagram app

How to delete drafts on Instagram

The steps in deleting Instagram drafts vary slightly based on what you created. 

1. Deleting post drafts

Open the Instagram app and tap the new post button. Tap the ‘Drafts’ tab to view your saved drafts. To discard posts, tap ‘Manage.’

Deleting post drafts
Image Source: Instagram app

Tap ‘Edit’ in the upper-right corner of the interface. Then, select the drafts you want to delete and tap ‘Discard.’ 

Tap to delete or discard
Image Source: Instagram app

2. Deleting Reels and Stories drafts

On the Instagram app, tap the new post button and switch to ‘Story’ or ‘Reel.’ 

Tap the gallery icon to reveal all media saved on your current device.

Deleting Reels and Stories drafts
Image Source: Instagram app

Tap on ‘Drafts’ from your media library. 

On the “Drafts” page, tap ‘Select’ in the upper-right corner and highlight the drafts you want to delete. To discard these drafts, tap ‘Delete’ at the bottom of the screen.

Deleting Reels and Stories drafts
Image Source: Instagram app

In the pop-up menu, tap ‘Delete’ again to finalize the removal of your saved Reel or Story drafts. 

Instagram Drafts FAQs

Where do I find my drafts on Instagram? 

To find Instagram post drafts, tap the new post button (plus symbol) and switch to the ‘Drafts’ tab. For Reels and Stories, tap the gallery icon from the editor and tap the ‘Drafts’ group. 

How long do drafts stay on Instagram?  

Instagram Reel and post drafts stay accessible via the Instagram app indefinitely. Instagram Story drafts, on the other hand, disappear permanently after seven days. 

Why can’t I find my drafts on Instagram? 

Make sure you use the right method for the draft type you saved. Instagram post drafts can be found by switching to the ‘Drafts’ tab from the new post tool, whereas Reel and Story drafts can be found from the gallery page on the Reel/Story editor. 

Get finer control over your Instagram content strategy

Using drafts helps agencies and marketers fine-tune their Instagram content over a longer period of time.

Also, when working with finicky clients, the drafts feature can be used to implement a built-in post-approval system.

However, to run a streamlined Instagram marketing campaign, you need more than just the ability to save drafts.

You need to schedule posts at optimal times, generate in-depth reports, reveal real-time hashtag ideas, and more.

That’s why agencies love Vista Social.

With our app’s all-in-one social media marketing features, such as:

  • Bulk scheduling
  • Customized reporting
  • Post design
  • Workflow approval
  • URL tracking
  • Shared calendar
  • Etc.

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