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Photo carousels on Instagram are quite possibly one of the photo-sharing app's greatest features. Similar to real-life photo albums, Instagram carousels tell a story that a single photo or video can't portray. If you've been stuck waffling on the order of your carousel pictures for what feels like hours on end before you post (guilty), Instagram has a sneaky fix that changes the order of photos in a carousel after it's posted, so your decision won't feel so permanent, and you won't have to repost the whole thing. Similar to how you can delete photos in an Instagram carousel, you can also rearrange them using the same method, plus a few additional steps. TikTok account @Later.com tuned us in to the hack, and once you get the hang of it, you'll unlock a world of freedom you never knew could exist.
How to Change the Order of an Instagram Photo Carousel After Posting
- Tap the three dots in the top right corner of your posted carousel.
- Decide which slide you want as the cover picture, and delete any photos before it by tapping the trash icon in the top left corner of the photo. (Don't worry, your pictures can be restored). Your carousel must have at least two pictures in it at all times, so be careful not to delete too many.
- Once you save the post, tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner of your Instagram profile. Then, navigate to Settings, then to Account, and then to Recently Deleted.
- Tap on and restore your photos in the order you want them to show up in your carousel, as each photo will be restored to the end of the carousel.
This marks just one of many new features Instagram has rolled out in the past few months, and there are more to come (like an optional return to a chronological feed). For now, enjoy the beauty in changing the order of your Instagram carousel's photos while it lasts.