How to Quickly Change the Order of Photos in an Instagram Post

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You spent time shooting, editing, and curating the perfect Instagram carousel. But, once you hit “Publish,” you notice all the photos are out of order.

Here’s how you can change the order of the photos you post in an Instagram carousel.

Open the Carousel You Want to Reorder

To reorder the photos in an Instagram post, first: 

  1. Open the post you want to edit from your Instagram profile.
    Open the post from your Instagram profile
  2. Then, select the three dots in the top-right corner on the same line as your username.
    Select the three dots on the post
  3. Tap “Edit” in the list.
    Select edit from the list

Delete the Photos You Want to Move

After pressing “Edit,” scroll until you see the top of the first photo in your carousel. Scroll to each image you want to move, then tap the trash can icon in the top-left corner and confirm you want to delete it.

Delete photos from Instagram carousel

Note that once you delete a photo in a carousel, you can only add it back to the end. If everything is out of order, delete every image except for the two you want to appear first. Once only two images remain, the trash can icon disappears.

When you’re finished deleting images, select “Done.”

Restore the Photos You Deleted

Now that the out-of-order photos are out of your post, you need to add them back in. 

  1. Open your Instagram profile.
    Open your Instagram profile
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines in the top-right corner of the screen.
    Select the hamburger menu
  3. Select “Your Activity.”
    Select your activity
  4. Scroll down and tap “Recently Deleted.”
    Select recently deleted

Now, you should see all the images you removed from your carousel. Working in the order you’d like the photos to appear from left to right, select the photo and tap the three dots in the right-hand corner. Then, press “Restore” and confirm your choice.

Restore posts in the order you want to see them

How to Reorder of Your Instagram Photos Before Posting

Planning is the best cure, so the best way to avoid the headache of recording your images is to ensure all the photos in your Instagram carousel are in the right order before you post it.

When you upload a carousel to Instagram, you’ll notice that each image has a number in place of a checkmark after you select it. This tells you the order the photos will appear in. 

Add your images in the order you want to see them

If anything is in the wrong order, just deselect all the images and tap on them in the order you want them to appear. On the next screen, where you choose a filter, you can scroll through and make sure each image is in the right spot. 

If any are switched, press and hold on the image you want to move until a trash can icon appears underneath it. Then, just drag it until it’s where it’s supposed to be.

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