How to Change Picture on Instagram Without Deleting It

Did you know that the first ever photo ever posted on Instagram was that of a dog? It’s true! Kevin Systrom, the app’s co-founder, took a picture of a stray dog next to a taco stand in Mexico and posted it with only ‘test’ as a caption. The app was opened to the public in October 2010, about three months after the picture was posted.

change picture on instagram without deleting it

One of the main features of Instagram including posting pictures and uploading stories. And with time, hundreds of different types of posts come and go out of style. One of the currently trending post formats on Instagram is dumps. A dump is a carousel post that contains seemingly totally unrelated photos. However, those photos together display some aesthetic or a time of the year.

These dumps used to have a great disadvantage, too. Whenever you don’t like a single picture on a dump, there’s no option to remove it. You’ll have to take down the post, losing all the engagement and reach, or you’ll just have to live with it.

However, not anymore. A new feature on Instagram lets you remove a single picture from a carousel post! Isn’t that amazing?

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss whether or not you can change an Instagram post without having to delete it. We’ll also learn how to delete a single photo from an Instagram carousel post, so read on until the end to know all about it!

Is it Possible to Change Picture on Instagram Without Deleting It?

Have you ever taken twenty pictures in one day and only liked one of them in the end? Don’t worry; it happens to the best of us.

We choose that one picture after hours of consideration and finally post it, only to dislike it again the next day. All we really want at this point is to post that one picture everyone told us to post, but we didn’t.

If you’re stuck in a similar situation, we understand how it feels. However, we’re sorry to say that there’s no option on Instagram that lets you replace a post with another picture on Instagram, with all its engagement intact. There’s also no third-party tool or Chrome extension that can help you achieve this.

If you think this is unfair, you must also understand how problematic it is. Let’s say someone posts a beautiful picture of a Parisian Street. The post gets hundreds and thousands of likes, comments, and shares. The next day, the account is hacked, and an inappropriate or disturbing image replaces the photo. Isn’t that wrong?

Now that you understand why this feature isn’t on Instagram, read on to learn about some related topics that might help you solve similar situations on the platform.

How to Archive a Post on Instagram

Let us imagine that you recently noticed one of your posts that you just don’t like anymore. Maybe it’s too old, maybe the editing’s not that good, or maybe your friends are making fun of you for it. But you also don’t want to delete the post because it reminds you of a different, more carefree time of your life.

Don’t worry; you’re not crazy. We’ve all been there, and the developers at Instagram understand that, too. For users like you and ourselves, there’s a feature on Instagram called Archive, where you can save all your unwanted, old Instagram posts. You can revisit those posts whenever you’d like, and you can also unarchive them. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

If this might work for you, read on to learn how to archive a photo on Instagram.

Step 1: Launch the Instagram app on your smartphone and log in to your account.

Step 2: At the bottom right corner of the screen, locate and tap on the My profile icon. This will take you to your posts.

change picture on instagram without deleting it

Step 3: Locate and select the post you want to archive, and tap on it.

change picture on instagram without deleting it

Step 4: Above the picture and beside your username, you’ll find a three dots icon. Tap on it.

change picture on instagram without deleting it

Step 5: From the options on the pop-up menu, tap on Archive, and your work here is done.

change picture on instagram without deleting it

How to Remove One Photo From a Carousel Post on Instagram

We talked all about the feature on Instagram where you can delete a single photo from a carousel post on Instagram. Let us now discuss how to do it.

Follow steps 1 through 4 from the last section, selecting the carousel post from which you wish to delete an image.

Step 5: From that pop-up menu, click on Edit.

Step 6: At the top left corner of the first image, you’ll see a small icon of a trash can. Swipe left, and you’ll see that same icon on every picture. Tap on that icon on the picture you want to remove.

Step 7: Tap on Delete on the next confirmation message, and your work here is done!

change picture on instagram without deleting it

In the end

As we end this blog, let us recap all that we’ve talked about today.

There’s no option on Instagram that’ll allow you to change a post on Instagram without deleting it. Such a feature doesn’t make sense and can only add more problems. However, if you want to delete one single picture from a carousel post, we can surely assist you.

If our blog has helped you in any way, don’t forget to tell us all about it in the comments section below!

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