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Can you delete a photo from an Instagram carousel after posting?

How to delete a single photo from a carousel posted on Instagram?

How to restore a deleted photo to Instagram carousel?

Is there anything worse than finding a mistake in an Instagram post you spent hours perfecting?

Probably, but it feels pretty bad. Luckily, you can now delete a single photo from an Instagram carousel post without deleting the entire carousel – so there’s some flexibility in editing live Instagram posts.

Why is this great news? Instagram carousel posts (or photo dumps, as Gen Z calls them) get three times more engagement than regular posts, you want to make sure yours is flawless.

Here’s how to delete what experts call “oopsie.”

Can you delete a photo from an Instagram carousel after posting?

Yes, you certainly can – though that wasn’t always the case. Instagram first introduced the feature in November 2021, causing social media managers everywhere to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

IG chief Adam Mosseri announced this himself (you guessed it) via Instagram.

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There is a catch: Still can’t delete a photo from an Instagram carousel with only two photos.

Want to delete an image from a carousel post with three or more photos? Easy. But you can’t turn a published carousel into a traditional IG post – in other words, there must be two or more images left.

How to delete a single photo from a carousel posted on Instagram?

For example, let’s say I want to delete this cute baby cow from my Instagram carousel (this is just an example, please don’t panic, no cute baby cows were harmed in the making of this blog post).

Stage 1: Find the carousel you want to delete the photo from and tap the three-dot icon in the top right corner of your screen.

Step 2: A menu will appear. Tap from this menu. To organise.


Stage 3: You will see a trash icon appear in the top left corner of your carousel. Tap that icon to delete the photo.

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Instagram carousel post in edit mode with trash icon appearing in top left corner

Step 4: Instagram will ask if you are sure you want to delete the image. Faucet To delete to seal the deal – but note that you can restore the image up to 30 days after deleting it.


Confirming that you want to delete a photo on Instagram

Step 5: Faucet Completed To save the edit, click (It’s easy to missso be extra careful!)

How to restore a deleted photo to Instagram carousel?

Let’s say you’re so committed to your job as a Moyens I/O blogger that you actually deleted one of your favorite baby cow photos from a carousel. Here’s how to get it back.

Stage 1: Go to your profile and tap the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner. A menu will appear from there. Faucet your activity.

Step 2: scroll down until you see Recently Deleted and select it.

Stage 3: All the media you deleted in the last 30 days will appear. Find and select the photo you want to restore.

Step 4: Hit reinstate in the drop-down menu.

Step 5: Instagram will ask if you are sure you want to complete the process. Faucet reinstate once again.


Restore a deleted photo on Instagram

While it’s pretty easy to delete posts from an Instagram carousel, it’s not particularly professional – and as every modern celebrity knows, screenshots take forever. If you can, try to limit the number of mistakes you make (and photos you delete) by planning a comprehensive social media marketing strategy.

The right tools also help. You can use Moyens I/O to prepare, preview, schedule and publish all your Instagram posts. broadcast posts, carousels, Stories & Reels. Also, Canva is integrated into our platform, so editing awesome carousel graphics with the appropriate size and dimensions is child’s play.

In the intuitive calendar view (including your posts on other platforms), you can easily check all your scheduled posts before they go live.


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