How to Upload Photos Older than 24 Hours to your Instagram Story

Instagram Story has been around social media, almost replacing Snapchat Story (in my opinion). And we, users of this Instagram feature, are aware that there is one big limitation when sharing photos to our Instagram Story: you can only upload photos that have been shot in the last 24 hours. Anything older than 24 hours will not be eligible for upload to your Story. But what if we have these photos from the past that we want to share, or even those we missed sharing. Thankfully, there are several ways to get around this limitation, and I’ll show you exactly how.

Uploading Old Photos to Instagram Story

Option 1: Manually edit the Photo Meta Data

Editing the photo metadata requires a computer or your iPhone. With the use of a 100% free third-party app, you can edit the photo metadata of a photo. You can now then edit the date on the photo to “now”.

Simply go to App Store and download MetaTrixter. Choose the photo, and start editing the date it was taken, and then save it.

Remember that this app will modify the photo you’re editing instead of creating a copy of it. I then suggest you duplicate the photo first before editing the metadata.

Option 2: Take a screenshot

This is the easiest and won’t require you downloading an app or doing duplicates. Simply take a screenshot of an old photo by pressing the Home and Sleep button at the same time. Or use the shortcut function on your Assistive Touch if it’s turned on. Doing this will add the screenshot to your Camera Roll. Since this is considered a new photo, you can now then post it on your Instagram Story.

However, what I don’t like about taking screenshots of a photo is the quality of the screenshot. It will actually be somewhat reduced and that you have to crop the picture prior uploading it in order to eliminate the excess black or unnecessary background.