How to delete photos from Instagram carousels

Another day another new tech feature that allows me to correct my mistakes on social media. In November 2021, a long-awaited new Instagram feature was finally rolled out, allowing you to easily delete photos from an Instagram photo carousel. The new feature couldn’t be easier to use, and I wonder why I still can’t edit tweets or have my Instagram captions written for me, but I’ll take what I can get.

On November 17, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri discussed the possibility of edit an Instagram photo carousel in a short video posted to Twitter, calling for the possibility of remove photos from a carousel a “finally” feature, or “a feature that should have been around awhile ago, and people asked for it, and we finally got it.” As Mosseri shows in the video above, removing a photo from a carousel is done with just the push of a button.

How to delete a photo from an Instagram carousel

Editing an Instagram photo carousel is just as easy as editing any other type of Instagram post. First, tap on the carousel post you want to edit and then tap the three dots in the top right corner. From the menu that appears on your screen, choose “Edit.” From there, you’ll notice a little trash can icon in the upper left corner of every photo or video in the carousel. Just tap that icon and confirm the deletion by tapping “delete” when prompted. Then hit “Done” when you’re done, and your IG carousel will no longer include the photo you deleted.

How to Restore Deleted Instagram Carousel Photo from “Recently Deleted”

After deleting a slide from an Instagram carousel, the photo or video will be stored for 30 days in a “Recently Deleted” folder, which you can access by going to your Instagram settings, then “Account”. During the 30 day period, you can tap any photo in that folder, tap the three dots at the top right and choose “restore”. If you refresh your Instagram profile and return to the carousel, you should see the photo appear. After 30 days, however, all deleted photos will be permanently erased.

What to do if you can’t delete a photo from the Instagram carousel

If you don’t see the option to remove a photo from an Instagram carousel, your first option is to quit your app and restart it, or sign out and reconnect to your account. If you’re still having issues, your Instagram app may not be up to date. Try visiting your phone carrier’s app store to verify that you have the latest version of Instagram installed. At this point, if all else fails, visit Instagram Help Center to troubleshoot further.