It's happened to the best of us — you're in the middle of editing a reel on Instagram, and suddenly your phone crashes, you accidentally exited out of the app or accidentally deleted a Reels draft that you planned to post. When you go back to your drafts, your progress is nowhere to be found.
Also, recently many Instagram users have reported that their Instagram Reels drafts have been disappearing, or Instagram was deleting draft Reels, which could be caused by an app bug.
But before you start panicking, there are a few things you can do to try and recover your lost reel.
There are four methods you can try to recover your deleted or disappeared Reels Drafts.
If you are sure you saved your Reel but can’t find it, it might be due to a bug. This can be fixed by updating the app.
If you still can’t find the Reels draft after updating the app, check the rest of the methods.
Check out also how to save Instagram Reels without posting.
The first place you can check for your draft Reel is in the Reels draft folder:
If you can’t find your Reel here, explore the two ways below.
Instagram introduced a new feature called ‘Recently deleted’ that stores deleted posts, stories, videos, and Reels for 30 days.
To check if your deleted or disappeared Reels are in the ‘Recently deleted’ folder:
If you found your deleted Reels here:
This will restore your deleted Reel to the Reels section on your profile.
If you were editing a Reel and your phone battery died, you got a phone call, or you accidentally closed the Instagram app, but you didn’t get the chance to save the Reel.
The good news is that the Reel might still be available in the Reels upload stage and your edits saved in it. To check if the Reel is on the Upload page:
Tip: To prevent your Reel from disappearing because your phone died or you got a phone call, make sure to save your Reel draft before editing it.
Are you having issues with Instagram Reels not working? Check out our blog post on how to fix it.
If you are new to Instagram Reels, explore our beginners’ guide on how to use them.
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