An up to date round of up Instagram stories tips and tricks for anyone wanting to jazz up their daily feed without the use of any external apps. This blog post is edited as frequently as Instagram decides to make changes. Simple hacks to create more visually appealing stories and answers to those niggly little editing problems. I’ll keep updating this post as Instagram comes out with new versions or when I come across other tips, tricks and hacks. Let me know if there are any new Instagram stories features I’ve left out or something you’d love to know how to create in Instagram stories.
New Instagram stories features, as and when we get them. It is also important to say, not all features are available to all users. For example, I have both personal and business accounts, one allows access to my entire camera roll and one only to the last 24 hours. There seems to be no rhyme or reason, so just be patient!
Where to find Instagram Reels
If you’re wondering how to use Instagram Reels (essentially Instagram’s version of TikTok), click the camera icon in the top left corner as you would to create a story and swipe across to Reels.
Add screenshots and images to your Instagram stories
Ever seen a screenshot of a text overlaid on a video, or photos from camera roll on top on an Instagram story? And I don’t mean using an app like Unfold or any third party app to create collages. This one is really simple, you just copy the photo and paste it into your story (*EDIT below – there’s an even easier way now!). Sometimes the copied image will even appear as a sticker for you to insert, like this…
Now you can add a ‘sticker’ of an image direct in Instagram stories, a ‘picture-in-picture’ feature (or video) just like this…
Create continuous Instagram stories
This is a simple one that I think Snapchat picked up on way ahead of Instagram. All you have to do is keep your finger on the record button past the usual 15 seconds to create continuous stories.
If you want to delete one of the 15 second clips, which you’ll see in the bottom left corner, long hold and then press the bin icon
Close friends list for Instagram stories
You can now create a list of close friends to share a private Instagram story with and it couldn’t be easier. Simply click the green circle with white star symbol labelled ‘close friends’ and choose who you want to share with. This list can be edited later at the top right of your profile.
Editing text in Instagram stories
*EDIT new fonts available now
Click the A to add a background or shadow and the colour wheel to choose a tone for your text.
If you still have the old style, here are some editing hacks. While editing text you can tap to change fonts, choosing from Classic, Modern, Neon, Typewriter and Strong at the top of the screen. Also, add quick highlights to your text in the new update!
Re-share Instagram posts to stories
Share a post to your Instagram story by clicking the arrow/share button and then add to your story.
If you’re tagged in someone else’s story, you’ll get a DM with the same option to repost that story for the next 24 hours. (The their*/they’re typo is killing me in this screenshot)
Add mention to your own Insta story
Essentially re-gram someone else’s story if they’re tagged you in theirs or mentioned you with a sticker. It will slide into your DMs like this, below. Then you can edit as normal, resize it, move, add GIFs etc.
Ask question in Instagram story
You can now allow your followers to ask you questions via Instagram stories. Choose the sticker and change the text to whatever you like before posting. The questions will appear when you scroll through your own story and swipe up, but also in your mentions, rather than your DMs. Click a question to add an answer, the follower’s name won’t appear in the reply. You now also have the option to reply via direct message instead of to your story too.Use below method (create a story over one individual image) to use multiple answers to one question.
Add music to your Instagram stories
Instagram music isn’t available in every region, but if you do have it here’s how to use it. There are two ways of using this feature, you can scroll across at the bottom of your screen, select ‘Music’ and your chosen song then record video. Or you can add it to existing video or a still image from the top of your screen…
You can make the music sticker tiny or even slide it off the screen if you want to hide it.
Add GIFs to your Instagram story
Click GIFs and search for whatever you link. You can even create your own!
Changing font size in Instagram stories
@tropicalpopical posted a story this week frustrated that they couldn’t fit their email address onto one line. I see stories every day of usernames also split over two lines. Here’s how to fix the problem, slide down at the left to change font size while typing/editing. Stretching after just zooms in.
Edit text colours in Instagram stories
The three photos below show how to select individual words to change if you don’t want everything the same colour, or how to create more consistent stories by matching the colour of your text to the photo.
Play with different text styles in Instagram stories
- To create a shadow, type the same word(s) out twice, separately. Change the colour of one and layer them one on top of the other, with the second slightly off centre. They need to be pretty much the exact same size for this to work well
- Spacing is simple, instead of try to stretch a word out (this will just make it bigger) tap the space bar in between each letter. Leave a double space between words
- To create a box effect with your text, write the first word, hit done and then start again, typing each one individually. Now line them up by stretching some words and making others smaller until they’re all the same size and lined up neatly
Creating background colours
If you want a solid background colour or transparent overlay on a photo in your Instagram story, it’s easy peasy…
Adding old photos and video to your Instagram story
UPDATE: You now need to swipe up to access your camera roll. Some people can access their entire camera roll. For others, only photo and video from the past 24 hours are currently available. Use third party apps to amend meta data or send images to yourself to change the time and date. I currently use Metapho. Check back for more Instagram stories updates.
Images older than 24 hours will have a date stamp. Drag date stamp down to the bin if you want to delete it completely.
Create a text story over one individual image
If you have a few things to say about one single photo, maybe you want to add a few side notes, or have instructions, whatever the reason, you can easily add a text story to unfold over a few separate snaps. Edit the first as usual, save before posting, then re-upload and add your next edit. Continue these steps until you’re finished. You’ll see lots of fashion bloggers use this when asking followers to ‘swipe up’ to buy they’re shoes/hat/bag
Create videos from other sources
Use iPhone’s (sorry, I don’t know anything about Android!) screen record feature to add Instagram stories. The following example shows a music clip from Spotify, but it could be anything you want to record on your phone, such as step by step instructions, a YouTube video or even someone else’s story!
Play around with stickers
Lots of the in-app stickers can be editing simply by tapping to view other options. Add selfie stickers by clicking the camera icon nestled in among location, temp etc.
Any duh moments there? What did I miss? Let me know @nadia_dailyself