An up to date round of up Instagram stories tips and tricks for anyone wanting to jazz up their daily feed, 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’s anything I’ve missed out or something you’d love to know how to create in Instagram stories.
There’s a new feature on the Instagram app, currently only available for Android users. You can now upload multiple (up to ten) videos or photo to Instagram stories at once. You’ll still be able to edit and preview individually before pressing send. More news when it is rolled out to iOS users.
There’s also an update with location stickers, making it easier to find the closest spot to where the photo or video was taken.
Editing text in Instagram stories
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!
Embed Spotify links in Instagram stories
I’ve long wished for this feature and the Instagram gods have finally provided. Putting Spotify screenshots on your story was just a bit shit really, the likelihood of opening another app and typing in the name of a song or album was slim to none. But now you can share links that will allow viewers to click straight through and it’s simple.
Add GIFs to your Instagram story
GIFs are back!
Because who doesn’t want to add an animated Drake face to their every day life?
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. Tap to change between white/black and make it smaller.
*Update* Drag date stamp down to the bin if you want to delete it completely. Thanks to the Nina for pointing this out in the comments below!
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. Lit!
Any duh moments there? What did I miss? Let me know @nadia_dailyself