Thanks to social media, you’re able to share a lot in very little time. One feature that helps you share anything you want is Instagram Stories. It’s a feature that’s been available for some time now, but that some may not have tried until recently.
When a friend has an Instagram Story to share, you’ll be able to find them as soon as you open the app. They will be the colored circles to the right of yours. One thing to keep in mind is that you can’t comment or like your friend’s story, but that doesn’t mean you can’t send them a message telling them you liked it.
What Are Instagram Stories?
If you know what Snapchat Stories are, then you know what Instagram Stories are. You can make up an Instagram Story of either videos or images that can only be seen once. What you share on your Stories won’t show up on your feed or profile grid.
By opening your story and tapping on the three horizontal dots, you can erase any video or picture. You can also mention someone in your Instagram Story, for example, by tapping on the camera icon in the top-left of your display.
You can also swipe right anywhere on the news section, and after taking a picture or shooting a video, tap on the Aa. Type @, followed by the name of the person you want to mention, and select that user.
How to Create Instagram Stories
To the left of where you can view your friends’ Stories, you’ll see your profile picture with a plus sign. Tap on your profile picture, and the Story camera should be open. When the Story Camera opens, choose from the options at the bottom if you want to create a boomerang, superzoom, rewind, hands-free, etc.
If you want, you can also add content from your camera roll to your Instagram Stories. You can do this by swiping up when you’re at the stories camera; you should see the latest content you’ve added to your device.
At the top-right you’ll see an option that will allow you to add various images or videos to your Instagram Story. As you select what you want to add, you can see a small preview of the image selected at the bottom-left. Tap on the next button, and you can either share it with a specific friend, or you can add it to your Instagram Story.
By tapping on the happy face at the bottom-right, you can add some great effects to your face that will make an interesting story video. If you want to type out a message, tap on the A, and type out your message. You can change the style of the text to either neon, typewriter, strong, classic, or modern. The font option will be to the left of the Done option.
To add more color to your stories, tap on the pencil icon after taking a picture, and long-press on the white circle. All you have to do is choose the custom color you want to add.
Instagram Stories are a great way to share what’s going on in your life. As you can see, they are full of features that will help give the stories your own personal touch. How often do you use Instagram Stories? Let us know in the comments below.