Instagram stories is a fairly new feature that lets you share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. As you share lots of photos and videos, they appear together in a slide show format, which creates your story.
We all know that sometimes we take too many pictures during the day, but feel we can’t bombard our following with them all, for fear of – quite frankly – getting on their nerves and the possibility they’ll unfollow us!
You no longer have to worry about over posting, you can simply post your favourites and add any others to your story as you go. You can add text and drawings to these if you like too. Much like SnapChat, these only stay on your story for 24 hours, then vanish.
Where do I find Instagram Stories?
On your home feed, along the top are profile pics of the people you follow that have IG stories. Simply click on one to watch and tap to move to the next image and/or person. Swipe to jump to another person’s story. You can also tap to send that person a private message. You can’t like or publicly comment like on the usual IG pics.
How do I add an IG Story?
- Tap on the plus button found on the top left-hand side of your homescreen or swipe left in your Feed.
- Tap the circle button at the bottom of the screen to take photos or tap and hold to record a video.
- Edit the photos or videos with text or add a drawing as you normally would.
- Tap done to save when you are finished.
- Tap the check button to share.
Add as many as you like. These will show as a slideshow when someone clicks on your story. After 24hrs the photo will vanish. If you use Snapchat, then it’s much like that.
You can also use photos that you have saved to your camera roll, from the last 24hours. When you are in IG stories, swipe down and you’ll see your camera roll pics from the last 25hrs. You can then edit if you like and add to your story.
Can I delete a photo on Instagram Stories?
Yes. Tap on the three dots on the bottom right of your video or picture you’d like to remove. Click delete, then confirm and hey presto it’s gone!
Can I add filters?
Yes, there are only currently a few, but maybe more will be added in the future. Once you have taken a photo in Instagram Stories, swipe right to see the filters (no snapchat style dog filters at the moment though!)
Can I add colour text?
Tap the text icon in the top right corner and select your colour. If you want more colours, swipe left on the colour palette.
Can I draw on an Instagram Story?
Click on the pointed pen at the top for writing or adding dots, the bigger nib makes great stripes. Hold down to make the dot/stripe bigger!
Can I still tag people on an Instagram Story?
Yes, when adding text just use @ as you normally would and you can tag somebody. You can tag up to 10 people and they’ll receive a direct message.
I hope that has helped explain Instagram Stories a little. Let me know how you get on when you have made your first story- I’d love to take a look!