When it comes to Instagram Stories, there are so many ways that you can decorate it before you post it. Between adding text, stickers, filters, and music, the options are endless!

We’ll explain some of the more popular ways that users choose to create Instagram Stories before hitting the share button. 

 

How to Change the Background Color on Instagram Story

If you post Instagram Stories often, then you’ve probably noticed the several options that are offered when it comes to fixing up your photo before putting it on your Story. 

The downside to changing the background color on your Stories is that it doesn’t  work when you upload or take your own picture using the Instagram camera. You’ll notice that when you do it, the entire screen becomes covered with the color you chose, leaving your photo nowhere in sight. 

If you want to have a blank canvas to write on, then follow these steps to do so:

  • Open the Instagram app. 
  • Click on the blue “+” near your profile icon in the Story bar or click the “+” on the top right-hand side of the screen and press “Story.”
  • Choose the photo you want to post from your camera roll or click on the Instagram camera to take your own. 
  • Click on the scribble icon at the top of the screen (it’s the fourth option from the left). 
  • Pick the color you want your screen to be. 
  • Press and hold on to the screen until the color appears. 

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Again, this probably isn’t the most ideal situation for creating an Instagram Story because your entire content is blocked out. But, if you want the screen to be all one color to either write or draw something else on, then this is probably a good option to use. 

Oftentimes, users will post other people’s content to their Instagram Story. Whether it’s your favorite sports team winning a championship or your favorite celebrity walking the red carpet, when you go to put the post on your Story, Instagram will show you a default color that goes along with the post. 

This time around will be a little different when it comes to changing the background color because it won’t cover the entire photo. 

Follow these steps to get started:

  • Open the Instagram app. 
  • Find the post you want to add to your Instagram story.  
  • Click the arrow button in the middle of the screen next to the like and comment button, then click “Add post to your story.”
  • Click on the scribble icon at the top of the screen (it’s the third option from the left.)
  • Pick the color you want your background to be. 
  • Press and hold on to the screen until the background changes colors. 

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You’ll notice that the default background Instagram shows is an ombre background, but when you change it to the color you want, it’s a solid background instead. Although Instagram doesn’t offer the option to change it back to ombre, maybe they will sometime in the future, so keep an eye out for that update! 

 

How to Change Text on Instagram Story

Another popular feature on Instagram Stories is obviously the text option. Sometimes a picture isn’t worth a thousand words and you have to add in some of your own to get the point across. 

There are a few different ways that you can change the text you added to your Instagram Story. 

  • Open the Instagram app. 
  • Find the post you want to add to your Instagram story.  
  • Click the arrow button in the middle of the screen next to the like and comment button, then click “Add post to your story.”
  • Click the text option in the top right-hand corner of the screen (“Aa”). 
  • Write out the text you want to appear on the screen, then change the font by scrolling back and forth on the list. 
  • If you want to change the alignment of your text, choose the first option at the top of your screen. 
  • If you want to change the color of your text, choose the second option at the top of your screen and select the color. 
  • If you want to add a background color only to your text, choose the third option at the top of your screen and select the color
  • If you want to add an animation to your text, then choose the fourth option.
  • If you want to change the size of your text, then use the scroll bar on the left-hand side of the screen to make it either bigger or smaller. 
  • Click “Done” once you’re finished editing your text, then add it to your story by clicking the “Your story” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. 

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How to Add Multiple Photos to Instagram Story 

If you want to add multiple photos to your Instagram Story at once, follow these quick and easy steps:

  • Open the Instagram app.
  • Select the blue “+” button that hovers near your profile icon in the Story bar. 
  • Click “Select” in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Select up to 10 pictures that you want to post. 
  • Tap the “Next” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. 
  • Tap “Next” again. 
  • Click “Share” then “Done.”IG Story

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For more information, tips, and tricks about adding multiple photos to your Instagram Story, click this link.

 

How to Post Multiple Photos as a Collage on Instagram Story

Instagram’s Layout feature allows you to make collages for your Instagram Story instead of just posting a single one. Here’s how to access this feature:

  • Open the Instagram app. 
  • Either select the blue “+” button that hovers near your profile icon in the Story bar or the “+” in the top right-hand corner of your screen and click “Story.”
  • Select the Camera icon on the left side of your screen. 
  • On the left side of your screen, there will be a toolbar. Select the third option, as this is the Layout feature for Instagram (shown below).
  • Either keep the grid that appears on the screen or select a different one under the icon on the left side of your screen. 
  • Choose your photos.
  • Add any other feature you might want to include in your post. Whether it’s music, filters, or stickers, it’s entirely up to you. 
  • Click the white check mark on the bottom of your screen. 
  • In the bottom left-hand corner of your screen, click either “Your Story” or “Close Friends” depending on where you want to send your Story. 

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How to Add Music to Instagram Story 

The most common way that users add music to their Instagram Stories is by using the sticker feature. The process to get to the sticker is pretty simple, here’s how:

  • Open the Instagram app. 
  • Either click on your profile icon with the blue “+” on the top left-hand side of the screen or click on the “+” on the top right-hand of the screen and click “Story.”
  • Select the photo you want to add to your story. 
  • Click the sticker icon, or the third option, in the menu bar on the top right-hand side of your screen. 
  • Find the sticker that says “Music” and search for the song you want to add to your story. 
  • Adjust the section of the song you want to be played by sliding the bar on the bottom of your screen to the left or right. Lyrics from the song will appear, so it’ll be easier for you to see which part you’re picking. 
  • You can also pick what you want the song to look like on your story. Use the options to swipe left or right until you find one that you like. 
  • Optional: Click the color wheel at the top of your screen to change the color of the lyrics that appear on the screen. 
  • After you’re finished, click “Done,” then add it to your story by clicking “Your story” in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen or “Send to” in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, then hit “Share.” 

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For more information, tips, and tricks about adding music to your Instagram Story, click this link.

 

Conclusion

Understanding the different ways you can elevate your Instagram Story is a great way to catch users’ attention when scrolling through. Next time you decide to upload an Instagram Story, ask yourself if there are any other ways you can make it stand out – if that’s your goal, of course. 

 

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