Using Instagram highlights

Using Instagram Highlights

Discover how to effectively use Instagram Highlights to optimise your profile.

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Instagram’s highlights feature allows you to add any Instagram story to your profile page in the form of categorised ‘stories’ – including stories that you have previously posted (and are stored in your archive). You can customise your highlights with titles and images. It provides a perfect opportunity to add to the aesthetics of your profile and as an additional avenue to push content to your audience.

Instagram explain how to add a story to your highlights:

How do I add a story to my Highlights?

You can add stories to appear on your profile as highlights, even after they disappear. They appear below your profile photo and above your feed.

To add a story to a highlight:

  1. Go to your profile and tap Story Highights below your username and bio.
  2. Tap .
  3. Tap to select the story or stories you want to add to highlights, then tap Next.
  4. Choose a cover photo and enter a story name for your highlight, then tap Add (iPhone) or Done(Android). You can add more photos or videos to your highlight at any time by tapping Edit Highlight.

Note: Stories you add as highlights remain visible as highlights until you remove them, even after the original story has disappeared. Keep in mind that those you’ve allowed to see your story can also see your highlights.

Instagram Highlights Top Tips

  1. You can add multiple stories images and videos to your highlights. The maximum you can have is 100 (then the oldest one will be deleted).
  2. When you add a new story to the highlights, it will bump that highlight to the front.
  3. If you have an image as your highlights cover, you can drag, zoom and reposition the image so that it is central. Any videos as a cover will show the first frame.
  4. You can have up to 15 characters in the title of your highlight – but bear in mind only the first 10 will show.
  5. You can add emojis to the titles of your stories – these are included in the character count.
  6. If you would like to create some interesting icons/graphics for your story, apps like Easil have done most of the leg work for you with their pre-made templates!
  7. You can delete a post from a highlight by selecting the highlight – scroll through to the story you want to delete. Tap the three-dots at the bottom right of the story. From there you can choose ‘Remove from Highlight’ to delete it.
  8. Instagram only displays the first 4 highlights across your profile (users will have to scroll to see the rest, so keep your important ones at the front by adding fresh content.
  9. You can add a story to multiple highlights, which is useful if it fits more than one category.

How are you using Instagram highlights? Have you found another tool for creating icons? What categories do you have for your highlights?

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USEFUL INSTAGRAM STORIES DESIGN TOOLS & APPS

Are you looking for some creative ways to take your Instagram Stories to  the next level? Whether you’re after typography, videos, collages, animations or layouts,  there is a whole array of apps and tools available to help you release your creative juices!

In this article you will discover a large selection of apps that you are useful for designing instagram stories in the 9:16 ratio.

HYPE TYPE

If you want to add typography and music to your Instagram stories then Hype Type is what you’re looking for. Hype Type is an IOS app that lets you Hype your Stories with automatically styled and designed motion typography.

TYPORAMA

Typorama is super easy to use even if you have zero design skills. Saves you tons of work by automatically creating complex design layouts“. This app enables you to quickly add attention-grabbing text to photos for your Instagram stories, with over 40 different typographic styles. Users can choose from professional photo filters, overlays and adjustment tools to polish your photo backgrounds.

DIPTIC

“Diptic for iPhone and iPad makes it fun and easy to create collages and slideshows. Use Diptic to create before and after sequences, juxtapose contrasting images or create a photographic series.

Start with one of 179 layouts and then select your photos. Position your photos and customize the inner frame lines using joints or the frame slider. You can apply a filter, add text, and adjust border color, texture, width and curvature.”

CANVA

Canva has a web platform as well as apps which allow you to easily create beautiful Instagram stories as well as other designs and documents

“Use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics.”

STOREO

An iOS app for making Instagram Stories longer than 15 seconds.

Storeo slices a video into 15 sec slices for uploading to Instagram Stories. Viewers then see one long video.

Start the app and record. Once you’ve finished, you stop recording and Storeo will slice up the video into neat little 15-second clips ready for Instagram stories.

QUIK

Quik is a GoPro app that allows you to create videos for your Instagram stories with built in templates and music.

You can create beautiful videos with just a few taps.

OVER

This is an advanced IOS app for creating graphics with text – perfect for Instagram stories. “With Over, choose from millions of templates, graphics, and fonts to overlay, add and edit text and design photos to boost your social media profile.

SPARK

Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app. Easily create beautiful images, videos, and web pages that make you stand out on social. You can add animated elements such as text which will make your Instagram stories stand out. Adobe Spark has lots of free templates and design layouts to choose from.

PICPLAYPOST

“Add multi collage transitions, personal watermark, branded logo and music to drive more engagement. Create perfect movies for Instagram stories using 9:16 frame ratio and speed up, slow down and reverse videos for entertaining videos. Don’t have time to edit? No worries, use the automated slideshow feature and create a movie in seconds!”

SNOW

Snow is an IOS and Android app that allows you to add cool effects to your videos for use on Instagram stories.

VIDEOLEAP

This is a video editing tool perfect for use on Instagram stories.
Discover how easy it is to get creative with video! Whether you want to make artistic Hollywood-level films or simply share memories and moments with friends, Videoleap is a breakthrough video editor just for you. Pros will take advantage of powerful high-end editing features while amateurs will have fun cutting and combining clips simply, intuitively and on-the-go.

UNFOLD

Create Instagram stories with multiple pages and a variety of layouts. Unfold is a toolkit for storytellers. Create beautiful and engaging stories with minimal and elegant templates. You can add videos and photos on the same layout.

 


Have you found a useful app for Instagram stories that I have not listed here? Let me know in the comments.

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