The best Instagram Stories hacks are usually top secret.
Brands and businesses like to keep their tips and tricks to creating awesome stories posts under wraps – but we’re here to reveal 7 super cool Instagram Stories hacks to take your story to the next level!
When it comes to making Instagram Stories stand out, some of the most useful features, editing tools and techniques are hidden to the naked eye.
So we’ve unearthed them and shared our favorite, creative Instagram Stories hacks in one post.
Keep reading to learn how you can make engaging, artistic, and effective stories with these 7 Smart Instagram Stories hacks.
Instagram Stories Hacks #1: Paste photos directly into your Stories
Have you ever wanted to add in extra images or have multiple photos in a single Instagram story? Here’s a super simple and quick way to get an extra photo onto your Instagram story post.
Copy a Photo from Your Camera Roll
All you have to do is copy a photo from your camera roll and then paste it onto your story using the text tool.
Start by opening a photo and tapping the “export” button.
Now tap “Copy” and head back to your Instagram story.
Tap the “Add Sticker” icon in the bottom right corner to paste your photo.
And that’s it! The photo you copied earlier should now appear on your story.
Instagram Stories Hacks #2: Turn Your Live Photos into Boomerangs
Did you know that you can turn your live photos into Boomerangs in Instagram Stories?
As far as Instagram Stories hacks go, this one’s definitely on the lesser-known side. The reason is that in order for it to work, the live photo needs to be taken within the last 24 hours!
Here’s how to do it:
Simply open Instagram Stories, swipe up, and pick a live photo from your camera roll.
Once selected, press firmly on the screen for a few seconds until you see the word “Boomerang” appear briefly.
Voila! You’ve now turned your shot into a Boomerang.
Instagram Stories Hacks #3: Align Your Text Left, Right, or Centered
A few of the font styles in Instagram Stories lack the option to be left- or right-aligned, which can be a bit of a nuisance.
Usually, you can just tap the alignment button in the top left corner of the screen to change your text’s alignment. But if the button is missing (which is the case for the Modern, Neon, and Strong fonts), your text will automatically appear centered.
Luckily, there’s an easy solution. Simply type a message in Instagram Stories with a font that doesn’t have the alignment button.
Now swipe a finger left or right on your text. This should change the text’s alignment.
Instagram Stories Hacks #4: Access Even More Colors in Instagram Stories
Instagram Stories is a great place to show off your brand’s personality, but it’s also really important to reflect your brand’s style, tone and aesthetic. And one of the easiest ways to do this is to integrate your brand’s color palette.
But what if Instagram doesn’t offer your brand colors in its default color options?
Lucky for you, there’s a hidden Instagram Stories hack that lets you access every color you could need for your text.
All you have to do is open your Instagram Stories and select the brush tool. Now tap and long-hold any of the default color options at the bottom of the screen to open the color slider.
Now just swipe across the slider to pick a custom color for your story.
Instagram Stories Hacks #5: Create a Solid Color Background on Your Stories
This color-fill trick is pretty useful when you want to share a canvas with drawings and text rather than a photo or video.
Tap the pen icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and select a color.
Next, tap and hold on the screen for 1-3 seconds until the screen is filled with a solid color.
SMART TIP: The screen will have a solid color fill if you use the marker or neon brush, or a translucent color fill if you use the chisel-tip brush.
Instagram Stories Hacks #6: Add a “Glow” Effect to Your Emojis
Sometimes the simplest Instagram Stories hacks are the most fun!
If you’ve ever wanted to make your emojis really stand out on Instagram Stories, there’s a hidden trick to give them a glow effect.
To do this, simply open your stories, tap the screen to open the text tool, and select the Neon font.
Now when you add an emoji, it should have a slight glow behind it!
Instagram Stories Hacks #7: Pin Text, Stickers, Emojis, and GIFs to Your Instagram Stories
Did you know that instead of just layering design elements on top of your Instagram Stories, you can actually pin text, stickers, emojis, and GIFs into your videos and boomerangs — so they show up at the perfect moment?
By pinning creative elements into your Instagram Stories videos, you can surprise your viewers and keep them engaged.
To do this, simply record your video then add a creative element like text, a sticker, emoji, or GIF.
Now tap and hold the element that you added.
Use the slider bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll through the video to find where you want to pin your creative element.
Once you find the right location in your video, tap “Pin.”
That’s it Smartguys and Smartgirls.
Hope these Smart Instagram Stories hacks will help you create stories and content for your business or brand like a PRO!
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**Credits: Original article by Benjamin Chacon for later.com