Many people use Instagram posts to portray an edited version of reality. The captions are a big part of it too. It seems someone is always selling something on IG. A version of a better life or a product. Or both.
Instagram Stories are different. They are quick, fun, and more spontaneous. You can talk, play music, or write a short message. You can also customize your Story in many ways. The list also includes background colors. But how you do that?
Let the Color Speak for You
When you’re trying to make an Instagram Story, in your mind, you’re hoping all of your followers will see it. And it will make them want to come back and see the next one. Apart from putting yourself out there and sharing your thoughts, and being genuine, you want to stand out. Color can play a significant role in that.
Picking the right background color is essential if you’re going for a written Story. It could be a short message or a poll. Or you might be asking your followers a question. Or you’re going deep into explaining something and it will take about 50 Stories. The right kind of background color can convey a lot. So how you change it? Here’s what you need to do:
- Launch Instagram on your mobile device.
- Take a photo of whatever you like. Or use a photo from your Camera Roll.
- On the top of the screen, you’ll see kind of a squiggle, as if made by a marker or a pen.
- Tap on the squiggle. You’ll see color and marker options on the top of the screen.
- To change the color of your background, select the first marker in line, and then proceed to choose the color you like.
- Then press and hold the screen and wait for the color to fill out the screen.
- You can repeat this as many times as you like until you find the right color.
If you don’t want to fill out the background of your Instagram Story, and you need it to be somewhat transparent, you can do that too. All you have to do is:
- Launch Instagram and take the photo.
- Select the squiggle button.
- Then select the second marker instead of the first.
And that is all you need to do to change the Instagram Story background color. It’s super easy, and more importantly, it’s an amusing thing to do. You can draw on your background, type text or add stickers. When you’re done customizing the photo, you can post it to your Story.
Posting Your Story
You can go directly to the “Your Story” feature located at the bottom left of the screen. That way you can post it for all your followers to see. You can also choose to send it to someone directly by tapping on the bottom right corner of the screen. That way, no one else will be able to see your Story.
Also, you can utilize the feature “Close Friends” and only share your story with them. Sometimes, this is the best way to go. It’s the middle ground between letting everyone see your Story and going through your followers’ list to select people individually. How do you create the Close Friends list? It’s simple. All you need to do is:
- Launch Instagram and go to your profile.
- Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner of the screen.
- Select “Close Friends” and then select “Suggestions.”
- Select “Add” next to the people who you want to put in the close friends’ list. You can use the search bar to speed up the process.
- Select “Done” when you are finished.
This list is not permanent. You can always go back and alter it. Also, people won’t get any notifications about the changes on the list. Neither when you add them nor when you remove them. They will, however, be aware that they are on your list because there will be a green circle around your picture in an Instagram story. As it is the case with other Stories, these will disappear within 24h of posting them.
More Color Means More Fun
Picking a color seems like a trivial decision, but that’s far from the truth. Selecting the right color to accompany your mood matters. Just think about when you’re picking an outfit. Instagram Story background color is no different.
Is your message upbeat and positive? Or are you feeling somber and want to share? Well, the right background color can help you achieve the desired effect.
Which color do you usually pick? And do you find this process complicated or straightforward? Let us know in the comments section below.