If you have a strong social media presence, you may think you know everything there is to know about Instagram stories. But the thing about Instagram and many other social media apps is that they are constantly evolving.
Developers tweak existing features, remove them, replace them, or add completely new ones. Some of these changes are massive and immediately felt. Others are more discreet, and they may go unnoticed by everyone but the most hardcore users.
Here are some cool things you can do with stories.
Adding Multiple Photos and Videos
Instagram has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Users can now upload multiple videos and photos to their stories without having to use the same process for each file media file individually.
The less tedious process allows you to get your stuff out there quicker and engage your audience. Here’s how you can add multiple files simultaneously.
- Go to Story Mode
- Tap the Gallery icon
- Tap the layered icon
- Select the files you want to add
- Tap on the photos you want to edit
- Tap Next to add them and share your new story
How to Post Longer Stories and Customize Them
If you’re a long-time Instagram user, you already know that stories have a limit of 15 seconds. You can’t upload anything longer than that. Or can you?
Cutting videos into smaller videos will allow you to upload stories that go on for more than 15 seconds. Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t have ideal features to let you do this. That being said, using a third-party app like Story Cutter (for Android users) or CutStory (for iPhone users) will help you automate the process.
Story Cutter is a simple app if you choose to use it for free. But when you use the paid version, you will be able to customize your videos in high detail, which is just what content creators need.
CutStory is a bit more complex but equally great for content creators and film enthusiasts. You can add text, stickers, music, and work with any video format. Just be careful about using rented music if you want background music.
Recycling Old Photos
Whenever you’re running out of good photos to post, it’s not a bad idea to take a look at your gallery and recycle old content. Maybe there are some good pictures from a couple of months or years ago that you haven’t used yet.
Instagram allows you to post old photos. But this can be annoying because you’ll have to upload it with the date sticker by default. If you’re trying to pass off something old as something new, the sticker poses a problem.
To remove the sticker, simply tap and hold on to it and the drag it to the trash icon. Once you select the sticker, the thrash can icon should appear at the bottom of the screen.
Mute Stories to Clean Up Your Feed
If you want to be selective with what stories pop up, Instagram allows you to mute various posts without forcing you to unfollow someone.
- Go to the profile you want to mute
- Tap the three-dot icon
- Select Mute from the list
- Select Mute story
You will notice that you can also choose to mute posts, or to mute both posts and stories at the same time. Muting stories is what you’re looking for if you still want to follow a person or a brand and stay up-to-date with their products.
Using Story Highlights
The importance of using story highlights can’t be stressed enough. This feature has an amazing potential to turn regular visitors into long-term followers. You can increase your popularity, grow your brand, and improve your business.
To create highlights, you have to go to your stories archive. Select the story you want and then tap on the heart-shaped icon. You can restrict yourself to your current stories, but using content from both old and new stories has the best effect.
When reviewing a highlight, you can tap on the Plus icon in the top right corner. Add a couple more stories from the Archive folder.
You can also edit highlights in detail. Open any highlight on your profile and tap the menu icon. Choose the Edit Highlight option to open the interface and get started. You’ll notice that you can pick a new thumbnail, add overlays or music, add more stories, change the cover image, and more.
Final Wrap Up
Of course, there’s a lot more you can do on Instagram. The app hasn’t had any massive overhauls in the past year, which is why most of the stories-related features should be familiar to active users. But the tips on this list should help you clean up your feed, customize your brand’s message, or just help you personalize your content in ways you probably never considered before.