How to create stories on Instagram

Recently, your friends have been talking about Instagram and how not a day goes by without them posting stories, so as to show others how their days unfold in real time. In this regard, given the popularity of the platform, you are willing to learn more about the subject and therefore wonder how to create stories on Instagram.

No problem: I am more than happy to give you a hand and, for this reason, in the course of this guide I will explain in detail how Instagram works, in relation to this specific feature. In fact, I will explain to you how to publish stories on this famous social network acting from both Android and iPhone.

From a PC, unfortunately, this is not feasible, but I will still suggest possible solutions to solve this problem. How do you say? Now that I have explained to you the topics I am going to cover in detail, are you eager to find out more? Well, let’s get started right away: everything is explained below!


  • How to create stories on Instagram from smartphones
    • Activate and configure Instagram Stories
    • Publish content
    • View and manage stories
    • How to create Instagram stories with music
    • How to create Instagram Stories with multiple photos
    • How to create animated stories on Instagram
  • How to create Instagram stories from PC
  • How to create beautiful Instagram stories

How to create stories on Instagram from smartphones

Instagram stories are multimedia content that can be published in the famous photographic social network, which are used to share photos and videos about different moments of your day. They consist of a series of photos and videos that are automatically deleted after 24 hours (unless highlighted). It is therefore an ideal tool to tell what is being done in real time.

This type of content is designed to be created and displayed mainly on mobile devices, so let’s start by seeing how to create stories on Instagram from smartphones.

Activate and configure Instagram Stories

Stories on Instagram are a native feature of the famous social network owned by Facebook that has been available for some time and has quickly become one of the favorite ways for users to share content.

To create one, launch the Instagram app for Android or iPhone and log in with your account data. Once the home screen is displayed (reachable by pressing the house symbol , bottom left) press on your profile photo that you see in the top left corner and, if required, allow access to the camera and microphone.

Once this is done, before posting any content, adjust the story settings. To do this, press the icon with the gear symbol that you see in the upper left corner, then, in the Camera Settings screen , press on the History item and indicate if there are people from whom you want to hide the story ( Hide the story a ) and optionally select those to be included in the Close friends list .

You can also allow or block the ability to share answers to the stories you post and receive messages response. Furthermore, you can set the automatic saving of the same in the Gallery ( Save to gallery ) or in the archive ( Save the story in the archive ).

In addition, if you have connected Instagram to Facebook, you can set an option that allows you to automatically share the story published on both social networks ( Share your story on Facebook ).

Publish content

Once the posting settings are configured, you can start creating content to post in Instagram Stories. Then start the story creation tool by pressing on your profile photo that you find at the top left of the social network home screen.

Once this is done, make sure that Story is selected, select, if you wish, one of the many Instagram filters available in the dots below, and tap the white dot at the bottom to take a photo; or keep your finger pressed on it to record a video (max 15 seconds, longer videos are automatically split into multiple stories). To change the camera in use and switch from the rear to the front (or vice versa), press the camera icon with the two circular arrows (bottom right).

To publish a photo or video already saved in the Gallery, instead, press on the square (bottom left) in which there is the thumbnail of the last multimedia content saved locally and tap on the preview of the content to be published.

If you wish, click on the sticker icon (at the top) to add stickers on the content: among these there is the one that allows you to insert a hashtag, a GIF , a place or a mention within a multimedia content, but also what allows you to create a survey or to insert a box dedicated to questions. By tapping on the wavy line symbol you can draw on the story, while pressing the Aa icon (also at the top) you can add text overlay.

It is also possible to publish stories using some particular methods. I am referring in this case to those modalities that are visible on the left. To use it, you simply have to press on one of them and create the content to publish using the buttons and menus on the new screen that is shown to you.

By pressing on the Create item , for example, you can create a story made with writing. After pressing on the wording in question, tap on the item Touch to type and, after choosing the font using the buttons at the bottom and defining the color of the writing using the colored dot at the top, write the word or phrase to be to publish.

By pressing on the word Boomerang , however, you can record a video in loop. After selecting the mode in question, keep your finger pressed on the white dot with the infinity symbol and move the phone to make the video in loop. By pressing on the infinity symbol (top left), you can also adjust the speed of the selected video to one of the four available modes ( Classic , Slow motion , Duo or Echo ). Remember to tap on the Fine item (top right) to save the setting.

By scrolling, however, the modes located at the bottom of the screen for creating stories, you can also choose the one called Live which, as you can guess, allows you to create a live streaming .

Later I will have the opportunity to illustrate other functions in particular that allow you to create Instagram stories with music , with more photos and with animated effects .

In any case, once you have finished creating a story on Instagram, press the Your Story button to share it with all the users who follow you. If, on the other hand, you want to make sure that the content is visible only to people previously included in the list of closest friends, press the Closest friends button. Alternatively, tap the Send to button to share content only to specific users.

View and manage stories

Once you’ve shared a story on Instagram, you can view it by tapping on your profile picture. With a swipe from the bottom to the other, you can also know the number of views this has obtained.

As I explained to you in my tutorial dedicated to the functioning of Instagram views, through the Views screen, in fact, there are in fact the names of the people who have viewed your content.

At any time, through this section you can hide the story from some selected users. To do this, just click on the symbol (…) corresponding to the user’s name and click on Hide your story.

Furthermore, if you have activated the functionality relating to the Archive, when configuring the Instagram stories, as already explained in the previous chapter, after 24 hours you can view the past Instagram stories by accessing the archive.

To do this, first press the icon with the little man symbol (bottom right), tap the () button ( top right) and then tap the Archive item.

In the event that you view the archive relating to the posts, press on the Archive of posts item located in the top menu and tap on the wording Archive of the stories . If you want to know more about the possibility of seeing old Instagram stories, read my tutorial in which I tell you in more detail about the Archive tool .

Alternatively, to ensure that a story always remains displayed on your profile, even after the end of the 24 hours scheduled for the deadline, access the Archive section , select the story you have shared and press the Highlight button to fix it. on your profile.

The stories published on Instagram and those in the Archive can also be deleted at any time. To do this, press on the image of the story, tap on the button (…) located at the bottom and press on the Delete item in the relevant drop-down menu. Simple, right?

How to create Instagram stories with music

If you have come to this guide, you may also want to know how to create Instagram stories with music, since it is a fairly common practice. Well, then I’ll explain right away what to do.

After logging in to Instagram from the official app of the service for Android or iOS , start creating a new story (if you don’t know how to do it, you can refer to the instructions I gave you in the previous lines ), tap on icon of the smiling sticker (at the top) and press on the Music sticker in the new screen that opened.

Once this is done, select the song of your interest by pressing on the name of one of those proposed or by searching for one using the search bar at the top. When you have chosen the music you are interested in, move the rectangle located in the timeline at the bottom, so as to choose the part of the song to include in the story and, using the buttons visible at the bottom of the screen, choose whether to show the text of the song as an overlay ( if available), the cover of the album from which it is taken, etc.

As soon as you are ready to do it, tap on the End item located in the upper right corner and publish the story, by pressing the button Your storyClose friends or Send to (according to your preferences).

For more information on how to put music in Instagram stories, I refer you to the guide that I have dedicated specifically to this topic. I really think it will be useful to you.

How to create Instagram Stories with multiple photos

Want to create Instagram Stories with multiple photos? Thanks to the Layout function integrated in the famous photographic social network, it is possible to do this too (with the maximum limit of six photos for each story).

After logging in to Instagram from the official app of the service for Android or iOS and starting the creation of a new story (as I explained to you in the previous lines ), press the Layout icon located on the left (the one representing the square divided into three ) and tap on the symbol of the grid divided into four that appeared immediately below the icon of the Layout function, so as to choose the grid of your interest.

After making this preliminary choice, press the white dot located at the bottom (in the center) to take the first photo, the second and so on; alternatively, you can insert photos already saved in the Gallery in the various spaces of the collage by pressing the (+) button at the bottom left and choosing the content of your interest each time. To possibly remove content from one of the spaces, press on the one you are interested in and tap on the trash can icon that appears next to it.

Once you have entered a content for each space of the collage, press the icon () located at the bottom and publish the story, pressing the button Your story , Close friends or Send to (depending on what you intend to do). It was simple, wasn’t it?

How to create animated stories on Instagram

Creating animated stories on Instagram is a fairly common practice, given the swarming of various effects and animations that make the content to be published more captivating and fun.

Succeeding in the intent is very simple. After going to the screen for creating a new story, as I showed you in the previous lines , swipe with your finger from right to left (or vice versa to go back) the various effects available, placing the one of your interest in the white ring located in the center.

Then, tap on the dot in the center of the screen to take a photo or keep your finger pressed on it to record a clip and that’s it. Alternatively, if you have already created a content and want to apply an animated effect to it, press the icon of the three four-pointed stars (top), select the effect of your interest and tap on the Fine item (top of right).

Again, when you’re ready to do so, share the content by pressing the Your StoryClose Friends or Send To button and that’s it.

How to create Instagram stories from PC

If you have come to this article to find out how to create stories on Instagram from PC , you must know that unfortunately this is no longer feasible from the official application of the social network for Windows 10 (and later), which in recent years has lost several functions becoming practically a copy of its web counterpart , usable on major browsers .

The only thing you can do is to sponsor on Instagram in a business environment using the official Facebook Business Suite tool which, among its many functions, also includes one to create (paid) advertising for your business in stories and Reels. of Instagram .

If you want to act as a computer to create stories on your personal Instagram account, the only thing you can do is download an Android emulator (e.g. BlueStacks ), run the Instagram app for mobile devices on it and take advantage of the directions I gave you in the previous lines to make stories. In my opinion, this is an inconvenient solution (since acting directly from the smartphone would solve the problem), but it is still a viable path. More info here .

How to create beautiful Instagram stories

After learning the “basics” would you like to learn how to create interesting stories on Instagram , which are beautiful and captivating? Well, it takes some time to learn how to “master” all the functions present in Instagram stories well, but you can start your improvement process with the following tips. I hope they will be of help to you.

  • Get inspiration from popular content– by following some of the most popular users on Instagram, you may be able to find the right inspiration to make stories that can be interesting to your audience. Be careful, however, not to shamelessly copy others… taking a cue and being inspired does not mean that you have to copy, as doing so would be counterproductive.
  • Find the right mix between quality and fun– pay a minimum of attention to the quality of what you publish in the stories, remembering however that these are quite fast and fun contents, which require a little less “care” than posts (seen that the latter do not disappear after 24 hours).
  • Use some ad hoc apps– some apps such as Canva ( Android / iOS ), Adobe Spark ( Android / iOS ) and Over ( Android / iOS ) integrate ready-to-use templates (which can be customized if necessary), thanks to which it is possible create images and other content optimized for Instagram Stories. Try them and you will see that you will not regret it!

For more information on how to create beautiful stories on Instagram , I refer you to reading the guide I have dedicated to the topic. It will surely be of great help to you.


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