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How To Create an Instagram 'Story'

Since Instagram announced the addition of the Stories feature to the platform, they have only grown in popularity. Stories, similar in function to the stories feature on Snapchat, allow you to broadcast photos and videos that are only visible on Instagram for 24 hours. They are a way of sharing more daily material with followers, without polluting your profile. This walkthrough will show you how to create a Story on Instagram.

Creating a Story on Instagram

Open Instagram, and tap the + in the top-left corner to launch the Stories camera:


N.B. For a shortcut, you can swipe right to open the camera.

Tap and release the shutter to take a photo, or tap and hold it to record video. You can also apply any of Instagram's filters directly to a story when taken with the camera within Instagram:




You can also post a photo or video that's already saved on your phone by clicking the square in the lower left corner and selecting the file that you'd like to use (note you do not have all filters available to apply retroactively to this content).

Before posting (by tapping your profile pic with the + in the lower left corner ), you can customise the photo or video. Use the Aa option in the top-right corner to add text and the pen icon to the left of it to add a drawing. Save your new masterpiece by tapping the downward-facing arrow in the bottom-right corner:

After uploading, you can watch your own Story, and you'll even be able to see which of your friends has viewed each post in your Story by swiping upward. Tap on any of your friend's rainbow-outlined icons at the top of your screen to view their stories. If you think you can't see your friends stories, find out if they are hiding them from you here
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