Using Instagram stories may seem obvious to some…if that’s the case for you then maybe don’t read on. But if you do struggle, let this article be your Holy Grail.
Let’s start by defining a couple terms:
Instagram story: a place to share photos and videos that can only be viewed for 24 hours, after which time the ‘story’ will be automatically deleted. It’s very similar to Snapchat if you’re familiar with that app.
Boomerang: a video that goes back and forth in succession. I’ve provided an example below of me drinking some wine on a particularly fine day in Brighton.
Ok, you’ve got the crucial terms under your belt! Let’s get onto how to actually create a story.
Step 1) Click on the camera button on the top left-hand side of the homepage.
Step 2) On your screen, you’ll see these options:
– live, normal, boomerang and handsfree
- The ‘Live’ setting is as it sounds, it allows you to share a video with your followers right there, right now. They’ll receive a small notification saying ‘X person is live. Watch it now before it’s gone’.
- ‘Normal’ – click the button and a photo will be taken. Hold down the button you’ll record a video.
- ‘Boomerang’ – hold down the button and a series of flashes will appear on your screen as you take a boomerang video.
- Handsfree – you can take a video without having to hold down the button
To access these features, swipe right or left along the bottom of the screen.
Step 3) Once you’ve taken your picture, video or boomerang you can swipe right on the screen to apply a filter. Additionally, tap the screen to add text. If you use the ‘@’ symbol, you can tag other accounts in your story and they’ll get a private message notifying them of the tag. Neat huh?
Step 4) Now that you’ve got your picture, video or boomerang, you’ve applied a filter and text (if you want these, of course), the final thing to do is to press the ‘your story’ button (next to the save button) and you’re all set!
This has been a brief guide in how to make an Instagram story, intended for total beginners. You can do more with this feature, such as uploading photos from your past 24 hours, adding emojis and coloured text. If you’d like me to write a more detailed feature on how to do these things, let me know in the comments. But for right now, I’m going to go and eat that orange.