Whether we’re rocking at a gig or simply hanging out with friends, we’re likely to pop open Instagram and upload content to our Instagram Story.
The social platform is continuing to roll out features to make Instagram Stories more dynamic, and there are a few hidden tricks to help take your Insta Stories from average to awesome. Here are 10 things you need to know to make you an Instagram Story pro in no time at all.
1. Making live photos into Boomerangs
iPhone users, this one’s for you. To bring your live photos to life on Insta, swipe up on the Instagram Story screen and select a live photo from your camera roll. Once the pic is selected, all you have to do is 3D Touch your screen, the same way you’d play a Live Photo in your camera roll, and you’ll see a “Boomerang” message pop up on the screen. From there, you can post the Boomerang to your Story. Easy, right?
2. Unlocking hidden sticker colors
You’ve likely seen—and even used—Instagram Stories’ “day of the week” sticker, which you can select from the sticker icon in the upper right corner of the screen. But did you know you can customize it? That’s right. All you have to do is upload the sticker, tap it and watch a white stencil appear. You can leave it white, or you can use the pen tool to color underneath the sticker to make it match the rest of your photo.
3. Creating a solid—or translucent—background color
If you want a solid color background—that’s not an option in the “type” section of Instagram Stories—then you can do it yourself. With a photo background uploaded, select the pen tool you prefer and choose your favorite color at the bottom of your screen. If you want a solid, color blocked Insta Story background, then select the first pen tool. If you want a transparent overlay, select the second pen tool. Hold your finger down on the screen for a few seconds, and ta-da! The color will fill your screen at your desired transparency.
4. Making rainbow text
Have you ever wanted rainbow text on your Instagram story? It’s super pretty—and pretty easy to do, too. Just type your message, highlight your text and hold down on your color button of choice. (Pro tip: According to the Digi Fairy, purple has the best color spectrum.) While still holding down on the color button and the highlighted text, swipe both at the same time. It might sound confusing, but watch the video here and prepare to have the coolest Insta story around.