How to Get Started on Instagram Stories

If you're new to Instagram, using Instagram Stories is a great place to start creating content while you work out the theme or color scheme of your actual Instagram feed. Everyday over 300 million people use Instagram Stories and the fun part about it is that it disappears after 24 hours.


A really cool thing to mention is that if you have a business profile, 1 in 5 Instagram Stories receive a direct message! So let's dive right in, shall we?



How Do I Post an Instagram Story?

Open the Instagram app.

Tap the camera-icon in the left corner.

Choose the format of your content on the bottom of the screen. The options will include, Type, Live, Normal, Bommerang, Superzoom, Rewind, Hands-Free, or Stop-Motion .

Tap the white circle on the bottom of the screen to choose to take a picture or video.

To post a video or picture that is already in your camera, swipe up on your screen from the bottom and all of your pictures and video in your camera archives will appear.


How Do I Add a Hashtag to My Instagram Story?

Create a photo or video.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the #hashtag feature will appear.

Adjust the size, color, and position of the #hashtag.


How Do I Add a Location to My Instagram Story?

Create a photo or video.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the Location cursor will appear.

Adjust the size, color and position of the location cursor.


How Do I Add a Gif to My Instagram Story?

Create a photo or video.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the Gif cursor will appear.

Choose the desired gif and adjust the size and location of the cursor.


How Do I Add the Time to My Instagram Story?

Create a photo or video.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the Time cursor will appear.

Adjust the size and location of the cursor.


How Do I Add @Mention Another Profile to My Instagram Story?

Create a photo or video.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the @MENTION cursor will appear.

Choose the desired profile and adjust the color, size and location of the cursor.


How Do I Add Music to My Instagram Story?

Create a photo or video.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the Music cursor will appear.

Choose your desired song and adjust the size and location of the cursor.


How Do I Add a Poll to My Instagram Story?

Create a photo or video.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the Poll cursor will appear.

Input your question and adjust the color, size and location of the cursor.


How Do I Add a Question to My Instagram Story?

Create a photo or video.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the Question cursor will appear.

Input your question and adjust the color, size and location of the cursor.



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