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7 Instagram Story Hacks You Don’t Know About

How much do you think you know how Instagram Stories work? Are you sure you know them that well? Instagram is adding new features all the time, are you sure you are keeping up with all?

Even if your answer to the questions above is yes, we guarantee you that you will learn something new from this article. There are many tricks and tips and hacks that you think you know, but in fact you don’t because there are so many of them that it’s hard to remember them all. And if you ask your close friends and followers, none of them will tell you all the tips because then their Instagram stories won’t be as unique.

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That is why we have prepared for you 7 tricks and Instagram Story Hacks you probably don’t know about:

1. Add a drop-shadow effect to the text

Open your Instagram Story option, select the Aa icon on the top right and write your message. Tap the Aa icon again and write the message for a second time, but this time use a different color. After you are done, move one layer over the other and put it a bit off center. This way the bottom layer still shows and it will give a shadow effect to your text.

2. Create a gif

Most people usually post regular photos or videos to Stories, this is why you should step up and try to make a gif for your Story. Boomerang lets you create a quick, looped video, similar to a GIF. It’s important to constantly be testing new media formats to keep your audience engaged and waiting for more.

3. Create a solid background

You can create a solid background if you want to add to your story, but you do not want to show a photo or video.First, you’ll need to upload an image of some sort – since you’re going to be covering it up, it doesn’t matter what you use.
Hit the pen icon on the top right, choose the marker or neon brush, then choose a color. Tap and hold the screen for a few seconds –it will fill with the solid color you choose.

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4. Download your Story to the Camera Roll.

Even though the content you post to Stories disappears after 24 hours, you can always save it for yourself. If you want to do this, open your Story, tap the arrow that is in the circle icon, on your top right corner.

If you want to save single posts, you can do that the same way you upload them, by tapping the downward arrow on the bottom left. If you already posted a photo or video you want to save, tap the three dots on the bottom right and then Save Photo.

5. Hide your story from selected accounts

If you do not want to show your story to everyone, for example competitors head to the Instagram settings. Once you are there, choose Story settings, then hide the story from. On the next screen, you will be able to select the accounts. After that tap Done, in the upper right corner to save your new settings.

6. Make a color fog

If you want to make part of a photo foggy, add an emoji that has the color you want for the fog, then expand it. As it expands, it’ll add a color haze over part of your image. This can be effective to add texture and design to a rather plain image.

7. Pause, skip and go back when watching a Story.

Sometimes you don’t want to see every single Story at the top of your Instagram account. Other times you want to re-watch them or even zero in on a certain part.

But a lot of people don’t actually know how to pause Instagram videos or skip around. No problem.
When viewing a Story, tap the screen on the left side in order to go back and watch the previous Story. Tapping the right side of the screen will let you skip ahead to the next one. To pause a Story, press and hold the screen.

How can you show your video backward?

To shoot in Rewind mode, open up the Stories camera, then scroll to the bottom until you see Rewind.


How can I choose a custom color for my Story?

You can do that by tapping either the pen or Aa icon in the top right corner, then tap and hold to get more options in the color slider.


How many people can I tag in the Instagram story?

You can tag up to 10 people in one Story.