Recently, your friends have been talking about Instagram and how not a day goes by without them posting a story, to show others how their days unfold in real time. In this regard, given the popularity of the platform, you are willing to learn more about the subject and therefore wonder how to create stories on Instagram.
No problem: I am more than happy to give you a hand and, for this reason, in the course of this guide, I will explain in detail how Instagram works, in relation to this specific feature. In fact, I will explain to you how do you post a story on Instagram acting both from smartphones and tablets and from computers, as there is the possibility to do so through the official app of the social network for Windows 10.
How do you say? Now that I’ve explained the topics I’m going to cover in detail, are you eager to learn more and can’t wait to get started? I can well imagine it!
Okay, if the topic is of interest to you, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, sit nice and comfortable in front of the computer, take your smartphone or tablet and carefully read the procedures that you will find in the next chapters. Are you ready to start? Fantastic! At this point, all I have to do is wish you a good read and, above all, a good time!
How do you post a story on Instagram
Instagram stories are multimedia content that can be published in the famous photographic social network, which are used to share photos and videos about different moments of your day. They consist of a series of photos and videos that are automatically deleted after 24 hours (unless highlighted). It is therefore an ideal tool to tell what is being done in real time.
This type of content is designed to be created and displayed mainly on mobile devices, so let’s start by seeing how to create stories on Instagram on smartphones and tablets.
Stories on Instagram are a native feature of the social network that was introduced on the server-side. It is therefore not necessary to make an application’s manual update via the Play Store for Android or the ‘ App Store for iOS. However, if you want to be sure you are getting all the latest features, I recommend that you do this.
The Instagram application you installed on your Android or iOS smartphone is updated to the latest version, and now you would like to know how to create stories? No problem, I’ll explain it to you right away. First start the app by pressing its icon on the home screen of your device and log in with your account data ( email and password ).
Once the initial screen is displayed (it is the one with the symbol of a house ) press the icon of a camera that you see in the upper left corner, then, if requested, grant the permissions related to the camera and microphone.
Once this is done, before posting any content, adjust the settings. To do this, press the icon with the gear symbol you see in the upper left corner, then, in the Options screen related to Stories, indicate if there are any people you want to hide the story from ( Hide the story at ) and select, optionally, those to be included in the Close friends list.
How do you post a picture on Instagram story
You can also allow or block the ability to share answers to the stories you post and receive messages response. In addition, you can set the automatic saving of the same in the camera roll ( Save to the camera roll ) or in the archive ( Save to archive ).
In addition, if you have connected Instagram to Facebook , you can set an option that allows you to automatically share the story posted on both social networks.
Once the publishing settings are configured, you can start creating multimedia content. Then start the story creation tool by pressing on the camera symbol that you find on the social network home screen (or press on his profile picture ).
Once this is done, refer to the writings located in the bottom bar to start bringing a story to life, taking advantage of your creativity. For example, the Text button allows you to publish textual content.
By tapping on the item indirect, however, you can create a live streaming ; the Normal and Hold-Down buttons are for recording a short 15-second video or taking a photo, and so on.
The videos recorded through Instagram stories can have some special effects, such as the Super zoom (used to enlarge the subject) or the Rewind (allows you to record a video with a particular reverse effect).
There is also the Boomerang effect, which is used to record a video in loop, and the one called Portrait which, on the other hand, gives greater prominence to the multimedia contents in which people are depicted.
If you want to add music to the stories, press the Music button , so you can choose from a large library of songs to add as background music.
To create a story, you can switch between the front and rear cameras by tapping on the icon with the symbol of the two concentric arrows, activate the flash by pressing the lightning bolt icon or share a multimedia content present in the device memory by pressing the icon of the multimedia gallery.
Once you’ve recorded a video or taken a photo, you can customize your content using the tools in the editor. For example, by pressing on the symbol (Aa) you can write a text superimposed on the photo or video made, by tapping on the highlighter icon you can draw on it, or by pressing on the icon with the emoticon symbol you can call up the menu with Instagram stickers.
Among these there is the one that allows you to insert a hashtag, a GIF, a place or a mention within a multimedia content but also the one that allows you to carry out a survey or to insert a box dedicated to questions.
Once you have finished creating a story on Instagram, press the Your Story button to share it with all the users who follow you. If, on the other hand, you want to make sure that the content is visible only to people previously included in the list of closest friends, press the Closest friends button. Alternatively, tap the Send to button to share content only to specific users.
How do you post a whole video on Instagram story
Once you have shared a story on Instagram, you can view it by pressing on your profile picture and, with a swipe from the bottom to the other, you can know the number of views it has obtained. As I explained to you in my tutorial dedicated to the functioning of Instagram views, through the Views screen, in fact, there are in fact the names of the people who have viewed your content.
At any time, through this section, you can hide the story from some selected users. To do this, just click on the symbol (…) corresponding to the user’s name and then click on Hide the story from [username] .
Furthermore, if you have activated the Archive function , when configuring the Instagram stories, as already explained in the previous chapter, after 24 hours you can view the past Instagram stories by accessing the archive.
To do this, first press the icon with the symbol of a little man in the bottom bar of Instagram, then tap the button with a clock icon .
In case you see the archive related to the posts, press on the Archive item located in the top menu and then tap on the word Stories. If you want to know more about the possibility of seeing old Instagram stories, read my tutorial in which I tell you in more detail about the Archive tool .
Alternatively, to ensure that a story always remains displayed on your profile, even after the end of the 24 hours scheduled for the deadline, access the Archive section, select the story you have shared and press the Highlight button to fix it on your profile.
The stories published on Instagram and those in the Archive can also be deleted at any time. To do this, press on the image of the story, then tap on the button (…) located at the bottom and press on the Delete item in the relevant drop-down menu.
Even if the stories are a multimedia format designed mainly for mobile devices, it is possible to make them from a computer through the use of the official application of the social network for Windows 10 , although in a more limited way than what is possible on smartphones and tablets.
Over the next few paragraphs, I’ll explain how to create Instagram stories from a computer. After downloading the Instagram application for Windows 10 through the Microsoft Store and logging in to the platform with your credentials, the first operation you need to do is the one related to the activation of the Instagram stories configuration, in a similar way to as I explained to you in the previous chapter.
Then press the icon with the camera symbol located at the top of the social network home screen, then tap the gear icon in the top left and, as already explained, use the Story Settings menu to adjust the options of the privacy.
However, through the Instagram application for Windows 10 it is not possible to set the close friends list and the Archive function is not available. As a result, the stories published through this app, after 24 hours, will no longer be visible.
Once you have adjusted the settings for the stories, press on the camera symbol on the Instagram home screen or tap on your profile picture to open the story creation tool.
The procedure for creating a story on Instagram a through the app for Windows 10 is exactly the same as the one you can perform through the app for Android and iOS. However, some functions are not available such as the Super Zoom and the possibility of adding a Music in the background using the appropriate sticker.
Once you have taken a photo or recorded a video you can view the Instagram stories editor and, as explained in the previous chapter, add GIFs, Hashtags, write or draw an overlay message.
To publish a story on Instagram through the Windows 10 app, click on the Send to button, then first press the Share button, next to the wording Your story and then click Finish.
Stories posted through the Instagram app for Windows 10 are visible within your profile for 24 hours. To see them you can carry out the exact same operations that I explained to you in the chapter dedicated to the functioning of Instagram stories for smartphones and tablets: the procedure is exactly the same.
In case your Instagram story is viewed by a user you do not want, you can make sure to hide the subsequent content published. To do this, go to your profile section (the icon of a little man located in the bottom menu bar) and tap on your profile picture to view the published story.
Then swipe from the bottom to the other, so as to see the names of the people who have viewed the story on the screen. Now, click on the symbol (X) corresponding to the unwanted username and confirm the operation by clicking on the Hide button .