The interface of Instagram Stories is intuitively clear to everyone, but some features are not obvious. Some sort of quick manual would be useful to a first-timer who’s going to post a story on Instagram. Though, it may be helpful for experienced users too.


If you are on the point of posting your story, the first thing you have to do is to swipe from the left part of the screen to the right on the Instagram homepage. To make photo or video, press the circle on the bottom of the screen. By swiping down one may open the media selection window.

There’s also another way of making a story. Just choose the tab of your account where your photos are shown and press “+” near the profile image.

Shooting modes

Instagram Stories feature maintains five modes of video making:

  • “Live stream”. Having chosen this option, you may broadcast from the camera of the smartphone. After finishing of the air you can share the video on Instagram.
  • Usual mode. A quick tap makes photos, a long pressing creates a video clip.
  • “Boomerang”. That means a short animation. Boomerang-mode would be great for shooting dynamic clips.
  • Reverse mode. It allows you to play video backwards.
  • “Free hands”. By a quick tap one may launch a 15-second shooting, and there’s no need to hold the record button.

The maintained formats

Videos and photos in Instagram Stories are vertical. By importing of horizontal media files they are cut. For choosing the desired image area before the story posting you may use the cutting option in a standard picture editor.

Maximum video length amounts to 15 seconds. In case you import a longer clip, it will be shortened. It’s possible to upload only those pics and videos to the story which have been made within the last 24 hours.


If you want to add a sticker to your story, just press the respective icon after shooting or swipe up the screen.

By pressing the sticker and holding your finger on it you may delete it. There will appear a dustbin icon at the bottom of the screen, and you have to transfer it right there.

Adding a selfie

On the screen line of stickers you may find an icon with a cam. Use it for making a selfie and implementing it to your story. The borders of image can be blurred or accented with a white frame. Selfie-option lets you express your emotional attitude to what you’ve posted.

Adding music

Alas, there’s no such a feature which would allow a musical accompaniment for a story. Still, you can do it. Music on the smartphone goes on when you’re watching Instagram stories. The same applies to the video shooting: just turn on the favorite song on a streaming service or in a social network and start creating your story!

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