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Instagram Stories_10 hidden hacks

Daniela Cabrera

Instagram Stories_10 hidden hacks by Daniela Cabrera on October 8th, 2018

Instagram Stories have gained a crazy popularity in the past couple of years. They have beat their main competitor, Snapchat, by adding all kinds of features and customizations that quickly engaged the users in the platform.

However, there are some hidden hacks that most users don’t know about.

  1. How to add even more colors

If you are using Instagram Stories for your brand or business, you need to make sure that you are sticking to its branding guidelines by using the correct colors in each post. Sometimes, the specific shade won’t be available right away, but here is how you can pick from a rainbow of colors.

  1. Tap the pen or Aa icon
  2. Long hold any of the colour options
  3. Select a custom option


  1. How to create a drop shadow effect on your text

To make your text pop!

  1. Tap the Aa icon and write a message
  2. Repeat the message in a different colour
  3. Layer the text by moving it around until you get the desired effect


  1. How to create a solid color background

Want to do write something on a colorful background and not an image?

  1. Tap the pen icon
  2. Select a colour
  3. Tap and hold on the screen for 1-3 seconds


  1. How to create a selfie sticker

Add your face as a floating sticker as an extra touch of fun!

  1. Tap the stickers icon and select the camera
  2. Take a selfie
  3. Place the selfie sticker wherever you want on you story


  1. How to zoom in and out of an instagram stories video with a single finger

If you are recording a video to upload in your stories and you want users to take a closer look, you can actually zoom in and out while recording. Here’s how!

  1. Open the Instagram stories camera
  2. Hold down the capture button with one finger
  3. Slide your finger up or down the screen (while still holding down)


  1. How to hide your Instagram stories from specific users

Whatever the reason, sometimes there’s someone who you just don’t want to see your story. Luckily, it can be done!

  1. Tap the gear icon (settings) on the main Instagram page
  2. Go to “Story Settings”
  3. Select which users to hide your story from


  1. How to check how your instagram stories are performing

If you have a business account, you can actually measure the performance of your stories by seeing how many people they have reached, the number of impressions and the interactions they have received. How?

  1. Open your story
  2. Swipe up on the screen
  3. Check who has seen it and the insights


  1. How to pause, skip, and go next when watching instagram stories 
  1. Pause: tap and hold on the screen to pause a story
  2. Skip: swipe down to exit a story
  3. Go next: swipe left to go to the next story


  1. How to hide other users’ stories

Sometimes you don’t want to unfollow someone but just don’t want to see their stories, and that is absolutely possible on Instagram!

  1. Tap and long-hold an account’s story
  2. A menu will pop up
  3. Select “mute user’s story”


  1. How to download your stories to your camera roll

Probably you recorded something so nice that now you want to store it in your phone. Here’s how.

  1. Open your story
  2. Tap the arrow down button
  3. Voila! Story saved in your phone

Hopefully, this tricks will help you make your stories stand up and get even more attention. Got more ideas or hacks? Share them with us in the comment section below!