10 Things You Might Not Know You Can Do In Instagram Stories


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Since launching Stories last year, Instagram has rolled out over 20 new features —from introducing Boomerangs right in your story to the ability to @mention and link to other accounts.

Launched to give the Instagram community a way to share their everyday moments — not just the highlights — Stories has taken off with 250m people using it every day.

Here are 10 things you might not know you can do in Instagram Stories:

  • Reply to Stories with photo and video: Tap the new camera button while watching a story to reply with a photo or a video. You can use creative tools like face filters, stickers and rewind in your replies.

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  • Clone yourself with selfie stickers: Use the upper right-hand corner of the screen to bring up your stickers menu. Tap the new selfie icon, take a photo and tap the button below to capture a mini selfie to post your reactions and face-swap with friends.

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  • Put a pin in it: To pin your selfie sticker or any other sticker or piece of text to a spot on the screen, select the sticker and hold your finger down to move it to a final location. Tap pin and voila – there it stays, even over moving video!
  • Rewind your video: Rewind is a new camera format that will play your video in reverse (imagine water pouring back into a glass).


  • Hashtag sticker: Add a hashtag in a story with simple text or the new hashtag sticker. Tap the hashtag to explore related content.

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  • Get a closer look: Hold down on the video circle and swipe up to zoom in on a photo or video. You can even do it with one finger!
  • Experiment with erasing: With the new eraser brush, you can erase other things you’ve drawn and play around with removing colour in Stories.

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  • Colour block your screen: If you choose a colour from the palette on the bottom of your stories screen and hold your finger down on the screen, the entire screen will turn that colour, giving you a backdrop that you can write or draw on, add stickers to, or even selectively erase to show the photo beneath.
  • Colour code your text: If you want your text to appear in different colours versus only one, select a letter or word and then click on the new colour you want it to turn. Change up the colour combo any way you choose.
  • Transform an Instagram Live into a Boomerang: Upload a Live video from your iPhone to the camera and turn it into a Boomerang by long-pressing.

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