What are some tips for uploading, recording and editing things to share to my story?

When you share a photo or video to your story, you can use creative tools to help capture and edit them.

Taking photos and videos

  • On iPhone, you'll automatically see when your phone detects darkness. Tap it to take better photos and videos in the dark.
  • To zoom while recording a video, tap and hold with one finger to start recording, then slide up or down using that same finger.
  • Tap Boomerang at the bottom of the screen, then tap the circle at the bottom to take a burst of photos that loops forward and backward.
  • To take a video without having to tap and hold, swipe left at the bottom of your screen and tap Hands-Free. From there you can tap to start recording a video.
  • On iPhone, you can switch between front and rear-facing cameras while recording a video. Tap and hold to start recording, then tap .

You can also upload a photo or video you've taken in the last 24 hours. Swipe down on the camera screen then select from your phone's library.

Editing photos and videos

To add a filter to your photo or video, swipe left or right after taking it.

You can also tap the following creative tools at the top of the screen:

Tap to add stickers. From there, you can:

  • Rotate and resize a sticker by using two fingers to pinch and zoom.
  • Add a sticker with your location by searching for or selecting nearby options. When people see your story, they'll be able to tap the sticker and view the page for that location.
  • Add custom stickers that appear automatically based on your current location. These stickers are currently available in New York City, Jakarta and São Paulo. When people see your story, they'll be able to tap the sticker and view the page for that location.
  • Add a sticker with things like the current time or weather conditions. These stickers are based on information from your device and your current location.
  • Delete a sticker by dragging and dropping it on at the bottom of the screen.

Tap to add text. From there, you can:

  • Add emoji.
  • Adjust text size up or down by tapping and using the slider.
  • Center text or align left or right by tapping .
  • Rotate and resize the text by using two fingers to pinch and zoom.
  • Choose a text color by tapping the colors at the at the bottom of the screen. Swipe to see more colors, or tap and hold a circle to choose a custom color.
  • Add a color background to text by tapping at the top of the screen and selecting a color.
  • Tap again to add another section of text.
  • Type someone's username to mention them.

Tap to draw on your photo or video. From there, you can:

  • Choose between marker, chisel-tip and neon brushes from the options at the top of the screen.
  • Adjust the line thickness by tapping in the bottom left and using the slider.
  • Choose a color to draw with by tapping the colors at the bottom of the screen. Swipe to see more colors, or tap and hold a circle to choose a custom color.
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